Rainforest Native Community Development Assistant

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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Join us now to help the indigenous peoples sustain their way of life in the deep amazing jungles of Guyana where many indigenous communities are located! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
If you have a fascination for indigenous cultures then this where you want to go and help to sustain the indigenous peoples way of life before these precious cultures are lost! This project will bring you deep in to the amazing jungles of Guyana where many indigenous communities are struggling to keep their way of life.

Work together with local Amerindian Communities to Help set up a sustainable eco-friendly infrastructure within their community through construction, maintenance, wildlife research & monitoring! If the rainforest is not given a sustainable value local people will be forced to rely on logging, mining or other damaging trades. If we do not act the rainforest, local Amerindian communities and all its amazing wildlife will be lost! Sign up now for this great cause and be part of Guyana while it is still unspoiled, and hopefully through our combined effort we will keep it this way!

Depending on your skills and experience, the projects you are involved in will be varied and could include anything from supporting the Eco-lodge with marketing skills, helping teach children and adults valuable IT skills or trekking into the forest to sensitively build wildlife viewing camps. 
This great volunteer abroad experience will lead you in the northern most frontier of the Amazon jungle in the southern reaches of South America’s only English speaking country; Guyana! Have the privilege to discover this country while it is still untouched with fascinating cultures to meet and mind blowing wildlife to view and sign up now for this great cause and be part of Guyana while it is still unspoiled, and hopefully through our combined effort we will keep it this way!

Typical day

This unique experience will take you deep into the jungles of the Amazon. This is where Sir Walter Raleigh searched for El Dorado, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dreamt up the stories of “The Lost World.” It is some of the most pristine and untouched primary jungle in the world and it needs your help! In order to prevent the threat of logging and mining in these precious areas, the local Amerindian communities need to build some eco-tourism infrastructure so that they can sensitively benefit from this incredible resource without destroying it.
Without the infrastructure there is no way to attract tourists to the area or to support them when they arrive. The communities do not have the resources to develop this infrastructure themselves which is where they need your support. With the time and skills of volunteers like you they have the opportunity to create facilities and activities for 
Guyana is already starting to develop and tourism will increase. We want to ensure that this is done in the best way possible in order to protect the traditional way of life for Amerindian communities and also protect the precious tropical rainforest and it’s extraordinary biodiversity.
Some of the projects you could get involved in:

  • Building Additional accommodation benabs for tourists
  • Constructing various buildings and infrastructure to support the amerindian community.
  • Teaching the villagers basic skills in IT, marketing and tourism
  • Making Wildlife and forest trails
  • Teaching English And Maths at the community school
  • Constructing Overnight cabins in the forest
  • Building Bird / animal spotting hides
  • Building Tree top hides / viewing platforms
  • Helping at the kindergarten
  • Organizing events for the youths and assisting with sports
  • And many other projects to benefit the local Amerindian communities

During this volunteer experience you will stay in hammocks and have the opportunity to be immersed in local life. Learn from these fascinating people about ancient legends, the medicinal properties of rare flora and extraordinary wildlife facts and sightings that you will find nowhere else. We concentrate on things that work, not that look fancy. This is the real stuff! Are you ready for a true adventure to learn about new cultures and live amongst a vast variety wildlife while saving the Amazon jungle and it’s people?

Free-time activities

The Amerindian Community is located in one of the most unspoiled rainforest regions left in this world. It has an estimated 200 species of mammals, 500 of birds, 420 of fish and 150 species of amphibians. Close to 30% of the mammals are listed under the International Convention on the Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). This sounds great, but if they aren't protected properly, which means maintaining their environment, then they will not survive. Local people are the forest and animal’s best chance of protection from those outside who wish to rob the forest for profit; they just need a little help. Volunteers have an opportunity to go sport fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing and much more.

Water Sports


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 (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, Resume, Letter of Motivation, Two pics and Signed Policies and Liability form
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 08:30 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fee includes: 

  • Accommodation - While in transit through Georgetown you will stay in a basic hotel room (1 night), once in the rainforest you will share a village house and sleep in hammocks!
  • Meals - Your meals will be included while you are hosted by the community, but you will need to help with preparation and occasionally harvesting. During your short stay in Georgetown meals are not included. During your short stopovers in Georgetown, meals are not included.
  • Airport Pick Georgetown + Hotel night - An employee of the project will pick you up from the airport near Georgetown ( 1 hour) and will transfer you to your hotel where you wil stay for 1 night. The next morning you will be picked up from the hotel and you will be brought to a local domestic airport.
  • Domestic flight (return flight incl) + Airport Pick up - An employee of the project will pick you up from your hotel in Georgetown and will transfer you to the airport. Included in this package is a domestic flight from Georgetown to Rockview by small airplane (approximately 2 hours flying over seemingly everlasting jungle). You will be picked up by a 4x4 vehicle from the air strip and transferred to the boat landing for your final transfer to the project.
  • Transfer to the project (By Boat) - By boat you will be transferred to the project, after approximately 3 hours you will reach your destination at the project.
  • Returning home - After your time at the project has been finished you will be transfer back to Georgetown by boat, 4x4  and domestic flight. At this point you can choose to travel home or to explore more of Guyana. We are of course happy to assist you with this.
  • Work permit - For volunteering in Guyana a work permit is required as well as premmission needed to visit the Amerindian reserves. This will all be arranged after your arrival (as Guyana has no embassies abroad) and will be HASSLE FREE for you. The fee for this is included in the program cost.
  • Mail and Communications - It is possible to receive and send mail from the town of Lethem via our Fronteering representative, however the postal service is very variable in such a remote area and the process regularly takes over a month. It is not unheard of never to reach it's destination! There will be internet connection and cell phone reception in both Georgetown and Lethem. There will be internet connection via satellite in the community, but it is worth noting that this can be very slow! There is no mobile phone reception outside of Georgetown and Lethem.
  • Ongoing service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Cheddi Jagan International Airport

You will arrive in the capital of Guyana where you will be met and be transported to stay overnight in a hotel. The next day you will travel to the project by means of flight, 4x4 and boat.


While in transit through Georgetown you will stay in a basic hotel room (1 night), once in the rainforest you will share a village house and sleep in hammocks!

Guesthouse Hotel
Food & Beverages

During your stay in Georgetown Meals are not included, while being in the jungle, food will be included. Each project member will be involved in the food preparation.

Internet Access
Limited 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 Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) in Georgetown. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guyana.
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 Guyana provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Guyana you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guyana.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

There are no specific dates for this project however we recommend you arrive on a Sunday.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 8 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$637 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel 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 Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rainforest Native Community Development Assistant

Join us now to help the indigenous peoples sustain their way of life in the deep amazing jungles of Guyana where many indigenous communities are located!


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