Amazon Jungle center seeks Spanish / English speaking volunteers

The Exchange

We are a Plant Medicine Healing center in the native Shipibo community of San Francisco, Pucallpa, Peru. The healers come from a long lineage oy onayas (Shipibo for master healer) and they use ayahuasca amongst other plants to help people to get back in touch with themselves and heal physical and mental conditions. We need help in translating between Spanish and English to chat with people and help around.


32 hours of help per week

Child Care: Help look after, educate and instruct children.

Social Work: Help with volunteer work in local projects and communities.

Teaching Languages: Teach a language to guests or local communities.

What you get

1 day off per week

Private Room: You will have a bed in a private room. In other words, a room just for you.

Shared Dorm: You will have a bed in a shared room, which means you will share the same room with other travelers.

Breakfast: You are entitled to a free breakfast, every day of your stay.

Lunch: You are entitled to a free lunch, every day of your stay.

Dinner: You are entitled to a free dinner, every day of your stay.

Free Laundry: You can use our laundry room freely.

Free Tours: We’ll take you on tours and rides around town. For free!

Holistic Therapies: You can take part in any of our therapeutic activities for free.

Use our equipped kitchen: Feel free to use our kitchen and make your own delicious food.


Fluent English and Fluent Spanish

Between 18 and 45 years old

Only hosts solo volunteers (doesn’t accept couples or pairs)

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

Program Details

This program involves translating between English and Spanish for the guests during ayahuasca retreats, and between retreats. We are a healing center and we have guests from all over the world come to stay with us, sometimes for long periods of time. We are always in need of help with translation as we speak only Shipibo and Spanish and some of our guests speak no Spanish at all.
We spend most of our time at the center; reading, socialising, playing volleyball, meditating etc.
At times, we go out on the river for a trip in the boat, or for a trip to the center's farm, or to the nearby cities of Yarinacocha and Pucallpa.
On ceremony days, we usually go to the farm/jungle for San Pedro, and stay at the center for Ayahuasca or Cacao ceremonies.
There's a family feel at the center amongst guests and other volunteers, and we love welcoming new people.

Activities & Shift

Volunteering as a translator, there are no fixed hours or requirements, just to be around whenever we need your help. You will be staying with the guests and be an active part of the ayahuasca retreats.


The primary things we require of you are compassion, understanding, open mindedness and humility. This is important because as a volunteer, you will be interacting with the guests, some of who are going through very deep and sometimes difficult healing processes and need to be in an environment of compassion and support. As a volunteer spending time with with guests undergoing deep healing processes with the plants, and the maestros who are working with the plants regularly, it is important for the well being of everyone here that you be as energetically clear as possible during your stay. We don’t require you to follow the same strict diet as the guests (unless you are working with the plants also), but require you to avoid drugs, some low vibrational foods such as pork and sex while you are staying with us.