Little Farm Big Goals

The Vigna, where I’m working, is not very large. Or, at least, it doesn’t have a ton of flat space. They find every ounce of flat land to farm and cultivate organic fruits and vegetables for the community and to offer a beautiful place for the people to go and get hands on with nature. Read the full article…

Volunteering Italian Style

Naples has so much to offer… lovely coastline, kind and friendly people, and of course Pizza – vegan pizza at that! What it is lacking, however, is green space. Most people live in apartments and if they do have a house, there is no real garden to speak of. What the city does have is Read the full article…

Until Next Time, Panthera

This last week at the sanctuary has been full of surprises and adventure. All packed into 3 short days.  First, a cold front came Tuesday bringing a massive wicked storm. There was tons of rain, wind, and lightning all night and you could hear trees falling all through the forest. Temperatures got down to 13ish Read the full article…

Panthera’s Future

Panthera has a large vision for preserving as much land as possible in the Amazon. The best way to do this is to prove the existence of endemic species on available land. This compells the government to protect this land from profit seekers and grant the land rights to sanctuaries like Panthera.  (Sunset on the Read the full article…

Panthera, The Amazon, & The Community

   The best thing any organization can do for conservation is to help educate the community. Some areas around the Amazon are very poor and this is true for the communities around Panthera. When communities make their living off the land, they want the quickest return possible even if it’s not the best return in Read the full article…

Saving the Amazon

   After a full week at Panthera, I have to say, I’m more impressed than ever by the plight to save the rain forest. The sanctuary certainly has an uphill battle against greed and selfishness to protect some of the most amazing species this world offers. Also it’s really hot here and I’ve not been Read the full article…

Panthera Sanctuary

I am headed to the jungle tonight to volunteer for a month with the amazing Panthera Sanctuary. It takes up to 13 hours to get to from Cusco but will be well worth it.  The sanctuary was founded in 2013 to study and help ensure jungle biodiversity, which is very important to the future of Read the full article…

So… Why Volunteer?

I’ve been volunteering with animal welfare groups for several years now. I seem to always have much more drive when I’m doing work I don’t get paid for. This seems a little backwards, I know…  But to do work without the incentive of money means you’re doing work strictly from the heart. The rewards far Read the full article…