At a glance
- Spend your spring break living in the spectacular Amazon Rainforest
- Support the Peruvian Forestry and Wildlife Protection Agency to rehabilitate animals
- Have a jungle adventure while building skills for your resume
- From the forest floor to the canopy walkway, spot Peru’s beautiful wildlife
- Get in touch to inquire about saving $300 off the cost of this trip
Over Spring BreakSee Dates
18 or over
Assist with animal rescue, rehabilitation, and release
We work with the help, authorization, and permission of the Peruvian Forestry and Wildlife Protection Agency (SERFOR). We also work closely with Animal Defenders International (ADI) who help us with this mission.
We receive confiscated wild animals that have been kept as pets and circus animals. We also rescue animals that have been illegally trafficked. These are usually rainforest animals such as scarlet macaws and spider monkeys.
Your job as a Rainforest Conservation volunteer is to help us rehabilitate these animals. You’ll help feed and care for these animals. Whether cleaning enclosures or repairing fences, you’ll get up close to wildlife, preparing them for freedom.
For animals raised in captivity who can’t be released, you’ll help give them the quality of life they deserve.
Collect data for biodiversity studies
To protect Amazon Rainforest wildlife, we first need to study it. By recording details about the species you spot, you’ll help us understand how to protect them.
- Survey birds from a canopy platform
- Collect video footage using camera traps
- Record data during trail hikes
Thanks to the work of volunteers like you, Taricaya is an internationally recognized research center. Data collected by our volunteers have been included in research papers. Take this chance to contribute to scientific papers that are making a real-world impact.
Tend to banana trees and citruses on a pilot farm
We have a pilot farm where we develop sustainable farming techniques.
We also grow mahogany, cedar, and other wooden trees on the farm. This shows local loggers how this can be a cost-effective alternative to cutting down trees.
Tending to crops such as banana trees and citruses, you’ll help maintain a flourishing farm.
Where will I work in Peru?
You’ll live and work at our central camp on the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest. You’ll travel with our staff to the nearest town, Puerto Maldonado. From here, you'll take a one-hour boat ride deep into the wilderness of southeast Peru.
Most of the work will take place around this camp. The camp is basic but safe and comfortable. It’s the perfect place to reconnect with nature during your spring break.
What are the goals of Rainforest Conservation in Peru?
The main aim of this project is to conserve the diverse plants and animals of the Amazon Rainforest ecosystem.
The wildlife of Peru is under constant threat, including from:
We must do more to protect and preserve the Amazon's unique wildlife and vegetation.
This project works to restore an area previously damaged by human activities like poaching, gold mining, and farming. We conduct surveys and reintroduce species previously found in the area.
You’ll become part of these efforts by helping to run a model farm. This helps us pass on techniques for more sustainable farming.
We have four main goals for Conservation in Peru:
- Restore natural ecosystems
- Protect local wildlife
- Monitor habitats
- Raise awareness of environmental issues
Join our Spring Break Amazon Rainforest Conservation Project and help us achieve these goals.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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