Conservation in the Jungle: Volunteers-Interns-Researchers

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Are you looking for a place where you can volunteer, intern or conduct your own research? You will find this program the perfect opportunity to pursue your interests. Travel to Peru and contribute to conservation efforts in the Peruvian Amazon in Madre de Dios. The placement will be at a biological station in the middle of the forest, and you will work closely with professionals and local people.

The conservation concession area spans across approximately 200 hectares of land designated for conservation by the Peruvian government. It is situated in the buffer zone of the Tambopata National Reserve, accessible from Puerto Maldonado through a one-hour boat ride. The area boasts of abundant wildlife, which will be the subject of your research or focus of your volunteer/ internship placement.

The program offers you an opportunity to get directly involved in rainforest conservation efforts. Your work will help us gain valuable knowledge and preserve one of the most diverse ecosystem.

  • Contribute to efforts in raising awareness of and preserving one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet.
  • Learn about the forest while watching and listening to surrounding wildlife in the day and night.
  • Conduct an independent study or hands-on work in the reserve.
  • Bask in the relaxing atmosphere while lounging on a hammock in the station.
  • Visit the city of Puerto Maldonado during weekends and immerse in the local lifestyle.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Spider monkey monitoring

As part of the monitoring team for a group of recent released spider monkeys I lived at Kawsay Center for about 6 weeks and gained invaluable experience in field studies. I became more confident in navigating the forest and was taught how to use radio tracking devices, GPS and collect data on the monkeys. I really enjoyed my time in the Amazon as it was simply amazing to live surrounded by natural beauty constantly. The housing was really comfortable and we were well provided for at all times. Raul is a dedicated and passionate professional who is always excited to share his knowledge and is a very kind and patient teacher. I highly recommend this project to anyone who may be considering it. It truly is a once in a lifetime experience and you will definitely fall in love with the Amazon and all its wonders.

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Few days in Kawsay center

It was a very rewarding experience to follow Raúl in his work, to understand the organisation of the center and its challenges to get it started.
I think it is the kind of place that counterbalances negative effects of various explotation types of forest resources, that always push further away innocent occupants. Among other species, spider monkeys seem to be a complex living being and deserves all the attention to be preserved, something that Kawsay center can provide. Congratulations to the team.
A place to keep eyes open and ears attentive.

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