Maximo Nivel

Peruvian Amazon Conservation & Reforestation

Cusco, Peru show on map

Agency | Maximo Nivel

The natural equilibrium of the Amazon’s ecosystems needs to be protected and volunteers can be part of it.

The Jungle Conservation program begins with 2 days in Cusco where volunteers participate in a mandatory orientation session and receive information about their trip to the project site. Volunteers go to a conservation site in the Amazon Rainforest, outside of Cusco. There, they are involved in various types of work depending on the current needs of the project.

Volunteers take part in a variety of activities, including:

  • Reforestation—planting trees, shrubs, and orchids
  • Removing invasive, non-native species of bamboo
  • Wildlife monitoring—observing and counting species of birds, insects (especially butterflies), amphibians, and primates
  • Organic gardening
  • Trail maintenance
  • Scientific research in biology, chemistry, and zoology
  • Educational workshops with local communities

On rainy days work may be limited to indoor activities, such as doing repairs at the lodge and/or working with the local school. Sometimes there are opportunities to teach English to the staff and community members.

Typical day

Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but volunteers can expect to work 4-8 hours per day, Monday to Saturday. Working hours are in either the morning or the afternoon, depending on the needs of the project.

Details on Arrival

Projects begin every Monday, all year round. The first two days are spent in Cusco, where volunteers receive the orientation. 

Free-time activities

All year round, Cusco and its surrounding towns celebrate a mix of Inca and Catholic holidays, allowing visitors to experience a variety of cultural activities. Our local staff always posts a monthly events calendar to let participants know about the activities going on. Cusco also offers historical and archaeological sites both within and outside of the city. Common destinations volunteers can explore include Sacred Valley, Lake Titicaca, and the famous Machu Picchu. There are a lot of options and our staff is well-acquainted with the area and can advise on the must-see places. Our on-site travel partner is also very knowledgeable and can assist in setting up trips. 

Sightseeing
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Included Services

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Maximo Nivel (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.
Online preparation course (optional, from $49)
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On-site services

Services by Maximo Nivel
Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family / Dorm accommodations (shared room with half board in Cusco and full board at the project site)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of volunteer service
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management

While in Cusco:

- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week
Airport Pickup at Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

Airport pick-up and public bus transportation to and from the project and Cusco at the beginning and end of the program are included. Travel to the site is a minimum of 8-10 hours and can be even longer.

Accommodation

For the first couple days volunteers stay in Cusco to receive the orientation. In Cusco, they stay in a traditional family-stay with a pre-approved middle class Peruvian family in a shared room with 1-3 other people of the same gender. Breakfast and dinner are included seven days a week. Our host families live in the Cusco area, and are 10-25 minutes walking or by bus from the Maximo Nivel institute. At the jungle project, they stay in dorm-style accommodations that include three meals a day. Meals are often vegetarian, and vary depending on the seasonal ingredients available locally. During their stay, participants must take part in keeping their accommodations clean and doing other chores to help maintain the living facilities. Bedding, which includes at least one thick blanket, linens, and a mosquito net, is provided. However, between July and September they may also consider bringing a sleeping bag, especially if they tend to get cold easily. There are no laundry facilities available at the jungle project. Volunteers must be prepared to hand-wash their clothes and dry them in the sun. Hot water for showering is not available at the jungle project site.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Breakfast and dinner are included seven days a week the first two days at the family-stay. Three meals a day are included at the project site.
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 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,005.00
3 weeks
$1,260.00
4 weeks
$1,515.00
5 weeks
$1,730.00
9 weeks
$2,590.00
17 weeks
$4,310.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$11,405.00
Average fees
$365.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Cusco/Peru between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Maximo Nivel 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 will be agreed with {project.name} during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Peru  Cusco, Avenida El Sol 612-616

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