Community volunteering in Peru, Amazonian Manu

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Community volunteering in Peru, Amazonian Manu


This project is run and managed by local experts in Amazon conservation, research, and environmental education towards sustainability.

The Manu Learning Centre has won the "Making a Difference" Award from and the Rainforest Alliance. We are extremely proud that this sustainable project in conservation research and community development has been recognised and that we continue to make a positive impact on the Manu Biosphere Reserve through responsible travel.

The Manu Learning Centre, where volunteers stay, boasts a solar powered internet connection (which volunteers may use for a local fee), environmentally sound septic system and gravity fed water pumps in order to keep within the station's aims to minimise its impact on the environment and reduce its carbon footprint.

All volunteers for this project, well before they travel, are provided with context information about the local environmental issues, including a locally appropriate code of conduct, covering local environmental priorities and responsibilities.

In our UK office we reduce, reuse and recycle paper. We use recycled paper and keep print to a minimum. Any irreparable electronic appliances and all ink cartridges are recycled through recognised recycling channels.

We encourage our independent partners and projects to adopt similar environmental policies. However, local voluntary initiatives and individual projects may sometimes find it difficult to adopt these practises.

We encourage volunteers to offset the carbon emissions from their flights.


Our core values are respect & dignity; responsibility & sustainability; service & partnership; economic transparency. As with all the projects where we arrange volunteer placements, this projects is designed to be culturally sustainable and economically transparent, as well as being community-driven.

Respect & dignity – there must be mutual respect for the dignity and cultural values of volunteers and local people, and by living in a safe environment within the local community, volunteers are able to share and discuss aspects of ordinary daily life. All volunteers are provided with context and background information relevant to the project – this includes a code of conduct and child protection policy.

Responsibility & sustainability – volunteers work with local people, not instead of them. Through skills-share, volunteers help to build local capacity so that local people can work to achieve the futures that they want for themselves.

Service & partnership – we work closely with our local partners in matching the volunteer and their skills to the specific requirements of the project. Our local partners agree with the project as to how volunteer input can advance the project at the particular time of a volunteer’s placement. The project is provided with information to enable them to make an informed decision as to whether or not the volunteer is appropriate for that project.

Economic transparency – the placement cost is paid by the volunteer direct to the local partner team, not to us. We ensure that at least 80% of the cost remains where it is needed most, in the host country, and is used to further enhance this project. How and where your money is spent is clearly shown for each project, and includes a ring-fenced project donation exclusively for this project.

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