Saying Farewell But Not Goodbye

A word from Sintia:

I expected my first volunteer trip to Peru in 2005 to be a brief one-week experience. Little did I know that the trip would profoundly change my life in every conceivable way. Since 2008, when I took over the reins of CONAPAC, I've had the honor and the privilege to serve the people of Peru on a full time basis. Serving as administrator of CONAPAC for nine years has been the best chapter of my life, no moment to be forgotten or regretted. Thus it is on a bittersweet note that I announce that I am stepping down from my current role as executive director.

At the end of May 2017 a new administrator will pick up where I've left off. His goal will be to continue growing and strengthening CONAPAC's many programs and areas of support for our community partners along the Amazon, Napo and Ucayali Rivers. It's time to begin another chapter with fresh ideas for CONAPAC and its future. I will continue as vice president on the CONAPAC board of directors for the next three years. With a strong board in place, our new director will have the support and historical perspective necessary to be as successful as possible.

Thank you, everyone, for your personal support, friendship and kindnesses these many years. They are more precious than I can describe and I will cherish them always.

Cynthia Smith Snyder (Sintia)

Meet Our New Executive Director

It is with great pleasure that we introduce Brian Landever as CONAPAC's new executive director. Brian has several years of project management and fundraising experience, is familiar with the culture of Loreto, speaks fluent Spanish, and has led teams of staff and volunteers for other non-profits. We feel happy to have found someone dedicated to social development and conservation, and who is professionally focused on international outreach. Brian grew up in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, has a master's degree in economics from The New School for Social Research in New York City, and is particularly interested in economic development and sustainable agriculture. He lives here with his wife, Mariella, who is a native of Iquitos.

Brian will formally begin work at CONAPAC in February, spending time shadowing Cynthia in the responsibilities of the job, both in the city and in the field. Our Adopt-A-School delivery weeks, our biggest annual effort, will begin March 25, 2017. Brian will lead the way, learning all the ins and outs of orchestrating this event and meeting the volunteers and our many CONAPAC supporters. With his enthusiasm and unique point of view, we expect exciting new ideas and expansion of our already existing programs as he takes up his new role. Please welcome Brian to the CONAPAC family.

We Still Need Help Funding Adopt-A-School 2017

Help us by adopting one school at $425 for the year. A small portion of this fee also supports our two Amazon libraries. As always, no part of your Adopt-A-School donation goes toward salaries. All funding goes to the purchase of supplies and the cost of transportation.

We Still Need Volunteers For Adopt-A-School 2017

During the 2016 Adopt-A-School volunteer program we welcomed over 30 volunteers from all over the US, Canada, and Australia. As always, it was an outstanding and memorable experience for all our volunteers, CONAPAC and Explorama staff, and our 54 participating communities. We can't make the same impact on these communities without our committed "ambassadors for education.” When volunteers spend their money traveling to Peru and their time delivering books and school supplies, they send a powerful and meaningful message. And like most things, the more we give, the more we receive.
Week #2 from April 1-9 is filled but we still need volunteers for Week #1 from March 25-April 2. If you would like to join us for the 2017 Adopt-A-School deliveries expedition, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Claire Lannoye-Hall, at the Detroit Zoo. Take a look at the 2017 AAS volunteer booklet for details.

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CONAPAC is a Peruvian non-profit organization whose mission is to promote conservation of the rainforest through education of its stewards, the people who live along the Amazon and Napo Rivers. Our centerpiece project is the Adopt-A-School program, which is strengthened by workshops and complemented by service and sustainable projects in river communities.
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