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Exploring the Jungle

September 26, 2014 | Posted in 2014, Cornell, Ecuador, Summer Projects, UPenn | By

Sleeping for four days in a hammock underneath a large wooden structure, open and exposed to all of the Amazon’s elements beckons for a post. Three of the nourishers (including myself), worked with members in a community on the outskirts of the rainforest to build a greenhouse in order to grow vegetables. Due to the infamous amount of rain the region receives, vegetables are nearly impossible to grow without some sort of roof to grow under, and of course, protection is necessary to deter the large array of pests.

The community was roughly two hours from the city, Puyo, where we were staying. Thus, to be more efficient, we decided to stay in the community with a host family for a week as we helped build the greenhouse.

Photo Jul 22, 7 35 29 AM

 

During our stay, our host family and partner organization’s coordinator cooked for us different regional foods on an open fire: Photo Jul 22, 7 34 28 AM

We painted a mural in our free time:

Photo Aug 04, 11 57 10 AM

We played in waterfalls, picked bananas and cocoa beans, hiked in the rainforest, and had our faces painted with tribal art:

Photo Jul 22, 12 38 21 PMPhoto Jul 22, 12 43 14 PM

But more importantly, we made an impact within a community composed of the most welcoming and liveliest people, all while creating a bond between us three that continue to this day.

Photo Aug 04, 12 34 37 PM Photo Aug 04, 11 58 07 AM

 

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