Angelina Jolie Takes Break from Galépagos for UN Work

Angelina Jolie in the Ecuadorian jungle, led by Plinio, the President of Providencia community, on April 22, 2012

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updated 04/23/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 04/23/2012 AT 11:25 AM ET

After jetting to the Galépagos Islands last week after she and Brad Pitt announced their wedding engagement, Angelina Jolie resumed her humanitarian work, this time in her new role as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Over the weekend, while their six children remained in the Galépagos, Jolie (whose former UNHCR title, for more than a decade, was goodwill ambassador) spent time with refugees by the San Miguel River, in Ecuador.

“Her work does go substantially beyond what we would typically see as being the normal role of a goodwill ambassador,” Geneva-based UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters late last week, noting that Special Envoys are unpaid positions.

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