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Published: February 15th 2007
3.7 Kilometers from the Napo River.
Living in Watchimak South America
February 15th 2007
We first heard of Watchimak when we were in Quito and thought it might be a good community for Kerensa´s research. We decided to visit the community in a Community Volunteer capacity for a month to learn more before making any decisions.
We left Tena on a three hour bus ride to Comuna Los Rios where we caught a river taxi a half-hour down river where we met members of the community at the beach. They helped us carry our things on the hour-long hike into Watchimak.
We met three other volunteers: Jessica, Ken, and Susanne and learned a lot about the community from them before they left. Since then, several other eco-tourists and volunteers have come through the community as well.
After our first month, we decided that this will be a great community for Kerensa´s research and will now be living here until the end of July (possibly longer) while Kerensa works at compiling all of her dissertation information about Quichwa subsistence gardening practices, gender relations, and changes with increased development in the community.
In the mean time, Tony is helping where he can with research,
We went down river from Comuna Los Rios to get to Watchimak
community projects, favors for community members, etc...
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