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Amazonian Traditional Plant Medicine and Ethnobotany

internship highlights

  • Live with a host family that practices traditional healing  

  • Develop herbalist, plant medicine, and other medical specialty skills alongside experts

  • Collaborate part-time in a health clinic, hospital, or governmental health organization to compare traditional and mainstream public health practices

  • Hands-on field work making salves, tinctures, soaps, and more

  • Opportunities for personal research and to create community-based projects

  • Participate in other cultural events, such as:

    • Guayusa tea ceremonies

    • Ecotourism adventures to waterfalls and indigenous communities

    • Medicinal plant remedy workshops

    • Amazon Forest to Table Feast

Daily Activities

  • Identify local primary, medicinal plants and their importance in traditional medicine

  • Establish working relationships with alternative healthcare providers and specialists

  • Shadow healers and shamans to gain a holistic understanding of local medicine traditions

  • Study the practices of a medicinal, plant-based, midwifery women’s association and support their goal of preserving their culture

  • Shadow and contribute to work in the chakra (traditionally-planted agroforestry farm or garden)

  • Work to create and clear trails in medicinal plant gardens or chakras

  • Guide visitors and support other community and eco-tourism projects

  • Do research with a local association of natural healers

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