Guyana's Amerindian Communities
Of all the people in this world very few struggle as much as the Amerindians of South America, trying to hold on to their way of life in the Amazon Jungle as they have done for thousands of years. For the Amerindian communities in Guyana it is no different.
Fortunately Guyana has been unnoticed as a country for a long time and compared to other regions of the Amazon rainforest the jungle of Guyana has been preserved and untouched for the most part. Having stayed of the of the radar for a long time Guyana has escaped the destruction of mass tourism, large scale logging and mining. But no longer and more and more Guyana becomes the target of large corporations...
All of our FRONTEERING volunteer opportunities in Guyana have the same goal: To sustain Guyana's Amazon rainforest and through this its wildlife, flora and the Amerindian communities. All who call the jungle their home!
Why do the Amerindian communities need our help?
Guyana is still for 80% covered in virgin jungle. The loggers have set their sights on the precious hardwood while the miners are interested in the rich minerals underneath the jungle. To persuade the government to sustain the Amazon rainforest of Guyana the jungle itself needs a long term sustainable financial value. For the Government of Guyana it is a question of a fast short term financial gain through logging and mining versus a slow long term sustainable economical gain by preserving the jungle.
Giving the jungle a sustainable can be done mainly through sustainable eco-tourism. And it is here where our volunteers come in. Our volunteer opportunities focus mainly on the Nappa, Rewa and Iwokrama regions of Guyana.
Now why is your help needed for this? Guyana is one the least visited countries of South America which is part of its charm and the reason why it is so unspoiled. However because this there is very little infrastructure. In a matter of speech this is a chicken and egg thing, the tourists will not come to the Nappa, Rewa and Iwokrama as there is no infrastructure. The Amerindians on the other do not have the resources to build the infrastructure. With help of our volunteers we can together build this infrastructure so that in the near future eco-tourism will find its way to give the jungle it's much needed financial and economic.
Hopefully through our combined efforts the government of Guyana will keep supporting conservation and sustainability efforts versus short through gain preserving this last paradise for all who call it home!