Iquitos, PERU (Trip Information)

  • Iquitos, Peru

    • August 8, 2020 – August 23, 2020
    • TOTAL COST: $2400.00 (USD) + Airfare
      • $500 deposit due ASAP to hold your spot on the trip.
      • Remaining $1900.00 due by July 1, 2020 or full payment if no deposit.
    • VOLUNTEER WEEK:
      • Iquitos is a city on the banks of the mighty Amazon River.  It’s approximately 4,000 miles from the mouth of the river where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean.  The Amazon carries one fifth of the world’s fresh water from the Andes Mountains to the Atlantic and is so massive that ocean-going freighters and oil tankers can easily make the journey to the ports within the city and back to destinations all around the world. 
      • Despite its size and modern conveniences, Iquitos is, in many senses, a frontier town, serving as a hub of activity and bridging the divide between modern urbanization and the pristine wilderness of the vast Amazon Rainforest.  Literally, the jungle stretches as far as the eye can see – even from 30,000 feet when we’re flying in or out.  But the jungle is inhabited by many tribal cultures.  A few have never been contacted by modern society and still others prefer to avoid further interactions, once contacted.  Many, however, interact freely with locals and foreigners.  The tribes that reside close to Iquitos have come to depend on those interactions for a variety of rewards. 
      • Although the jungle and rivers provide plenty of food and other necessities for them, people living near the city have come to appreciate some of the modern conveniences that cities can provide.  Those conveniences come with a price tag, though, so the tribes have developed strategies to earn some income to cover their expenses. 
      • Since tourists have been flocking to this unique and primitive portal in the jungle for many years, several of the tribes have learned to commercialize their unique way of life.  Each tribe carries a legacy of centuries of tradition in their art, clothing, song, and dance.  Tourists have become enamored with these unique features of the tribes and often arrive by boat to enjoy performances and happily part with a few dollars for the opportunity.  Over the years, though, the purity of their cultural demonstrations has declined and their dancing is not as popular as it once was. 
      • We have been asked by several tribes in the area to help them regain the artistry in their dancing.  This project is the result of that request.  Our team of choreographers will work closely with the tribal performers with several features in mind.  First, they will endeavor to understand their traditional dances, and analyze just what makes them unique.  Then, without modifying any of the historical steps, they will coach the performers on the best ways of displaying their craft.  At the end of the project, then, the tribes will be in a much better position to attract visitors and tourists, and will not have sacrificed any of the tradition and history of the tribe.