Mission and Vision
It is very important for us to find mechanisms to promote the development and progress of the less privileged communities in the Peruvian Amazon. We believe that working together with these communities in developing different skills for its people and creating new job opportunities, not only will help to reduce poverty but to reduce activities that are damaging the environment such as, logging or illegal/legal gold mining with strong contaminating chemicals. Protecting the Amazon should be a global commitment because of its incalculable biological and ecological value.
One of our goals this 2021 is to set different fundraising events in order to rent or build a permanent place for teaching different courses, as we are using a temporary classroom at the moment. Besides teaching English, the idea is to add courses as, Computers, Photography, Languages, etc.
One or our mid-term goals is to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development. We want to encourage a passion and respect for the natural world to help transition eager young minds into caring, socially-conscious global citizens. Through a connection with nature, we can nurture a better understanding of the environment whilst improving their interpersonal skills with one another and other adults.
All these goals are little steps to achieve our long term goal. We want to give opportunities to the community to change and to care for their environment like having other ways to earn money instead of destroying the Amazon. This will not only make the community grow together and develop, but also protect the rainforest.
Who we are
We are a growing project working for the economic and social development of the less privileged communities in the Peruvian Amazon. We focus on education, environment, ecotourism and cultural exchange. We believe that promoting the development and progress of these communities can help reducing the destruction of the Amazon.
The first of a series of programs that we are working on is the English teaching program. We believe that English lessons will provide a valuable opportunity to help local people gain the skills they need to communicate with tourists and also help the younger generations to have better life opportunities.
Our explorer kids program (scouts) has the mission to encourage them a passion and respect for the natural world to help transition eager young minds into caring, socially-conscious global citizens.
Christian Mitchell Navarro Díaz
Founder and head of Semillas Life
From Lima, Peru
After studying in USA, he decided to give something back to a local community in his home country and therefore started this project. He is in charge of finding qualified volunteers, promoting the project, administrating donations and organizing jungle trips, updating website and social media, etc.
He likes cooking, reading, writing, football, enjoying nature and developing new ideas. He also is interested in politics and history.
From around the world
Volunteers are the soul of our project. Each volunteer not only brings new ideas of teaching, renovating, promoting or supporting us, but also through the cultural exchange, they make the local community more socially and culturally rich. Volunteers also benefit by obtaining an experience for life.Then, they take a piece of Puerto Inca and Semillas Life back in their hearts. The final idea is that volunteers spread the word around the world about the beauty of Puerto Inca.
Most of them are TEFL certificated.
From Berlin, Germany
She works in a forest kindergarten in Berlin.
She is in charge for the German part of this webpage. At the moment she is designing didactic material for our education program. In future she wants to live in Puerto Inca and manage the education program for SEMILLAS LIFE. She is also building up co-operations with different German-peruvian organisations.
She likes reading, traveling, cooking, Yoga, spend time with her baby daughter, practicing her Spanish with her latino friends and to learn more about different cultures.
Eric Estrella Gonzales
Drucila Paredes Sandoval
From Pucallpa, Peru
He works as an English teacher in a high school in the province of Puerto Inca.
Eric Estrella helps the project organising educational programs with local schools.
He likes meeting people from different countries, practice his English with foreigners, share with others his knowledge and jungle experiences.
From Puerto Inca, Peru
She started as one of our students but because of her open personality and her interest in our project, she started to support us by helping our volunteers being involved with the local community. She also organises local trips for volunteers.
She likes to practice her English skills by chatting with international volunteers and share stories with her friends through social media.