Overview

The Amazon rainforest, sometimes referred to as the lungs of our planet, recycles about 20% of the world’s air and is the world’s largest natural resource. Home to billions of plant and animal species you will have the opportunity to experience firsthand this amazing natural wonder while helping to preserve its ecosystem.

Work on environmental and sustainability projects with teachers and students from around the world in the Peruvian Amazon. You will get to see a side of the Amazon few people experience and be on the front lines of collecting data on Macaws and other endangered animals, learning how to use a GPS to map areas of specific interest, assist in reforestation projects, and making unforgettable memories.

Get a glimpse to what your life will be like as a volunteer!

How You Will Make a Difference:

  • Wildlife monitoring and capacity building program
  • Mapping – using GPS to map the area and record areas of special interest
  • Water purification – using local plants and biomass to filter and cleanse water
  • Carbon initiative – offsetting greenhouse emissions through forest regeneration
  • Reforestation – planting new forest to provide renewable commercial timber
  • Education – educating local children in rainforest and sustainable development practices
  • Field guide – producing an illustrated educational tool
  • Jungle exploration – maintaining and expanding the trail system and exploring the area

Program Dates

Participants can choose the program length between 2-12 weeks. You should plan on arriving in Cuzco on the Monday your program starts.

Due to the popularity and small scale of this program, we recommend applying 4-6 weeks ahead of the deadlines below to make sure you can reserve your spot! 

Program Start Date Deadline to Apply Date
September 18, 2017 July 18, 2017
October 16, 2017 August 16, 2017
November 13, 2017 September 13, 2017
December 11, 2017 October 11, 2017

Is the date you wanted full? Check out a similar project in Spain that has start dates every Monday during March-September.

Costs

Program Fees

  • 2 weeks: $1,920
  • 4 weeks: $2,560
  • 6 weeks: $3,200
  • 8 weeks: $4,260
  • 10 weeks: $4,890
  • 12 weeks: $6,370

Please note, all prices are listed in USD

What’s Included:

  • Accommodations in a volunteer lodge
  • Daily meals
  • Airport pickup and drop off to/from Cuzco Airport
  • Overland transfer service to program site (including boat ride)
  • Overnight stay in cloud forest
  • Culture & Etiquette guide book
  • Medical/Accident insurance
  • 24-hour emergency support
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
  • Certificate of Completion upon request for successful completion of the program
  • Greenheart Travel also donates a portion of your fee to offset the carbon footprint of your travels.

What’s Not Included:

  • Airfare to Peru
  • Visa to Peru
  • Spending money for souvenirs or snacks in Peru

Accommodation

Volunteers stay at a volunteer guest house in Manu, Peru. It’s a community feel and provides a beautifully comfortable, airy accommodation. The center has environmentally sound septic system and gravity fed water pumps in order to minimize its impact on the environment. Each cabin has two single beds which can be turned into bunk beds should there be a large number of volunteers.

Internet and Phone

The learning center has solar powered Internet connection available during certain hours of the day; however, the connection may be slower or more inconsistent than you are used to at home. You should expect to live “off the grid” while on this program. Because it is in a remote area of the rainforest, the phone service is not very good and is only used in event of emergency.

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FAQs

Is Peru safe?

Peru can be a safe country, but you need to take precautions, such as not walking alone at night and keeping an eye on your belongings. Greenheart Travel registers you with your Embassy in Peru. In case of a natural disaster or national safety issue, Embassy officials will contact you or the project staff to make sure you’re aware of any warnings or evacuations, and they will inform you of your options to ensure your safety.

Will I need to know Spanish?

Most of Peru speaks Spanish or indigenous languages such as Quechua, the language of the Incas. Some English speakers will be present to be able to help you along, but it is recommended to learn helpful phrases before starting your trip.

What is the climate like?

Lima is usually warm, although the rainy season goes from December to March. For more on climate information, refer to the lonely planet website.

Can I apply with my friend/spouse/significant other?

Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and couples. If you are planning to volunteer as a group of 5 or more, please check out our Group Volunteer programs.

Is my program fee tax deductible?

Greenheart Travel is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, so a portion of your Volunteer Abroad program fee may be tax deductible. Contact us for more information. We recommend that you also consult with your tax professional to discuss your particular case, as application of tax laws can vary based on individual circumstances.

How much extra cash should I bring?

We suggest planning a budget that gives you room for souvenirs, sightseeing, exit tax, transportation not included in the fee, and anything you might forget. You can read up more on the currency exchange website to determine how much you will need.

What vaccinations will I need?

When traveling to any destination, make sure your routine vaccines are up to date. Try to schedule an appointment with your doctor 4-6 weeks before your trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that you also get the Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccine. These are diseases in which you contract due to contaminated food and water.