Many people have a strong desire to help with conserving the Amazon Rainforest, even if they do not have a background in biology, ecology or conservation or deep pockets to cover all of their in-country costs. Our Camp Volunteer program is perfect for individuals lacking an extensive scientific background and personal funding, but who have plenty of time on their hands (ideally months) a passion for nature and want to be immersed in a research camp environment for a significant period of time.
Who Should Apply
Hard-working, committed individuals who wish to contribute to our research and conservation activities in a variety of capacities, and who have lots of time on their hands, should consider applying for this program. Applicants should be physically fit and able to work in sometimes challenging environmental conditions of high temperature (24-38 Celsius) and humidity (75-100%). Participants need to be self-motivated and able work well in an international team environment. Good Spanish language abilities are highly desirable, as is proficiency in cooking, boat driving skills, agricultural experience (particularly permaculture), artistic abilities, language teaching skills and/or other personal attributes that would significantly help us achieve our research and conservation goals. People interested in the Camp Volunteer option should fill in the online application form, and also send us a copy of their CV and at least two letters of recommendation. Candidates who pass our initial evaluation will likely be invited to attend an online interview to further discuss the potential placement.
Camp Volunteers are expected to work under the supervision of camp coordinators and other Fauna Forever staff, and assist with all aspects of camp life. Camp maintenance duties include cooking, cleaning, carrying supplies, pumping water and general repairs of camp infrastructure. Research maintenance duties include cutting and marking trails, cleaning equipment, introducing new volunteers and interns to camp and forest trail systems, and providing assistance to wildlife team coordinators when requested. Camp Volunteers will be given the opportunity to join wildlife research teams during their sampling sessions on a limited basis, as opportunities present themselves. Camp volunteers are also strongly encouraged to assist Peruvian staff and counterparts improve their English language abilities in an informal capacity.
A limited number of full (100%) and partial (30-60%) scholarships are awarded to Camp Volunteers each year. These scholarships are awarded to those individuals that we think can bring a strong set of personal qualities to our research camp.