Jungle conservation & research, Peru

Price:
From £995 (14 days) excluding flights
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This project is available for up to 12 weeks. This project is also available for families where the children are at least 6 years old
Vouchers: accepted
Dates:
2014: 8 Sep, 6 Oct, 3 Nov, 1 Dec
2015: 12 Jan, 9 Feb, 9 Mar, 6 Apr, 4 May, 1 Jun, 29 Jun, 27 Jul, 24 Aug, 21 Sep, 19 Oct, 16 Nov, 14 Dec
Late avail:
Late availability to volunteer in the Amazon jungle!
Reviews:
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Jungle conservation & research, Peru

Jungle conservation & research, Peru

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Environment

Through this project volunteers will be contributing to the preservation of the Manu Biosphere Reserve (MBR) and development of initiatives to help protect the environment. It is an integral part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Vilcabamba Amboro Conservation Corridor and is home to an ambundance of wildlife. Our highly motivating and engaging volunteer project makes volunteers a partner in positive change: directly benefiting local communities, the environment and the long-term conservation of the Amazon. Our program combines training, challenging work and a great adventure making it a brilliantly unique and rewarding way to visit and actively understand more about the rainforest, its people and its conservation needs. In addition to this direct benefit, we try to ensure:

Social responsibility - before volunteers depart we provide them with a detailed information pack on the area they will be visiting. We try to educate and encourage our volunteers to understand and respect the local cultures and customs and get involved with local communities.

Economic responsibility – for over 10 years we have been providing volunteers to help at charitable projects around the world. A UK charity has now been launched to build on this success by providing financial assistance to overseas causes as well. The organisations we work with are often struggling to fund the work they are doing so every penny raised makes a real difference.

The majority of the fee that volunteers pay goes direct to the research centre. The centre provides employment for local Peruvian staff. While volunteers are in-country, we encourage them to buy locally and support local businesses.

Environmental responsibility – one of the main negative impacts of our volunteers travelling, is the carbon dioxide created from flights. The centre helps to ensure that an amount of carbon is sequestered through tree planting. While our volunteers and customers are overseas, we identify and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.

Community

The project has a long history of supporting conservation research in the Manu region, with long-established projects monitoring the blue headed macaw, mammal behaviour patterns, human impact studies, environmental management and forest dynamics to name but a few. Their focus is on creating sustainable agriculture, timber and carbon alternatives for local communities on deforested and impacted land. By effectively reducing the human and carbon footprint, these initiatives aim to increase both the communities’ wellbeing and enhance the region's sustainable offerings.

The centres mission is to:

* Educate local rainforest communities and visitors
* Promote sustainable natural resource development
* Integrate pure and applied research of the rainforest environment and its natural systems
* Conserve and preserve tropical ecosystems

The story of the provider of Jungle conservation & research, Peru

Mike and I started out wanting to create a worldwide link to small charities, NGO’S and communities in less developed countries. Before setting up Mike had worked as a guide and I as a teacher and we chose to travel to destinations we felt would benefit from wider exposure. It was in Tanzania whilst helping to set up a small volunteer project that we realised it would really benefit from having volunteers all year round, thus sowing the seed for the future of our organisation. We have gradually grown over 13 years and now have projects in 9 different countries. We have our own employees in both Thailand and Nepal, Mike’s country of birth, to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Generally charities on the ground do not have the resources to market themselves and find it difficult to attract further volunteers. We work to free them from their administration so they can continue working on worthy projects.

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Jungle conservation & research, Peru

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 12 Nov 2010 by Melanie Veal4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting to spend time walking through the jungle and seeing so many great animals and birds. The best moments were the tree frogs, manu poison frog and the rainbow boa! I really enjoyed the construction of the bird hides and biogarden even though sometimes it was really hard work! Pancakes for breakfast were great!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There was a lot of walking and physical activity so it’s really important to expect to do lots when you get there and probably need reasonable fitness!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We were able to visit local communities helping to plant trees for reforestation in the banana plantations and build biogardens for the local people to produce their own food. The centre was really careful about the impact on the environment even though there is always going to be transport to the centre. The centre is also in the initial stages of some research projects looking into the biodiversity of secondary forest (the centre is on land that was farmed until recently) so those will be really interesting over the next few years.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really enjoyed the trip- definitely a good way to see local communities and the rainforest though would have been good to see some primary forest while we were there!
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