Travel to South America and team up with people from around the world to protect the Amazon Rainforest on our conservation volunteer trip for groups in Peru. You’ll be on the frontlines of rainforest conservation, and work with our team of conservation experts at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve. You might have even seen well-known veterinarian, Dr. Evan Antin, work with the animals at our rescue center on an episode of Animal Planet's 'Evan Goes Wild'.
After taking a boat up an Amazon river, you’ll live in shared accommodation and work at the reserve with your group. You’ll wake up to the sounds of the jungle, and explore the rainforest by foot. You’ll survey the jungle from the highest canopy walkway in South America and help rehabilitate wild animals. Your work will become part of our ongoing efforts to preserve this unique ecosystem for future generations.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what it takes to protect the rainforest on the ground! And throughout it all, our staff will be there to guide your group 24/7.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
Team Trips - Become part of a set team and tackle a new challenge together
Peru > Conservation
Fixed dates throughout the year
Puerto Maldonado (Read More)
Shared accommodation at Conservation base Read More
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Organized weekend tourism trips
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will my group do in the Amazon Rainforest?
On our rainforest conservation group volunteer trip to Peru, you’ll participate in different activities at Taricaya. These are dependent on our needs at the time, but everything you do contributes to our long-term project goals. Your team’s work can include the following:
- Assist with the animal rescue, rehabilitation, and release programme
- Collect scientific data on different plant and animal species for biodiversity studies
- Tend crops like bananas, avocados, and chillies on a pilot farm
- Enjoy relaxing and exploring the Amazon Rainforest with a group from around the world
Working at the animal rehabilitation center and animal release program
At Taricaya, we run an animal release program. This work involves our project partner, Animal Defenders International (ADI). ADI confiscates illegal pets or circus animals. We then rehabilitate them at the rescue center, and release them into the wild if possible. These are usually endangered species like scarlet macaws, whose populations are steadily decreasing in the Amazon.
You'll also get to observe the work of veterinarians as they treat and monitor various animals, like spider monkeys, that come into the rehabilitation center with injuries or illnesses.
You’ll help with feeding these animals and doing general maintenance. This includes tasks like cleaning enclosures or repairing fences. With your team pitching in, we’ll be able to do a lot in the short time you’re in Peru!
Collecting scientific data through surveys
By observing and recording details about the species you see during surveys, you’ll help us better understand how to protect them. This type of work can include:
- Bird censuses conducted from a canopy platform
- Collecting video footage using camera traps
- Recording data on species characteristics during trail hikes
With the help of volunteers like you, we produce a technical report every year to demonstrate our environmental impact. The data for these reports comes directly from our volunteers’ daily observations. Thanks to this work, Taricaya is increasingly recognized internationally as a research center. It has contributed a number of important research papers at international conferences, especially in the field of ornithology (the study of birds).
Working at a pilot farm
We have a pilot farm where we work on developing and perfecting sustainable farming techniques. We then teach local people about sustainable farming to reduce the negative impact of farming in the area. Your role is to tend the crops and help us raise awareness about sustainable farming.
We also run a mahogany program. We grow mahogany trees close together and study them. This shows local loggers that this is a cost-effective alternative to cutting down trees from the rainforest. We are also able to share the timber from these trees to use in production. You’ll help with maintaining the plantation and taking measurements.
Enjoy free time of relaxing, exploration, and fun activities
We’ve added some exciting social activities to your itinerary. You could join one of the regular night walks, which give you a different perspective on the Amazon Rainforest. You could also camp out overnight with staff and other volunteers.
The Taricaya Ecological Reserve has wonderful facilities for you to enjoy your free time. You could soak up the jungle atmosphere on one of the hammocks, or play in a local football match every Friday. Over the weekend, there’ll be an organised trip into the nearest town, Puerto Maldonado. Here, you can visit restaurants, shops, and internet cafes.
Our project partners in Peru
Projects Abroad has funded, staffed, and run the Taricaya Ecological Reserve for over a decade. For this reason, we rely heavily on volunteers to keep the centre running. Since we opened the reserve, we’ve worked with the local community and the government. This ensures that the data we collect contributes towards the future of the Amazon Rainforest. We’re proud to support such a growing force in the area of rainforest conservation.
We’ve also partnered with Animal Defenders International, who provide valuable support for our work rehabilitating wild animals. Many of these animals have been confined at circuses in horrifying conditions for most of their lives.
Where will I work in Peru?
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. It is 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.
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.
Meet the team in Peru
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