Wildlife and Nature Conservation Camp in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by NGO Taxi
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
This Amazon Jungle Camp offers you a unique opportunity to experience the immensely beautiful, densely wooded, rich green environment of the rainforest and provide a valuable contribution to its conservation. If you are interested in helping endangered wildlife and plant species and are looking to enjoy a ‘back to basics’ simple life without electricity and using only fresh running river water, then this is just the thing for you.
Leave modern society behind and enjoy an unforgettable, life-changing chance to protect rare natural wonders, reconnect with yourself and nature and also dedicate time to your own personal growth and evolution!
DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Problem: Many species of wildlife and plants in the Amazon are endangered!
Collectors from North America and Europe pay exorbitant sums to poachers to smuggle large quantities of rare butterflies (there are 1200 species in this region) out of their natural habitat for display purposes.
Capturing thousands of butterflies in this manner, not only endangers the butterflies themselves, but also their host plants, and therefore the associated natural vegetation and food chain of neighboring plants, trees and insects. If no action is taken to protect this vital first chain of the process it will result in an unstoppable process, which will ultimately affect the entire flora and fauna of the region.
Another problem faced in this area is the illegal logging of tree species (e.g. the Aguano tree). These trees are irresponsibly taken out of the jungle to be used as wood for construction or exported as timber with no consideration of the effects on the environment and no replanting of trees in the areas that have been logged. Since government controls often become ineffective due to corruption or through the influential lobbying of the timber industry, it is only private initiatives like this that can provide the needed protection for the rare and precious species in the Amazon.
Solutions: This project is especially related to the conservation of butterflies, insects, reptiles, amphibians and plants located in the Amazon region between the Peruvian Andes and the low-lying river arms of the “Madre de Dios” (Spanish for: mother of the gods).
The owner of the property is a 70-year-old, experienced researcher and biologist, who has personally identified over 20 species of butterflies. He has set himself the goal of privately buying an area of 120 hectares to protect the large variety of rare butterflies of the region from extinction.
By participating in this project, you will help to protect flora and fauna, to support scientific studies and thus to preserve the heritage of the local ethnic, indigenous people, such as the Matsiguenka and Harakmbut. This is the last chance to save the fragile flora and fauna in this region, which is such a unique microclimate!
Objectives: The aim of the project is the observation, survey, protection and research of the area’s butterflies, insects, reptiles, plants and trees along with environmental conservation. You will also help with local education initiatives (e.g. at schools) for the protection of flora and fauna of the rainforest.
YOUR VOLUNTEER TASKS:
Your primary volunteer duties at the camp will be to assist with the maintenance of the research area for biologists, researchers, university students and guests involved with the research programmes. In addition, you’ll find yourself working with insects and many animal and plant species, and participate in the environmentally friendly planting of trees (afforestation) along the paths in the project area. You might also help with searching for medicinal plants, and harvesting exotic fruits.
The owner of the property has delegated management of the operations for protecting the rainforest to his camp manager who will be your main contact person for the project and will allocate tasks, advise you and deal with your queries.
Volunteer tasks include:
- Securing the access road to the remote project site.
- Creating and maintaining new ways to observe and research the flora and fauna.
- Agriculture-oriented work (e.g. planting and harvesting of organic vegetables and exotic fruits for the self-sufficiency of the project participants).
- Collecting seeds and plants.
- Sowing and caring for new seedlings.
- Bamboo processing as a renewable resource for building on the camp grounds.
- Monitoring and inventory of butterflies, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds and wild animals (for example, various monkeys, snakes, caimans, etc.).
- Species identification & classification (entomological surveillance).
- General maintenance work of the project site.
- Reporting to your camp leader and project coordinator.
- Project monitoring in the form of reports (reporting incl. photos, blogging, project diary etc).
The exact tasks you will be asked to carry out will depend on the current needs and priorities of the project as determined by the camp manager and NGO Taxi management. The tasks stated here are therefore examples of some of the possible types of activities you will be asked to do.
Working hours: Your estimated working time is 30 hours per week (Monday to Saturday, about 5 hours a day). Much of it, however, will be performing exciting activities, and won’t feel much like work (e.g. nocturnal animal observation).
Your journey will take you through the southeastern part of the Peruvian jungle into a unique microclimate zone. This is the only place able to host such a special and incredible diversity of endangered butterflies and other plants and wildlife, as it is the meeting point of many Amazonian ecosystems and regions.
From Cusco, the ancient Inca capital in the Andes, it is about half a day’s journey into the rainforest. The camp-site itself is immersed in the deep green thicket of the rainforest amongst rare plants and also endangered forest trees. Currently, the road to the camp is only accessible by four-wheel drive. Then, to reach the site itself you have to cross a small river. Depending on water levels, the camp-site can be completely cut off by the river. The construction of a bridge is planned.
- Food and full board for communal cooking (also vegetarian or vegan).
- Return pick-up service to and from the airport/ bus station in Cusco.
- Welcome dinner for all camp participants.
- 20 hour intensive Spanish course.
- Return transportation to the camp in the rainforest (on successful completion of the project).
- 24-hour assistance from your coordinator in Cusco.
- 24-hour support from your camp leader in the Amazon.
- T-Shirt, pre-arrival pack and information materials.
€ 899,00 – 1st month € 849,00 – 2nd month € 799,00 – 3rd month, and after
(Our prices are calculated at fair level. They always include your accommodation. Depending on the project, meals are included, too. Your contribution also helps us cover our organizational and administrative costs. It allows us to support our projects and goals, and it provides you with a network you can rely on. If you want to help us reach our goals and objectives even faster we would be extremely grateful for a little donation to our causes!)
For more information about the camp please visit our web site and have a look at
AMAZON JUNGLE CAMP PERU
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
• Skype Interview
You will be in an environment where you will make a positive contribution to the host country while gaining invaluable international work experience. We only accept the most serious and professionally focused applicants.