Animal Protection at National Park

Volunteer Work Wildlife and Nature Peru
Program Facts
PE-WN103
Peru
Volunteer Work
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Booking No.

PE-WN103

Program Type

Volunteer Work, Animal Protection

Place

Amaru Mayu reservation center in the Manu National Park, ca 250 km (155 mi)  to the east of Cusco, Peru

Volunteer Responsibilities

Maintenance of the natural reserve; Cleaning of hiking trails; Maintenance of the infrastructure; Data capturing of the flora (medicine and healing plants); Observation, photographing and data collection of the local fauna (apes, feral pigs, coatis, anteaters, porcupines, insects, birds and sometimes even pumas and jaguars); Work in the garden and the plantations (cacao, bananas, pineapples, lemons, arazá, cocona, etc.); Animal protection and working in the animal rescue station

Work Hours

6 days/week, ca. 5-6 hours per day

Program Start Date

Throughout the year on every weekday

Program Duration

15 or 30 days

Minimum Age

18 years

Language

Elementary Spanish skills. Book your Spanish course in Cusco in Peru with us.

Skills

There are no specific requirements necessary. In case you like being in the nature and around animals you will love this volunteer program in the Manu National Park in Peru.

Accommodation

Shared bedrooms in a Volunteer House, with a host family or camp (depends on the type and place of your volunteer work)

Food

Full-board (only vegetarian)

Location

The Manu National Park in Peru is located in the east of the country. Lima, the capital of Peru, is a 9 hours’ drive away from the natural reserve. Cusco is located 250 km (155 mi) away but due to bad road conditions the trip can take up to 8 hours. The animal rescue center is located in a natural reserve and can only be reached by boat on a Amazon river. The Manu National Park protects diverse ecosystems such as lowland rainforest, cloud forest and Andean grassland.

Climate

The climate is variable and depends on the elevation. Generally, the Manu National Park has tropical climate, with constant rain and a mean annual temperature of 26 °C (79 °F) in the lowlands and only 8 °C (46 °F) in the higher zones of the Andes.

Vaccinations

Tetanus, Yellow fever are recommended. Please ask your doctor for additional advice.

Internet*

There is no internet in this volunteer project

Additional Information

This volunteer project begins with a stay in Cusco, where every volunteer participates in an introduction meeting. The different tasks (some require lots of discipline and are not suitable for everyone) will be communicated to the volunteers during this meeting. The transfer (bus and boat) from Cusco to the natural reserve and back to Cusco is included in the program cost. The accommodation costs in Cusco have to be covered by volunteers independently.

In-country Support

Volunteer coordinador in Cusco and on site in the natural reserve

24/7 Emergency No.

With the booking confirmation, you will receive our 24/7 Emergency Number where you can reach us around the clock in case of emergency.

Application

Enrollment possible at any time, with at least 4 weeks’ notice. (Download Application Form)

Travel Health Insurance

Travel Health Insurance for Peru mandatory

*We would like to point out that in Latin America, especially in remote areas where many of our volunteer work projects take place, Internet and/or cellular radio systems do not always work reliably.

The Manu National Park is located in the middle of the Peruvian Amazonas region in southeastern Peru. The territory is almost 19,000 km2 (7,336 m2) large and was declared a national park in 1973. Today, the national park serves as a protection and preservation zone for vegetation and wildlife. Additionally, it aims to preserve the traditional lifestyle and culture of the native Peruvian population. Due to UNESCO recognizing the unique species and rich diversity in this region of Peru, they declared the Manu National Park as part of the world natural heritage and biosphere reserve in 1987.

Today, plenty of 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. This volunteer project is supervised by a Peruvian NGO (Non-governmental organization). This organization cooperates with local residents with the hope of improving sustainability and the consideration of the political laws for the indigenous population.

In addition, they have social and economic concern for their development programs. It is of upmost importance to the organization that they always consider the local population when trying to find sustainable and economical ways to come up with a long-term solution to the problematic sensitivity of Manu National 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.

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 tasks that volunteers can help with do not require any prior knowledge or skills. However, there are plenty of tasks that require the volunteer to be disciplined and responsible. Tasks may include planting, maintaining the reserves infrastructure, data collection of flora and fauna, and the reintegration of animal species. 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.

No matter where your help is needed, your personal skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. Through your dedication, motivation, and support, you can help find alternative ways to preserve and develop the reserve even further. Furthermore, you can always rely on the understanding and the support of your project supervisor.

This volunteer project is located in the Peruvian jungle and gives you the chance to dive 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. Your life in the jungle will surround you with an immense variety of species, plants, colorful birds, apes, reptiles, and other exotic animals.

The type of accommodation that will be arranged for you depends on the project location and duration of volunteer work. Most volunteers live in a two-floored volunteer house that has 6 double rooms. Volunteers who live here typically help with the reforestation and maintenance of the reserve. For those that are more interested in helping with environmental workshops or animal protection centers, a host family accommodation is usually arranged.

Meals are provided according to the living circumstances in the jungle, which means that mainly vegetarian food available, since the storage of meat dishes is rather difficult.

Volunteer Work in the Manu National Park in Peru includes:
  Consultation of our experienced staff
  Translation of application documents
  Volunteer work placement
  Orientation session in Cusco
  Orientation kit
  Local support in Cusco and on site in the reserve
  24/7 Emergency Number
  Accommodation in Volunteer House or host family
  Full-board (vegetarian)
  Transfer (bus and boat) from Cusco to the natural reserve and back to Cusco incl. one night hostel accommodation
  Advisery concerning adequate travel insurance
  Flight booking service (optional and for free)
  Certificate of participation

What’s not included:
  International flight
  Travel health insurance
  Local travels
  Accommodation in Cusco for the introduction meeting

Prices:

Program / duration

15
days

30
days

Accommodation
(full-board)

810 USD

1.125 USD

Application fee of 120 USD to be added.

Optional:

Travel Health   Insurance 

more info here


Please note:
One week corresponds to 7 days and 6 nights.

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