What can I read before joining the Amazon Conservation project in Peru?

Volunteering & Travel Advice / 26 February 2015 What can I read before joining the Amazon Conservation project in Peru?

Volunteers often get in touch to ask if we have any recommended books or reading suggestions for our Amazon Conservation project in Peru.

The team of international scientists, interns and volunteers at the project in Peru have come up with the following fascinating reading suggestions for volunteers

Travel advice and safety

  • ‘Bugs, Bites and Bowels’, Dr Jane Wilson-Howarth, Cadogan
  • ‘Travellers’ Health, How to stay healthy abroad’, Oxford University Press
  • ‘The Backpackers’ Bible’, www.backpackers-bible.com

Specialist Topics

  • ‘Birds of Southern South America & Antartica’, HarperCollinsPublishers
  • The “Origin” Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the “Origin of Species”, David Reznick



Popular Science and non-fiction

  • Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins & Hunter Lovins
  • Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way we make things, William McDonough & Michael Braungart
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Guns, Germs and Steel, Jared Diamond
  • Tale of a Shaman’s Apprentice, Mark Plotkin
  • The Ages of Gaia, James Lovelock

Travel Narratives

  • Eight Feet in the Andes, Dervla Murphy
  • Inca Cola, Mathew Paris
  • Amazon Dream, Roberta Allen
  • Running the Amazon, Joe Kane
  • Shining Path, Simon Strong



If you would like to find out more about the volunteer placement at the Amazon Conservation project in Peru see our project page for more details of what's involved and how you can join: www.podvolunteer.org/projects/amazon-conservation-peru