Our wildlife rescue programs are complemented with parallel programs focused on education and awareness. Education is the key to creating a lasting change, and through awareness, we bring attention to the plight of the Rainforest.

As human settlements expand their reach into the Rainforest, the number of people who come in close contact with wildlife increases. This is where the lack of environmental information hurts the wildlife. Without the necessary knowledge about the importance of preserving wildlife, human activity invariably causes great damage to the living creatures of the Amazon.

Community Education programs
Keychain making workshop for the mothers of the Community of Ex-Petroleros, organized by Ana Gamero, volunteer from Lima, Peru

Educational programs are needed to combat prevailing attitudes towards wildlife. It can be argued that there is a cultural and "traditional" aspect to the exploitation of the Rainforest, but the current levels of human expansion have rendered such practices as completely unsustainable.

RAREC's community education programs seek to educate the communities about the need to preserve the Rainforest, instead of destroying it. Our programs for adults include training in sustainable sources of income. We seek to turn poachers into fish farmers, and we seek to replace slash-and-burn farming practices with techniques for growing ecologically friendly crops with a high market demand.

Our programs for kids are aimed to teach the children about the value and importance of the place where they live -- the Rainforest. This is our most rewarding program, because the children are eager to learn about wildlife and the need to preserve it. We teach them that the rest of the world has their eyes on the Amazon, and that the future of the Amazon will depend on them.

Classroom for kids' environmental education
Children attending a class about butterfly breeding

RAREC also organizes awareness campaigns aimed to curb damaging environmental practices. A great number of people in the towns and cities in the Amazon keep wild pets, or consume meat from poached animals. Our team brings the message of conservation to the streets, to inform the people that these practices are illegal and wrong, and they should be stopped.

Finally, RAREC seeks to reach out to the international community via social media, in order to inform the world about the need to preserve the Amazon. Complacency is the enemy of change, and sometimes, it's necessary to face uncomfortable truths. But thanks to the courage of followers across the world, we are succeeding in making the plight of the Amazon known to more and more people. Only by working together will we be able to achieve the change that the Amazon needs for the future.

Reaching out to school kids
Environmental class in Iquitos, Peru

Environmental Education in Schools around Iquitos

Successful efforts in species and environmental conservation depend on education. This is why RAREC is spearheading education programs that bring educational opportunities to the people living close to the species that we wish to protect.

RAREC offers environmental education classes to school children of all ages, and we offer classes in sustainable development to the mothers of the communities near the habitats of key species. We teach English courses, and we run a program offering after-school activities for children and young people in the communities' schools.

Our programs to offer education to the Communities runs parallel to our program offering science courses for professionals in the fields of veterinary medicine, biology, and related life sciences.

Norbey Vega, member of RAREC Staff, preparing materials for environmental education classes.

Ingrid Bustos, member of RAREC Staff, preparing environmental education classes.

Lizette Ospina, member of RAREC Staff, teaching an English class.

John J. Garnica and Kathya Ribbeck, RAREC owners, holding a sustainable development workshop for women in the Community of Oran.

John J. Garnica, founder of RAREC, teaching an English class to schoolkids.

Kids on an Enviromental Education class at RAREC.

John J. Garnica, founder of RAREC and Mariana Martinez, former volunteer from Chile, teaching an environmental education class for children.

RAREC Staff and our former Volunteers Rolex Taing and Adrian Paviot from France, Eleyah Melamed and Avigail Yehieli from Israel, Mirthe Wils intern from Belgium, and Kiara Rivero, veterinary medicne intern from Peru, during a Trash challenge in the Market at Belen, Iquitos.

Student from Mercy College, USA, performing a lab class with RAREC resident vet Dr. Jose Nolasco.