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Conservation Work Project in Peru

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  • Location: Cusco
  • Start point: Cusco
  • End Point: Cusco
  • Duration: 1-12 weeks
  • Hours: 20 hours per week
  • Meal: Local food (3 times a day)
  • Accommodation: Host family or hostel
  • Date: Second and Fourth Monday of each month
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If you want to travel to a fascinating country and volunteer to save the environment, this is an excellent opportunity for you.

The project works in Manu National Park in the Amazon and the complex biodiversity of Peru. As a volunteer you will work with local organizations in Manu National Park and team-up with them to pursue efforts of ecological restoration. You will be able to witness how local experts of biology and conservation are working diligently to preserve one of earth’s most dynamic habits.

Peru is listed as one of seventeen mega-diverse countries in the world, but this fact is staggering due to such issues as oil prospecting, timber extraction, poor farming practices, unregulated extraction laws, gold-mining, and many others. When you volunteer at this project you will be joining a team of people and organization who aim to protect this area as nature intended it to be. Manu consists of the Andes, Amazon, and lowland tropical rain forest. UNESCO declared 4.5 million acres of this place as a world heritage site. When you volunteer with this project, you will become an ambassador for its protection, conservation, and future.


No specific skill is required to volunteer in the conservation project. Volunteers are however expected to be passionate about the environment. The work can sometimes be physically demanding. Volunteers should come prepared to get their hands dirty. We would prefer volunteers with basic knowledge of Spanish, as it would make communication with local people easier.

Volunteer's Responsibilities

There is a great need for help in this project and the options are plentiful. In nursery work, you’ll perform digging, filling plastic bags, weeding, irrigating, and related works.

In Andean Conservation work, you’ll be involved in the conservation and cultural program. You will also have the chance to live with native communities while you stay with host families. Volunteers will learn about their traditions and help in the farms in agriculture, construction, animals, etc. The communities are often very poor but have preserved their customs very well.

Volunteers will also work to preserve the existing bio–diversity. The work takes volunteers to the edge of Manu National Park. This is the biggest and the best-preserved rainforest in Latin America. You may be monitoring species of birds and monkeys.

Manu National Park also has an orchid garden where you can work. Volunteers will work with biology students and other professionals. Their efforts are currently concentrated on teaching people from the surrounding villages on how to preserve the area where they live. They also have reforestation programs at certain times of the year.

From gardens, orchards, community centers, to zoos, this project has a great many volunteer opportunities available. Conservation work is highly needed in Peru. Contact RCDP to find out a specific way in which you can become a protector of Peru’s biodiversity.

Project Location

This project is located in the city of Cusco or Manu National Park. The Park is known as one of the best places to experience the Amazon Jungle and is one of the largest is South America. UNESCO has declared the park a World Heritage Site. There are thousand of flora and fauna in the area. For nature lovers, this area is full of natural delights to explore.

The city of Cusco is the urban cultural hub of Peru. There are many activities to pursue both in the city and also nearby attractions where you can travel. Cusco is host to many historical buildings, squares, and churches. There are many museums and parks you can explore, as well as nightlife.

The world famous Machu Picchu is a destination for many to experience. The marvelous scenery and history of this place meets its reputation. As a volunteer, you too will have the opportunity to do so. You don’t need to worry about having an entire week to visit Machu Picchu. There are many options for traveling there. Whether by trains or trekking you will have an opportunity to see one of the most breathtaking views on the globe.

Peru is full of a wide variety of wildlife and nature. From the beaches, the Amazon, and upward to the Andes the contrasts between landscapes is quite profound. The nation is full of destinations for everyone. You can hike, paddle, swim, zip-line, bird-watch, scuba dive, or simply enjoy the anthropological culture of Peru. Peruvians are easy going and like to host festivals throughout the year. There are markets where you can buy locally make products or sample local dishes. With the mix of the beautiful people and the beautiful nature, Peru makes itself a top destination in the world.