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Amazon Conservation - Peru

  • Work alongside scientific researchers to document the Amazon ecosystem
  • Study local wildlife including endangered Blue-headed macaw, jaguars and monkeys
  • Conserve the Amazon rainforest by supporting sustainable community initiatives
  • Live in an ecolodge in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest
Location South eastern Peru
Start dates Throughout the year (see below for dates)
Duration 2 - 12 weeks
Age requirement 18 + 
Availability Spaces available 
Cost From £1475 / €1905 / $2345 - see fees table below

Volunteer role: What will I be doing? 

Volunteers will support conservation research and sustainable development projects. You will be involved in a range of tasks which may include:

  • Documenting rare Blue-headed macaws by the river bank
  • Capturing footage of mammals, which may include jaguars, tapirs or peccary
  • Monitoring bird species through mist netting
  • Surveying amphibians and reptiles on transect surveys, pitfall surveys, leaf litter plots and bamboo traps
  • Collecting data on butterflies
  • Collecting data for the Forest Regeneration Project via canopy photos and leaf litter traps
  • Supporting the community building new sustainable biogardens

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. 

During your placement you will be given presentations and training on jungle ecology and current research projects to prepare you for the volunteer role. Once you have completed your initial training volunteers normally work 6 days per week.

There are normally 6-12 volunteers and around 9 full time local staff and scientists. 

Hear from past Amazon conservation volunteers

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Peru Amazon Conservation reviews.



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How is the Peru Amazon Conservation project making a difference?

The research team has identified that deforested land in the 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 benefits gained from allowing the forest to re-grow and the project helps to highlight the need for protecting areas which may have been logged, farmed or deforested.

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.

The project has worked with local families turning abandoned deforested areas into over 50 family biogardens, and has helped build institutional biogardens. This has resulted in an annual increase in income of over 30% for the local community who have worked to build their biogardens as well as an increase in child nutrition and health.

Why are volunteers needed? 

Volunteers make a direct contribution to helping preserve the Amazon rainforest in Peru through supporting the conservation research and sustainable community development projects.

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

Where will I be living 

You will be based at the research centre which is within one of the world’s most biodiverse hotspots, the Manu Biosphere Reserve. Volunteers live at a verified Rainforest Alliance research centre.

Volunteers share open-air rooms with views into the rainforest, there are generally two volunteers per room. There are shared bathrooms. There is a limited solar powered internet connection which is available for a daily fee.

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 and wildlife walks around the jungle trails.




What's included

Before you go On your placement
  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod UK team
  • Single point of contact - Gemma is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod
  • Conservation volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Cusco) and return transfers
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Cusco on arrival and 1 night in Cusco on departure
  • A mountain road trip through the Andes into the rainforest
  • An overnight stay in the cloud forest and visit a cocoa plantation
  • Accommodation - a simple shared room
  • Food - all main meals at the research centre
  • Induction and training
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Crisis management plans and insurance
On your return
  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community
Not included: Flights, travel insurance and food in Cusco. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.

Pod volunteer fees

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.

2 weeks (15 nights) £1475 €1905 $2345 $2745
4 weeks (32 nights) £2075 €2675 $3300 $3860
6 weeks (43 nights) £2795 €3605 $4445 $5200
8 weeks (60 nights) £3295 €4250 $5240 $6130
10 weeks (71 nights) £3995 €5155 $6350 $7430
12 weeks (88 nights) £4595 €5930 $7305 $8545

Prices in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP.  For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

Start dates 

2015 - 14 Dec

2016 -  11 Jan, 8 Feb, 7 Mar, 4 Apr, 2 May, 30 May, 27 Jun, 14 Jul (2 week placement only), 25 Jul, 11 Aug (2 week placement only), 22 Aug, 8 Sep (2 week placement only), 19 Sep, 17 Oct, 14 Nov, 12 Dec


We look forward to receiving your application! There is no commitment by applying and we will send more information


Pod UK Manager



Gemma in the Pod UK team has visited this project and is the placement manager so if you apply you will hear from her soon! 

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