You are fascinated by untouched nature, love the rainforest and want to give something back to the earth? You want to live far away from civilization in the middle of the Amazon and get involved in environmental protection? Then you will love our Rainforest Project in a national reserve in Peru! Here you will have the unique opportunity to work alongside experienced farmers, foresters and ecologists for the reforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the sustainable protection of nature. You will get to know the region and the culture of the indigenous Peruvians and broaden your horizon 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!
Type of program
Nature conservation project
near Puerto Maldonado, Peru
approx. 7 hours, 5 days
Every 1st Saturday of the month
Spanish (basic knowledge)
Sense of community, love of nature, spirit of adventure
In the middle of the rainforest
Single or double room
English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Mobile Internet and WLAN subject to availability
From 1.180,00 €
Type of program: conservation project
Program location: near Puerto Maldonado, Peru
Working time: about 7 hours, 5 days
Program start: Every 1st Saturday of the month
Duration: 1-6 months
Minimum age: 18 years
Language: Spanish (basic knowledge)
Prerequisites: Sense of community, love of nature, spirit of adventure.
Location: In the middle of the rainforest
Accommodation: Single or double room
Support: English-speaking contact person via WhatsApp
Internet: Mobile Internet and WLAN
Price: from 1.180,00 €
We all know that the Amazon rainforest has been continuously destroyed by massive deforestation for quite some time and thus deprived of its natural resources. But what are the long-term effects on biodiversity and the way of life of the local indigenous population? These are exciting questions to which answers and, above all, solutions must be found. Our Rainforest Project in the Peruvian region of Madre de Dios has set itself the task of developing and implementing sustainable solutions. Together, the team is passionate about protecting, regenerating and understanding the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. Through collaboration with local farmers and research institutions, space is created for education, with the goal in mind of spreading sustainable lifestyles and initiating equitable, regenerative development in the region.
The project has already been able to plant over 25,000 trees in the last decade, representing about 400 species. These now serve as part of the living seed bank for the reforestation center. The work has also brought an area of about 60 hectares of rainforest back to life. The knowledge gained at the reforestation center is being collected in a research project and shared with local farmers and agriculturists. Since 2006, the research program has been working continuously to expand knowledge about economically productive and viable restoration strategies.
In doing so, the research also supports the development of methods for 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 to provide new livelihoods for local communities. For example, an organic startup in the region is engaged in the production of essential oils, which are distilled from trees planted specifically for this purpose. There is also a big focus on providing seedlings to farmers, connecting them to local and international markets, and helping to build regenerative supply chains.
The Amazon is the lungs of our earth and is home to over 30% of all plant species known to date. In Peru alone, the Amazon covers about 60% of the country’s total land area, an area as large as Turkey. In order to protect this diversity in the long term, our Rainforest Reserve and its team of over 20 full-time employees, volunteers and interns need your active support. We are looking forward to you!
Your tasks in the Rainforest Reserve are varied and change depending on the season and day of the week. Basically, you can get involved in helping with agricultural activities and help reforest and protect the rainforest. You can get your hands dirty as you prepare soil for seed germination beds and seedling pots, and then later help plant tree seedlings in their final location on the farm. You will also be involved in the cocoa harvest and all the processing that goes with it. In addition to cacao, there are many other agricultural fruits and vegetables to harvest. In addition, during your time on the project you will learn from experienced Amazon agroforestry managers to understand, protect and regenerate the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. You’ll help with research projects by taking charge of registering reforested trees using an app. Furthermore, you will assist in the enforcement of indigenous rights and learn valuable things about the autonomy and wisdom of indigenous peoples. In addition, you’ll wholeheartedly help spread the word about sustainable living and teach it to guests at the Rainforest Reserve. If you enjoy photography, you are welcome to take over the documentation of plants, flowers and fruits. In the long run, you will make an important contribution to the spreading of a fair and regenerative way of life. You ensure the continuity of this unique ecosystem.
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 close proximity to the regional capital of Puerto Maldonado and the border with Brazil and Bolivia. Tambopata is also home to several indigenous communities. The Amazon 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 intact rainforest areas – a rarity – without encountering many tourists. The diversity of flora and fauna in the national reserve is breathtaking and the park is especially easy to visit by boat.
The small town in southeastern Peru has just under 80,000 inhabitants and is located on the Transocéanica road, which since 2011 connects the Pacific Ocean in Peru with the Atlantic Ocean in Brazil. The city, which was named after the explorer Faustino Maldonado, is also often referred to as the gateway to the rainforest. From there you have the perfect starting point for excursions into the wilderness. But also the city itself has some beautiful places to offer. For example, check out 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 you can admire the architecture of the Japanese community. In addition, Puerto Maldonado is also home to the Puente Billinghurst. A bridge that crosses the Rio Madre de Dios and with a length of 723 meters is the longest bridge in Peru. From there you have an enchanting view of the river and the surrounding landscape.
For your work in this project you do not need any special requirements or experience. 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. Likewise, you will live in the midst of nature, accordingly, the facility, which is far from civilization, has only simple standards. There is a compost toilet, this should not be a problem for you. A real adventure!
The national language in Peru is Spanish. You do not necessarily need to know Spanish to participate in the program. It is only required that you can speak English or Spanish to communicate with the other volunteers from all over the world and the leaders of the project. If you don’t have any knowledge yet, we recommend you to attend a language course at the beginning of the trip, which we will gladly organize for you. Especially at dinner, the staff will mostly talk in Spanish and it will definitely enhance your experience if you feel comfortable and can communicate here. Your language skills will also improve playfully on site.
You will live in simple accommodation directly on the project site. You will share your room with one other person. The program price also includes three meals per day. There is even the possibility to have vegetarian and vegan meals. The accommodations are solar powered and have a shared dry compost toilet. There is a well with fresh drinking water. Nearby is also the stunning Tambopata River, where you can go swimming during the day.
The boat cab takes you from Puerto Maldonado directly to the remote farm in the rainforest. The departure time is every Sunday morning at 06:30. The trip takes about 9 hours. The return trip from the farm to Puerto Maldonado takes place every Thursday.
Cab and boat
You will take a cab from Puerto Maldonado to a small village called Filadelfia. From there you will be picked up by a small boat, which will take you to the farm in about an hour. The total travel time is about 2 hours. This option is included in the program price.
Cab and hike
You will be taken by cab within thirty minutes to the starting point of a hiking trail in the jungle. From there, a member of the project team will take you to the farm during a three-hour hike. This option is not always available!
YOUR CONTACT PERSON IN COSTA RICA
Carlos is German-Peruvian and grew up in Lima in a German family. He still lives there today and thus 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 the culture and can’t wait to show you everything. Carlos describes himself as a fun-loving, helpful and humorous person who will always help you with words and deeds. He is our local insider who will give you lots of tips and information about Peru and the rest of Latin America. Carlos will take care of you during the introductory meeting in Lima. For questions of any kind during your stay in Latin America, an English-speaking contact person is available via WhatsApp in the same time zone.
SERVICES AND PRICES
- 1st month in start package: 1.180,00 €
- Extension month: 540,00 €
- As 2nd or 3rd program: 930,00 €
You can find out more about our services here.
“I settled in 100% during the 2nd week, when it already felt very much like home. However, I never felt uncomfortable. On the contrary, I already liked it so much on the first day that I would have preferred not to go at all.”