Kawsay Biological Station

Jungle and Primate Conservation Supporter

Puerto Maldonado, Peru show on map

You will participate directly in the spider monkey conservation. The area of the project includes a conservation concession and part of the Tambopata National Reserve.

INTRODUCTION 

The Biological Station is locate in Madre de Dios, Capital of the Biodiversity in Peru, as  volunteer, during your time here, while you learn you will helping to us protecting this important ecosystem and maintenance our conservation projects. As an intern or research you will help to us to know more about the amazon rainforest. Your contributions is very important for continuous creating new opportunities for help this amazing part of the Jungle of Madre de Dios.

The program offers volunteers an opportunity to get directly involved in rainforest conservation efforts. You will work alongside and learn from the rest of the field team and you will play a vital role in maintaining a presence on our reserve and part of the Tambopata National Reserve, in the remote Peruvian Amazon. Our staff provide an on-going supply of research data which helps us identify where threats may occur and what activities are being carried out on the land. In addition, this contributes to the long-term collection of core data sets and helps to maintain an extensive trail network.

Also as an intern or researcher you will be independent and responsible for your own study and time. Your work will help us gain valuable knowledge and preserve one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.  The area of the project includes the conservation concession and part of the Tambopata National Reserve, we have an agreement with them and work together in research and monitoring programs.

Primates and Spider Monkey program

We have a main project with primates, special with the amazing spider monkey, our director is a specialist in this specie. We have a long term study with them, for understand the seasonal variation behavior studying pattern activities, diet and habitat used, for compared this results with wild populations of spider monkey, because the groups of monkeys that we study were reintroduced 7 years ago by our director and other organizations, so is important to know how this group doing in the forest and the impact of them in the natural regenerations.

The importance to study this group and protect them for hunting is because they are local extinct around this area, this is the unique success of reintroduction group that have been report in Peru with spider monkeys. Protect the area where the live is important for ensure that his population can grow safety.

Also within the area there is an abundance wildlife such a jaguar, puma, tapir, harpy eagle, different species of monkeys, birds, frogs, bats, insect, etc…there is a lot of important trees that works as a key species for this ecosystem, this area give you opportunity where you can explore, learn, help and/or develop your own research.

Typical day

The minimum duration of participation is 2 weeks for volunteers, but is strongly recommended to participate at least 4 weeks to make your experience unique. For interns the minimum period is 4 weeks in advance.  

Volunteers follow a daily schedule and normally work an average of 6-8 hours in the field each day, some days more depending on the activities, there will also be time to process the information and data collected. Some of the work is seasonal and as a volunteer you will work on a variety of tasks during your time at the reserve. While some morning tasks start early, there is plenty of time in the evening to relax after work. You will also normally rest during the middle of the day to avoid the midday heat.

Intern and research are people who can work independently and carry out their own activities during the time they need for their research or intern. If you don’t have a research proposal or planned internship program, we can either help you create your own research proposal or offer you one of our main projects.

Example program for every two weeks:

  • Day 1: Arrival and transport to the station (Sunday)
  • Day 2-7: Activities and ongoing programs (Saturdays half day resting)
  • Day 8: Resting (Sunday)
  • Day 9-13: Activities and ongoing programs (Saturdays half day resting)
  • Day 14: Departure (Saturday)

ACTIVITIES AND ONGOING PROGRAMS: 

You will participate directly in all the projects that we carry and are in the process of developing, including the following activities:

  •   Study the seasonal variation behavior of spider monkeys (activity pattern, diet and habitat use)
  •   Location and habituation of groups of dusky titi monkeys for ecological and behavioral studies
  •  Taking part in biodiversity studies and wildlife monitoring using standards methodologies (plots, lineal transepts, sensor camaras, etc)
  •   Phenology studies of angiosperms and monitoring vegetation plots
  •   Mapping and monitoring the main timber species within concession
  •   Patrolling the perimeter and trails of the conservation area
  •   Recording the status and health of the lands surrounding the reserve
  •   Recording any evidence of illegal activities
  •   Assisting in the maintenance and development of the field station 
  •   Help in the maintenance of the organic farm and more

A Typical day (it is a referencial, depends on the weather conditions and activities):

  • 7:00 am: Breaksfast 
  • 8-11:30am: Activities and ongoing programs 
  • 12-13pm: Lunch 
  • 13-14pm: Resting time
  • 14-17.30pm: Activities and ongiong programs 
  • 19pm: Dinner time
  • 20pm: Social time, classes, videos, meetings or presentations
Sometimes we gonna take a breakfast or lunch in the forest while we are working

Details on Arrival

Volunteers can arrived trought all year and since you arrive you will go directly to the Reserve- Please considerer that Sunday is the only day you may enter the reserve and that Saturday is the only day for departure to Puerto Maldonado. Book your transport accordingly.                                                                                                                                          -

Free-time activities

On your free time activity you can rest in the hammock, reading a book, enjoy the landscape, take a pictures, do a small treck, swimming in the river, play some sports or in weekens every 2 weeks you will have the option to visit the city for one night over the weekend. Here you will find hotels, restaurants, shops and internet access (This is not included in you payment). The river transportation will be free of cost if we have a boat already scheduled (e.g. someone is arriving or departing) or you can share the price of renting a boat.

Also you can take some turistic touras around the City, like the famous sandoval lake and macao/parrots clayclicks 
Swimming
Sightseeing
Hiking
Sports

Program 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) and Spanish (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
Primatology, environment, conservation, behavior, zoology, botanic, biology, veterinary, wildlife, forestry, lands management, and all relationated courses at University, college level
Required Documents
insurance, Cv and motivation letter
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Aviable for work under jungle conditions, long walks and with group life
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Kawsay Biological Station (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Kawsay Biological Station

All volunteer fees are put straight back into vital research, the monitoring of wildlife and various conservation projects.

  • Food 
  • Lodging (Eventual cost of renting necessary material)  
  • Equipment, tools
  • Transfer from the accommodation to the research site  
  • Other expenses: (communication, taxas, project development, maintenance, etc) 
  • Acommodation 
  • Salary for on site managing and training (strictly limited to the length of the project) 

 

Airport Pickup at Puerto Maldonado Airport

The follow transfer price is included in the cost:

  • Arriving: pick up in the airport, transport to the port and river transport to the field
  • Departure: only the River transport to the City (*)

(*)Only in departure in the last day the taxi from the city to the airport  must be cover for the volunteer (3 euros), because they do have different schedule time of fly or bus and they use to spend few hours in the city before go to the airport or bus station.

Please consider that Sunday is the only day you may enter the reserve and that Saturday is the only day for departure to Puerto Maldonado. Book your transport accordingly.

  • The boat departs the city of Puerto Maldonado for the Station every Sunday at 15:00. It is recommended to arrive in the city one day before or on Sunday before 14:30.
  • The boats return and arrived to the city of Puerto Maldonado every Saturday 9:00 am. It is recommended to buy your flights or bus tickets after this time or days later.
  • Extra boats will only be available in case of emergency or when needed.

Accommodation

The Station is designed for expedition-style research and learning programs. It has a rustic style; for those who love nature and raw wilderness, this is the perfect place for immersion into the wild. The station is located near to the Madre de Dios River. The station has areas for living, dining and work. This is where, among other activities, you can interact and play games, meals are served and data is downloaded and entered. We also have a number of hammocks dotted around the station.

Volunteers will have direct connection with the nature and experience about living in group in the jungle with basic conditions and having a good culture exchange. Volunteers will be in share dorms 2-4 person with a comfortable bed and with private bathrooms/showers.

Electricity now is provided for generators which are only active during some parts of the day (in the near future we are planning to install solar panels). You will have opportunities to recharge electronic items and use electronic equipment in midday and evenings after dark. At 9pm the lights go out. You will be with provided candles and are encouraged to bring personal battery powered lights/torches with enough power for your stay.

Due to the remoteness of the Station there is not a strong phone signal and no internet. But there are some areas, near to the river, where you can get some connection/signal for call or internet if you have a local SIM number (Claro Company) or international program.

Not we do not offer special servicer, however you can do your own laundry in the field station or sending to wash it in Puerto every 2 weeks or do your laundry when you go to the city, it is around 2 dollars per kilo.

Dorm Room Bungalow Bedroom (Double) Camping
Food & Beverages

Meals are served in the common areas. we offer 3 meals everytday with free water and fruits. The kitchen at the camp may also be used by those who prefer to prepare their own meals.

Breakfast: Stronger breakfast (milks, eggs, fruit salads, bread, coffee, cereals, juice, etc.)

Lunch: variation of typical daily Peruvian food (rice, pasta, beans, salads, etc)

Diner: variation of typical daily Peruvian food (rice, pasta, beans, salads, etc)

Volunteers will help to prepare them and sometime they can prepare some special dishes from their countries and culture. There will be special diet for vegetarians and vegans. Vegans must be bring their personal vitamins for cover nutritionals requirements (e.g iron tables, proteins, etc)

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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Puerto Maldonado Airport (PEM) in Puerto Maldonado. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$600.00
3 weeks
$900.00
4 weeks
$1,200.00
6 weeks
$1,700.00
8 weeks
$2,200.00
10 weeks
$2,700.00
12 weeks
$3,000.00
16 weeks
$3,900.00
20 weeks
$4,900.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$5,800.00
Average fees
$271.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Puerto Maldonado/Peru between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Kawsay Biological Station will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Peru.
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 must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.
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