Projects Abroad volunteers bird watching on their Spring Break Conservation Project in Peru

Rainforest Conservation in Peru for Spring Break

Help rehabilitate animals in the Amazon Rainforest during your Spring Break

At a glance

Live in the Amazon Rainforest and work to protect wildlife and indigenous plants by joining our Alternative Spring Break Rainforest Conservation Project in Peru. You’ll be on the frontlines of rainforest conservation efforts, which could be valuable for your future career.

On this Rainforest Conservation Project you’ll:

  • Help on bird biodiversity studies
  • Maintain a butterfly house
  • Assist with reforestation efforts
  • Observe wildlife with sensory camera equipment
  • Observe wildlife from the tallest canopy walkway in South America
  • Feed animals living at the rescue center, and collect fruit and foliage for them
  • Clean the enclosures of the animal rescue center

Years of destruction of the natural environment has left many species, like spectacles bears, threatened. Join us on this project as we strive to facilitate the recovery of the local environment and ecosystems, to its diverse natural state. – a vital resource on our planet.

Our Conservation Project in Peru is based at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, a private reserve dedicated to wildlife research and animal rehabilitation. As a volunteer, you’ll get to experience life surrounded by a vast jungle

If you have an interest in conservation, biology, or environmental science, you’ll enjoy the hands-on fieldwork, and you’ll contribute to ongoing research projects. You’ll need to be comfortable with getting your hands dirty, and be willing to skip some home comforts!

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates during spring break

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Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

Where will I work in Peru?

Puerto Maldonado

You’ll live and work at the central camp at Taricaya Ecological Reserve, which is located in the Amazon Rainforest. The camp is a one-hour boat ride from the nearest town, Puerto Maldonado, situated in southeast Peru near the border with Bolivia. 

Most of the work that you’ll do is based in and around the camp, and within the Taricaya Ecological Reserve

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

What impact will I make in Peru?

The main aim of this project is to conserve the diverse plants and animals of the Amazon Rainforest ecosystem.

The Amazon Rainforest wildlife is under constant threat from various issues. These include:

  • Agriculture
  • Logging
  • Poaching
  • Smuggling
  • Pollution
  • Mining
  • Urbanization

Not enough is done to protect and preserve the unique wildlife and vegetation.

Our project at Taricaya works to rehabilitate an area previously damaged by human activities, such as gold mining and farming. We conduct surveys throughout the area to track the rehabilitation of local wildlife and vegetation, and reintroduce species previously found in the area.

We also help local people avoid causing damage to the environment. They help us with our Rainforest projects and we help them with their farming. You’ll become part of these efforts, and help us run a model farm. Through the farm, we pass on ideas and techniques for more sustainable farming to local farmers.

We have outlined four main goals in our Conservation Management Plan for Peru. These are:

  • Restore natural ecosystems
  • Protect local wildlife
  • Monitor habitats
  • Raise awareness of the importance of protecting the environment

Join our Spring Break Amazon Rainforest Conservation Project and help protect the wildlife of Peru.

Management plans

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.

Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Cusco. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Peru and have a truly unique experience.

We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.

Your programme fee includes three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

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.

When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options, fundraising advice, and scholarships available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 619 320 2424 to see if we can offer a discount.

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