Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru

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Are you looking for an adventurous trip with a purpose, or on a gap year or career break? If you want to make a difference in some of the world’s most important conservation areas - and in community projects - then volunteer trips are for you! Volunteers tend to have a sense of adventure, and come from a range of different backgrounds and from all over the world.
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Responsible tourism: Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru

The project:
The project is based in a remote area of the Manu region, where there is one town near-by. Volunteers directly influence the local economy of this town in a very positive way by using the laundry facilities, local shops and amenities. The project itself promotes sustainable development in the diverse rainforest, plus develops and implements education for the local people and crucial research programmes. The actual centre consists of the accommodation rooms and bathrooms, dining hall, library, kitchen and relaxation area. It is tastefully constructed in keeping with the surroundings and is highly comfortable living, whilst working with traditional styles.

Local staff are employed at the Manu Learning Centre which provides important cultural interaction for them and the volunteers, along side valuable language practice in an everyday setting. Group sizes are kept to a minimum and all volunteers and staff at the MLC are briefed and trained with regards to respecting the flora and fauna, so not to disrupt environments any more than absolutely necessary whilst carrying out research and programmes to help conserve one of the most significant areas of the natural world.

Our company:
You taking part in this project enables us to continue to donate financial assistance as well as necessary goods, where it is needed around the world. Examples of donations include building new classrooms, providing school uniforms for poorer students, buying computers, sports equipment, playgrounds, toys, mattresses, classroom equipment and funding school trips and the building of libraries, and more. We also donate significantly to conservation research efforts and the purchasing of necessary conservation equipment. In the past, these donations have been made in all continents and in projects where we work, and some where we do not work.

Recent donations made include:

- Monthly donations to a variety of schools, orphanage and animal sanctuaries around the world to help with costs.

- Donations to a school in Zambia to sponsor the education of five children per year.

- Donation made to a school in Ghana to build new signs to advertise the school, buy a photocopier, buy reading books and pain some classrooms in need of repair.

- Donation of funds to build a toilet at one of the schools we work with in Cambodia – until now the children have had to go into neighbouring houses or in the bushes!

- Computer and Camera for a Street Kids project in South Africa.

- Ongoing monthly donations made to orphanage in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and every year additional money given at Christmas to buy presents for children.

- Approximately £1,500 towards the building of a desperately needed classroom in a Zulu school in eMakhosini, South Africa.

- Water tanks for various projects in Ghana and Kenya to allow the children safe drinking water.

- Toys and play equipment for children at a project that was severely lacking funds for this in South Africa.

- A donation of books for the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town.

- A donation of $400 to the elephant project in Thailand.

We are committed to upholding strict ethical standards that ensure a positive and lasting impact upon the environments, communities, institutions, volunteers, animals, children and people that we work with.

For example:

- We encourage our volunteers to make the most of local opportunities available to them, such as shopping at local markets, eating in local restaurants and using local services and transport.

- We encourage volunteers to pay fairly for goods and services. We believe that over payment for goods and services or payment to beggars can have negative consequences and result in the over-reliance on tourism within the local community.

- We strongly advise against purchasing wildlife souvenirs or anything which may perpetuate the death or cruel treatment of animals for the purpose of profit.

- We advise on dress codes and codes of behaviour in all of our destination countries to ensure volunteers don’t cause offence to local communities.

Our aim is to create always a win-win-win situation in terms of the benefits for the local communities and institutions that we work in, for us and for the volunteer. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to the communities, institutes or volunteers. We conduct regular volunteer satisfaction surveys to monitor our performance.

Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. For example, the schools where we teach English very often have no other English teachers, and so they rely on us for continued lessons. We kept a Species Survival Conservation project in South Africa afloat until completion after it was threatened by lack of funds. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

Reviews of Rainforest conservation in the Amazon, Peru

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 03 Jan 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Cutting a path through dense jungle to fin capybara

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Speak to the guys who have done it already for advice!
A camera, comfy inner soles, good Headtorch, organic mosquito repellent, waterproof bags were the items I was glad I had the most!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

yes, all of the above!

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

it was such an incredible experience, expect it to be really hard work but you get out what you put in.

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