Volunteer Peru Amazon Rainforest Project

Volunteer with the Peru Amazon Conservation Project in the spectacular Manu Biosphere. Manu is a major biodiversity hotspot located in the Amazon River Basin, and in 1987 the reserve was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read on to find out how you can play your part in protecting this world famous rainforest...

Duration: 2 to 12 weeks

Hours: 6-8 hours per day, 1 free day per week

Activities: Forest regeneration, animal monitoring (birds, mammals, amphibians, butterflies and reptiles), bio gardening, capacity building, and agroforestry.

Location: Peru

City info: Manu Biosphere Reserve, in the south eastern Peruvian Amazon.

Accommodation: Shared rooms

Requirements: Aged 18+, with a passion for conservation, learning and the outdoors

Volunteer Placement Fee: From UK£1,640 / US$1,950

How you will spend your time at the project

Volunteers with the Peru Amazon Conservation Project work directly with project staff on research, conservation and sustainable community initiatives that are helping to protect the spectacular Manu Biosphere Reserve.

Daily activities vary throughout the year and can include:
conducting early morning transects to track bird types and numbers
recording the number and activity of parrots and macaws, and any observed tourist impacts, at the nearby clay lick
conducting pitfall surveys for amphibians and reptiles
setting up butterfly nets and identifying and recording butterflies species
early morning transects for mammals
assisting in setting up camera traps
collecting organic rainforest litter to track regeneration and carbon levels
helping create and support bio-gardens at the centre and in the local community
helping to plant agroforestry plants with local farmers
holding language exchanges with local staff members

Why the project needs volunteers

Our local project partner has been working in Peru for over 15 years and is at the forefront of conservation and regeneration efforts in Manu.
The Amazon rainforest, which is the biggest and most diverse rainforest in the world, covers more than half of Peru and is home to thousands of unique and endangered animals, plants and ecosystems – some of which are only found locally.

Volunteers with the Learning Programme work across a range of areas, including forest regeneration, animal monitoring (birds, mammals, amphibians, butterflies and reptiles), bio gardening, capacity building, and agroforestry. The project also works closely with local indigenous groups to create sustainable livelihoods for these communities using practices that will also help protect and recover the rainforest. In 2016 there will also be four special Manu Expeditions, which will allow volunteers the opportunity to head deep into the Manu rainforest.
You don’t need to have a science or conservation background to join this project, however, as you will learn everything you will need to know (and more!) from the experienced project staff through training sessions, orientation events, and expert talks and debates. We can also cater for students who are looking to do a volunteer placement as a university requirement.  
Volunteers live and work onsite in Manu for the entirety of their placement after an orientation in Cusco, so you will be fully immersed in the Amazon rainforest, with each day at the project a new and exciting experience that you will definitely look back on for years to come!

More Information

Read more about the Peru Amazon Rainforest Project including accommodation, location, extra activities, climate and what makes Globalteer different.

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Volunteer Placement Fee

Your volunteer placement fee includes:
  • Accommodation for the duration of the stay at the project
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to and from the project
  • On-site orientation and training
  • Cusco city tour and induction
  • Full pre-arrival and in-country support
  • An unforgettable experience!

Your volunteer placement fee does not include flights, visas or insurance, although we can provide information as required.
Learning Programme 2017 start dates
26 June, 24 July, 21 August, 18 September, 16 October, 13 November, 11 December
Groups and families are welcome at this project. Returning volunteers and those doing multiple Globalteer projects will receive a discount of US$70 / GBP£50.

Reserve Your Place

Application process & requirements

The minimum age for volunteering is 18 years of age. No previous experience or qualifications are necessary but we do require volunteers to be passionate about animals and to be able to cope with primitive living conditions in a relatively isolated location. Travel insurance is compulsory for this project.
Volunteers must be reasonably physically fit as the work entails long hours and can be demanding. You must be able to speak either English or Spanish. Volunteers must have a similar ideology to the mission of the Amazon Jungle Conservation Project. Wildlife trainers and those who exploit wildlife for the benefit of people are not suitable for this project.
  1. Click on the link below to fill out an application form. 
  2. Add "@globalteer.org" to your E-mail safe list to ensure that you receive a response.
  3. Your application will be reviewed and if accepted you will be notified via E-mail within one week.
  4. Pay your deposit to secure your placement within one week of acceptance. 
  5. Research your destination, book your flight, inoculations and ask us any questions you may have.
  6. Full amount is to be paid 10 weeks before the start of your volunteer placement.
  7. A comprehensive information folder will be sent to you with all information including a packing list, Peru cultural differences, etiquette, useful language phrases, volunteer placement rules, useful phone contacts and full project information.
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