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.
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.
Meet the team in Peru
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