Do you want to protect endangered animal species? Are you enthusiastic about the Flora and fauna Peru? Do you want to get involved in nature conservation and sustainability? At the Wildlife Reserve in Peru, you can get involved in the conservation of native wildlife and take care of the Alpacas, pumas, parrots, Andean condors and many other animals. Strengthen people's sense of responsibility by educating visitor groups about species conservation. Would you like to get to know Peru's unique culture? In the project, you will live in the middle of the sacred valley of the Incas, surrounded by breathtaking mountain landscapes. Discover the fascinating way of life of the Incasmarvel at the centuries-old ruins and visit the world-famous Machu Picchu.

Quick Facts

Type of program
Sanctuary for wild animals
Program location
near Cusco
, Peru
Working hours
approx. 5 hours, 6 days
Program start
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Minimum age
18 years
No knowledge
Animal lover, nature lover
Mountains, Small town
Single room, Host family
Not included
German-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile Internet with SIM card from WanderWorld Travel
Single room
Base price 1st program: 1060,00 €
Extension month: 690,00 €
Host family
Base price 1st program: 1240,00 €
Extension month: 890,00 €

Project description

The Wildlife Project near Cusco is a private and family-run organization dedicated to the rescue and care of native wildlife. The project takes in wild animals such as alpacas, parrots, pumas, turtles, eagles and wildcats that were previously kept as pets, mistreated or captured by poachers and illegal hunters for sale. The animals are rescued by forest rangers and brought into the care of the organization. The Wildlife Project was founded in 2007 and is home to many endangered species on the 15-hectare site, thus ensuring the conservation of special wild animals. Tourists and locals can visit the Wildlife Sanctuary and see for themselves the important work being done. On a tour of the site, they can learn all about the magnificent animals and gain an awareness of the importance of animal conservation.

The sanctuary is home to many different animal species, from bears, pumas and alpacas to birds and tortoises, and offers enclosures designed to meet the special needs of the animals. The focus of the sanctuary is on welfare, rehabilitation and, if possible, reintegration into their natural habitat.

The team is particularly concerned about the conservation of the endangered Andean condors. The gigantic condors were and still are hunted illegally in order to sell the coveted feathers to artisans or as souvenirs to tourists. The condors are bred there with the aim of releasing the giant birds into the wild and thus increasing the population.

The mission of the project is to make volunteers and visitors to the reserve aware of the devastating impact that human activity is having on the extinction of these special animals. They want to educate local people, especially children, about how they can contribute to the conservation of native species and thus strengthen people's sense of responsibility towards nature.

The Wildlife Sanctuary wants to be a role model for animal welfare in Peru and promote species-appropriate husbandry. This involves a great deal of work and every helping hand is welcome in the project. As a volunteer, you can mainly help with feeding and caring for the animals in the enclosures and support the guided tours for visitors through the sanctuary.


Help to Peruvian biodiversity to receive! The project is non-profit and runs on donations, visitor admissions and the help of volunteers. In the project, you can learn all about Peru's fascinating wildlife and have fun working with the animals, local staff and other volunteers. You can actively support the protection and welfare of wild animals and do something good for nature.

As a volunteer, you can take on various activities at the sanctuary. As a member of the local team, you are jointly responsible for the care and feeding of the residents. Daily tasks include preparing food, feeding and cleaning the stables. Injured animals need special care or medical treatment. Here, too, you can get up close and personal and help the team. The enclosures, fences and paths need to be checked and maintained regularly. You can put your manual skills to the test and come up with creative new solutions. Would you like to pass on your knowledge? Then you can welcome groups of visitors and guide them through the reserve. Or convince young people of the importance of nature conservation and the preservation of biodiversity and educate them about the threats to animal species.

The working hours are approx. 4 - 5 hours a day, 6 days a week from Monday to Saturday. There are two shifts to which the volunteers and employees are divided: either from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. You can discuss with us before the project whether you prefer to work in the mornings or afternoons.

You can share your enthusiasm for Peru's exciting animal world with the team and the other volunteers and learn lots of new things.

Program location


The reserve is located in the so-called "Sacred Valley of the Incas" 22 km north of the city of Cusco. In the beautiful valley you will find extensive fields and landscapes like in picture books. The majestic, huge mountains behind the valley are covered in snow and invite you to climb them. Many small, rural Andean villages lie in the valley and will enchant you with their Peruvian culture. The valley was once populated by the Incas and today you can explore the exciting ruins and learn all about the culture and way of life of these peoples. There are numerous ruins in Pisac, Chinchero and Ollantaytambo. The Andean village of Pisac is also known for its colorful markets where you can buy inexpensive souvenirs. A trip to the breathtaking terraces of Moray is also definitely worthwhile!

The former capital of the Incas, Cusco, lies at an altitude of over 3,400 meters and is the perfect starting point for exploring the world-famous Machu Picchu or the Rainbow Mountains. But there are also many historical monuments to see within the city. Backpackers from all over the world meet in Cusco and create a great atmosphere. Here you can experience the true culture of the Peruvians, just sit down in the Plaza de Armas on a Sunday and let yourself be captivated by the cheerfulness of the people. You'll find street musicians and vendors on every corner.


You do not need any special qualifications for this project. You should have a passion for animals and the motivation to make a lasting improvement to the lives of wild animals. You should also be keen to learn lots of new things and be committed to protecting wild animals. Reliability, the ability to work in a team and openness towards a new culture and other people from all over the world are very important for participation.


The national language in Peru is Spanish. You should have a basic knowledge of Spanish and English to work on the project. Of course, you will improve your skills very quickly on site.

If you do not yet have any knowledge of Spanish, we recommend that you take a Spanish course beforehand so that you can acquire the necessary skills and are well prepared for the project and living with the locals.

Accommodation and meals

You will share an apartment in Cusco with other volunteers or guests. The house is located in the center of Cusco and offers the perfect starting point for exploring the beautiful city. There are several shared or single rooms in the apartment. You will share a bathroom, a kitchen and a living room with your flatmates. In the kitchen you have the opportunity to cook cheap meals. Or you can try out the many restaurants and cafés in the city.

Depending on availability, you will stay in an apartment or comparable accommodation.

The Wildlife Shelter near Cusco is located in the Sacred Valley about 20 km from the city of Cusco in the direction of Pisac. To get from your accommodation in the center of Cusco to the project site, you can take the public bus. The journey takes around half an hour and the buses run regularly. The bus ticket costs around 5 soles (approx. €1.25) and is not included in the program price.

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

Single room
Base price 1st program: 1060,00 €
Extension month: 690,00 €
Host family
Base price 1st program: 1240,00 €
Extension month: 890,00 €

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