Supporter at Amazon National Park

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Coordinator | Marion
Coordinator | Marion
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High­lights

Live and work in one of the most prestine landscapes of the world
Gain Spanish fluency by living and working with the locals
Boost your CV with international volunteer experience
Explore a country that is famous for its rich biodiversity and indigenous cultures
Broaden your horizon while immersing yourself into a new culture
Be a volunteer in this amazing Biosphere Reserve. It is located in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and gives you the chance to immerse into the adventures of the wilderness. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+
This volunteer program gives you the opportunity to live and work in the middle of the Peruvian Amazonas region in south eastern Peru. It is a region that is famous for its rich biodiverity and indigenous cultures. The territory reaches almost 19,000 km2 and was declared a national park in 1973, to serve as a protection and preservation zone for local flora and fauna. Today, native indigenous people still live in this isolated national park, shielded from the rest of the world. Much of the area can only be visited for research purposes. 

It is of upmost importance to our partners, to always consider the concerns of the local population, when trying to find sustainable and economical ways to come up with a long-term solution to the problematic sensitivity of the Park’s ecosystem. National and international volunteers support this NGO’s efforts to protect the vegetation and wildlife while contributing to the preservation of conservation areas and the devolepment of sustainable tourism.

Your participation in this volunteer program should be derived from your desire to help the environment and the native population of the Peruvian rainforest. The project requires medioambiental volunteers to work creatively and independently, and is not the best option for volunteers who are looking for a highly organized and supervised program.

During the volunteer free time you can enjoy the many wonders that this reserve offer such as, observing many species of fauna in their natural habitat or investigating the diverse species of native flora, many of them with medicinal qualities or just spending your time relaxing in this tropical paradise with a book in hand and your thoughts of the fast pace of life you left behind, far away.

Typical day

Volunteers do not need to have any special knowledge or skills but volunteers need to be willed to live in a remote area in the middle of nature.
Volunteers responsibilities may include organic gardening, planting, reforestation, maintaining the infrastructure, data collection of flora and fauna. It is important to note, that there are activities that require a certain level of independence, initiative, and advanced Spanish skills, such as environmental education workshops and community work with the indigenous people.

This volunteer project is located in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and gives you the chance to immerse into the adventures of the wilderness. You will learn a lot about the rainforest and the local culture, not only during your daily volunteer work, but also during fun activities, such as swimming, hiking, water sports, and animal watching. During your life in the jungle you will be surrounded by an immense variety of species, plants, colorful birds, apes, reptiles, and other exotic animals.

The activities that can be carried out within the protected area are:
  • Sustainable Agriculture. Cultivation of organic polyculture fields for the reproduction of alternative and sustainable resources.
  • There are plantations of copuatzu (white cocoa) and other fruit trees. These seedlings require special care (control, cleaning, transplanting, seedbed preparation, composting, inventories, etc.
  • Patrol. The reserve has 3 trails for wildlife observation activities (monkey species, wild boar, coatis, anteaters, porcupines, exotic birds, insects and sometimes cougars, jaguar tracks etc. The work consists in registering and photographing the largest number of existing species in the reserve.
  • Reforestation Activities: The goal is to create a natural barrier and restore the water level of the Laguna Seca Circuit.
  • Repair and sustainable maintenance of installations within the reserve.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of the hiking trails through the nature reserve.
  • Support in the wildlife sanctuary (currently undergoing organizational change due to new government proposals).
Note: The tasks may vary. They depend on factors such as number of volunteers, season, current needs of the project, as well as self-motivation. Not every volunteer may be fully involved in all these tasks.

The work rotates according to the number of volunteers, weather conditions and the current needs of the project. 
A day could look like: Volunteers get up very early for a delicious local breakfast. Then they get the backpacks and tools ready and head into the jungle towards the organic plantations. On the way, the paths are cleared of vegetation (if necessary) and the fauna is observed. During the morning the volunteers work in the organic plantation and are back at the volunteer house for lunch. They have time to freshen up, have lunch and rest. Afternoon are free or volunteer do activities and tasks related to the maintenance of the facilities, painting, repairing, beautifying factilities, etc.
Depending on the needs of the project, volunteers and coordinator visit the village to make purchases or we look for local people to work for a few days. Volunteers can take advantage of the village visit to connect with their family, recharge their batteries.
From time to time, volunteers and coordinator visit the animal rescue shelter to lend a hand there as well.

Free-time activities

The nature reserve is located at the edge of the Manu National Park, about 250 km east of Cusco, Peru. Due to poor road conditions, the journey from Cusco can take up to 8 hours by car. The facilities of the nature reserve, where the Volunteer House is located, can only be reached by boat.

However, all the effort to get there is worth it a thousand times, because the Manu National Park is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Here you will find the deepest jungle, high mountains, adventurous bridges, and an incredible abundance of exotic animals such as different monkey species, spectacled bears, jaguars, colorful birds and parrots as well as lizards, to name just a few.

Indigenous communities are the only humans who permanently settle in this area. The Manu National Park is a true Garden of Eden and the perfect place for everyone who wants to put their priorities far, far away from every hectic pace of modern everyday life and want to immerse themselves in a completely different, simple, sometimes difficult, but beautiful way of life.

There are rumors that Paititi, a legendary but long-lost Inca city is hidden in this area - but no one has found it yet. Due to the remote location and lack of internet connection, you will have little contact with your normal life during your time in the project. This may sound terrifying at first, but it can also be very healing, relaxing and educational.

Hiking
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

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) or Spanish (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 08:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by South America Inside
The volunteer project includes:

  1. Shared accommodation in Volunteer House
  2. Full board (vegetarian)
  3. Transportation from Cusco to the project site and back to Cusco (bus & boat)
  4. Professional English-speaking advice
  5. Translation of your application documents
  6. Volunteer Work Placement in Peru
  7. In-country support
  8. Orientation session in Cusco
  9. Handbook Peru
  10. Intercultural guideline
  11. 24/7 emergency number
Accommodation
Volunteers live in a two-story volunteer house. There is running water, but no electricity in the reserve. Visits to the nearby village (about 10 minutes by boat) are used to charge electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, batteries). There is no internet connection, only a cellular connection. In the close-by village there are internet shops (extra costs). 
Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Meals are provided according to the living circumstances in the jungle, which means that mainly vegetarian food is available, since the storage of meat dishes is rather difficult.
Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
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 is up and running your round.


The program duration is 15 days or 30 days. 

All volunteers have to start in Cusco as the volunteer program begins with an orientation session in Cusco. So, please plan for 1 additional day in Cusco. This day/night is not included in the program. The trip from Cusco to the nature reserve and back to Cusco is included (bus and boat trip). Accommodation costs in Cusco must be borne by the volunteer.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,090
3 weeks
$1,248
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,405
Average fees
$448 /week

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

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Supporter at Amazon National Park

Be a volunteer in this amazing Biosphere Reserve. It is located in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and gives you the chance to immerse into the adventures of the wilderness.

$448/week

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