Volunteer in Amazon Reforestation
Peru’s Amazon Jungle is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the world. Unfortunately it is constantly shrinking due to human encroachment and the exploitation of its natural resources.
Maximo Nivel’s Jungle Conservation programs are located in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. The natural equilibrium of the Amazon’s ecosystems needs to be protected and you can be part of it. The Amazon Rainforest is the best known rainforest in the world and many people simply take it for granted that it will always be there. However, without vital research and conservation efforts on the ground, the rainforest would be disappearing at an even faster rate than it is already.
It’s important to understand that the Amazon Rainforest is one of last primary forests in the world. As opposed to secondary forest, a primary (or virgin) forest means that the area has not been touched by man and the species that live in the forest are native to the area. This means the ecosystem is unique and cannot be reproduced by man. Many species would disappear if their natural habitat disappeared and that is why your efforts are so vital to the preservation of this unique area.
What will you do as a Jungle Conservation Volunteer?
Volunteers get involved with various types of work depending on the needs of the project. Reforestation, organic gardening, wildlife and animal monitoring, trail maintenance, and educational workshops for local communities. Reforestation efforts include planting trees, shrubs, and orchids as well as removing non-native and invasive species of bamboo. Wildlife inventories include observing and counting various species of birds, insects (e.g. butterflies), amphibians, and primates.
||Minimum 2 weeks
||4-6 hours/day Monday-Saturday; Hours may vary and depend on the needs of the project
||– At least 17 years of age
– Flexible; Willing to do various tasks based on season and project needs
– Healthy and physically prepared to do manual labor in a rural setting
– Hard working, ready to do anything!
– Responsible and safety minded
– Spanish language skills are not required
– Alcohol is strictly prohibited at conservation sites
||Note: Volunteers are required to purchase a toiletry kit with 100% biodegradable shampoo, soap, and insect repellent. Kits must be purchased ($16) from Maximo Nivel in Cusco before you leave for the jungle project.