South American Experience

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Get active in unique volunteering projects like supporting an indigenous community in their conservation efforts of the environment!
Rescue animals and help them to recover in a stunning setting of the deep, beautiful jungle of Ecuador and live in an Eco-Lodge. Back to nature!
Trek to the incredible Machu Pichu, learn Spanish in one-to-one lessons with the locals and explore the Galapagos Islands!
Perfect for everyone who is interested in animal and nature protection and exploring and giving back to the countries you visit.
Go with a group of like minded people coming from destinations worldwide and be guided by our professional Expedition Leader!
Volunteer in an Animal Rescue Center, learn Spanish in Cusco, trek the Machu Pichu, support a local community project and go to the Galapagos Islands! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Leeftijd 18+
This tour brings you to Peru and Ecuador in South America! You start your first week in lively Cusco with some one-to-one Spanish lessons in to improve your individual level of knowledge so you can directly apply it on the way! With some lessons in your backpack we then head off to the famous Machu Pichu and on the Salkantay Trek which we will explore during the upcoming week - breath taking all along the way and worth every step going. After coming back from this trek we relax some days on the beaches where you might want to try some surfing, snorkeling or scuba diving. Next stop on our way then is the first volunteer project in the Amazon in Ecuador at an Animal Rescue Center: Here you can help harmed animals to recover in an incredible setting deep in the jungle. The team over there is extremely dedicated to its work and this will truly inspire you. We regularly get incredible feedback on how much this project impressed and lasted on volunteers. It is appreciated a lot as it provides direct and immediate support where it is needed. We stay here for 2 weeks before we then move on to an indigenous community who lets us participate and experience their life in the jungle also making sure to support here in their conservation efforts. It will be interesting for you to see how a community living in this surrounding achieves it to support as much protection of their environment as possible. With this last project successfully finished we fly over to the Galapagos Islands as a final highlight of the tour. The perfect end for all nature-lovers!

Dagelijkse activiteiten

A typical day in the Animal Rescue Center starts with a basic breakfast at around 7:30 am. Ca. one hour later you start your day! Tasks can be to prepare the food for the animals or doing other support in the centre that is needed and can change daily. After that the supervisors take you to the rainforest to look for injured animals which need help in the Rescue Center. At lunchtime which is around 1 pm you will get e.g. a soup or Quinoa before you continue your work one hour later. Then you get directly to work with the animals - this might be measuring them, keeping track of their weight and other data the staff needs for keeping informed about the conditions of them. Around 5 pm your day ends and you might want to take relax in the pool, take a walk in this amazing area or take care of the animals. At 6 pm you have a talk with someone of the staff who will give more insight to his work and you end the day with dinner! Within the indigenous community you will, besides supporting their conservation efforts, get to know their traditions and learn some practices they have been doing for generations.


You have time to explore Cusco, can try a variety of water activities like surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving or even might try some ziplining, paragliding or a canopy tour. There are a lot of options - just ask our experienced Expedition Leader what he has in mind for you during your free time as options.



Om deel te nemen aan het programma dien je tenminste 18 jaar oud te zijn op de startdatum van het programma. Er kunnen uitzonderingen gemaakt worden indien je een bewijs van toestemming kan aantonen van uw wettelijke voogd(en) of samen met je ouders deelneemt.
Je dient over volgende taalkennis te beschikken Engels (gemiddeld niveau)
Vereiste documenten
Medical Form en Travel Health Insurance
Geen beperkingen. Helpende handen van over de hele wereld zijn welkom.
Andere vaardigheden
Open-minded to other cultures, enthusiastic about hiking the Machu Pichu, empathy and interest in animal and nature conservation during the project phases, enjoying backpacking kind of travel.
Uw helpende hand wordt verwacht op maandag, dinsdag, woensdag, donderdag en vrijdag

Diensten ingesloten

Diensten door Gapforce

Included is (for a full 7 weeks tour);

• Pre-departure briefing and support
• Airport pick-up
• Expedition leader
• Local support staff
• All accommodation for the duration of the trip
• Three meals a day 
• Project donation 
• Program transfers 
• 24/7 UK emergency backup 
• Social activities
• Return airport transfer 
• Spanish lessons 
• Flights to and from Galapagos
• Salkantay Machu Pichu Trek (incl. entrance fee and guided tour)

Afhaal aan de luchthaven op Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

The arrival airport is Cusco (CUZ) in Peru and after either 4 or 7 weeks participation the departure airport is Quito (UIO) in Ecuador. You don`t need to book flights for Galapagos as they are included.

During your trip you stay in a variety of accommodation types. Besides the above-mentioned ones you will stay in traditional stilted huts in the Amazon and homestays. 
Eten & Drank
The meals will vary throughout the program - we will eat in restaurants, other times a food allowance is given so you can choose freely what to eat. During the Machu Pichu Trek cooks will provide hearty meals and during the animal rescue project all volunteers together will go grocery shopping to prepare evening meals. The typical food you can expect in South America includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialties will always be made available! 
Internet toegang
Beperkte toegang op de project site
Wat is er NIET inbegrepen?
Visum, vluchten, reisverzekering en vaccinaties zijn NIET inbegrepen in de programmakosten.
Vlucht tickets
De dichtste luchthaven is Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cuzco. We assisteren u met het vinden van goedkope vluchten naar Peru.
Naar het buitenland reizen is een avontuur en het is best om goed voorbereid te zijn. Plots ziek worden of gewond raken, annulaties of diefstal - een reisverzekering voor Peru biedt zekerheid en is een meerwaarde.
Als je de intentie hebt om als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan in Peru dien je eerst medisch advies in te winnen alvorens je eropuit trekt. Kijk de benodigde vaccinaties na voor Peru.

Data & Kosten


Gegevens over jouw aankomst

Our programs usually starts on a Friday and end after the chosen duration of weeks again on a Friday.
January, April, July and September are the months we can offer this program at the moment - so four times a year.

Our Expedition Leader will come to your arrival airport (we will let you know which one to come to and fly back from) and also bring you back there after your tour has ended. The flights to and from the program need to be organized by you but the flights to and from the Galapagos Islands are included!
jan. feb. mrt. apr. mei jun. jul. aug. sep. okt. nov. dec.
4 - 7 weken


Kosten: Prijs in USD
4 weken (min. verblijf)
5 weken
6 weken
7 weken (max. verblijf)
Gemiddelde kosten
$919 /week

Houd er rekening mee dat de hierboven getoonde kosten worden geschat. Gapforce zal je op de hoogte houden over de finale kostprijs gedurende uw aanmeldprocedure.
Waarborg (15%)
De waarborg dient om je plek als vrijwilliger te verzekeren. Betalingen worden door PayPal behandeld, onze betrouwbare betalingsprovider. Indien je niet over een PayPal account beschikt, kan je ook met een credit kaart betalen.
Finale betaling (85%)
Uw finale betaling zal worden goedgekeurd door Gapforce gedurende de aanmeld procedure. Veel voorkomende oplossingen zijn een banktransfer of contante betaling op de projectsite.

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Wij steunen je, wat er ook gebeurt, je kan altijd contact opnemen met ons
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South American Experience

Volunteer in an Animal Rescue Center, learn Spanish in Cusco, trek the Machu Pichu, support a local community project and go to the Galapagos Islands!


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