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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.

Volunteer in Amazon Conservation & Reforestation

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.

CountriesPeru
Program DurationMinimum 2 weeks
Work Schedule4-6 hours/day Monday-Saturday; Hours may vary and depend on the needs of the project
Volunteer Requirements– 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.

What our Jungle Conservation Volunteers are saying…

“The jungle programme was a completely unique experience. If you are looking for something different then this is for you. To live so remotely and without any mod-cons is very refreshing, and it was great to be able to really engage in the environment – planting and maintaining trails etc. Unforgettable.”
“The experience has been absolutely amazing and enlightening. I loved learning about the different techniques used for conservation research. The amount and variety of hands-on experience was great, we got to handle and tag birds, set butterfly traps, track animals, plant palm trees and work at the farm. Volunteer group leaders Helmut and Noe are very friendly and will always provide ample information about the projects. Bring lots of bug spray and a raincoat if you are going in the wet season months. Depending on the number of volunteers, it can either get very loud or very quiet, I got to experience both in my two weeks there. My suggestions are – be flexible and open-minded about the tasks you are asked to complete, prepare to have very short notice before an assignment, ask questions, absorb information, enjoy the experience and you will become a slightly different person by the time you leave. ”
Inna Ilyantseva, Jungle Conservation in Peru
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