The Amazon Conservation project is based in the heart of jungle and researches the ecosystem to help conserve the rainforest through sustainable community projects.
The rainforest is under threat from deforestation so volunteers can support the scientific research team to collect data on the tropical ecology to help protect the environment. The team collect data on mammals, birds, amphibians and insects on treks and boat rides from the centre which is a great opportunity for unique wildlife watching.
Live at a biological research centre where there is an abundance of local wildlife which includes sloths, endangered macaws and monkeys.
Join the Amazon Conservation team and help save the rainforest.
The goal of the Amazon Conservation project is to help protect the Amazon rainforest through research and community work in the Manu region. The volunteer role changes day-to-day depending on the what is required by the research team so you will be involved in a combination of some of the following projects:
All the data which is collected is collated and inputted into the project’s database. Volunteers help to maintain the equipment, make survey apparatus and are scheduled onto data entry sessions. You can learn more about the volunteer itinerary and research projects here.
After the initial week’s journey to the jungle and training volunteers normally work 6 days a week, with Sundays off. Volunteers should expect a mix of early mornings and late days according to what surveys they are assisting with.
Generally, birding surveys start early around 5am whereas surveys for amphibians and reptiles may not return 10.30pm, but volunteers are not expected to do a late finish followed by an early morning. Volunteers may walk for up to around 2 hours to reach the research site. The scientific research team often hold evening talks, presentations and debates for volunteers and staff. You can spend your free time relaxing around the research centre.
There are normally 3-8 volunteers and interns (maximum of 20) and around 10 full time local staff and scientists. Numbers vary throughout the year.
This placement has been approved by the DofE as meeting the requirements for the Residential section of the Gold Award.
You will work alongside the research project team and interns. The team will oversee your volunteering work and be there to support you throughout your placement.
“Volunteers are absolutely vital in helping us to achieve our project objectives, and without your help we simply would not be able to achieve our goals. Volunteers are helping us to make our dream a reality; a sustainable Amazon for everyone.” Alex, Project Manager
The team are looking for volunteers to join the 12 or 24 week multimedia internship which you can find out more about here.
You will be based at the biological 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 and shared bathrooms. There is limited solar powered internet connection.
Main meals are provide at the research centre. Here are typical examples of the food you may have:
Vegetarians and vegans are welcomed and can be catered for.
Drinking water is provided at the centre and accommodation.
You will need to fly into Lima (LIM) and then take a connecting flight to Cusco (CUZ).
You will be met on arrival at Cusco Airport and driven to the volunteer accommodation in Cusco, where you stay for 2 nights, before travelling onto the research base in the Amazon.
The research centre is based at the furthest tip of the Upper Amazon River in a remote region, which is the largest tropical rainforest biosphere reserve on earth. This project is a real immersion into remoteness and the Amazon, it's a 10 minute boat ride and walk to the nearest jungle town!
Many volunteers choose to spend their free time relaxing in the hammock area which is perfect for watching the sunset and enjoying the view over the rainforest. You can go in small groups to the wetlands area which has a hide and is a great quiet place for spotting birdlife and wildlife. Small groups can also visit the river lookout area, overlooking the river and jungle below.
At the centre you can play board games in the communal lounge or relax and read books (there is a book swap). There is also a football match most Sundays between the staff and volunteers and any ball games are popular. We would recommend bringing books and cards for the evenings.
The Manu rainforest region has a tropical climate and daily temperatures are generally between 20-30˚C. The wet season runs from October to March where there are typically afternoon heavy rain showers. The dry season runs from April to September. During the wet season the volunteer role may on some days be based within the research centre, depending on the rain and wind.
There is a great difference in the weather between the city of Cusco and the tropical rainforest. Cusco night temperatures are usually below 10˚C and around 20˚C in the day.
Peru is famous for Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail, and there is so much more to this truly diverse South American country from the snow-capped Andes Mountains to giant sand dunes in Huacachina. Popular things to do in Peru that you might like to combine with your project are:
For more information on Peru and some of the things we loved when we visited there please see our Peru country page. This also features all our other Peru volunteering projects as you might like to consider combining this project with one of the others we offer to make a trip of a lifetime!
2023: 2 Jan, 30 Jan, 27 Feb, 27 Mar, 24 Apr, 22 May, 19 Jun, 17 Jul, 14 Aug, 11 Sep, 9 Oct, 6 Nov, 4 Dec. Multimedia Internship start dates are 24 Apr and 17 Jul.
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“I had the most amazing experience and it exceeded my expectations greatly. The Amazon conservation program is such an amazing experience. I learned so much about different species of birds, reptiles, mammals and amphibians.
One of my favourite memories from the volunteering was at night in the jungle when we found a glass frog and a Olive Whip Snake within meters if each other. The staff there are some of the most amazing people. I strongly recommend this volunteer program!”
“It was exactly what I hoped it would be; fulltime jungle exploration with the focus on finding animals. I was scheduled on surveys 6 days per week and everyone had the opportunity to mention their preferred expeditions so if you prefer butterfly surveys over reptiles and amphibians, you get assigned to these a lot more.
The fact that the volunteers were essential was quite rewarding. The fact that they need at least three people (for safety reasons) per survey made it so that the fulltime staff always needed two volunteers/interns to accompany them into the jungle and without them, the data would not be collected as often as they manage now.”
“Spending a month in the Amazon amongst wildlife was an amazing experience. As someone who is studying environment, this project was a perfect out of the classroom learning opportunity. I had the chance to talk to experts in all different types of wildlife from fungus, to snakes to macaws while putting that knowledge into practice.
Working in one of the most biodiverse areas in the world really helped me narrow my interest and reinforce my understanding of how important conservation is. I also really enjoyed day to day life at the centre. It was a perfect escape from modern day busy living and put everything into perspective. This experience will stay with me forever.”
“Volunteering in the Amazon rainforest was an incredible experience that opened my eyes to the biodiversity of nature, and grew my passion for conservation. The work that we engaged in was extremely rewarding, as the data we collected contributed to datasets that were used in research.
Furthermore, having the opportunity to observe and engage with wildlife in their natural habitats was just an incredible experience. I learned so much from the experience, and highly recommend it to everyone!”
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"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."Read more volunteer reviews
"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."Read more volunteer reviews
"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."Read more volunteer reviews