Jungle conservation & research, Peru

“Volunteer to be part of a small (max 12 volunteers) conservation team in Peru's Amazon rainforest for 16 days and stay at the Rainforest Alliance research center.”

Highlights

Data collection | capture footage of mammals | monitor bird species | transect surveys | pitfall surveys | leaf litter plots | bamboo traps | forest regeneration project | Western Amazon Nature Reserve | Rainforest Alliance research center |

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Volunteer travel - what's it all about

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.
Edward Abbey said 'sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul'.

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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Through this project volunteers will be contributing to the preservation of the Manu Biosphere Reserve (MBR) and development of initiatives to help protect the environment. It is an integral part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vilcabamba Amboro Conservation Corridor and is home to an ambundance of wildlife. Our highly motivating and engaging volunteer project makes volunteers a partner in positive change: directly benefiting local communities, the environment and the long-term conservation of the Amazon. Our program combines training, challenging work and a great adventure making it a brilliantly unique and rewarding way to visit and actively understand more about the rainforest, its people and its conservation needs. In addition to this direct benefit, we try to ensure:

Social responsibility - before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.

Economic responsibility – for over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes direct to the research center. The center provides employment for local Peruvian staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.

Environmental responsibility – While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

The project has a long history of supporting conservation research in the Manu region, with long-established projects monitoring the blue headed macaw, mammal behaviour patterns, human impact studies, environmental management and forest dynamics to name but a few. Their focus is on creating sustainable agriculture, timber and carbon alternatives for local communities on deforested and impacted land. By effectively reducing the human and carbon footprint, these initiatives aim to increase both the communities’ wellbeing and enhance the region's sustainable offerings.

The centers mission is to:

* Educate local rainforest communities and visitors
* Promote sustainable natural resource development
* Integrate pure and applied research of the rainforest environment and its natural systems
* Conserve and preserve tropical ecosystems

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