We need people who love animals and want to support us in rescues, rehabilitation process and medical treatments, also implement enrichment programs for them!
Amazon Rainforest Volunteer Projects
Merazonia combines passion for nature with a professional approach on animal care and release, along with rainforest conservation.
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.
Help to take care of rescued animals at a wildlife center in the Amazon Jungle! Feed monkeys, parrots, and coatis, among other amazing animals!
The natural equilibrium of the Amazon’s ecosystems needs to be protected and volunteers can be part of it.
By volunteering at our refuge you will have a once in a life time opportunity to work with our various big cats including jaguars, ocelots, monkeys, parrots.
Ambue Ari is a Wildlife Sanctuary that cares for over 70 animals, of more than 20 different species, specialising in the care of large felines.
Home to an incredibly diverse array of flora and fauna, these forests are at severe risk to deforestation through the effects of commercial logging and cattle production
Join our group of Eco-Volunteers and help out in various projects, ranging from creative projects to gardening and mammal monitoring.
Join us in one of the world's top biodiversity hotspots: Brazil's Atlantic Forest, to gain firsthand experience in biodiversity conservation and sustainability!
Learn Portuguese, Teach the staff English, educate the public about the importance to sustain the Amazon Jungle & assist as a guide in exciting overnight survival trips!
This project is an animal rescue and rehabilitation centre in the Amazon jungle working in partnership with the indigenous Quichuan community
Volunteer with rescued wildlife at one of our 3 Wildlife Sanctuaries in the Bolivian Amazon. Machía specialises in monkeys amongst other animals.
Work on projects to improve the environment for the wildlife and their long term prospects and provide medical assistance.
Collect information about the trees on the reserve, which will help us to assess when and where to release the birds and where we can find them to monitor their progress.
Conduct inventories on Amazonian wildlife in the field: mushrooms, birds, mammals, fish, bioluminescent and fluorescent organisms as well as flora.
Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children by creating a safe environment for healthy physical, social, and emotional development.
Protect our wildlife! Support this jungle sanctuary by preparing food for the animals, cleaning cages, and assisting with general maintenance.
The volunteers will assist our Education Program leader or lead their own classes, teaching children subjects such as English and Environmental Education in local schools
Help protect the amazing Costa Rican rainforest! Support this project by maintaining trails, reforestation, and guiding visitors on educational tours.
Volunteer Projects in the Amazon Rainforest
When you read the word ‘Amazon’ nowadays it’s hard not to associate it with the online shopping platform. Although many would consider this the spring of life, the true mother of nature is found in South America. Spreading across no less than 5.5 million km2, 60% of the Amazon Rainforest is situated in Brazil while Peru and Venezuela account for another 25%.
Responsible for 20% of the fresh air we breathe, home to ⅓ of the world’s bird population, housing over 500 mammals and over 300 reptile species, the Amazon Rainforest is by far one of the most important ecosystems of our planet. Volunteer in the amazing Amazon Rainforest and discover an immensely rich culture along with its natural treasures while you make a difference!
🌳 Amazon Rainforest Conservation Status
While the Amazon counts for over half of the world’s remaining rainforests and boasts the largest drainage system, there are some other interesting facts that may surprise you:
- The Amazon Rainforest is twice the size of India and as large as 42 of the American states!
- Only 1-2% of the sunlight actually reaches the ground of the rainforest. It’s dark and humid down there as the canopy of trees blocks the sunlight.
- The temperature and rainfall stay constant almost year-round. There’s a bigger difference between night and day temperatures than there are between the seasons!
- The rainforest houses around 3000 edible fruits. We’re only familiar with about 200 of them
- Rainforest soil can only be used for farming for 1-2 years until it’s infertile
🦥 How Can I Help Save the Amazon Rainforest?
There are many different volunteering opportunities in the Amazon Rainforest. Whether you want to work with amazon animals or prefer engaging in an amazon rainforest conservation project, you'll find the right amazon volunteer project for you. Think about how many days or weeks you can dedicate to volunteering and check out the options. It will help you decide what works best for you!
Animal and Wildlife Conservation
If you love animals, volunteer in Ecuador! This tourist hotspot boasts not only breathtaking nature and an interesting culture but a variety of Amazon rainforest wildlife projects as well. Excited about spending time in the rainforest while playing an essential role in these animals’ recovery? Then this is your ideal chance to contribute towards maintaining the Amazon’s delicate ecosystem!
Amazon wildlife conservation projects offer you the opportunity to rescue wildlife that are victims of animal trafficking, have been injured or are orphaned. With the Amazon’s staggering biodiversity, wildlife rescue and conservation programs are nursing exotic species like Tamarins, Capuchin monkeys and Kinkajous along with a wide variety of other animals! The aim is always to release them back into their natural habitat. To give you an idea of the species you might be working with in the Amazon rainforest, take a look at this list:
- Woolly monkeys
- Spider monkeys
- Squirrel monkeys
- Marmoset monkeys
- Howler monkeys
- Sloth Sanctuary
If you are a hands-on kind of person and curious to get close to these exotic creatures, being part of their daily care schedule will allow you to observe and learn exactly what it takes to nurse these helpless animals to health and increase their chances in their true home, the Amazon Rainforest! You will experience all of this while breathing in the fresh, green jungle air.
Biodiversity and its Conservation
Are you concerned about the Amazon Rainforest on a broader scale? Do you enjoy digging into data and doing research? In that case, an Amazon rainforest conservation project is just the thing for you! Conservation projects will lead you to another tourist hotspot. Famous as one of the world’s wonders, Peru! Discover this cultural gem while you help protect the Amazon rainforest! Volunteer as a jungle conservation assistant and contribute to research, the promotion of biodiversity and environmental awareness and education!
If you’re driven by data, excited about research and want to become an amazon conservation volunteer, support conservation researchers, and community development staff. Research outcomes of these projects can positively impact government legislation regarding conservation measures for the Amazon Rainforest.
Don’t worry, it’s not all numbers and data. One of the biggest game-changers is educating locals. By offering financial training and ideas for sustainable businesses, you will create more awareness among the local population and divert labor away from harmful activities such as illegal logging and mining. There is lots of work to do, but don’t forget to take in the surroundings and enjoy the unique environment you are in!
Amazon volunteers dedicated to an Amazon rainforest reforestation project can spend time planting endangered plant species while removing invasive non-native ones. More of a wildlife lover? No problem, you can contribute by observing and counting different animal species. And it doesn’t end there. If you’re more of a people person, there are always opportunities to teach English to locals!
🌄 What Can I Do in My Free-time as a Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest?
Yes, you’re investing your time and resources to helping the rainforest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the other perks this exquisite location has to offer! Depending on the location of the project and the amount of free time available, possibilities may vary. Situated in the heart of the rainforest or jungle, more adventurous volunteers will have easy access to hikes and other outdoor activities such as boat rides and kayak excursions. Those in need to just chill-out on their days off can hang out in some of the quaint bars and restaurants the nearest town has to offer and socialize with the locals!
Volunteers in Peru curious about one of the seven world wonders and eager to connect with locals can opt to visit indigenous communities and of course, Machu Picchu.
Volunteers staying around Quito have easy access to a cultural hotspot! Foodies can indulge in fine-dining while those fond of architecture can admire the churches and buildings scattered throughout this bubbling city. Those in Ecuador with more time on their hands can hop out towards the Galapagos Islands for a different type of untouched wilderness! Banos de Agua Santa is another must-see in Ecuador boasting exquisite nature along with a plethora of activities for the adventure seekers!
🤑 Can I Volunteer for Amazon Conservation for Free?
Most volunteer programs require a fee to be paid by the volunteer to cover the expenses of your accommodation. In some cases, the fee is also used to support the volunteer organization's activities. There are plenty of affordable volunteer programs in the amazon. You can search for volunteer opportunities within your budget by using your filter option. If you experience any issues, don't hesitate to contact our live chat team who will be happy to assist you in finding your perfect amazon volunteer program!
💡 Good to Know Before Volunteering in the Amazon
When traveling abroad, there are always a few things you should inform yourself about beforehand and that you should keep in mind to make sure that you will have a pleasant stay. This is some useful information about the Amazon Rainforest and some tips that might help you.
Best Travel Season
With temperatures remaining quite average year-round, it’s mainly the rainfall which will affect your decision to go. May until October are the driest months, allowing you to fully enjoy the activities. If you don’t mind heavy rain, pack a raincoat and go between November and April!
Culture & Religion
Hola! Que Tal? How is your Spanish? Heading to the rainforest in South America may require you to brush up on some Spanish to help you get around easily. People can be very warm and physical in this part of the world so don’t be surprised if you get lots of hugs and kisses. Just a few more points to take into consideration before you take off:
- Do not call a local indigenous person "Indio" or use this word at all. It is a derogatory term that is often used in Latin America in a rude way.
- If you are an American and someone calls you "Gringo", don't take this as an insult. It is a commonly used word in Latin America to refer to US Americans, and not at all used to offend anyone!
- Peru and Ecuador are not exactly known for efficiency. Do not expect things to be on time, or exactly as they intend to be.
- As English is not very common outside of the bigger cities, people might give you thewrong advice trying to be friendly.
🦺 Is it Safe to Volunteer for Amazon Conservation?
We know, you can’t wait to join your amazon volunteer program! But before you go, there are a few things we want you to take into account to make sure this unique experience remains as pleasurable as possible:
- Pickpocketing is very common, so be sure to have your belongings with you at all times and keep a close eye on your bag or backpack.
- Leave your valuables, credit and debit cards as well as travel documents in a hotel safe.
- A great part of the population lives below the poverty line, therefore there are a lot of demonstrations. These protests can turn violent so avoid putting yourself at risk.
- A dirty old backpack with valuable contents is safer than a new one with old clothes in it. Leave valuables at home.
- Make sure to only take licensed taxis or a prearranged rides from the airport.
- You can't take any archaeological artifacts out of the country without permission.
- You shouldn't take pictures of military actions or staff as they are highly penalized.
- Small quantities of drugs for personal use or possession are permitted by law, given that the user is in possession of only ONE type of drug. Buying, selling or having more than 8g is considered illegal trafficking and can result in legal action.
If there's one thing you want to avoid during your volunteer vacation, it's falling ill. And whilst you can't always avoid it, there are some things that will help you to stay healthy during your Amazon volunteer work:
- Eat and drink safely: Don't eat undercooked food, avoid eating street food and don't drink water from the tap!
- Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
- Plan for how you will get health care during your stay. Get travel insurance and bring medicine with you.
- If you are going to volunteer with animals, the US-based health protection agency CDC recommends that you should consider an anti-rabies vaccination.
- The Zika virus is a risk in Peru and Ecuador. This means that pregnant women should NOT travel to Peru or Ecuador. All travelers should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during and after their trip such as using insect repellents, wearing long sleeves and trousers and sleeping under a bug net.
- Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations before every trip. These vaccinations include MMR, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, chickenpox, polio, and your yearly flu shot.
- Moreover, CDC recommends hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations as you can get these diseases through contaminated food or water in Peru.
- Because of the many different altitudes, be sure to get properly informed about what you can do to avoid mountain sickness. Be prepared! Test yourself to see if you can take it, and avoid going to high regions if you suffer from cardiac problems.
🧐 What are the Requirements to Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest?
As you will have noticed by now, there are many different projects that expect different skills and abilities from their volunteers. While you can find out the specific requirements for each project on their program page, here are some general requirements that apply to most projects in the Amazon rainforest:
- You need to be at least 18 years old for most of the volunteer projects. When in doubt, we advise you get in contact with the local project manager, as in some projects you can also volunteer when you're 16 years old. There’s no age limit upwards: just check the 50+ icon on the program pages.
- You need to have basic English skills to join an Amazon rainforest project. Please note that some projects might ask for Spanish skills as well though.
- Depending on the project you're interested in, you might need to provide a criminal background check and a health declaration before volunteering.
- You are more than welcome to bring your friends or family to work for the social project. Just contact the project manager and ask them for the available opportunities.