Herpetology Conservation

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founded in 2011
RAREC
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Coordinator | Kathya
Coordinator | Kathya
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High­lights

Volunteer can enjoy the close relationship between wildlife and their natural habitat
Express your true interest for reptiles conservation
Work closely together with specialists and gain new knowledge about the reptiles
Take action and help preventing further loss of endangered species
Come with us for a boat ride on the Amazon River or float down in inner tubes on the Itaya River in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest
Participants will be part of the daily routine of
animal care, go on day and night expeditions to find pecies and document their location and habitat. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

Our volunteers in the herpetological program are very important in the project progress. We require people who mainly have a deep interest in reptiles, no previous studies are required, the common quality should be to love night and daily walkings to find species in the wild and to tracking them.

The project

The general problem that exists in this area of ​​the Amazon is the uncontrolled use of natural resources by unscrupulous people, which causes many losses of wildlife. Reptiles, specially snakes, that come to our center were rescued from illegal traffic or hunting.

Volunteer work

The herpetological program includes the following activities in general:

  • Support in reptile's rescue process traveling with the staff to the places where wild animals are confiscated for illegal traffic or because they have them as pets.
  • Support in reptile's rehabilitation, cleaning of each area, preparation of food and delivery of food. 
  • Help in the implementation of tracking devices for the conservation program.
  • Gathering of natural food for the rescued animals.
  • Monitor and track the release species. 

The volunteers must be mainly responsible, the work we do is very delicate, since we work with the lives of vulnerable species; it is very important for us that the volunteers has passion for their work and they have to be very observant, and can contribute ideas and improvements in the care process. All ideas and improvements that can be implemented will be taken into account and welcome. What we want is forming a team in which all volunteers from different countries leave a positive mark on the project with ideas and improvements, they will see in the future through the social networks that they contributed to the growth of the project.

What you can expect

Volunteers can be sure that the facilities where they spend their days are comfortable and is a quiet environment, which allows them to work during the day and relax or do research at night. Our team is very united, we are a young organization that has grown little by little during the last 8 years, bringing together people who love what they do and contribute ideas, whose main objective is the welfare of the animals in custody. In this project your ideas will always be welcome.

The staff of RAREC speak English and Spanish. In our team we have specialists in rescues, rehabilitation and medical treatments, they live in RAREC and they will be in charge of designating the tasks and supporting volunteers in all the activities or doubts they may have. The project directors also live in RAREC and we are attentive to all the needs of the volunteers and we will collect all the information they can give us so that their work and findings will be part of the database and protocols of the project. On the other hand volunteers will work with veterinarians and biologists in charge of primates, manatees, and others, they make their follow-up visits once a week or come in emergencies. 

We give to each volunteer RAREC t-shirts and rain boots. It is important that they bring comfortable and fresh clothes, sneakers, sandals, hats and also long-sleeved shirts and pants to avoid bugs at night.

Typical day

A typical day for a volunteer begins at 7 am with breakfast. The first task of all, is the preparation of food for the reptiles assigned and then take them to their respective areas, this task is usually done in pairs to also clean the area where the food is left. 

Subsequently, the tracking is carried out, also the administration of medications in the case animals are assigned in clinic or quarantine. 

In the evening the team get prepare to night walkins to observe and tracking reptiles.

Apart from this, volunteers can have other tasks that arise from observing the behavior of reptiles, or perform manual tasks implementing new ways to improve the areas of reptiles in rehabilitation, etc.

On the days that we have rescues, the tasks will be reassigned so that a group can go out to the rescue area, always led by our staff.

Also, the participants of this program can participate somedays in the Wildlife Animal Caretaker Program, the schedule of that progam is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., also when the volunteers wish, they can take days off for tours, they should only tell us to schedule the tasks in advance.

Free-time activities

We have a recreation room with movie projector, wifi, board games and hammocks to relax. Within RAREC you can hike to the creek at the end of the land or to a big lagoon where the amazonian manatees live, where you can swim, in the whole way you can observe wildlife in freedom. You can also do sport fishing.

We include boat ride on the Amazon River or float down in inner tubes on the Itaya River in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, for the volunteers who stay at least a week, this activity is usually done on Sundays.

Our road connection allows us to reach any tourist place in the Region, for example the Pacaya Samiria reserve is 4 hours from RAREC by road and by river.

Swimming
Sightseeing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
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, Friday and Saturday from 14:00 - 22:00

What's Included

Services by RAREC
Program fee includes:
Accommodation
  • Full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). You must confirm if you have any special diet such as vegan, vegetarian, or food allergies. Fruits and drinks available anytime.
  • Volunteer bedrooms made of noble material and wood (2 or 4 volunteers per room) with fan and mosquito nets
  • Electricity all day in all the facilities
  • Exterior dining room
  • Wi-Fi available in common areas (You must take into account that being an area within the jungle, the internet signal received does not allow us to navigate on internet sites that require a high data consumption, this generates that the Wi-Fi work slowly. This situation is not very different from the city of Iquitos where you can’t access to a very strong or fast internet signal, unlike modern cities. But the internet signal accomplishes the basic objectives of communication and search on the internet).
  • Exterior recreational room, with movie projector, board games and hammocks.
  • Shared bathrooms with running water and warm water in the showers
  • Laundry machine for free use
Pick up and drop off in Iquitos Airport 
Equipment (RAREC t-shirts and rain boots)

Airport Pickup at C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport

Pick up and drop off in Iquitos airport.

It is only important that you confirm in advance the arrival flight information. It is preferable that you schedule the flight in the morning or in the afternoon.

Accommodation

The volunteers are going to live in RAREC facilities. About our location, RAREC is one hour from the city by car, at Km. 47. The city of Iquitos is the largest population center in the area; RAREC is in a jungle area, connected to Iquitos by the only road that is here. We hire a point of electricity, so we have electricity all day in all the facilities, and you can receive internet through the wifi  (the internet signal is not like in the cities, it has an average speed and sometimes it is unstable due to the rains, but it works well for simple tasks such as chats, social media or internet searches).

Regarding the property, we have built approximately one fifth of the land, leaving the trees as they were and building in certain spaces the animal areas, the houses where we live and the structures made with wood and noble material where we have the kitchen, the dining room, and the recreation area, these are exterior structures where you can be very comfortable. All the rest of the land is still untouched jungle; there we hike to the creek that is at the end of the land.

Accommodation also includes free use of laundry machine. Each volunteer is assigned a room where there may be other volunteers as well. The rooms are made of noble material and wood, there are bunk beds, with fan. They are very fresh and have anti-bugs nets on windows and on the beds.

We have comfortable structures to stay and at the same time we are completely surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and trees, so we guarantee the jungle experience. In addition, the days you decide to take free, you can go anywhere; the road connects us to all the tourist places of Iquitos. Including the Pacaya Samiria Reserve, this is 4 hours by road and river. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The fee includes:

  • Breakfast, free use of the kitchen and ingredients to prepare or serve a complete breakfast.
  • Typical Peruvian lunch: main course, fruits and drink at 12:30 pm
  • Dinner: sandwiches or pasta, at 6:00 pm (also, free use of the kitchen and ingredients to prepare something additional if you want).
  • There are option for free use in the dinning room to take any time in the day: coffee, hot water, infusions, bread, jelly, butter and fruits.
  • Volunteers must confirm if they have any special diet such as vegan, vegetarian or have an allergy to any food, to take it into account in the preparation of their food. If you have a vegan diet or you are gluten allergic, it might be necesary you bring some protein supplements to complement your diet.

 

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 C.F. Secada Vignetta International Airport (IQT) in Iquitos. 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 volunteers can join the program throughout the year.

They are welcome in any day of the year. 

The rainy months are from December to February, the rest of the year is very hot.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
$560
2 weeks
$1,120
3 weeks
$1,575
4 weeks
$2,100
5 weeks
$2,625
6 weeks
$2,940
8 weeks
$3,920
16 weeks
$7,280
24 weeks (max. stay)
$10,920
Average fees
$508 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. RAREC will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with RAREC during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Herpetology Conservation

Participants will be part of the daily routine of animal care, go on day and night expeditions to find pecies and document their location and habitat.

$508/week

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