Clean and replant the jungle

Cusco, Peru

Jungle conservation projects are located at various conservation sites in the Amazon Rainforest, outside of Cusco. Volunteers support project staff in various activities, such as tree planting, trail maintenance and wildlife monitoring, depending on seasonal need. The Yellow Fever vaccine is highly recommended for participants in this program. Due to the sensitive jungle environment, we ask that you use only 100% biodegradable products. If you wish, you can buy these from Maximo Nivel in Cusco for $15.

  • Plant trees, shrubs, and orchids
  • Remove invasive, non-native species of bamboo from areas of the jungle
  • Monitor wildlife by observing and counting different species
  • Help with trail maintenance
  • Join scientific research efforts in biology, chemistry, and zoology
  • Create and/or perform educational workshops with local communities
  • Do repairs on the lodge or other small buildings
  • Minimum age of 17 years

    In order to join the program, you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.

  • A background check

    Background checks can be obtained from local police departments or online at websites such as SentryLink.com and BeenVerified.com. We accept background checks that have been made within one calendar year prior to your program start date. In lieu of a background check, we accept 2 reference letters from two different people such as an employer, colleague, or professor, but NOT a family member. Reference letters must include how the reference knows you, how long they have known you (must be longer than 1 year), as well as their contact details and signature.

  • The Yellow Fever vaccine

    The Yellow Fever vaccine is highly recommended for participants in this program.

  • Airport pick-up

    We can also arrange a pick-up at the bus station or at nearby accommodations instead of the airport

  • Accommodations

    A shared room in Cusco in a pre-approved middle-class Peruvian family that you will share with 1-3 other people of the same gender. Dormitory at the project site.

  • Food

    Two meals a day in Cusco and three meals a day at the project site. Meals are typically vegetarian.

  • Orientation

    The program begins with a mandatory 1- to 2-day orientation session in Cusco, where you receive vital information about your project and your trip to the project site.

  • Public bus transportation to and from the project site

    Jungle conservation sites and accommodations are located 8 to 10 (or longer) hours outside the city of San Jose. Please note that this is often an overnight journey.

  • Airfare

    To get a better deal, please purchase your tickets to Cusco, Peru well in advance.

  • Travel insurance

    We strongly recommend purchasing international travel insurance that covers emergency medical expenses.

  • Getting around

    Local transportation is limited, and walking is the best way to get around. Taxis or water taxis into nearby towns are available if you want to buy snacks or charge electronic devices.

  • WiFi and electricity

    There is no WiFi at Jungle projects and electricity may be very limited, if available.

  • ATMs

    There may not be ATMs nearby. You should withdraw the cash you need in Cusco – our local team can help you to budget for the duration of your stay.

  • Medical services

    Medical services are available between 30 and 90 minutes away, depending on the project. The project staff has first-aid training and can support you.

  • Arrival (Sunday)

    Airport pick up, accommodations and basic orientation. You can arrive earlier, and we can help arrange lodging for your stay, but the accommodations included in the price will be available on Sunday.

  • Orientation (Day 2)

    The jungle conservation program begins with an orientation session in Cusco, where you receive vital information about your project and your trip to the project site

  • Transfer to project site (Day 3)

    You will be traveling to the jungle conservation project site where you will be met by management and assigned a place in a dormitory. Please note that this is often an overnight journey.

  • Working hours

    Working hours vary according to the needs of the project, but you can expect to work 4-8 hours per day, Monday through Saturday.

  • Free time

    You have one free day a week. Please notify the project director if you plan to leave the site.

  • Cowhide work gloves
  • Closed-toed, heavy-duty work boots

    Waterproof boots are preferred. Please do not wear sandals in the jungle.

  • A sleeping bag

    You will be provided with at least one thick blanket or sleeping bag, linens, and a mosquito net, but if your program is between July and September, you may also consider bringing a sleeping bag, especially if you tend to get cold easily

  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Camera

    You will want to take some pictures!

  • Leisure-time materials

    Books, a journal, cards, games (keep in mind that electricity is limited)

Price: $1045 / 2 weeks

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