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Volunteer on a Monkey Island in Peru and Live in the Amazon 
Country Peru
Accomodation Included
Weekly Donation $120 - $140

Project description

Come and visit our remote Monkey Island in the Peruvian Amazon near Iquitos! Here our monkeys walk freely throughout our island, including; Spider Monkeys, Howler Monkeys, Uakaris, Wooly Monkeys, Tamarins, Marmosets and more! (Note from Wildweb: We have visited this project personally and although it is truly amazing, it is very remote. Communication with this project is infrequent as they do not have internet on the island and transport to the island cannot be pre-booked, only negotiated on the day with locals. Therefore we only recommend this project to experienced travellers and Spanish speakers. With that said those that do make it to the island will be amazed by what they find. If you do want to visit this project please contact the Wildweb team and we will assist you).

Volunteering with us

Weekly Donation $120 - $140
Minimum stay None

Volunteer activities

Our volunteers help us with the care of the monkeys around the island, which includes; helping to look after any baby orphans we might have, feeding the monkeys, food preparation, maintenance of the facilities etc.

Volunteer requirements

A good will to help us and the monkeys! It is very hot and humid where we live so volunteers must be physically fit. Also many of the staff who work here do not speak English, so a base level understanding of Spanish would be very useful.

Extra Information

Fun for volunteer

When our volunteers aren't spending time with the monkeys they often enjoy exploring the jungle surroundings of our beautiful island or swimming in the Amazon river! The city of Iquitos is also nearby and there's lots to see and do there, from restaurants to the famous Belin market.

Living conditions

Our volunteers stay on the island with us in one of our volunteer bungalows, we also provide 3 meals a day and cater for vegetarians.

Transport

Volunteers fly into Iquitos and from there we can provide them instructions as to which speed boat to get from the local harbour. (Note from Wildweb: We have visited this project personally and it is very remote, because of this transportation does not run on time, cannot be pre-booked and needs to be negotiated in Spanish. Therefore we only recommend this project to experienced travellers).

Our Mission

Our mission is the save the lives of these special creatures. We rescue some monkeys from the local markets being sold as pets or orphans are bought to us after their mothers have been shot by poachers. After we rehabilitate them back to good health we release them to live freely on our island where they will be safe. We also educate local people and spread the word of conservation.

Internships opportunities

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Description

No Internship opportunities currently available

Research opportunities

Description

No Research opportunities currently available

    Why we need donations and support

Any kind donations we receive go straight into caring for and protecting the monkeys. Buying them food, improving their facilities and rescuing any that need help in the future.

    What previous volunteers had to say

    Shannon N , United States

" I just volunteered at this project for 25 days and it was an amazing experience. Going to the Amazon, you want to see animals i am sure.... BUT YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WHERE YOU GO TO SEE THEM. The area is extremely fragile and the animals are endangered. If you pay to hold a monkey or take a picture with an anaconda, you could be supporting the illegal animal trade and killing a species. PLEASE BE AWARE WITH WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES! This island is a government recognized monkey rescue center. The monkeys on this island are rescued and wild and even though they are used to humans and some are extremely friendly, it is a Rescue center first and not a pet zoo or tourist attraction. Tourists are welcome to come and interact with the monkeys and chances are you will end up with 1 or 2 monkeys on your head :) Some things you need to know before going; The Monkeys are wild! They can bite and they are not tamed or domestic. BUT some are very friendly and if they come up to you and accept to interact with you, it is the best experience ever! There are mosquitos! and depending on the season they can be bad, BUT please, if you are wearing DEET or bug repellent, be aware of your contact with the monkeys! It is poisonous and they can get very sick, and even die if they come into contact with it. The owner of the center is FULL of information on these monkeys. He will show you the ins and outs if you ask him and will sit you down and teach you about the area and the people, animals and culture. The money goes directly to the care of the facilities and mainly the feeding and medical attention the monkeys. There is also a donation box that you can leave anything extra you might have. Being there for almost a month, I realized the donations are all they have to support this place and you could really save a life. There are probably babies on the island! They love to show the babies and their stories but please be careful, they are fragile and it is probably best not to hold them while they are still young and getting used to their new home. Most have been traumatized and injured. Get the owners number and call before you go so he can have the boat ready for you! They need all the help they can get and it is very affordable and an amazing experience. If you love the amazing Flora of the Amazon, this Island is an amazing place to explore! Bring your rubber boots! I hope you visit and I hope you fall in love, the Amazon is an amazing place and I am sure thats why you want to visit, but it is also up to us, the people who think it is so incredible, to respect it and TRAVEL SMART. Be aware of what you are buying: No animals skin or bones. Be aware of where you visit: No "zoos" or "serpentarios". What is happening to these animals is 100% ILLEGAL. The rescued animals go to rescue centers! Please be smart with where your money goes I cant say it enough!! "

    Sarah G , United States

" This is one of the most AMAZING places I have ever visited. I had a beautiful and educational experience while visiting. I had the pleasure of seeing this island and was absolutely blown away. It is a recognized rescue/rehabilitation center where the monkeys are free. The owner of this wonderful center has been dedicating his time, money, effort, and resources to these amazing animals for over 15 years. He shows you what life is like for the monkeys who have been brought there, introduces you to all the animals (they'll most likely want play with new visitors) and teaches you more about the species of monkeys he is contracted to have on the island, the area of land the monkeys are free to roam in, and the dangers these monkeys face every day in the wild. I learned so much about the reality of life for the monkeys there. The island is the perfect place for them to continue growing and thriving. Most of the monkeys were rescued to help better their lives. Although the monkeys are extremely friendly, they should in no way be treated like house pets. The monkeys are still wild there and need special treatment and attention. Not all can be held or fed by humans. The rescued baby monkeys are a wonderful sight to see. If they are on the island when you visit, be very careful of the babies. They are all delicate and weaker than the older monkeys. It is best to let the workers handle them so they don't become scared or nervous from being around new people all the time. This island really is a must see for anyone traveling to this location. This is an amazing rescue center that deserves the attention and positivity. Donations to their work and to the island are another great way to help support the monkeys. Monkeys are just like humans. They all deserve a good life. The project is worth supporting. If you spend your time and money in one place in the Amazon, this place won't disappoint you. Visit, volunteer, play, observe, learn, and educate yourself with a to the island. You won't regret it. "

    Lindsey R , United States

" My friends and I just spent a month volunteering here and it was one of the best experiences of my life. The owner, is a shining light in the jungle who has dedicated 15 years of his life to rescuing monkeys in the Amazon. His island is recognized by the government as a legitimate rescue center. He is allowed to have 8 species on the island (spider monkey, woolly, howler, tamarin, saki, titi, red uakari, and marmoset). This island is about protecting the monkeys and they always come first. The animals here are not kept in cages and they all are free to leave and disperse into the jungle if they want to. The majority of the monkeys that you will see are woollys since they are lazy and greedy and stick around because they know they will get fed. The Red Uakari's are the only monkeys in an enclosure because they are aggressive with other species. They are let out for exercise though and are treated very well. The monkeys are extremely friendly and have no problem jumping on you, especially if you have food. There are currently several babies that you can see, but it's best not to hold them. We saved a 4 month old Woolly monkey named Neeko while we were there. He had ammunition wounds on his tail (from the bullets that killed his mother) and a broken toe. We nursed him back to health and he is in the process of recovery. If you see him, tell him I said hi :) After you walk around the island and play with the monkeys, the owner teaches you about them in his learning room and explains how he keeps the place running. It's very interesting and informative and you leave with an understanding of how important his work is. It is a very rare experience to interact with monkeys in the way that you are able to here. I highly recommend the visit. But please, if you are wearing deet, be aware of your contact with the monkeys! It is poisonous and they can get very sick, and even die if they come into contact with it. There are mosquitoes though! If you are visiting in the rainy season, wear long sleeves and pants. Also know that they are wild animals, not pets. Do not grab them and if the workers tell you that one bites (Sueca the howler monkey is known for this) don't be surprised if they do. It's best to sit down and let them come to you. Many have been around humans since they were babies so they will have no problem sitting on you. "