Work to protect wildlife and indigenous plants by joining our Amazon Rainforest Conservation Project in Peru, as seen on the Animal Planet special, 'Evan Goes Wild'. You’ll be on the frontlines of rainforest conservation, help protect the planet and gain valuable experience for your future career.
Wake up to the sounds of the jungle, explore the rainforest by foot, on the river, or on the highest canopy walkway in South America. You’ll work closely with our team of experienced conservation experts at the award-winning Taricaya Ecological Reserve. The reserve has been rated the best wild animal rescue center in Peru by local government. You’ll help rehabilitate wild animals like spider monkeys and spectacled bears, and become part of our ongoing efforts to preserve this unique ecosystem for future generations just like the famous American vetinarian, Dr. Evan Antin.
This is a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn what it takes to protect the rainforest on the ground!
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on (+1) 212 244 7234 for more info.
Please note this calculator is for pricing information only. You will need to choose your final dates and duration on our application form.
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.
Flexi Trips - A flexible project that gives you the support and independence you need as you volunteer
Peru > Rainforest Conservation
Completely flexible dates
Puerto Maldonado (Read More)
Shared accommodation at Conservation base Read More
Anyone aged 16 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
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
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
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Your conservation work will focus on these main areas:
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. Although this may sound like menial work, it’s a chance to get up close to beautiful wildlife, while also helping prepare them for a life of freedom. For animals raised in captivity who can’t be released, you’ll be helping to give them the quality of life they deserve.
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 trail cameras
- Recording data on species characteristics during trail hikes
With the help of your work, 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.
You’ll also help with our turtle breeding program and do things like patrolling riverbanks for turtle nests, collecting the eggs, and incubating them at the center. This protects them from poachers. When the eggs hatch, watching hatchlings scurry across the sand making their way to water is a heart-warming moment! It also makes a huge impact on the populations of these species in the wild.
You’ll also help with catching and breeding endangered butterflies. Our butterfly catching methods are completely safe and leave the butterflies unharmed. We can then house them in optimal conditions, help them breed, and study their behavior.
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 will help with maintaining the plantation and taking measurements.
We work to raise awareness about conservation on both a local and a global level. Through research and publications, Taricaya provides groundbreaking data that draws attention to the work we’re doing in the Amazon. You’ll be involved in collecting this data and contributing to large-scale research work.
You can also help with raising awareness about conservation in local communities. For example, you could run a recycling competition in a local school. Or you could conduct a workshop on the small things people can do to combat climate change.
Projects Abroad has funded, staffed, and run the Taricaya Ecological Reserve in the Amazon Rainforest for over a decade. For this reason, we rely heavily on volunteer support to keep the center 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 in Peru will I work?
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.
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.
All of the activities we participated in took place within the jungle and contributed to the bigger picture of conserving this majestic environment that few people have ever experienced.
Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
Geography has always fascinated me and the opportunity provided by Projects Abroad to live in the rainforest for five weeks and carry out my fieldwork has proved only to further fuel both my passion for the subject and my love of travelling.
Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
Meet the team in Peru
Not quite what you’re looking for?
Take a look at the following pages where you'll find collections of similar projects: