Conservation in Peru with Projects Abroad

Location: Peru: Puerto Maldonado

Program Duration: Summer, 1-2 Years, 2-4 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 5-8 Weeks, 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks, 1-2 Weeks

Dates: Year Round

Projects Abroad Inc 600 B Street Suite 300 San Diego, CA 92101 United States

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Phone: 1-212-244-7234

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Projects Abroad's private reserve Reserva Ecologica Taricaya is a slice of unspoiled, untouched Amazon rainforest. You can find it on the edge of one of the Amazon's mighty tributaries, the Rio Madre de Dios with mammals and birds abound. A great canopy walkway, South America's highest, gives you access to the top of the forest, leading to a totally new world. Taricaya is at the heart of the Amazon and at the heart of conservation work in the Amazon.

Taricaya is also Peru's premier animal release center for wild animals that have become abandoned pets and been caught in towns near the forest.

At Taricaya, we don't work in isolation, but rather in co-ordination with local people. They help us with our conservation projects and we help them with their farming and by helping look after their unique environment. We have an experimental farm where we pass on ideas and techniques to local farmers and then support them - growing mahogany, coffee and cocoa along with livestock management and crop rotations. Now, the new Trans-Amazon highway will also bring in tourists and make cash crop production more profitable. Projects Abroad is helping local people to avoid potential damage and to conserve the few remaining areas of untouched forest.

Taricaya is also increasingly recognized internationally as a research center and has contributed a number of important research papers at international conferences, especially in the field of ornithology.

The rainforest project in Peru is one for the more adventurous! But nonetheless the accommodation is comfortable and three square meals are provided.


Patrolling our reserve is crucial, as poachers have been known to enter illegally to hunt. Constant monitoring of the area is therefore necessary and, due to the hard work of more than five hundred volunteers who have visited the Reserva Ecologicà Taricaya over the past few years, we now have a 50km trail network that makes this possible.

Incidents of illegal entry have greatly reduced over recent months but we cannot sit back on our laurels, therefore trail maintenance has become an essential part of our work in the reserve.


Volunteers must be 16 years old and submit 1 letter of recommendation.

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Cost in US$:

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Cost Include Description:

Credit Available


Volunteer Types
  • Animal Welfare
  • Biological Research
  • Conservation
  • Culture
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Business
  • Trail Building
  • Tree Planting
  • Wildlife
Typical Volunteer
Anyone with an open mind and a desire to travel
Age Range
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant. This Program is also open to Families, Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Group living

Participants Travel to Peru


Application Process Involves
  • Letters of Reference
  • Written Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
10 days
Post Services Include
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home
Year Founded