The School of the Amazon offers free workshops that aim to put children from ages 8 through 10 years old in direct contact with the Amazon rainforest. Despite living in the Amazon biome, many children do not know the forest and the project aims to create a positive awareness of the beauty of this ecosystem. The one-day workshops are conducted in a forest fragment preserve. Students perform walks, observations of fauna and ora, do artistic activities, and observe group dynamics in the forest, making their environment more familiar and fun.
General School Supplies:
Artistic Paint Brush, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Gouache Paint, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Letter Paper (180gsm), Notebooks, Pencils, and Pens
Educational Games and Puzzles
(Portuguese) Biology, Children’s Literature, General Science, and Health
Flutes, Rattles, and Tambourines
Soccer Balls and Volleyballs
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Non-Perishable Food Items:
*Beans, *Canned Foods (Poultry, Tuna, Sardines, etc.), *Coffee, *Dried Goods (Soups), *Grains (Rice and Pasta), *Honey, and *Powdered Milk
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.