Leaving the jungle
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Left the jungle today and was very sad to leave. My initial impression had been that the community was perhaps smaller and less traditional than I had expected, with less for the volunteers to help with as projects were not yet in development. However, after a while I realised how interesting it was to observe a community that is on the edge of the competing influences of modernity brought by the road link to Puyo (the threats to the rainforest and traditional ways of living as a Shuar) and a real desire to conserve the beauty of the location and the value of this people´s history.
And the further into my time in the jungle the more volunteers came, and thus the more interesting the place became with a good sense of camiraderie. And mostly the work became more interesting - actually building things such as bamboo beds for the volunteer house and not just lugging raw materials around! I even helped Marian teach a little in the school, hard work of a different variety! And I was fortunate too to be living with Soren to hear more about his vision of how the community could develop in the future, and of course for the fantastic views of the volcano Sangay his balcony afforded.
All in all a very valuable experience, and I look forward in a postiive frame of mind to see how the community and their planned projects might develop into the future.