|Location||Madre de Dios|
|Start dates||Throughout the year (see below for dates)|
|Duration||2 - 12 weeks|
|Cost||From £995 / $1570 - see pricing table below|
By volunteering at our jungle conservation centre you will be making a direct contribution to helping preserve the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Volunteers will support the centres conservation research and sustainable community development projects. You will help with scientific research studies of the local wildlife such as the endangered Blue Headed Macaw, jaguars, tapirs and monkeys as well as monitoring and documenting local flora.
Volunteers are involved in helping local communities increase their sustainability through bio garden and reforestation projects.
Read what past volunteers have said about this project in our Peru Amazon Conservation reviews.
Volunteers normally work 6 days per week. In your first week you will be given presentations and training on the current research projects, neotropical mammals, reptiles, amphibians, compass and machete training, community projects, birds and species ID tests.
Volunteers should expect a mix of early mornings and late evenings according to what research surveys and conservation projects they are assisting. Volunteers may need to wake up at dawn to record parrots at the river clay lick or head out into the jungle at dusk with a head torch to record local amphibians and reptiles.
During your time at the centre you will be able to learn about the impacts of humans on biodiversity and gain valuable field skills for your career, degree or just for fun! This is a fantastic opportunity for volunteers to learn about conserving the natural ecosystem through research and sustainable initiatives with the local communities whilst immersing yourself into life in the Amazon in Peru.
A three night expedition is included for all volunteers on placements that are for 4 weeks or more and for volunteers who join the special 2 week placements which including the expedition. The expedition includes a trek deeper into the rainforest and exploring new trails and wildlife, visiting indigenous communities, hot springs, relaxing in the forest waterfalls, white-water rafting or other activities depending on season.
Normally there are 3-8 volunteers on each start date and around 9 full time local staff and scientists.
The project has a long history of supporting conservation research in the Manu region, with long-established projects monitoring the blue headed macaw, mammal behaviour patterns, human impact studies, environmental management and forest dynamics to name but a few. Their focus is on creating sustainable agriculture, timber and carbon alternatives for local communities on deforested and impacted land. By effectively reducing the human and carbon footprint, these initiatives aim to increase both the communities’ wellbeing and enhance the region's sustainable offerings.
The centres mission is to:
You will be based at our jungle research and conservation centre on the Madre de Dios river in the Amazon jungle on the outskirts of Manu Nature Reserve. The centre is based a two day journey from Cusco which is an incredible journey starting by bus through the Andes and cloud forest and finishing with a motorised canoe along the river. The centre is set in a rainforest clearing with a cascading waterfall nearby and fantastic views over the Madre de Dios River.
When you are not working you can relax at the centre, play football with the team of local staff, read books, play board games, chill out in the hammocks by the river or go for short bird watching walks around the jungle trails. At weekends volunteers can visit the local town of Salvación.
Volunteers are housed in a lodge with has been verified by the Rainforest Alliance for its high standards of sustainability. Volunteers share a two bed room and have mosquito nets. The rooms are open air so there are splendid views into the rainforest. There are fully equipped bathrooms, a solar powered internet connection (available for a small fee) and the whole centre has been designed in an environmental friendly manner. There is also a large dining area, bar and kitchen as well as a relaxation area with hammocks.
Three tasty wholesome meals a day are provided while at the centre including a packed lunch. Volunteers often remark on the creativity of the chefs since they create tasty dishes from simple local ingredients!
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance. Budgeting guidance is provided in our information booklet which we will email you when you apply.|
PoD is run as a non-profit volunteer organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the PoD Charity - for more details click here.
For placements starting before 31 July 2014
|2 weeks incl expedition||£1,395||€1730||$2200||$2140|
For placements starting from 1 August 2014
|2 weeks incl expedition||£1,295||€1605||$2040||$1990|
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
2014 - 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 24 Mar, 21 Apr, 19 May, 16 Jun, 14 Jul, 11 Aug, 8 Sept, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec
Additional start dates for standard 2 week placements and special 2 week placements including expedition: 27 May, 24 Jun, 22 Jul, 19 Aug
2015 - 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun, 29 Jun, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec
Gemma in the PoD UK team is the placement manager for this project so if you apply you will hear from her soon!
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