Volunteer Community-based Research & Conservation in the Amazon Rainforest (Peru)
~ Volunteer in the Peruvian Amazon with a Rainforest-based Community. This position provides an opportunity to live and work with the Baltimore community, situated on the banks of the Tambopata River about 5 hours by boat from the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado. Baltimore has been selected by Fauna Forever for the strong ideals which its people possess toward the sustainable use and preservation of the forest they own and manage. Fauna Forever has worked with this community for over a decade and has helped empower its families to build the knowledge and infrastructure required to run an increasingly successful ecotourism operation.
The community-based volunteer position requires flexibility in order to help the families in a number of different ways, from passing on valuable skillsets through structured learning sessions, to getting dirty hands while working on the community farm, or assisting in a wide variety of construction projects.
Community-based Volunteer Highlights:
- Teach English
- Construct and maintain guest huts, bird hides or river boats
- Teach hospitality
- Teach western (tourist-friendly) food preparation
- Teach computer/administration
- Work on the community’s fruit farm
- Agro-forestry – plant and nurture trees
- Guide and teach local and international visitors
- Enjoy a number of rainforest experiences on days off including; a parrot clay-lick, canoeing on the river, fishing for piranha, hiking through the rainforest, camping, day trips into the Tambopata National Reserve, etc.
Location of Rainforest Community Homestay
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~Dates & Prices
All prices are fully inclusive (*see below) from midday on the first date till midday on the last date:
- Oct-Mar (US$55 per day)
- Apr-Sep (US$60 per day)
- Oct-Mar (US$45)
- Apr-Sep (US$50)
- Oct-Mar (US$30)
- Apr-Sep (US$35)
Plus additional transport cost (please choose either option 1 or 2):
- By road + 3 hour hike ($20 one way – per person)
- By boat – approx. 5 hours ($150 one way – inlcudes space for up to 15 people)
* What the fee includes
- Accomodation from start to end of the phase
- Three substantial and healthy meals every day
- Clean drinking water at all times
- Airport (Puerto Maldonado) transfers on arrival and departure
- Training: Health & safety; Species identification; Impacts and challenges affecting the rainforest in Tambopata; Machete use; and much more.
What the fee does not include
- Travel insurance (this is essential)
- Spending money for snacks, sodas and souvenirs
> The El Gato Community Homestay
The Ramirez family is one of the founding families of the Baltimore community. The family lives on the banks of the mouth of the stream known as “El Gato”, which flows over the only known waterfall in Tambopata. In the mornings the family shares the tasks of fishing and agriculture, and in the evenings they relax on the banks of the stream. The Ramirez family possesses 45 hectares of land and have implemented a trail system that allows the observation of a great variety of flora. Notable species include the big tree species Lapuna and Shihuahuaco (Ironwood) well known for their ecological importance, but also for the big part they play in Amazonian myths and legends. These trails also lead to small mammal clay-licks and small hidden bird clay-licks on the bank of the stream. The Ramirez family have won numerous awards and commendations for their strong will to make ecotourism work for them and for the passion they have to protect their rainforest.