Rescue and Protection of Exotic Animals

founded in 2012
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Coordinator | Alex
Coordinator | Alex
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First-hand experience on how to protect exotic and endangered animals.
Help preserve one of the most fascinating and important ecosystems in the world
Create lasting relationships between the local community and the environment and educate visitors
Tour the Amazon Rainforest in your free time
Learn and practice your Spanish with the locals
We include a FREE 1-week Spanish Course, to allow you to have a greater impact. Support a local Animal Rescue Center in Peruvian Amazon. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Develop your conservation skills in one of the most unique habitats in the world.

We include a 1-week full immersion FREE Spanish course because we believe that it will allow you to have a greater impact on the project, as you will be able to interact with local people and communities and share knowledge and skills. The Spanish course is catered to your project and will teach you specific vocabulary that you will need during the placement. 

Illegal wildlife trading is a big problem in Peru. The country is extremely biologically diverse, but its enforcement of wildlife trading laws is unfortunately weak, creating the perfect market for traffickers. Rare, endangered and native animal species are regularly smuggled out of the Amazon rainforest and sold: Capuchin, spider and howler monkeys, parrots, tapirs, sloths, armadillos, caimans, boas, anacondas and turtles. During this traumatic experience, the animals are locked in extremely small cages, fed badly and kept close to other species creating stress and allowing the spread of diseases.

An indigenous Harakmbut family runs a rescue and rehabilitation center within the biosphere of Manu National Park, declared a world heritage culture site by UNESCO in 1978. They provide shelter, food and care for animals affected by wildlife traffic in their natural environment. They receive veterinary care and are rehabilitated to be then released back into the wild if they are strong enough to survive. This project has no public funding to support it, so they urgently request international assistance in the form of volunteers.

Come and join us to:

  • Find and rescue animals that were illegally smuggled out of their natural habitat.
  • Care for medically, feed and shelter these animals for as long as they need.
  • Rehabilitate and reintroduce the animals back into the wild.
  • Teach the local community and visitors to the reserve about the dangers of illegal wildlife trafficking, the animals, and their wonderful natural environment.
  • Create a bond between the environment and the community.
  • Create a sustainable operations procedure to keep this reserve running.
  • Learn about and protect some of the most unique and exceptional wildlife in the world.
  • Learn from other cultures and people like the Harakmbut.
  • And learn and practice your Spanish.

Typical day

- Monitor the health and general well-being of animals at the shelter.
- Prepare natural habitat areas for the animals; construction, planting, and path-clearing. 
- Prepare and distribute the animals' food.
- Assist with the construction of different structures, work in the garden, and help keep the shelter clean. 
- Act as a guide for shelter visitors; tell them about the animals and explain the project's objectives.
- Collect and maintain data on animal numbers. 
- Perform bookkeeping tasks regarding donations made to the project and micro-finance initiatives, and research fundraising opportunities. 
- Provide educational opportunities to help the local community learn about the rescue and preservation of endangered species.
- Project monitoring and reporting.

Working Hours:
7:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Departure to the project / Work at the project
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Siesta / Time for a rest
15:00 - Departure to the project / Work at the project
19:00 - Dinner
20:00 - Free time

Free-time activities

Whilst in the Amazon Rainforest, you can visit surrounding villages and tribes, find secret jungle trails hidden from tourists or go on a night jungle excursion, to discover the thousands of different species that live by night. Or why not pitch up your tent and enjoy a night with a campfire by the shores of the majestic Amazon River?

When you arrive in Cusco, there is plenty to do as well: Hiking in the Andes, downhill mountain climbing, rafting, paragliding, and horseriding are on top of our list. You can also learn how to dance salsa, attend a local cooking class, stroll through the city, or book a guided tour. And don't forget to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Machu Picchu!



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.
Other Skills
You will be supervised by the center's technicians and professionals at all times, so as a volunteer you don’t need any professional requirements. However, we do request that you have a genuine desire to help animals, commitment, and a hard-working attitude. Minimum stay is 4 weeks.

You also need to be in reasonable physical condition as the work takes place outdoors and can be labor-intensive.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by NGO Taxi
  • Food and accommodation.
  • Pickup from and transport to the airport.
  • Pre-arrival pack.
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Complementary t-shirt.
  • FREE 20 hour intensive Spanish course.
  • Transport to project site into and out of Amazon rainforest.
  • 24 hour support.
Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Airport pick-up is included.

During your time at the project you will be living at the house of your Project Leader.

You will be sharing one of the two bedrooms for volunteers, each with three beds. There are some spare mosquito nets but it is recommended to bring your own. Fresh linen will be provided for you, but you need to bring your own towel. There is a shared bathroom with a toilet and a shower.

Food & Beverages

Most of your meals will be shared with your host family. Most main courses are made with meat but a vegetarian option is also possible. The shared meals are a great opportunity to get to know your hosts better and make plans for the day. There is a simple open-air kitchen, well equipped and tidy, which you can use to cook on Sundays.

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 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.
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


Details on arrival

Official start dates:
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month

Individual start dates:
+ € 150,00 – Start your placement any Sunday of the month
+ € 250,00 – Chose your own start dates and change them up to 3 times before your trip.*

*Last date change up to 3 weeks before your departure.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
8 weeks
12 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$361 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. NGO Taxi 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 NGO Taxi during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rescue and Protection of Exotic Animals

We include a FREE 1-week Spanish Course, to allow you to have a greater impact. Support a local Animal Rescue Center in Peruvian Amazon.


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