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Amazon Jungle Conservation Volunteer Program in Peru - Cusco

Amazon Jungle Conservation Volunteer Program in Peru - Cusco

Purpose
Protect the planet & preserve nature
Start dates
Programs start every Monday
Duration
Choose from 2-24 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 6 hours a day
Age
Volunteers aged 18+
Accommodation
Bungalow cabin
Program fees
From CA$1186 for 2 weeks
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Volunteers who are passionate about the environment, like working hard and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. It’s also an awesome opportunity if you’re looking to hit reset on life by getting outdoors, doing meaningful volunteer work and getting out of your comfort zone.

Project details

Want to swap the hustle and bustle of city life for Amazon Jungle Conservation volunteering in Peru - Cusco? International Volunteer HQ’s Amazon Jungle Conservation project is a fantastic way to get back to basics and make a meaningful difference to conservation efforts in the Amazon rainforest. Volunteers help with a wide variety of conservation activities that contribute to the preservation of the lush, wild landscape and the many amazing animals that call it home.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Peru’s Amazon rainforest is an incredible place to visit - full of wildlife and raw landscapes but facing its own set of challenges like climate change, increased human development and deforestation. Volunteers make a real impact by providing invaluable help with a range of conservation tasks.

The Amazon Jungle Conservation project is an immersive volunteer experience where you’ll be based in the heart of the jungle, contributing to the preservation of the natural environment and its diverse ecosystems and inhabitants.

When you volunteer in the Amazon rainforest you’ll get a rare insight into the rich Peruvian biodiversity while making a difference by helping with activities including:

  • Reforestation
  • Trail conservation
  • Home-base maintenance
  • Animal inventories
  • Research projects
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action

Climate change affects everyone, everywhere. 2010 - 2020 was the warmest decade ever recorded and Carbon Dioxide levels have risen to an all-time high. In order to keep global temperatures below the Paris Agreement’s 2 degree Celsius limit, we must take action to educate communities, conserve nature and promote sustainable solutions.

Why do Amazon Jungle Conservation volunteering in Cusco with IVHQ?

As a jungle volunteer in Peru - Cusco you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Assisting with conservation efforts in the Amazon
  • Protecting and conserving the natural environment and wildlife
  • Developing your communication skills
  • Gaining conservation and research experience
  • Immersing yourself in Peruvian culture
  • Exploring the Amazon rainforest

Volunteer requirements

  • Volunteers must be at least 18 to join the Amazon Jungle Conservation project.
  • All volunteers are required to provide a criminal background check to IVHQ prior to departure.
  • All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance
  • All volunteers must speak fluent English.
Are you eligible to volunteer?

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Gabriella Venables Kyrke
17 Jul 2024

Go in with an open mind and get stuck in the work, it might not all be glamorous but you definitely learn a lot!

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Pasquale Leuzzi
18 Apr 2024

Where do I begin! There is nothing negative to say. IVHQ is beyond stupendous. The local team was great, and well organized. The placement staff were so welcoming and great to work with. I learned so much about the endangered species and the environment, and how we can benefit the rain forest.

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Corina Nelson
04 Mar 2024

The support from IVHQ and the local team was incredible!

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Holly Huckstadt
16 Jun 2023

The conservation team truly care about the work they do in saving the Peruvian Amazon through the Jungle Conservation project. They are very welcoming to volunteers, have us get involved in everything at the reserve, and teach us a lot about the plants and animals who live in the Amazon and how they try to help save that environment. The meals I received from my host family's house in Cusco before and after my volunteering were good, and the food I received during the project in Puerto Maldonado was also good. Staying with a host family when I was in Cusco was amazing, as I was able to practice my Spanish. I had an amazing time with all of the volunteers and workers there and really learned a lot about and saw a lot of the wildlife.

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Brooke Laughter
18 Jan 2022

Volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest was one of the best experiences I've had in my life. I saw so many different species, helped plant trees, picked fruit from the forest and so much more. Although it was very hard work, I enjoyed every single moment and would love to do it again!

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Emiline Bitton
31 Oct 2021

Getting to know people all around the world was so wonderful. I loved every single minute of my program. It was extremely hard and brutal, but it was so rewarding! I was in the Amazon rainforest during Thanksgiving. The holiday is a huge deal for my family. The staff went out of their way to celebrate the holiday with the Americans on the team and make it a special day. It was my favorite Thanksgiving I've ever had!

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Location

Amazon Jungle Conservation volunteer abroad project in Peru, Cusco with IVHQ

Location

It typically takes around 10 hours by bus followed by a one-hour boat ride to reach the volunteer site from central Cusco. The project will be based in the Amazon rainforest near the small city of Puerto Maldonado.

Arrival and orientation

The program orientation begins every Monday and volunteers need to arrive in Cusco on the Sunday before orientation. Orientation will be held within 24 hours of your arrival.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport (CUZ) in Cusco. Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee and you will be greeted by a member of the local team. We recommend that volunteers under the age of 18 travel internationally with a notarized letter from their parents to support their documentation.

If you are traveling in Peru prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up in Cusco on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation is hosted by our local team at their offices in Cusco. Orientation begins on Monday morning and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Cusco – introduction to Peru, Peruvian customs, language lesson details, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities in Cusco, introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

On arrival you will be transported to your accommodation and introduced to your host family for your first night in Cusco, and the following day you will complete orientation and transfer to the Amazon Jungle Conservation site. To get to the volunteering site you will take a 10-hour bus ride to get to Puerto Maldonado and then a 1-hour boat trip to get to the project placement.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays

Volunteers on this project work Monday to Saturday and relax on Sundays. A typical schedule might be as follows:

8:00 AM Breakfast at your accommodation. This may be earlier depending on activities planned for the day.
8:30 AM Volunteer work begins. You may be clearing trails, assisting with research, species monitoring, or helping with the catch and release of reptiles and amphibians.
12:30 PM Lunch and break time.
2:00 PM Volunteer work continues. This might include rehabilitation of animals, light construction, planting trees and harvesting fruits.
6:00 PM Dinner at your accommodation.

Weekends

Because of the remote location, volunteers tend to stay at the placement or visit nearby villages during their free time on Sundays. Volunteers can choose to do extra work or try lazing in a hammock overlooking the river, fishing, birdwatching, napping, observing and interacting with visiting wildlife, taking a dip in the river, playing board games or picking fruit for eating, making jam or drying.

Accommodation and WiFi

Accommodation on the Amazon Jungle Conservation project is located at the conservation reserve where you will be based. Living is rustic and communal, but comfortable. Volunteers are accommodated in bungalow cabins and mosquito nets are provided. There are flush toilets and running showers but you can expect water to be cold. Volunteers should bring their own towel, biodegradable shampoo, soap, and washing detergent, or buy them in Cusco. We also advise wearing layered clothing as the temperature tends to drop at night, due to the altitude.

All your basic living needs are catered for, but you should expect there to be no electricity, no heaters and no WiFi. This is an ideal experience for those wanting a digital detox.

Meals

Volunteers on the Amazon Jungle Conservation project will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner, cooked by a local chef. Meals will be mainly vegetarian.

Please note any dietary requirements so we can make special arrangements for you. However, due to the remoteness of this project volunteers need to be flexible.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately CA$476) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
2 weeks $820 Equivalent to $59/day
3 weeks $1,107 Equivalent to $53/day
4 weeks $1,378 Equivalent to $49/day
5 weeks $1,668 Equivalent to $48/day
6 weeks $1,958 Equivalent to $47/day
8 weeks $2,538 Equivalent to $45/day
10 weeks $3,118 Equivalent to $45/day
12 weeks $3,698 Equivalent to $44/day
16 weeks $4,858 Equivalent to $43/day
20 weeks $6,018 Equivalent to $43/day
24 weeks $7,178 Equivalent to $43/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately CA$476) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Cusco generally find US$100 - $150 per week to be sufficient for expenses, such lunches, public transportation, personal spending money, etc..
  • Breakfast and dinner while in Cusco when you first arrive
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner while at your project site
  • Airport pick-up
  • Round-trip transfer from Cusco to project site
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalized preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • Discounts on travel and tour add-ons
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

Free-time experiences & tours in Cusco

Take your volunteer experience to the next level with IVHQ's affordable activity and tour add-ons in Cusco! Explore your options below and learn how to book them once you've been accepted onto the IVHQ Cusco program.

Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)
Lake Titicaca Tour (2 nights/1 day)

Prepare to be in awe of this unique landscape and surroundings on this overnight tour!

CA$202
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour  - Upgrade (2 days, 1 night)
Machu Picchu Overnight Tour - Upgrade (2 days, 1 night)

Explore Machu Picchu on an exhilarating 2-day & 1-night tour.

CA$709
Machu Picchu Tour (Full Day)
Machu Picchu Tour (Full Day)

Experience the awe-inspiring wonders of Machu Picchu in just one day without stretching your budget!

CA$541

Affordable Spanish language lessons

Fluency in Spanish is not a prerequisite for the IVHQ Peru - Cusco program, however on certain projects volunteer work will be restricted with limited language ability. We recommend that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable language lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our local team in Cusco. Past volunteers feel that taking these lessons help immensely with day-to-day volunteer work and communicating with local people. The language lessons are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Spanish and classes run from Monday through to Friday. The cost is very affordable and offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers.

  • Group Class: 2 hours a day - starting at CA$128 per week
  • Private Class: 1 hour a day - starting at CA$137 per week
  • Private Class: 2 hours a day - starting at CA$274 per week

How to book IVHQ’s language lessons: Once you’ve paid your registration fee, you will be able to select language lessons as an “Add-on” via your MyIVHQ profile.

Spanish language lessons are not available on the Andean Immersion, Eco-Agriculture or Amazon Jungle Conservation projects due to their remote nature. However volunteers will have plenty of opportunity to practice with locals.

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Safety and support

Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Essential country information

Capital Lima
Population 32 million
Languages Spanish
Currency Peruvian Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone UTC-05:00

Weather and climate: Peru, unlike other equatorial countries, does not have an exclusively tropical climate; the influence of the Andes and the Humboldt Current causes great climatic diversity within the country. In the mountains, rain is frequent during summer and temperatures and humidity diminish with altitude up to the frozen peaks of the Andes. The jungle has heavy rainfal​l​ and high temperatures, with the exception of its southernmost part, which has cold winters and seasonal rainfall.

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