Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation

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1. In Brief

The Amazon rainforest is home to more than half of the world’s 10 million species of plants, animals and insects, and one-fifth of the world’s fresh water, with more than 20% of the world’s oxygen being produced here. Today, the Amazon faces deforestation at an alarming rate and if this trend continues it could be wiped out by the end of this century. We are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species everyday due to deforestation; that equates to 50,000 species a year!

This project is spearheading conservation in a unique Amazon region of Peru. Working in partnership with leading international universities, through education and local community engagement, we aim to carry out research and provide volunteer support to help with the capacity building of the local rainforest community.  By promoting a truly integrated environmental and community focussed approach we hope that this model for sustainability will lead by example and ultimately help other communities throughout South and Central America protect the rainforest as a valuable resource. 

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Staying in an eco-lodge right in the heart of the rainforest.  
  • Assisting in hands-on conservation research.
  • Creating unforgettable memories and experiences.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Amazon rainforest, Peru
Activities Rainforest conservation and surveys
Biological surveying
Conservation research
Environmental awareness initiatives
Visiting local indigenous communities
4 day jungle expedition (4 week + volunteers only)
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
Accommodation Volunteer house

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country

Accommodation
Food
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Local orientation
Project training
Project equipment & materials
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of the Frontier-Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation programme is to promote conservation and sustainable practices with the help of international volunteers. Our volunteers provide the much needed hands-on support to the research project to gather baseline data that will help us develop a management plan that incorporates environmental objectives with local community needs and socio-economic factors to offer practical solutions. By capacity building within local rainforest communities we can support the growth of the local economy in a way that is positive to its surrounding natural resources.

In time we hope to use our international connections to link sustainable communities and producers (agriculture/timber/tourism/conservation) with a network of responsible organisations to create a common objective of sustainability in the chain of supply and demand.

We also aim to integrate sustainability at grassroots level through education by working with the local children at schools and other awareness raising initiatives. This coupled with the continued financial support that ecotourism can bring and by promoting the project achievements and successes we hope this can be a model that similar communities throughout the continent can aspire to.

Volunteering here means total immersion into the rainforest, as we work to connect you with a deeper understanding of conservation, climate change and poverty. Ultimately we seek to transform the way you think about the world and inspire a long term passion for the rainforest.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a volunteer you will be assisting the research staff on the project in a variety of ways, getting involved in many practical tasks and surveys. You can expect to be included on projects including camera checks, biomass project, butterfly traps, tree phenology, agroforestry projects and night transects. You will also take part in some fantastic community work helping to educate local people about sustainable uses of the forest and empowering the community by developing sustainable livelihoods. After work there is time to relax with movie nights, play games, sporting activities and go swimming.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Once you arrive at Cusco airport, a friendly local staff member will meet you and transfer you to your Cusco accommodation where you will spend the first two days and have an orientation meeting. After this, you will journey over the Andes Mountains and through the forest to your eco-lodge base.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be spending the majority of your time in a fabulous Eco-Lodge in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest which boasts a solar powered internet connection, an environmentally sound septic system and gravity fed water pumps; all helping to minimise the centre’s impact on the environment.

Lodges consist of 6 thatched buildings with two single beds in each pod, and have been beautifully constructed in keeping with their surroundings. There is a dining and relaxation area with tables and a few armchairs, as well as a library and covered hammock area to wind-down after a hard day’s work.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All food is provided for, which includes three meals a day of pancakes, omelettes, fruit, rice, potatoes, beans, meat and vegetables. Other food and snacks may be purchased once a week from a nearby town.
 

4. The reviews

Positive Global Impact  | 4 May 2013
I worked on the conservation and community projects placement and absolutely loved it. My work wa...

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Already planning a return trip!  | 20 Apr 2013
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Every four weeks, there is a four day expedition included in the price offered to volunteers where you will either be included in a community initative, learning local handicrafts, taking part in an archery competition and going on a forest trek; or you will be visiting a spectacular waterfall where you can swim and relax in the sun after a trek through the rainforest.

After your project ends, why not  stay in the country a little longer and explore the range of ethical, adventure and cultural activities Peru has to offer! Frontier can organise a variety of projects for you to help get the most out of your travels. To round off your trip why not try a short adventure up Machu Picchu, or if you're up to it, try the more intense Inca Trail package, or get involved with teaching local street children. Take some time out to visit some of the most spectacular scenery in South America and really enjoy your peruvian experience!

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

33 days $3,545

44 days $4,595

61 days $6,395

72 days $7,545

89 days $11,045

DEPARTURE DATES

2017:

9th January

6th February

6th March

3rd April

1st May

26th June

24th July

21st August

18th September

16th October

13th November

11th December

2018

8th January

5th February

5th March

2nd April

30th April

28th May

25th June

12th July

23rd July

9th August

20th August

17th September

15th October

12th November

10th December

DURATION

4 weeks +

This project operates in 4 week cycles.  Please aim to arrive on the project start date detailed above to qualify for the airport pick-up.
 

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cuzco (CUZ)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

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 .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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