Biological Monitoring

Volunteers advance their careers with a boots-on-the-ground experience, while meeting other researchers and visitors from all over the world.

The Amazon Conservation Association (ACA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the world's most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity. ACA conserves the Amazon by protecting state, community, and private lands, by working with governments, by supporting local people to improve their management of natural resources, and by developing conservation solutions. Scientific research guides our approach, and is rooted in our biological stations and field programs in the Andes-Amazon. Our biological stations are located along a gradient spanning from the eastern slope of the Andes to the Amazon lowlands in Peru, an area known to harbor the greatest known richness of species on the planet. Researchers, students, volunteers and travelers from around the world journey to our stations to witness their rich wildlife and see conservation in action. 

The volunteer program offered at the stations is an integral part of our science program, with positions available in biological monitoring, sustainable agriculture, or a combination of both. Volunteers live and work at the station monitoring camera traps, analyzing camera trap photos, compiling a data, registering wildlife sightings, monitoring weather data, supporting projects of visiting researchers and other duties as assigned. Volunteers advance their careers with a boots-on-the-ground experience, while meeting other researchers and visitors from all over the world.  Positions are highly competitive and typically won by candidates with specialized skills, relevant experience, good Spanish language skills, a significant time commitment, and independent funding.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Science at High School Diploma level
Required Documents
CV and Health Certificate
Other Skills
Knowledge of most common Amazonian wildlife
Ability to create databases and use calculation tools
Knowledge in techniques for evaluating vegetation structure
Able to use GPS and walk long distances
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Peru? Volunteer World directly connects you with Amazon Conservation Assoc.

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Free-time activities

The biological stations offer a number of opportunities for self-guided activities in hiking, sports with staff and other station guests, boat and kayak excursions, as well as area activities such as visits to area indigenous communities, wildlife viewing, and cultural sites just as Machu Picchu.

Water Sports
Hiking
Sports

Services

What's included?
Fees include room and board, and support from logistics and science staff.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Accommodation

Volunteers are lodged in a comfortable, shared dorm with pillow and sheets provided. There are restrooms and showers. Volunteers are required to bring their own towel. Basins are available for washing personal items. Each biostation includes several miles of trails.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

The program includes three hearty meals a day. With prior notice, we can provide alternate menu items to accommodate volunteers with food allergies and vegetarian preferences. Given the remote location of stations, it may be difficult to accommodate dietary preferences, and the variety of food may be limited.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1120
5 weeks
$1400
6 weeks
$1680
7 weeks
$1960
8 weeks
$2240
9 weeks
$2520
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3360

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Amazon Conservation Assoc. will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$280/week
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 Amazon Conservation Assoc. during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Peru

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Peru. Please check the visa regulations for Peru.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Peru and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Peru.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Jorge Chavez International (LIM) in Lima. 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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Peru you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Peru.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Peru while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Peru upfront.
Cusco, Madre de Dios, Cusco, Peru