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Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, Peru

1+ Weeks from

£615
18+
minimum age

  • Gain experience in tropical ecology, wildlife research and rehabilitation
  • Have an impact on a long-term conservation project in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Learn several vital skills and abilities for a career in conservation and wildlife management
  • Immerse yourself in primary rainforest at a state-of-the-art research facility

"I had an amazing time and met some of the most incredible people!"

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“I had an amazing time at the Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, Peru, and met some of the most incredible people! I had the opportunity to get involved with mammal trapping, caiman surveys, macaw monitoring, and butterfly trapping as well as my own project using the camera trap grid which was already set up. I’ve received loads of support after leaving to continue my project on ocelots and couldn’t have asked for anything more!”

"My recent trip to the Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, was a complete success."

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My recent trip to the Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, was a complete success, as is usual, because of the people involved. I’m still working through my files, but I’m delighted with what I’ve heard so far. Strong vocalisations from individual species (mainly birds – which I’ll submit to a popular online repository of wildlife recordings) and stunning jungle soundscapes. Almost no human presence at all. Delicious!

Some things I miss already. No massive ants on my toothbrush every morning or upending my wellingtons before putting them on (to check for stowaways). No crushing humidity or ankle-deep mud. Peeling apart my cigarette papers as they had all stuck together. Swapping stories with workers and interns at the centre.

Would I recommend the Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme to other wildlife sound recordists or anyone, for that matter, interested in ecology or conservation? 100% Yes.

"If you're anything like me, you'll be dying to return as soon as you leave"

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“The technical skills I gained from this internship were invaluable but the experience was so much more for me than that. I felt like I had my own little jungle family by the time I left. I would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone with a passion for wildlife and conservation. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be dying to return as soon as you leave.”

"Working here was a life-changing experience"

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“Working here was a life-changing experience. The company was very well run and at no point did I feel like there wasn’t something to do. Between the night walks, boat trips, or simply hanging out and interacting with the locals, it was all amazing. Sam is such a helpful person who made sure all requirements of the research projects were met. Learning to use camera traps to study the local wildlife was incredibly insightful as well as tracking wild cats using their scat. Waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and visiting local cocoa farms make this place feel like Paradise.”

"I came back home with a much better understanding of biology and how ecosystems work"

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“I stayed here for two months doing a general internship. I decided to go there because they run a really vast variety of projects ranging from Herpetology and Mammal Ecology to the reintroduction of all kinds of animals. This gave me the absolutely perfect opportunity to figure out which area of biology I later want to specialise in! Next to this, I really love doing wildlife photography and staying here gave me plenty of opportunities to take macro shots of so many different species of reptiles, amphibians and other animals. Living in the jungle doing fieldwork pretty much every day I could gain so much invaluable experience that will come in really handy in the future.

I know, it’s such a cliche thing to say that volunteering abroad changed me but when you live in the jungle for a longer period of time, how can it not? Everything around you is alive! Animals, plants, and fungi are all competing against each other and you can literally observe all of those different survival strategies (which can be absolutely insane sometimes!) and see how and why they have evolved. Seeing all of this happening and how everything in that system influences one another was unquestionably the most valuable thing that I could gain in the jungle! I came back home with a much better understanding of biology and how ecosystems work, which could never be acquired by reading tons of books or learning about it in lectures. You simply had to be there!”

Amazon Ecology and Wildlife Rehabilitation Programme, Peru

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