Peru Amazon Rainforest Internships

Medicinal Plant Team

As an intern on the Medicinal Plant Team you will spend 3 weeks to 2 months with us, during which you will visit several native communities in the Madre de Dios region and assist the team with collecting information, imagery and video concerning community-use of medicinal plants, as guided by a plan developed in conjunction with the communities we work with

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Having liaised and discussed with a number of native communities to identify solutions to some of the issues they face, one important activity identified was to help them document existing use of medicinal plants, how and why plant use varied both within and between communities, and to use this information and associated imagery to develop educational materials for the younger generations of the communities (who have had less exposure to medicinal plant use) and for short-term visitors such as local university students and ecotourists - which are welcome at some locations. One of the main objectives is to develop a set of photo guides (one per community) to assist the identification of medicinal plants, with text describing usage in various languages (Yine, Amahuaca, Ese’eja, Spanish, English), with originals and copies lodges with the respective participating communities.


1 Week (07 Days 06 Nights) - US$1,200
2 Weeks (14 Days 13 Nights) - US$1,555
3 Weeks (21 Days 20 Nights) - US$2,165

1 Month (30 Days 29 Nights) - US$2,895
2 Months (60 Days 59 Nights) - US$4,200
3 Months (90 Days 89 Nights) - US$5,500

These costs (which we treat as a donation to the non-profit organisation) include airport transfers (on arrival and departure); accommodation (in shared rooms); main meals (including vegetarian options); clean drinking water (always); local road and river transport to/from field sites (scheduled dates only); sheets, pillow case, and mosquito nets; access to our office wifi (where available); access to our library and equipment pool (e.g. GPS); orientation, field training and supervision from our staff; participation certificate and future reference letters (as required).

They do not include any flights; travel/health insurance (which is compulsory for all participants); taxis in Puerto Maldonado or Cusco (other than those used for scheduled trips to restaurants for meals); between meal snacks (cookies, sweets, etc.); and bottled beverages (Coca cola, Sprite, Fanta, etc.).

Note: Discounts are possible for groups of 4 people or more, that have the same start and end dates. Please contact us if this is your case.


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