WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
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.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
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:
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.