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Peru Penguin Conservation

Peru Penguin Conservation

Journey to Peru, to help build up a safe habitat for the Humboldt Penguins and stop further decline of the species, as well as spreading awareness about the issues they face.

Prices from $895

Journey to Peru, where you will stay close to the beach in the coastal region of the Pimental District, near to the town of Chiclayo. During your participation in the program, you will partake in the daily operations of a penguin center, where your main task will be to work alongside a dedicated team which focuses on the conservation of Humboldt penguins and other environmental activities. 

The program includes a variety of important tasks that need to be completed in order to build up and create a safe habitat for the penguins.

The Humboldt Penguin is a medium-sized penguin species that breeds on the Pacific coast of Peru and Chile, and is named after the cold Humboldt Current that runs north along the coast of South America. During the last years, the number of the penguin population declined due to overfishing, climate change, ocean pollution, habitat destruction and other facts. The Humboldt Penguin is regarded as a threatened species in danger of extinction.

In your spare time you will have the opportunity to go to the local town of Chiclayo, which has a shoping centre, cinema and nightlife or for the curious and adventurous traveller, go further afield to explore the diverse geograpical, cultural and environmental aspects of this region of Peru has to offer. 



  • Staying within walking distance to the beach  
  • Working at the penguin centre and assisting in hands-on conservation of the Humboldt penguin
  • Opportunites to immerse yourself in the local culture and environment


  • Applicants must be aged 18 or over


Location Chiclayo, Peru
Activities Restoration and cleaning of penguins natural habitat
Creating natural fencing for their protection
Preparation of food
Feeding the penguins
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation   Homestay or shared volunteer house


Before you go    Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Humbolt Penguin is native to the coast of Chile and Peru and only found within this region of South America.  They survive on a diet of small schooling fish and forage on the local fauna, but due to overfishing of the oceans in this region, and habitat destruction/pollution by humans, the numbers of penguins are in severe decline and are now an endangered species, therefore conservation, through the action of volunteers and local community members, is vital for the penguins population and survival.  

The project work involves daily activities at the penguin centre, which will culminate in providing a safe habitat for the penguins. 



On your first day, to prepare you for your volunteer role, you will receive an inital training and orientation session about the project, which includes background information about this fascinating species of penguins regarding their special needs and behavior, and a short video.

Tuesday to Thursday

After breakfast, you will catch the public transport from Pimentel to the penguin center. On Tuesday, however, you will enjoy a 40 minute walk to the center instead of public transport and admire the scenic desert with views of the Pacific Ocean and you might even get lucky enough to get a glimpse of splendid marine life. The rest of the week, you will get to the center directly by public transportation instead of walking.

Once arrived, you’ll discover the penguin center together with the coordinator and other participants. After the introduction and task arrangement, you’ll start your project and take part in an environmental or penguin conservation activity such as:

  • Construction work
  • Creating a natural fence
  • Reforestation of cactus
  • Preparation of food for the penguins
  • Feeding the penguins
  • Cleaning the beach

***Feeding the penguins is not possible during reproduction time, which is from May to June and September to October.***


After breakfast you will go to a nearby school to forward the information you’ve gained and developed during this exciting week to the students. In this way, you help promote the conservation of the Humboldt Penguins and raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the wildlife in Peru. Afterwards, you will have free time to relax or explore the area.


Arrive at Chiclayo (CIX) Airport between 6am and 8pm on the Sunday and you will be met by local staff and taken to the project site.


Either in the standard residence or in homestay with a local family:

Standard Residence:

The location is close Chiclayo were there are several houses close to the beach and close to the school (walking distance 1-10 minutes), where students and participants can live. Standard is higher than average Peruvian standard, but please consider that Peru is still a third world country. Power outages or internet failures are not unusual.

Each house has space for 8-30 participants. Rooms are spacious and completely furnished with a table, a chair, a dresser/wardrobe, a mirror and a lockable box or drawer to lock in valuables. We provide bed linen. All houses have several shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen equipped with all necessary cooking utensils and a shared fridge. Their common areas are eating areas as well as roof top terraces with hammocks to relax after a long day.

All common facilities are cleaned at least once per week, usually way more often, depending on need. Rooms are to be cleaned by the participants themselves, but we provide cleaning equipment.


All meals are included, even on weekends, and are usually typical Peruvian dishes.

Standard Residence - Monday to Friday all meals are included, served at our school. Saturday and Sunday brunch and dinner is provided. Vegetarian/vegan food options are available.

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Pimentel itself is relatively small and calm, but there are plenty of small restaurants and shops around the area. There are multiple opportunities to experience the Peruvian cluture, lifestyle and environment and to make lots of friends, with activities including salsa or capoeira dancing, sports activities, bbq party and city tours.  There are also numerous short, full day or even weekend trips, for those adventurous travellers! 


1 week $895

2 weeks $1,295

3 weeks $1,745

4 weeks $2,245

Longer durations may be available on request


The project starts weekly on Mondays. Please aim to arrive on the Sunday prior.

The project is not available on these dates:

Mar 24- Maundy Thursday

Mar 25- Good Friday

June 29- Saint Peter and St Paul

July 28 - July 29- Independence Day Holiday

Aug 30- Santa Rosa de Lima

Nov 1- All Saints Day

Dec 8- Immaculate Conception Day

Dec 26- Christmas



1 week +


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Cap. FAP José A. Quiñones González Int. Airport (CIX)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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