Animal Rehab in the Amazon Rainforest

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Coordinator | Greg

High­lights

Wake up to the sounds of the jungle, explore the rainforest by foot, on the river, or on the highest canopy walkway in South America
Live in the Amazon Rainforest and work to protect wildlife and indigenous plants
Help rehabilitate wild animals and become part of our ongoing efforts to preserve this unique ecosystem for future generations
Explore the rainforest and make cultural experiences in the vibrant country
Be fully immersed in the astounding nature and beauty that Peru has to offer
Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest and help with wildlife rehabilitation, reforestation, and vital conservation efforts. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 16+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

This project is ideal for adventurers and thrill-seekers with a passion for nature and the outdoors. This is a once in a lifetime chance to do animal volunteer work abroad and live in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest! 

On top of making a difference, you will gain plenty of practical wildlife conservation experience. You’ll work closely with some of the top minds of biology and rainforest conservation.

If you have an interest in conservation, biology, or environmental science, you’ll enjoy the hands-on fieldwork, and you’ll contribute to ongoing research projects. You’ll need to be comfortable with getting your hands dirty, and be willing to skip some home comforts! Animal conservation volunteering abroad is not for the faint-hearted.

You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll be supervised by experts, and our staff is always available to provide guidance and advice.

Your conservation work will focus on these main areas:

Collect data

By observing and recording details about the species you see during surveys, you’ll help us better understand how to protect them. This type of work can include: 

  • Bird censuses conducted from a canopy platform
  • Collecting video footage using camera traps
  • Recording data on species characteristics during trail hikes

With the help of your work, we produce a technical report every year to demonstrate our environmental impact. The data for these reports comes directly from our volunteers’ daily observations. Thanks to this work, Taricaya is increasingly recognised internationally as a research centre. It has contributed a number of important research papers at international conferences, especially in the field of ornithology.

Animal release programme

At Taricaya, we run an animal release programme. This work involves our project partner, Animal Defenders International (ADI). ADI confiscates illegal pets or circus animals, including Amazon rainforest monkeys. We then rehabilitate these rainforest animals at the rescue centre, and release them into the wild if possible. These are usually endangered species like scarlet macaws, whose populations are steadily decreasing in the Amazon. 

You’ll help with feeding these animals and doing general maintenance. This includes tasks like cleaning enclosures or repairing fences. Although this may sound like menial work, it’s a chance to get up close to beautiful wildlife, while also helping prepare them for a life of freedom. For animals raised in captivity who can’t be released, you’ll be helping to give them the quality of life they deserve. 

Breeding programmes

You’ll also help with our turtle breeding programme and do things like patrolling riverbanks for turtle nests, collecting the eggs, and incubating them at the centre. This protects them from poachers. When the eggs hatch, watching hatchlings scurry across the sand making their way to water is a heart-warming moment! It also makes a huge impact on the populations of these species in the wild. 

You’ll also help with catching and breeding endangered butterflies. Our butterfly catching methods are completely safe and leave the butterflies unharmed. We can then house them in optimal conditions for our rainforest animal research, help them breed, and study their behaviour.

Pilot farm

We have a pilot farm where we work on developing and perfecting sustainable farming techniques. We then teach local people about sustainable farming to reduce the negative impact of farming in the area. Your role is to tend the crops and help us raise awareness about sustainable farming. Sustainable farming will make Amazon Rainforest reforestation much easier.

We also run a mahogany programme. We grow mahogany trees close together and study them. This particular Rainforest habitat project shows local loggers that this is a cost-effective alternative to cutting down trees from the rainforest. We are also able to share the timber from these trees to use in production. You will help with maintaining the plantation and taking measurements.

Raise awareness

We work to raise awareness about conservation on both a local and a global level. Through research and publications, Taricaya provides groundbreaking data that draws attention to the work we’re doing in the Amazon rainforest and its ecosystems. You’ll be involved in collecting this data and contributing to large-scale research work.

You can also help with raising awareness about conservation in local communities. For example, you could run a recycling competition in a local school. Or you could conduct a workshop on the small things people can do to combat climate change.


Typical day

During your project, you’ll follow a timetable and normally work between four and six hours each day. You’ll start work at around 8 am and then break at 11:30 am as the day warms up. You’ll begin work again in the cooler afternoons from about 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. 

Your project work runs from Monday to Friday with your weekends free.

In the morning, you can do things like feeding the animals at the rescue centre, working in the pilot farm, or work with the rainforest spider monkeys by collecting data on them.

You’ll break for lunch to avoid the midday heat. During this time, you can relax, read a book, or chat with your fellow volunteers.

After your break, you’ll do things like a bird census or working in the butterfly house. Keep in mind that some of the work is seasonal and you will work on various different tasks during your time in Peru.

During your free time, you can make the most of your stunning surroundings. You can go on group hikes or play board games with the other volunteers. 

Over the weekend, you’ll have the option to go to Puerto Maldonado by boat.

Free-time activities

Peru is a vibrant country with a mix of activities for every kind of volunteer. Whether you’re into arts, culture, history, or nature, there’s sure to be something for you!

One of the biggest attractions of Peru is the Inca history. There are awe-inspiring archaeological sites like Coricancha, Tambomachay, and of course, Machu Picchu.

Over a weekend, you can take a trip to the village of Pisac, where you can browse bright, eye-catching textile markets. Don’t miss out on seeing the llamas and alpacas too!

There are also lively restaurants, the perfect place to spend an evening relaxing and enjoying local cuisine, like ceviche.

We run a variety of projects in Peru so you’ll likely meet many other volunteers on your trip. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect and travel as a group. However, you’re welcome to travel independently if you prefer. 

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Museum/
Opera

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 16 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Projects Abroad
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • A supervisor/mentor at your work placement

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • A cultural awareness course

Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

You’ll fly into Peru at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport in Cusco (CUZ). However, if you’re joining our Conservation Project, you’ll fly to Padre Aldamiz International Airport, also known as the Puerto Maldonado International Airport (PEM).

Our friendly and dedicated staff in Peru will be at the airport when you arrive. They will have clear Projects Abroad signage. If you land in Cusco, your first stop from the airport is our Projects Abroad office in Cusco. Here, you will have your induction before being taken to your host family.

If you’re doing a Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest, you’ll have an exciting next step in your journey once you’re with our staff. You’ll take a two-hour boat ride along the Rio Madre De Dios river to get to Taricaya, our base for conservation work.

We cover the cost of all transfers to and from each airport.

Accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay at the Taricaya Ecological Reserve. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together. Each bungalow sleeps four people and has a private bathroom.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Your program fees include three meals a day.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. We assist you to find cheap flights to Peru.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Peru provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

The project runs all year round, so you can join whenever it suits your schedule. The minimum duration is one week, but we recommend staying longer to have an even greater impact.
Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
1 week (min. stay)
£1,795 ($2,262)
2 weeks
£2,065 ($2,602)
3 weeks
£2,335 ($2,942)
4 weeks
£2,605 ($3,282)
8 weeks
£3,685 ($4,643)
16 weeks
£5,845 ($7,365)
50 weeks (max. stay)
£15,025 ($18,932)
Average fees
£1,048 ($1,320) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Projects Abroad will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Projects Abroad during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Animal Rehab in the Amazon Rainforest

Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest and help with wildlife rehabilitation, reforestation, and vital conservation efforts.

$1048/week

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