Volunteer in Peru and have a lasting impact on Amazon conservation efforts, in the Manu National park – one of the most diverse environments on earth.
As a volunteer on this project you will get the opportunity to live and work alongside conservation researchers and community development staff to understand what they do on a daily basis by contributing to their conservation efforts first hand.
Upon arrival at the project, which is situated on the fringe of Manú National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only a short journey from the Inca capital of Cusco you will learn what it takes to be part of a dedicated conservation team through an initial training process. This experience will help to educate you and give you a better understanding of conservation science and community development in the Amazon rainforest.
The Amazon is the largest and most species-rich rainforest in the world, covering a staggering 5.5 million km2 and due to its varied topography; the Manú Biosphere Reserve has one of highest levels of biodiversity of any national park. It is home to over 1000 species of birds, as well as larger wildlife including jaguar, puma, giant otter, giant anteater, giant armadillo and two and three-toed sloth. There are also 14 species of monkey, including marmoset, capuchin, tamarin, squirrel monkey, spider monkey and woolly monkey species.
Volunteering in South America you are sure to have an unforgettable experience and will enjoy playing an integral part in conservation research and sustainable community initiatives. Doing so involves tasks such as data-collection, animal-tracking and survey-recording. By taking part in this project you will spend time working with fascinating wildlife and alongside local people, striving to create a truly sustainable Amazon environment.
All volunteers on this project are required to complete a training programme prior to commencing project work. This consists of presentations, field work, educational forest walks, species recognition tasks and a first-aid course. Project work comes in the form of a few different, smaller initiatives, which alter depending on the time of year and needs of certain species. Some examples of these can be seen below.
Please note itineraries are subject to change and the below is simply a rough guideline. This itinerary is based on a stay of four weeks. If you are staying for less than four weeks, the training period will not be as long and the volunteer work not as involved. If you are joining the project for longer than 4 weeks, the period of project work will be longer.
To secure a place on this project a deposit of £195 is required at the time of booking, with the remaining balance due any time up to 60 days prior to your start date.
Select a duration below to see the available start dates. All dates shown are currently available for you to join this project!
This project is at the forefront of conservation and research in one of the most ecologically important ecosystems in the world. The work undertaken here consists mainly of garnering data and honing techniques, which are vitally important to the future of not just Manu National Park but also the entire Amazon rainforest ecosystem. The project works towards:
Conservation Research: The project explores and supports the value of the Amazon rainforest through scientific research of its biodiversity and complex ecosystems. By studying endangered species and discovering new ones, the project is able to inform government decision making and help protect the rainforest from irreversible destruction.
Community Initiatives: Manu currently supports four native ethnic groups: the Machiguenga, the Mascho-Piro, the Yaminahua and the Amahuaca. These peoples are considered part of Manu's ecosystem and are left to use the area as they please. Manu provide local communities with the finance and training needed to develop sustainable enterprises as well as education. This empowers people to create a positive future and diverts labour and resources away from damaging practices (such as logging and mining).
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For the first two nights and last night in Cusco, you will stay in a comfortable hostel within the city centre in a twin room with en-suite bathroom and breakfast provided. The third night will be spent in a beautiful lodge within the cloud forest.
Accommodation whilst on the project at Manu National Park consists of comfortable and airy pods, which each feature two beds, bed linen, mosquito net and a magnificent view of the rainforest. There are toilets, solar-powered showers and a solar-powered internet connection.
Food and snack packages are provided three times a day, and will consist of local style meals. This will include rice, vegetables, meat and fish and potatoes.
This project involves a fair amount of manual work, mainly involved in construction tasks. There are also many treks involved in the programme, and so a fairly high level of fitness is advised. No specific tasks or qualifications are required to partake in this project, simply a positive attitude, ability to work in a team and commitment to the cause and its aims.
The vaccinations required will depend on your medical history. We recommend that you consult your GP regarding your own immunisation needs. In conjunction with this, we would recommend that you check Fit for Travel’s website.
There are no real seasonal issues relating to volunteering on this project and due to this it runs all year round. The only slight consideration is regarding weather. The dry season is from May to September which makes this a very popular time to volunteer, and whilst during the rest of the year it can rain more, it very rarely affects the visibility of wildlife.
You will need to arrive into Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco on the start date of your project between 7am - 5pm where you will be picked up by a project representative and transferred to your hostel in Cusco. From here you will be transferred to every stage of the project.
If you would like help booking your flights, please visit our flights page and fill out the form. A member of our team will get back in touch as soon as possible with a suitable quote.
If you are from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia or most of the EU you do not require a visa to come to Peru as a tourist as a stay of around 6 months is granted on arrival for tourism purposes.
The Peruvian currency is the Neuvo Sol. The conversion rate is around 1 PEN to 0.2 GBP, 0.3 EUR and 0.4 USD. For up-to-date conversion information click here.
If you have any questions about this project or would like help finding the perfect project for you then please feel free to give us a call or send us through your enquiry and we will be happy to help.
Nikita & team.
I have so many special memories, but my favourite moment has to be seeing a rainbow boa curled around a branch watching us as we crept through the forest on a night trek. If you want an adventure and a journey of discovery I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. A truly amazing experience.
Lissa Roy, 2016
The natural aura of the jungle was simply amazing. Sights and especially sounds at night. The sheer volume of rain smashing down at night, with the associated lightning erupting into the pods. And the fire-flies at dusk in the pods.
Dion McCall, 2014