Amazon Rainforest Conservation Volunteering in Peru

GVI Flex: independent travel
Durations :
1 - 24 weeks
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Tambopata, Peru
The project

Ready to be a force for good? Join us in the Amazon Basin of southeast Peru. Here we explore, learn and collectively contribute to the conservation of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems. Located in the Tambopata National Reserve in South America, our focus is on preserving the remarkable biodiversity of this tropical rainforest. Participate in monitoring species such as pumas, jaguars, sloths, spider and capuchin monkeys, river otters and anacondas as you immerse yourself in the wondrous beauty of the Amazon.

The program

You’ll engage in various hands-on projects. From primate behavioural studies where you can collect data on capuchin and black spider monkeys, to camera trapping where you might spot pumas or jaguars, mammal transects, pitfall traps, habitat evaluation, vegetation plots and angiosperm phenology studies. Your participation directly supports ongoing efforts to maintain the conservation area. 

You will contribute to the preservation of the Peruvian Amazon and the wildlife – like pumas, monkeys and sloths – that call it home. You’ll also gain valuable insights into the complexities of rainforest ecosystems.

Volunteering meets independent research

Our volunteer project extends beyond typical volunteering – we encourage independent research. In Tambopata, we help participants develop scientific projects with standardised data collection – imagine doing your dissertation on river otters or Capuchin monkeys! Blending academic pursuits with practical conservation efforts, participants can use these projects for university reports or theses.

Location

You’ll live in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve. Getting there is a short boat ride from Puerto Maldonado city in the Madre de Dios region of southeast Peru. You’ll find yourself surrounded by lakes, canopy bridges and nature reserves.

Tambopata sits right in the heart of this incredible scenery. Making it the perfect hub to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings, while listening to the sound of numerous bird species calling from the trees, including harpy eagles.

Species

The reserve is a biodiversity hotspot, home to a variety of species. From jaguars and pumas to sloths, anacondas, giant anteaters and harpy eagles, the area is teeming with diverse wildlife. Notably, it’s the sole spot in Latin America where successfully reintroduced spider monkeys thrive. Witness this iconic species in its natural habitat, along with capuchin monkeys, river otters and more – a dream for nature enthusiasts and conservationists.

Your day, your way

A typical day is a mix of routine and adaptability, offering volunteers a flexible structure. Your activities depend on your interests and what’s happening. Kick off your day with breakfast, then dive into activities until lunchtime. 

Take a break until 2:00 PM, and then resume activities until 5:30 PM. Dinner is at 7:00 PM, and the night is your time to unwind with games, movies or presentations. It’s all about making each day your own fun adventure. 

Free time

Unwind and enjoy during your free time! Depending on the season, there might be planned activities like volleyball games, beach outings or river trips – great chances to connect with your crew. 

Every other weekend, add some variety with a night in Puerto Maldonado. Delve into Peruvian cuisine, explore local shops, meet locals and relax in a comfy hotel. The areas around Puerto Maldonado offer fantastic natural spots to explore. Whether you prefer a relaxed river swim or an adventure-packed weekend, your free time is all about creating those memorable moments.

What’s included

Project work

Contribute to the conservation and study of the Peruvian Amazon by engaging in training, monitoring and research efforts.

Accommodation

Stay in a shared bungalow. The main house includes a well-equipped kitchen, dining and study areas and a library.

Meals

Enjoy sustainable meals with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided, prepared using locally sourced vegetables and fruits.

Airport transfer

You'll be collected from the airport by a trusted local taxi company.

Basic pre-departure support

Includes an Essential Info Pack and answering any questions you might have.

Basic in-country support

Receive info packs with local resources, clinic details. In emergencies, consult packs; contact Program Manager if needed.

24/7 mental health support

Receive support services provided by licensed professionals.
What's not included

Flights and airport taxes, medical and travel insurance, visa costs, police or background check, additional drinks and gratuities, extra local excursions, personal items and toiletries, laundry, local transport during free time and food and accommodation outside of the program.

Your accommodation

Participants stay in shared bungalows, each accommodating four people with bathroom and shower facilities (no hot water showers). Communal spaces include a dining room, library, terrace with hammocks and a study area. The area offers field materials, games and books, along with an extensive trail system within the forest. Additionally, there’s a space for playing volleyball.

For those seeking an accommodation upgrade, private bungalows are available. For staying connected, enjoy Starlink from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM, offering download speeds of 30mbps and upload speeds of 20mbps.