Yantalo Volunteer House

We are building a house for volunteers in the Peruvian Amazon Jungle.
Josh Gibson
7 Team Members

UPDATE - Fundraising has come to an end. We surpassed our goal. Over 200 people supported our idea. With Indiegogo, the grant and the NYC event we raised a total of $22,937. No amount of words can express our gratitude. Therefore, we will hug you when we see you. You just started building a house.

We’re building a house for volunteers! Construction has already begun and now we are only $10,000 away from a fully operational house!

Yantalo House Construction Site

In 2012, over 80 volunteers from around the world gave their time and expertise to the Yantaló community in the fields of heath and education. The number of volunteers grows each year and they all need a place to stay!

We are the Yantaló International Volunteer Organization, a 501c3 organization raising money to build a house in Yantaló, Peru for volunteers working in the community. Our organization is made up of 8 friends, and for 3 years we have been volunteering our time and skills to this Amazon Jungle community.

Yantaló, Peru and the surrounding area has very little access to quality healthcare and education.  The volunteers we support are working to provide that needed quality.

All these volunteers are drawn to this beautiful area of Peru because of the Yantaló Foundation and its construction of the country’s first sustainable hospital. Slated to open in August 2013. We are working in cooperation with and in support of the Yantalo Foundation’s mission: to improve the lives of the people in the Alto Mayo region of Peru by providing quality medical services, public health programs, and enhanced educational opportunities. Local staff will be on hand year-round with international volunteer residents and professors present on a rotating basis through agreements with Universities in the US and Peru. In order to have a fully-staffed team, there must be housing available to volunteers. 

Yantaló International Volunteer Organization’s mission is to support individuals from all over the world in their desire to volunteer their time and skills in the Yantaló community by building comfortable housing and providing a supportive, enriching environment, including space for short and long-term housing, volunteer meetings and planning space.

Learn more about our oganization and mission at www.yantalovolunteerhouse.org

 House Render



The House Plan

Working with local materials, traditional Peruvian design, and innovative sustainable building techniques, this house will be an example for future development in the area. The house will include:

  • Shared and private rooms to hold a total of 15 people in the house
  • Communal kitchen and dining room
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Meeting room/computer room
  • Access to roof for views of the landscape
  • Courtyard space for gardening

We are building in 4 PHASES, expanding bedrooms and bathrooms each time. PHASE 1 (this fundraiser) will sleep 8-10 people, including bathrooms, kitchen, meeting room, and living room. 

Construction Phases

Our Fundraising Goals

To date, we have raised and spent $6,750 to get construction started. Our $10,000 goal is just enough to help us finish building and open the house to volunteers! Of course we could use a lot more than our goal - so here is a list of what we can do with $10,000 and over!

$10,000 - We successfully reach our goal and open our house to volunteers by the end of 2013.

$15,000 - We completely furnish the house, install a solar powered hot water heater and provide wireless internet.

$20,000 - We can begin building Phases 2 & 3, providing more bedrooms and bathrooms for future volunteers!

$25,000 - We can complete Phases 2 & 3 by early 2014 and be completely solar powered!

100% of donations go towards building the volunteer house!


The construction costs have been calculated in US dollars but will be paid for in Peruvian Soles.

The Impact

No matter how much you dontate, even a $1, helps us complete this house for volunteers. Here's how your contribution will make a difference:

  • Future volunteers (like you) can now stay in Yantaló, enriching their experience and maximizing their time spent in the community!
  • You have created a new opportunity for local work!  We will be hiring a local staff to maintain the house and welcome volunteers as they arrive!
  • You have contributed to a model.  Yantaló is a poor community with few businesses or employment opportunities and we hope to help create a model in the community, inspiring future business owners.

Other Ways You Can Help

We understand some just don't have the money to donate but that doesn't mean you can't help!

  • Help us spread the word!  Use Twitter and Facebook and help us get our campaign heard!
  • Know someone that is traveling to Peru?  Or interested in going?  We'd love to hear from them and share stories.  Help us connect!
  • We have members located in Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Louis, Nashville and New York City.  If you are local we'd love to meet up with you and work together any way we can.
  • Be sure to use the nifty share tools just below the video at the top of the page.


We have some pretty amazing rewards!  You can get our awesome t-shirt, a 2 week stay at the completed house or even a flight to Peru!  Be sure to check out all the available perks in the column to the right!

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This campaign ended on March 20, 2013
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  • $10USD

    We will send you a personalized email thank you note! *Tax-Deductible

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $25USD
    Postcard Status!

    We will mail you a personalized Volunteer House postcard featuring a photo of Yantaló. *Tax-Deductible

    25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $35USD
    Sticker Status!

    You will receive the personalized Volunteer House postcard and STICKER! For $35 donation and above you will be listed as a donor on our website. *Tax-Deductible

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $65USD
    T-Shirt Status!

    You get our awesome Yantaló Volunteer House T-Shirt featuring our logo on the front and a map of Peru on the back (check out the t-shirt photos at the bottom of the page!). *Tax-Deductible

    32 out of 60 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $150USD
    Photo Status!

    You get the T-Shirt listed above and you can choose one 5x7 PHOTO PRINT from a collection of images of Yantaló taken by photographer and board member Josh Gibson. *Tax-Deductible

    6 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $200USD
    Reservation Status!

    You get a reservation at the house for up to 2 weeks! Come visit, you'll have a place to stay at the house! Plus T-shirt, postcard and sticker. *Tax-Deductible

    8 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $250USD
    Book Status!

    You get the reservation, the T-Shirt and a signed photo book by Mike Torrey of the majestic Machu Picchu ruins. http://www.stoneofferings.com/ *Tax-Deductible

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $500USD
    Video Status!

    You get the reservation, the T-Shirt, the postcard and a personalized thank you video from the house construction site in Yantaló, Peru! *Tax-Deductible

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Brick Status!

    You get everything listed above and your name will be engraved on a donor wall at the house. *Tax-Deductible

    3 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Package Status!

    You get everything listed above and you will receive a Peruvian care package filled with authentic Peruvian items. (Coffee, Pisco, Key Chain, Jewelry and other Surprises) *Tax-Deductible

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Room Status!

    You get everything listed above and we will name a room in your honor. Each room will be personalized with a plaque featuring your name and a short message from you. *Tax-Deductible

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Flight Status!

    You get everything listed above and we’ll fly you to Yantaló, Peru! Limited to North and South American residents – we’ll arrange your air travel and create an inside travel guide of activities so you can experience the jungle yourself! *Tax-Deductible

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
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