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Volunteer in the Amazon Rainforest at our Wildlife Sanctuary 
Country Peru
Accomodation Included
Weekly Donation $60 - $80

Project description

We are in the process of constructing a wildlife sanctuary in the dense and remote Peruvian Amazon near Pucallpa. Come and live with our family and discover what its truly like living remotely in the jungle. As our facilities are not yet fully built we are only caring for a limited number of animals; primates, birds, tapir, sloth's and a few others.

Volunteering with us

Weekly Donation $60 - $80
Minimum stay 3 Weeks

Volunteer activities

No two days are the same at our centre and tasks vary depending on what we are currently doing. We also discuss with our volunteers what theyre interests and skills are so we can make your time here as enjoyable and productive as possible! Common tasks include; caring for our animals, construction, helping with our children, maintenance of facilities, labouring, area mapping, reforestation etc

Volunteer requirements

No particular qualifications, just 18+ and a decent level of physical fitness (the Amazon is very hot, humid and our days are active!). Although any skills/qualifications with animals, construction/carpentry etc are very useful here.

Extra Information

Fun for volunteer

Whilst here there's lots of fun and interesting things for our volunteers to get involved in (many would say that just the journey to get to our sanctuary is quite an adventure!). Often our local staff take volunteers on walks through the rainforest and teach them about the fauna and flora, both during the day and at night! There is a bar and restaurant in the village nearby as well.

Living conditions

Living here is the REAL Amazon experience. We live in 2 houses that we constructed which are comfortable and mosquito proof with shared bathrooms. But if you need a shower, then our waterfall is just a short walk away! Although basic, living conditions here are really something unique and a great way to experience 'wild' living.

Transport

Volunteer typically fly to Pucallpa where a friend of ours will pick them up and bring them back to her hostel. From there she will take you to a near by station where you will take a mini van for 4-6 hours to a nearby village. From there a boat must be taken to cross the Amazon to get to our sanctuary. We can provide further details and assist you with your transport too and from our centre.

Our Mission

Our aims are too finish constructing our wildlife centre so that we can provide sanctuary to the animals that are bought to us in need, providing for them natural living conditions and the best life possible. We are also working towards the protection and reforestation of the Amazon and educate our local community about wildlife conservation.

Internships opportunities

Cost Negotiable
Duration Negotiable

Description

For volunteers wanting to stay longer, internships are available and we can discuss what you will be doing dependant on your skills/interests/qualifications. Our standard fee is $75/week to cover your food/accommodation.

Research opportunities

Description

It is possible for volunteers conduct their own research at our centre. If you would like to conduct research here please contact us so that we can discuss your project with you and decide if it would be suitable.

    Why we need donations and support

As a non-profit organisation who does not receive support from the government we are dependant on contributions from our volunteers as well as donations. Any donations we receive go straight toward the construction and maintenance of our sanctuary, so that we can care for animals that come to us in need.

    What previous volunteers had to say

    Frank M , Ireland

" A normal day here usually begins with preparing the animals food and then feeding them. We do this once again in the afternoon, and it is a really fun way of getting to know the animals which are kept here. After the morning feeding there are plenty of tasks which occupy our day. These range from helping make or repair the animal enclosures to taking Elmo the baby sloth out for a walk to encourage him to climb the surrounding trees. Moreover, there is a lot of construction work in and around the site which we can help with. A good thing about working here is that we can chose what work will suit us best and concentrate on that task. At the weekends we can relax here on site, but if we want to contact home via internet or go for a few drinks there are towns near-by. The project itself is in a really beautiful setting - surrounded by lush rainforest, it takes a while for it to really sink in that you are living in the Amazon jungle! There is a little stream right beside the house and a waterfall up river where we can swim and cool off in the afternoons. In the evenings, we all eat together and relax. There isn’t a huge amount of electricity on tap, but there is enough for lights while we read, chat or play games with other volunteers. Staying and working here is a great way to meet other travelers and spending time with Olivia and Douwe’s family is nice. The atmosphere here is really welcoming, and there is a big effort to show us volunteers the surrounding area and wildlife. For example, walking tours of the surrounding jungle or trips up river to look for flocks of wild parrots which nest here. My stay has been an overwhelmingly positive one, and is a trip that I highly recommend. It has been an amazing way to experience the rainforest while here in South America, and definitely a highlight of my trip so far. "

    Arne Lysaker , Norway

" The sounds from the forest, just outside the open window, fill the bedroom as you are waking up. The house is quieter after the kids have left to the other side of the river to the local school, and now it’s time for the rest of the house to wake up. There are still a lot of people around and since everybody lives in the same house it’s difficult to oversleep, though it can happen. There are animals that need food, cages to build, fixing the paths or helping out in the kitchen. There’s always so much to do that you will never be bored during the day. Douwe, the man of the house, likes to sing songs that he finds suitable for specific moments. He leads a group that consists of volunteers and local workers who always work faster and carry more stuff than you. This is the type of work that many people find very manly. Carrying rocks from the river, mixing huge amounts of cement by hand and general carpeting are typical activities. It does not matter if you have experience or not, everyone gets tasks so you will be hungry by lunch time for sure. While that is being done, other volunteers feed the animals. The routine goes like this: cutting fruit, mixing food and placing it in their respective buckets. Then go to Rincay, the tapir, who will try to take a bite off your clothes. Cuddle with him and make sure that he and his friend Pepito, the tortoise, are healthy. Continue to the birdcage and from there go to the monkeys. Mica is the least shy of the monkeys and will probably follow you around for most of the trip. She tends to fall in love with volunteer guys, but ignore her and its fine. At the monkey feeding table you will also see Igor, Tika (the coati), Camilla and Jordi, which is an amazing sight. In the evening it’s time to feed the favorite animals of the volunteers, Elmo the sloth. As soon as you enter the cage he comes straight towards you and tries to climb onto you. At twelve o’clock it’s time for lunch which is prepared by Elena. After the morning work, lunch is much anticipated. Speaking for myself, some of these lunches are the best I’ve ever had. It might have something to do with the need for energy after three hours of carrying rocks or whatever task Douwe has in mind. Lunch is served in the kitchen and we all sit around the table and eat heaps of food. Olivia is more or less the expert on animals and will always have a good monkey story during the day. Work continues after lunch until 4pm and after that it’s nice to go to the waterfall for a swim or just hang out, reading a book or solving a Sudoku. We cook dinner in turns so that’s always a nice end of the day. We sit in the kitchen and share the experiences of the day and listen to the crazy stories of this jungle family. ¨You know, today I got almost killed by a snake. Good thing I had my machete with me¨, is something Douwe could say. "

    Jennifer Brown , Australia

" Traveling to this project was already an adventure in itself- plane, two cars completely full of people and crossing two rivers by boat before arriving in the majestic jungle here. I can’t say just one favorite thing. I really enjoyed the communal atmosphere and living with a family. There’s no need for an alarm clock because the monkeys are up at dawn. There’s been the heaviest rain I’ve experienced and it’s so cute when the monkeys seek shelter just outside our bedroom. It was great to see how far the construction progressed while we were here. If there were an activity that we wanted to do while being here, Olivia and Douwe were really supportive to make it happen. I hope everyone else will enjoy the experience as we have. "