|Location||South eastern Peru|
|Start dates||Throughout the year (see below for dates)|
|Duration||2 - 12 weeks|
|Age requirement||18 +|
|Cost||From £1095 / €1300 / $1740 - see fees table below|
Volunteers will support conservation research and sustainable development projects and will be involved in a range of tasks which may include:
Volunteers normally work 6 days per week. You may work throughout the day with a mix of early mornings and late evenings depending on what research surveys and conservation projects you are assisting. For example you may 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.
In your first week you will be given presentations and training on the current research projects, neotropical mammals, a tropical ecology tour, reptiles, dawn bird walk, amphibians, species presentations, compass and machete training, species ID tests and a guide to the jungle trails.
There are normally 6-12 volunteers and around 9 full time local staff and scientists.
The project was established in 2002 to support conservation research in the Western Amazon rainforest in Peru. As well as environmental research the team focus is on creating sustainable agriculture, timber and carbon alternatives for local communities on deforested 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 research team have identified that deforested land in their region is recovering and increasing in biodiversity quicker than they initially imagined and each year the team have been adding new sightings to the areas species list. This research is vital for influencing government policy on the importance and benefits gained from allowing land to regrow and shows how quickly species re-inhabit the land.
The project has worked with local families turn abandoned wastelands into 52 family biogardens, and have helped build six institutional biogardens which provide nutritious meals for the local school children. This has resulted in an annual increase in income of over 30% for the local community who have worked to build their biogardens, and an increase in child nutrition and health.
Volunteers make a direct contribution to helping preserve the Amazon rainforest in Peru through supporting the conservation research and sustainable community development projects.
The volunteer team have helped turn 17 hectares of abandoned land into agroforestry plots leading to an increase in biodiversity, planted over 13,000 trees, and created the first programme in Peru to ever commercialize carbon credits on behalf of a local community.
Volunteers assist in collecting data on the flora and fauna in the rainforest which is very time consuming so volunteers support is essential.
“Volunteers are absolutely vital in helping us to achieve our project objectives, and without your help we simply would not be able to achieve the goals we set ourselves. We know about the challenges and solutions facing the Amazon, and volunteers are vital in helping us to make our dream a reality; a sustainable Amazon for everyone.”
Alex, Programme Manager at the Amazon Conservation project in Peru
Volunteers live at a verified Rainforest Alliance research centre, on the outskirts of the Western Amazon Nature Reserve. The centre is set in a clearing close to a cascading waterfall and surrounded by Amazon rainforest. The ecolodge is located 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.
Volunteers share open-air rooms with splendid views into the rainforest, there are generally two volunteers per room. There are fully equipped bathrooms and solar powered internet connection (available for a small fee) however the connection is often limited.
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.
|Before you go||On your placement|
|On your return|
|Not included: Flights, travel insurance. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide 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.
Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com
2015 - 9 Feb, 9 Mar (fully booked), 6 Apr, 4 May, 12 May, 1 Jun, 9 Jun, 29 Jun (fully booked), 7 Jul, 27 Jul (fully booked), 4 Aug, 24 Aug (fully booked),1 Sep, 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec
2016 - 11 Jan, 8 Feb, 7 Mar, 4 Apr, 2 May, 30 May, 27 Jun, 25 Jul, 22 Aug, 19 Sep, 17 Oct, 14th Nov
We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information
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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Population: approx 30 million
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Life expectancy: 73.7 years
Percentage living on less than US $1.25 per day: 4.9%
Number of threatened animal species: 551
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