VOLUNTEERING PERU

Rainforest Reserve

You are fascinated by untouched nature, love the Rainforest and want to give something back to the earth? You want to be far away from civilization, in the middle of Amazon region live and you for the Environmental protection get involved? Then you'll love our Rainforest Project in a national reserve in Peru! Here you have the unique opportunity to work alongside experienced farmers, foresters and ecologists for the reforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the protection of the environment. sustainable protection of nature to use. You will get to know the region and the culture of the indigenous Peruvians and broaden your horizons through new impressions. In your free time, you can enjoy nature, explore the rainforest and experience the uniqueness of the Flora and fauna with all your senses. An experience that you will remember forever!

Quick Facts

Type of program
Nature conservation project
Program location
near Puerto Maldonado
, Peru
Working hours
approx. 7 hours, 5 days
Program start
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Minimum age
18 years
Language
No knowledge
Prerequisites
Sense of community, closeness to nature, spirit of adventure
Location
Jungle, Rural
Accommodation
Multi-bed room
Catering
Included
Support
German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Internet
Mobile Internet and WLAN subject to availability
Price
Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 1220,00 €
Extension month: 560,00 €

Project description

We all know that the Amazon rainforest has been continuously destroyed by massive deforestation for some time now, robbing it of its natural resources. But what long-term effects does this have on the biodiversity there and the way of life of the local indigenous population? Exciting questions to which answers and, above all, solutions need to be found. Our Rainforest Reserve project in the Peruvian region of Madre de Dios has set itself the task of developing and implementing sustainable solutions. Together, the team works with great passion to protect, regenerate and understand the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. By working with local farmers and research institutions, they are creating space for education with the aim of spreading sustainable lifestyles and initiating equitable, regenerative development in the region.

The project has already planted over 250,000 trees in the last decade, representing around 400 species. These now serve as part of the living seed bank for the reforestation center. The work has also brought an area of around 60 hectares of rainforest back to life. The knowledge gained at the reforestation center is collected in a research project and shared with local farmers. Since 2006, the research program has been working continuously to increase knowledge about economically productive and sustainable restoration strategies.

The research also supports the development of methods for the sustainable harvesting of non-timber forest products from wild and cultivated plants. In 2019, the project began linking restoration activities with the production of non-timber forest products in order to provide a new livelihood for the local communities. For example, an organic start-up in the region is involved in the production of essential oils, which are distilled from the trees planted specifically for this purpose. There is also a strong focus on supplying farmers with seedlings, connecting them with local and international markets and supporting the development of regenerative supply chains.

The Amazon is the lung of our planet and is home to over 30 % of all known plant species. In Peru alone, the Amazon covers around 60 % of the entire country, an area the size of Turkey. In order to protect this diversity in the long term, our Rainforest Reserve and the team of over 20 full-time employees, volunteers and interns there need your active support. We look forward to meeting you!

Tasks

Your tasks at the Rainforest Reserve are varied and change depending on the season and day of the week. Basically, you can join the Aid for agricultural activities and help with the Reforestation and the Protecting the rainforest. You can get your hands dirty while you work the earth for Seed germination beds and Cultivation pots and then later at the Planting tree seedlings at their final location on the farm. You will also be involved in the Cocoa harvest and all the associated processing steps. In addition to cocoa, there are many other agricultural fruit and vegetables. Vegetable varieties to harvest. During your time in the project, you will also learn from experienced Amazon agroforestry managers about the Biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon Understand, to protect and to regenerate. You will help with research projects by Registration from reforested trees with the help of an app. You will also provide support with Enforcement of indigenous rights and learn valuable things about the Autonomy and Wisdom of the indigenous peoples. You also help wholeheartedly to protect the Sustainable lifestyle and bring them closer to the guests at the Rainforest Reserve. If you enjoy taking photos, you are welcome to take the Documentation of the plants, flowers and fruit. In the long term, your commitment will make an important contribution to spreading a fair and regenerative way of life. You ensure the continued existence of this unique ecosystem.

Program location

Tambopata National Reserve

The reserve is one of the most important but also most vulnerable protected areas in the Madre de Dios region and is located in the immediate vicinity of the regional capital Puerto Maldonado and the border with Brazil and Bolivia. Tambopata is also home to several indigenous communities. The Amazon region represents life with all its colorful, sonorous and vibrant riches. There are thousands of species of plants and animals here. It is the perfect region to discover the pristine jungle. Due to its low profile, this region offers the opportunity to marvel at Peru's large areas of intact rainforest - a rarity - without encountering many tourists. The diversity of flora and fauna in the national reserve is breathtaking and the park is particularly easy to visit by boat.

Puerto Maldonado

The small city in the south-east of Peru has just under 80,000 inhabitants and is located on the Transocéanica road, which has connected the Pacific Ocean in Peru with the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil since 2011. The city, which was named after the explorer Faustino Maldonado, is often referred to as the gateway to the rainforest. From there, you have the perfect starting point for excursions into the wilderness. But the city itself also has some beautiful places to offer. For example, take a look at the Plaza de Armas - the main square in the city center. The geometrically designed square with mango trees and palm trees invites you to linger and admire the architecture of the Japanese community. Puerto Maldonado is also home to the Puente Billinghurst. A bridge that crosses the Rio Madre de Dios and is the longest bridge in Peru with a length of 723 meters. From there, you have a magical view of the river and the surrounding landscape.

Prerequisites

You do not need any special qualifications or experience to work on this project. It is only important that you have a desire to learn and are open to a special culture, people from all over the world and a new way of life. You should be motivated, work well in a team and be willing to share your living space with other people for a certain period of time. You should also be in reasonably good physical condition. In return, you can expect a unique community, a life in breathtaking nature and, above all, a lot of fun at work. You will also be living in the midst of nature, so the facility, which is far removed from civilization, only has basic standards. There is a composting toilet, so this shouldn't be a problem for you. A real adventure!

Language

The national language in Peru is Spanish. You do not necessarily need to speak Spanish to take part in the program. You only need to be able to speak English or Spanish in order to communicate with the other volunteers from all over the world and the project leaders. If you do not yet have any knowledge of Spanish, we recommend that you attend a language course at the beginning of the trip, which we will be happy to organize for you. Especially at dinner, most of the staff talk in Spanish and it will definitely make your experience even better if you feel comfortable here and can communicate. Your language skills will also improve playfully on site.

Accommodation and meals

You live in simple accommodation directly on the project site. You usually share your room with one other person. The program price also includes three meals a day. There is even the option of vegetarian and vegan meals. The accommodation is powered by solar energy and has a shared dry composting toilet. There is a well with fresh drinking water. The breathtaking Tambopata River is also nearby, where you can go swimming during the day.

Contact person

Carlos is German-Peruvian and grew up in Lima in a German family. He still lives there today and therefore speaks both Spanish and German. He has never been in Germany for more than three months, but he knows the customs and traditions first-hand. He also knows his home country Peru and its culture and can hardly wait to show you everything. Carlos describes himself as a fun-loving, helpful and humorous person who will always be at your side with help and advice. He is our local insider who will give you lots of tips and information about Peru and the rest of Latin America. Carlos will look after you during the introductory event in Lima. If you have any questions during your stay in Latin America, a German-speaking contact person will be available to you via WhatsApp in the same time zone.

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Services and prices

Multi-bed room
Base price 1st program: 1220,00 €
Extension month: 560,00 €

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