Teacher Monitoring and Oversight
A big part of CONAPAC’s responsibility is regularly monitoring the 200 teachers who work within our CONAPAC partner communities. Their positions range from kindergarten to high school, each with different goals and duties to complete. During the first part of the year we do our best to make village visits, however, there are many other commitments that take priority. But from August through November the calendar is freed up to make almost daily visits to communities.

This year has been no different. During the last few months, CONAPAC team members Alberto Vela, Oscar Quiroz, and James Pasmiño have been visiting all communities, including the four new ones on the Ucayali River in the district of Requena near the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Usually a Department of Education representative joins the team too. This offers an opportunity to support educators in the field, answer their questions, make suggestions, and assure that paperwork and lesson plans are being properly prepared and updated.
We appreciate the ongoing support received by International Expeditions to accomplish this work. Although the Adopt-A-School program can provide books and supplies, the extra money needed for fuel, boat maintenance, and travel expenses is not part of that budget. International Expeditions covers a substantial part of these costs and, without their support, we could not do such an extensive amount of community and teacher monitoring throughout the year.
CONAPAC / Rotary International Exchange Partnership
In 2014 CONAPAC formed a partnership with the San Borja Sur Rotary Club in Lima, Perú, to identify students in rural Amazon communities who might participate in Rotary International Exchange Scholarships. As of August 2016, CONAPAC and San Borja have sponsored international exchanges for five rural Amazon students, sending them to the United States, Canada, Brazil, and France.

The San Borja Sur Rotary Club has already committed to sponsoring three more students for 2017. CONAPAC’s role in this partnership is to prepare students to travel to Lima. The Rotary Club handles all the details, coordination, and expenses for a one-year Rotary Exchange Scholarship once CONAPAC has properly prepared each student to reach Lima.

CONAPAC helps each student gather all necessary documents and paperwork for travel. And CONAPAC pays for the student's passport, additional vaccines, general medical exams, dental examinations and necessary procedures, notarized permission to travel, and flights to Lima for the student and parents, if they need to go for visa interviews, all totaling about $1,000 per student. Once in Lima, the San Borja Sur Rotary Club provides the student with a host family, covers all food and daily transportation costs, and enrolls the student in foreign language classes. The Rotary Club pays the airfare and a monthly student stipend while abroad. Usually the students spend about four months in Lima preparing for their exchange and participating in various orientation meetings and retreats.
For just $1,000 per student, CONAPAC is thrilled to be able to sponsor selected accomplished young people to participate in this life-changing Rotary International Exchange program.

Please consider helping us in this effort. Any amount would be useful and you can easily donate through our financial partner, The Detroit Zoological Society, either by personal check or credit card. For more information go to our CONAPAC donation page. Please note that the Detroit Zoo does not charge an administration processing fee—100% of your donation will go directly to this project.
The First Year

Last year we started a new program called Adopt-A-Drop, patterned after our Adopt-A-School program, in which donors fund the maintenance of community water treatment plants. Twenty-four donors stepped forward to adopt communities. These partnerships have allowed us to run operator training workshops throughout the year, fuel our boats to make village visits, and train and support local “technicos,” the water plant operators. We are able to visit outlying communities to assure usage rates, run water quality tests, and partially cover salary costs for our field representative, James Pasmiño.

During our regular community evaluation visits this November, Adopt-A-Drop community water plants will also be reviewed and each donor will receive an individualized status report of their adopted community. Next year we will have 28 operational community water treatment plants. They will all need a donor to continue the work that has been so successfully achieved this year. If you have an interest in adopting a community water plant and would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our Book Drive Continues

To honor Marcy Sieggreen, Detroit Zoo curator/researcher and friend of CONAPAC who passed away this summer, we are implementing a small book drive. We’d like to provide each of our 55 partner communities with two special resource books, La Selva Tropical (Tropical Rainforest) and Ranas Fantásticas (Fantastic Frogs), that will be placed in the school libraries.
We are asking for $15.00 to cover the cost of the two books. Volunteers for the 2017 Adopt-A-School deliveries will carry them downriver to all 55 communities. A special label inside each will note that the book is in memory of Marcy.

If you’re interested, please donate for one (or more) pairs of books to the Detroit Zoological Society, with your check or credit card. As always, the Detroit Zoo does not take administrative fees from CONAPAC donors.


Adopt-A-School Volunteer Expeditions 2017
Follow the link to see the 2017 AAS volunteer booklet. The volunteer weeks are March 25-April 2 and April 1-9. If you would like to add your name to our list of interested volunteers, please do so by contacting Claire Lannoye-Hall at the Detroit Zoo.
Thanks for your help!

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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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