PERU: Hands-on Conservation & Community Development in the Amazon Rainforest

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Activities: Hospitality Internships / Amazon Rainforest Volunteer / Community Volunteer Projects / Animal Volunteer Projects / Tours / Expeditions / Conservation Volunteer Projects
Country: Peru
Location : The Amazon Rainforest, Peru, South America
Duration: 2 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Experience life in the Amazon Jungle, working on a variety of projects.

This multi-activity project is an opportunity to live and work in the greatest jungle in the world - the AMAZON!

On this project you will ...

• Visit one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world
• Experience life in the Amazon jungle
• Trek through the rainforest
• Live in a beautiful, traditional lodge
• Participate in important conservation projects
• Train with experienced guides and conservationists
• Understand survival issues for rainforests and endangered species
• Contribute towards scientific research
• Explore a variety of different ecosystems
• Adventure through mountains, rivers and forests

 

Location

From the Amazon Rainforest, Lake Titicaca, the mysterious Inca ruins and the ultimately inspiring Machu Picchu experience, a trip to Peru is a journey into a magical dimension! As anyone who has heard tales from other travellers knows, Peru is simply sublime... Think of the Amazon and you'll conjure up images of steamy emerald forests pulsing with life, from the masses of plants and animals to the native tribes that still live deep in the heart of this incredible jungle. The Amazon is one of the last undiscovered territories on earth, and you can become a part of helping to conserve this ancient giant.

 

Project Overview

You'll work within a large conservation area inside the Amazon, located in the southeastern corner of Peru. The park where Travellers volunteers work is rich in species. Over 1,000 birds have been identified, 15,000 plants species and 13 species of monkey as well as jaguar, tapir, black caiman and the giant otter.

The closest city is Cuzco, once the hub of the Inca Empire and now famous as the gateway to the incredible Machu Picchu. Here you can sink into the Peruvian pace of life while doing something that will really make a difference, not only within Peru, but to the Earth itself!
You’ll work at a well established conservation centre located in a private reserve of what appears to be infinite forest, stretching from Peru across Brazil and to the Atlantic Ocean. This is the Amazon!

The facility is designed comfortably, using natural resources and, as an added bonus, there is a waterfall bordering the site! Local mammals include peccaries, puma, jaguar, armadillos and various monkeys. Tortoises and lizards are also present as are 365 species of birds.

 

Tasks

The purpose of the work is to monitor and better understand rainforest biodiversity with a view to providing sustainable solutions and improved rainforest conservation. Projects undertaken will fall under three main areas; conservation, sustainability and education. No previous experience of conservation is necessary. You will receive on-site training and assist in environmental monitoring at multiple locations. Ongoing projects you may help on include the frog house, mammal monitoring, parrot monitoring and the ecology club. Duties will include scientific monitoring and surveillance of wildlife, data collection and interpretation, collection of sample species and construction (such as building hides and observation posts).

As with all conservation projects, your work will depend on what is required at the time your project takes place. It is also governed by uncontrollable factors, such as the weather, nesting seasons, etc. There is a lot of scope here to develop new ideas and/or projects and to really make a difference. The environment is wonderfully relaxing, with nice weather, good views, excellent accommodation and great company! Entertainment is very much home-made and there is a real community spirit among volunteers. You will be well looked after. Opportunities for leisure include swimming and climbing, white-water rafting and canopy climbing!

If you can provide any informal English language tuition and practice for the staff at the centre, this would be very much appreciated. They are very keen and are happy to attend classes and do homework. Incidentally, this is also a great opportunity for you to learn or improve your Spanish!

If you are on the project for 4 weeks or longer, you will go on a 4 day trek, including visiting a breathtaking hot water spring, white water rafting down local rivers with incredible views - FREE!. (The trek will be allocated at the time and dictated by factors like number of volunteers, weather, etc.) During the trek you’ll be camping out in the rainforest to really get to know you’re new surroundings.

 

Accommodation

Placed on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest, on a hill next to a river, this accommodation is, to be honest, idyllic! It has a special feel to it. It is relaxed and peaceful and has been tastefully constructed in keeping with its surroundings. There is a Western bathroom and a large sink in which to do your laundry. There is a dining and relaxation quarter as well as a library and covered hammock area. Lighting is by candle as there is generally no electricity on the site, although there is a generator run for a few hours each night to charge batteries etc. Food is provided and you'll have three meals per day.

 

Past Participant Feedback

"This was one of the best experiences I ever took part in. Things are organised (and) true to ecology..." - Charles Walker.

"Our first day in the rainforest we saw a group of dusky titi monkeys. On the second day we were privileged to go on a hike to a primary forest. There we had luck on our side, and saw a howler monkey, woolly monkeys, saddleback tamarin monkeys, as well as the fruit loops toucan. By the end of the trip we also saw a herd of 30 squirrel monkeys, making five types within less than two weeks. The entire bio-reserve runs very well, with facilities as good as a cosy clean home" - Charles and Danya.

 

Costs / Benefits

Costs vary depending on length of placement, but starts at £1,195 for two weeks. You can participate for up to twelve weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. All meals are provided, unless otherwise stated. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, homestay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. You'll also receive a free T-shirt.
He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.

Requirements

No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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