A rainforest conservation group volunteer searches for birds on a trip to Peru.

Rainforest Conservation Group Volunteer Trip to Peru

Live and work in the Amazon Rainforest with a group and become part of vital conservation efforts

At a glance

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  • Team up with people from around the world and conservation experts to protect the Amazon Rainforest.
  • Wake up to the sounds of the jungle, and explore the rainforest by foot, surveying the jungle from the highest canopy walkway in South America.
  • You’ll help rehabilitate wild animals and become part of our ongoing efforts to preserve this unique ecosystem for future generations.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week


Anyone aged 18 or over can join

Is a rainforest conservation group volunteer trip to Peru right for me?

If you have a passion for animals and the environment, and want to be in the outdoors surrounded by lush jungles at the same time, this is the project for you. It’s one of our Team Trips, where we run a project on fixed dates so individuals from around the world can come together to form a group. This trip allows you to make a difference with the companionship of a group and constant guidance from our staff.

Our Rainforest Conservation Team Trip in Peru runs for two weeks over fixed dates throughout the year. You choose the dates that best fit your schedule. Everything is organised for you from the moment you step off the plane, and onto the boat that brings you to Taricaya. 

Besides have a tangible impact on ongoing conservation programmes, you’ll also gain practical experience. You’ll be able to learn a lot from our team, who are all conservation experts with years of experience in the field. This could help you if you’re planning on pursuing a career in conservation, or working on a dissertation for a major like biology or zoology.


You don’t need previous experience to join. You’ll be supervised by experts, and our staff are always available to provide guidance and advice.

Animal rehabilitation will be an important part of your volunteer work in the Amazon rainforest for groups.

What will my group do in the Amazon Rainforest?

On our rainforest conservation group volunteer trip to Peru, you’ll participate in different activities at Taricaya. These are dependent on our needs at the time, but everything you do contributes to our long-term project goals. Your team’s work can include the following:

  • Assist with the animal rescue, rehabilitation, and release programme
  • Collect scientific data on different plant and animal species for biodiversity studies
  • Tend crops like bananas, avocados, and chillies on a pilot farm
  • Enjoy relaxing and exploring the Amazon Rainforest with a group from around the world

Working at the animal rehabilitation centre and animal release programme

At Taricaya, we run an animal release programme. This work involves our project partner, Animal Defenders International (ADI). ADI confiscates illegal pets or circus animals. We then rehabilitate them at the rescue centre, and release them into the wild if possible. These are usually endangered species like scarlet macaws, whose populations are steadily decreasing in the Amazon.

You’ll help with feeding these animals and doing general maintenance. This includes tasks like cleaning enclosures or repairing fences. With your team pitching in, we’ll be able to do a lot in the short time you’re in Peru!  

Collecting scientific data through surveys

By observing and recording details about the species you see during surveys, you’ll help us better understand how to protect them. This type of work can include:

  • Bird censuses conducted from a canopy platform
  • Collecting video footage using camera traps
  • Recording data on species characteristics during trail hikes

With the help of volunteers like you, we produce a technical report every year to demonstrate our environmental impact. The data for these reports comes directly from our volunteers’ daily observations. Thanks to this work, Taricaya is increasingly recognised internationally as a research centre. It has contributed a number of important research papers at international conferences, especially in the field of ornithology (the study of birds).

Working at a pilot farm

We have a pilot farm where we work on developing and perfecting sustainable farming techniques. We then teach local people about sustainable farming to reduce the negative impact of farming in the area. Your role is to tend the crops and help us raise awareness about sustainable farming.

We also run a mahogany programme. We grow mahogany trees close together and study them. This shows local loggers that this is a cost-effective alternative to cutting down trees from the rainforest. We are also able to share the timber from these trees to use in production. You’ll help with maintaining the plantation and taking measurements.

Enjoy free time of relaxing, exploration, and fun activities

We’ve added some exciting social activities to your itinerary. You could join one of the regular night walks, which give you a different perspective on the Amazon Rainforest. You could also camp out overnight with staff and other volunteers.

The Taricaya Ecological Reserve has wonderful facilities for you to enjoy your free time. You could soak up the jungle atmosphere on one of the hammocks, or play in a local football match every Friday. Over the weekend, there’ll be an organised trip into the nearest town, Puerto Maldonado. Here, you can visit restaurants, shops, and internet cafes.

Our project partners in Peru

Projects Abroad has funded, staffed, and run the Taricaya Ecological Reserve for over a decade. For this reason, we rely heavily on volunteers to keep the centre running. Since we opened the reserve, we’ve worked with the local community and the government. This ensures that the data we collect contributes towards the future of the Amazon Rainforest. We’re proud to support such a growing force in the area of rainforest conservation.

We’ve also partnered with Animal Defenders International, who provide valuable support for our work rehabilitating wild animals. Many of these animals have been confined at circuses in horrifying conditions for most of their lives.

Where will I work in Peru?

Puerto Maldonado

You’ll live and work at the central camp at Taricaya Ecological Reserve, which is located in the Amazon Rainforest. The camp is a one-hour boat ride from the nearest town, Puerto Maldonado. It is situated in southeast Peru near the border with Bolivia.

Most of the work that you’ll do is based in and around the camp, and within the Taricaya Ecological Reserve.

Airport pickup, flights and visas

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Peru Arrival Procedures page.

Aims and Impact of the Conservation Project in Peru

The main aim of this project is to bring like-minded people together to protect the diverse animals and plants of the Amazon Rainforest.

The Amazon Rainforest is under constant threat from various issues. These include:

  • Agriculture
  • Logging
  • Poaching
  • Smuggling
  • Pollution
  • Mining
  • Urbanisation

Not enough is done to protect and preserve the unique wildlife and vegetation.

Our project at Taricaya works to rehabilitate an area previously damaged by human activities, such as gold mining and farming. We conduct surveys throughout the area to track the rehabilitation of local wildlife and vegetation, and reintroduce species previously found in the area.

We also help local people avoid causing damage to the environment. They help us with our conservation initiatives and we help them with their farming. You’ll become part of these efforts, and help us run a model farm. Through the farm, we pass on ideas and techniques for more sustainable farming to local farmers.

Through the work of our volunteers, we aim to restore natural ecosystems that have been destroyed. By monitoring and restoring habitats, we will help protect local wildlife. We also strive to raise awareness in local communities about the importance of protecting the environment.

Join our Rainforest Conservation Team Trip in Peru today, and work with a group to help preserve part of the Amazon Rainforest. 

Interesting facts about conservation volunteering in Peru with projects abroad

Management plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.

Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring our impact

Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.

Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.

Food and accommodation

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay the Taricaya Ecological Reserve. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together. Each bungalow sleeps four people, and has a private bathroom.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.

Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.

Find out more about safety and backup.

When you apply you only pay $495, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options and fundraising advice available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 09 801 2518 to see if we can offer a discount.

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