Amazon Conservation

Peru

Work alongside researchers to document the Amazon ecosystem and help to conserve the Amazon rainforest by supporting sustainable community projects. Volunteers live in a research centre in the Peruvian rainforest and study local wildlife which includes endangered Blue-headed macaw, jaguars and monkeys.

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Key Info

key info
  • Location: South Eastern Peru
  • Start dates: Throughout the year - see role section
  • Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 18+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £1495 / €1795 / $2020 - see fees table below

Project Information

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 bio-gardens

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.

Working days and hours

Once you have completed your initial training volunteers normally work 6 days per week. Generally volunteers work 6 hours per day.

Multimedia Intern

The team are currently also looking for volunteers to join a 12 week multimedia internship, a special opportunity to produce a portfolio of published multimedia work whilst working alongside the conservation research project. Interns will be supported by the team through media workshops and field training. If you would like more details about this internship please email [email protected]

Other volunteers

There are normally 4-12 volunteers and around 9 full time local staff and scientists.

Start dates

2017: 24 Jul, 21 Aug, 18 Sep, 16 Oct, 13 Nov, 11 Dec

2018: 8 Jan, 5 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr, 30 Apr, 28 May, 25 Jun, 12 Jul, 23 Jul, 9 Aug, 20 Aug, 17 Sep, 15 Oct, 12 Nov, 10 Dec

Volunteer reviews

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

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

How is the 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.

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:

  • 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

On your placement:

  • 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
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

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 is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
2 weeks (15 nights) £1495 GB Pounds
4 weeks (32 nights) £1995 GB Pounds
6 weeks (43 nights) £2595 GB Pounds
8 weeks (60 nights) £3395 GB Pounds
10 weeks (71 nights) £4095 GB Pounds
12 weeks (88 nights) £4795 GB Pounds
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Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

30%

increase in family income through biogarden community scheme

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian

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VOLUNTEER REVIEWS

  • Peru Amazon Conservation volunteer - Eleanor

    "From setting up butterfly traps, clearing the wetlands, to chasing woolly monkeys. I got to learn about everything out there from the mammals; tapirs, jaguars and armidillos, to the reptiles and amphibians, including all the species of poison dart frogs."

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  • Peru Amazon Conservation volunteer - Hannah

    "The Amazon conservation project was my first experience of travelling alone. It's going to be a tough one to follow! I have learned so much more than I expected. It feels like I've actually contributed towards something great."

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  • Peru Amazon Conservation volunteer - Lewis

    "I found my time volunteering to be a truly valuable and rewarding. From it I have gained new various cultural insights and interests, as well as a knowledge of Amazonian ecology and species."

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal