Wildlife conservation and community volunteer projects and internships worldwide

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  • Environmental Community Conservation Volunteer Project, Peru

    Help communities conserve their local environments in the Cusco region of Peru by supporting planting and reforestation projects. At this project, volunteers assist families in different communities located outside of the city of Cusco. The focus is environmental conservation through tree planting in different districts of the Cusco region. The project will provide support to the farmers, who develop their own planting and reforestation projects. In the field, the team of coordinators and peasant experts will support and guide the volunteer.

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  • Amazon Herpetofauna Conservation Research Programme, Peru

    This intensive programme focuses on population dynamics, behavioural observations and population status of herpetofauna (reptiles/amphibians) groups. The team surveys the rivers, streams, palm swamps and the forest for all herpetofauna. It also focuses on the four species of caiman that reside in the region. The caiman research focuses on the abundance, density, and distribution of the 4 species as well as specific environmental factors of habitat selection and use. Other current research efforts include an intensive assessment of the reproductive ecology of the Gladiator Frog (Boana boans), and a comparative analysis of herpetofauna trapping methodologies.

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  • Amazon Tropical Mammal Conservation Research Programme, Peru

    The Mammal Research team aims to better understand the current status of the diverse wildlife found in the Las Piedras Watershed. The team uses two primary strategies: transects and camera trapping. It uses these to determine the presence and densities of certain mammals on the reserve, as well as the predator-prey relationships between them. It also looks at their foraging behaviour. Volunteers will learn how to run visual encounter surveys of mammals, setup and maintain camera traps, and revise and analyse the data collected.

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  • Dog Shelter Volunteer Project, Peru

    Volunteer at the dog shelter in Cusco, Peru and be part of the effort to save, rehabilitate and rehome as many local stray dogs as possible. The project has already helped rescue and rehome over 3000 dogs but needs volunteers to continue helping as many strays as possible. Volunteers can join the project for 2 weeks up to 6 months and have the option of staying with a home-stay family or in shared apartments. Volunteers can look forward to tasks such as; improving the shelter itself, going out on the streets to rescue sick/pregnant street dogs, going to the veterinarian and even assisting in medical campaigns in the communities around Cusco and helping to educate people about how to treat their pets

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  • Inca Archaeology Volunteer project in Huyro, Peru

    Join the Inca Archaeology project and help uncover the secrets of historical sites around the famous Machu Picchu! At the Inca Archaeology project, volunteers will assist with work in the centre of Huyro, district of Huayopata, which belongs to the buffer zone of the archaeological park of Machu Picchu. Here archaeological remains are still being investigated, and volunteers support the excavations in the area, help with the cleaning and conservation of parks, and assist in the enhancement of the parks in the area.

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  • Amazon Permaculture & Forestry Conservation Programme, Peru

    Sustainability is one of the highest priorities on this project. Previous volunteers have helped create a recycling system, a compost pit and a pilot project for composting toilets. Maintenance of these systems is essential. They must function properly. Thus, volunteers are asked to help in maintaining and harvesting the compost. In addition, volunteers get to use their own background to suggest new systems that the project may not be aware of. Permaculture volunteers also assist in the medicinal and vegetable gardens. As well as on reforestation projects. Be prepared to get your hands dirty!

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  • Amazon Conservation Volunteer Forest Ranger Programme, Peru

    While on patrol, the Forest Rangers collect a wealth of research data. This helps keep track of wildlife populations and biodiversity. They also identify areas where impact to the forest may be likely to happen in the future. The Forest Ranger team also contributes to the long-term collection of core data sets. This is for both Neotropical mammals and for big trees. The rangers are also responsible for maintaining an extensive trail network and boundary lines. As well as all boundary signage and flagging. They also support relations with our neighbouring communities and forest concessionaires.

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  • Amazon Creative for Conservation Programme, Peru

    This programme uses media and art to connect people with rainforests. To do this, the project develops data, information and media. Then, it actively shares this content through open-source portals, galleries and schools. An example of one initiative is a film series covering natural history and current topics in the Amazon. Another is the recording of forest sounds for a ‘chill-out’ album. All content is developed by the fantastic network of voluntary co-creators and participants.

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  • Reforestation Volunteer Project, Peru

    Volunteer on the reforestation project in Cusco, Peru and be part of the efforts to bring the forests back to the Peruvian hillsides. To help achieve this goal volunteers will take part in tasks such as; collecting and planting wild plants in the area, research and revaluation of wild plants of the Cusco region, planting and maintenance of tree seeds, taking care of and cleaning the tree nursery, and tree planting in the mountains of the San Sebastián district. Participants will also choose whether to stay in a home-stay or in shared apartments, whilst they also have the opportunity to take Spanish lessons.

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