Amazon Basin Research & Conservation Volunteer Programme

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Program Description

When you volunteer with us as a research assistant, you will have the opportunity to work in some of the most remote and unspoiled parts of the Amazon Rainforest. We are looking for people to help with long-term scientific research in order to better measure the effects of human activities on wildlife.

We offer the opportunity to work with four taxonomic groups: mammals, birds, herpetofauna, and insects. Each project is one, two, or three weeks in length, although the minimum length of time is one week. As a volunteer you will learn about all of the taxonomic groups in order to increase your spectrum of knowledge. Not only will you cover the practical and theoretical background of the field methods used, you will also learn identification tips and be able to contribute to the ongoing discussion between organisations regarding the current issues facing the rainforest.

Depending on which taxonomic group you work with, here are a few examples of daily tasks that you might be involved in:

- Check and create mammal footprint traps
- Build and maintain herpetofauna pitfall traps and check them daily
- Help set up mist nets along the trail systems, monitor the nets and carefully process the birds caught in them
- Assist in creating, setting up and monitoring tropical bait traps for butterflies.


This is a unique opportunity to get hands on field experience within an unspoiled area of the Amazon Rainforest.

There is a wide range of tasks for volunteers to get involved with.

Opportunities to visit the local town and sample the local cuisine as well as get involved with the community.


Applicants should be at least 18 years of age unless accompanied by a parent or guardian (at the discretion of the Project Manager), be in good health, have a fairly good level of physical fitness, and be able to swim 100 m unaided. A keen interest, educational qualifications, and previous experience in a related biological or environmental field would be an advantage. Some knowledge of Spanish would also be useful, but is not essential since most aspects of the work will be directed in both English and Spanish. A sense of adventure and the ability to endure often challenging conditions are essential - as is a good sense of humour!

We are also in a good position to offer university students the chance to work alongside biologists and experts in the field of wildlife research and conservation, and upon request we allow students to run mid-term research projects either alongside the Project’s own research or in some cases independently with the use of the Project’s logistics and know-how. Please enquire.

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What`s Included

The cost covers all programme costs, including all food (3 large, wholesome meals a day), clean drinking water at all times, lodging in town and in the field, project materials, boat transport to and from lodges, Puerto Maldonado airport collection and departure transfers, all training and supervision by project manager, WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support.

Program Locations

Tambopata, Peru

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Program Details

WorkingAbroad Projects
  • Peru: Tambopata
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
2-4 weeks
The cost for 1 week is £695, 2 weeks is £995, 3 weeks is £1,195 and 1 month (30 days) is £1,550, 2 months (60 days) is £2,540 and 3 months (90 days) is £3,340.

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