Conservation for Volunteers over 19 in Peru
- Placement locations: Taricaya Ecological Reserve and Research Center
- Types of placements: Conservation work in the Amazon Rainforest
- Accommodation: Shared dormitory
- Age Requirements: Must be 18 years or older
- Arrival Airport: Puerto Maldonado (PEM)
- Local Languages: Spanish, Quechua
Volunteer in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest to take part in various conservation activities that help protect its natural beauty. The Projects Abroad conservation team in Peru works towards important conservation goals that you will directly contribute to. You can work with rescued animals, do research on the forest’s natural wildlife, and even learn some carpentry skills. Your activities will offer valuable assistance in ongoing efforts to protect the increasingly threatened biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest.
We have partnered with the Taricaya Ecological Reserve, where you will spend some of your time. There are a number of programs and activities that happen at Taricaya at a time, so you could end up doing something different every day.
Your role as a Conservation Volunteer in Peru
Work schedules will vary depending on what the focus is for that day. Some of the activities you can be involved with at Taricaya include:
- Biodiversity studies and observing wildlife like:
- Bird tagging
- Tracking a group of rehabilitated spider monkeys
- Assisting with trail maintenance
- Agricultural work on farm plots
Taricaya also has an animal rescue center where you will care for various animal species. You can be involved with feeding and ensuring that animal enclosures are maintained. You will also help build new enclosures if a new animal will be arriving. A fun aspect of your trip may be the work you do at the mahogany program. This can be a great way to get creative as a volunteer, since you do carpentry work with the wood from the reserve’s plantation.
Night walks are held regularly and give you a fascinating perspective on the Amazon Rainforest. You may also have the opportunity to camp out overnight with staff and volunteers.
During your placement, you will live with other volunteers in shared bungalows. In your free time, you can relax at the lodge or attend weekly talks around specific conservation topics given by our staff. You can also get involved in local football matches that take place on Friday afternoons. Over the weekend, you can join the other volunteers and explore a nearby town or relax at the lodge together.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Peru Conservation Management Plan.
This project is available to ages 18-25. If you are a high school student and first-time traveler, you may want to consider our High School Special in Peru.