Mid-July: Volunteer in a Conservation Center in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon!

Support in the rescue and care of animals and participate in environmental education with a group of volunteers

Iquitos, Peru. Only 12 places left!
July 16 - July 31, 2018 (dates don’t suit you?)

Working together with the local community, we have built a center for wildlife rescue and environmental education, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. With our rescue efforts, we help the species’ survival in the present. With our outreach programs, we help preserve the species’ future.

Just as important as our rescue efforts are our outreach programs. We engage in education and information campaigns at a local level, and with your help, we will be able to reach more people around the world.

Your contact: John Garnica
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Volunteering Activities

Animal Care
Conservation
Teaching
Community Outreach
Sustainability
Data Collection
Animal Rescue
Animal Rehabilitation

Accommodation

The volunteers are going to live in RAREC facilities. About our location, RAREC is one hour from the city by car, at Km. 47. The city of Iquitos is the largest population center in the area; RAREC is in a jungle area, connected to Iquitos by the only road that is here. We hire a point of electricity, so we have electricity all day in all the facilities, and we receive mobile internet, through the cell phone, each volunteer receives a SIM Card to put on their cell phones and through this, they can receive internet signal throughout their stay.

Regarding the property, we have built approximately one fifth of the land, leaving the trees as they were and building in certain spaces the animal areas, the houses where we live and the structures made of wood and concrete material where we have the kitchen, the dining room, and the recreation area, these are exterior structures where you can be very comfortable. All the rest of the land is still untouched jungle; there we hike to the creek that is at the end of the land.

Accommodation also includes laundry service once a week. Each volunteer is assigned a room where there may be other volunteers as well, in total 4 or 6 volunteers sleep in each room. The rooms are made of concrete material and wood, there are bunk beds, with a fan. They are very fresh and have anti-bugs nets on windows and on the beds.

We have comfortable structures to stay and at the same time we are completely surrounded by the sounds of the jungle and trees, so we guarantee the jungle experience. In addition, at the end of the Volunteer Program, volunteers who want to continue traveling through Peru will have the opportunity to easily reach one of the wonders of the world: Machu Picchu, since it has recently opened direct flights from Iquitos to Cusco. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Amazon and Machu Picchu in one trip.

Meals

3 meals/day are included:
  • American breakfast
  • Typical Peruvian lunch (if the volunteer requests a lighter type of food, it can be done without any problem): main course, dessert and drink
  • Dinner: sandwiches, soups, pasta, etc.
  • Volunteers must confirm if they have any special diet such as vegan, vegetarian or have an allergy to any food, to take it into account in the preparation of their food, a part of our staff is vegetarian and vegan so our menu includes those options.
  • Drinks and fruits available at any time.

Typical Day

    These are the main volunteering activities: 

    • Support for the rescue and rehabilitation of manatees, primates, ocelots and other wildlife animals.
    • Assistance in the rescue process, traveling with the staff, ecological police and authorities to the places where wild animals are confiscated for illegal traffic or because they have them as pets.
    • Designation of shifts for the cleaning of each area, preparation of food and delivery of food, control of the growth and behavior of the animal to detect incidents.
    • Support animals' treatment, assistance in the administration of medicines and monitoring of animal health in the infirmary.
    • Implementation of enrichment programs for animals, monitoring the behavior of a group of assigned animals, introducing external elements to observe their behavior, to implement improvements in their environment and quality of life.
    • Work in the butterfly enclosure, development of the observation and monitoring plan to determine the biological cycle of certain species, and achieve their reproduction in a controlled environment.
    • Support in fruit tree plantation.
    • Support and organize environmental education for children in RAREC and nearby schools.
    • Implementation of English lessons for young students.
    • Organize classes of sustainable development activities to generate income.
    • Organize medical campaigns for communities.
    • Support in a conference about conservation for professionals or students.

    The volunteers must be mainly responsible, the work we do is very delicate since we work with the lives of vulnerable species; it is very important for us that the volunteers have a passion for their work and they have to be very observant, and can contribute ideas and improvements in the care process. All ideas and improvements that can be implemented will be taken into account and welcomed. What we want is forming a team in which all volunteers from different countries leave a positive mark on the project with ideas and improvements, they will see in the future through the social networks that they contributed to the growth of the project.

    Here's how your typical day would look: 

    7 am: Breakfast

    8 am - Lunch: The first task of all is the preparation of food for the animals assigned and then to take them to their respective areas, this task is usually done in pairs to also clean the area where the food is left. Subsequently, the environmental enrichment exercise is carried out in the designated area, or the administration of medications in the case animals are assigned to clinic or quarantine. 

    Until 4 pm: The feeding for the animals and the exercise of environmental enrichment are repeated. Only in the case of baby manatees, the feeding is repeated 4 times a day and the case of the butterflies the change of feeding is once a day.

    Apart from this, volunteers will take turns for tasks like observing the behavior of animals, implementing new ways to improve the areas of animals with swings, platforms, houses, etc., collecting the harvest of fruits and vegetables from the farm for the diet of the animals, hunting insects to feed them, feeding those who drink milk, among others.

    In the butterfly garden, we have several activities to achieve the reproductive cycle of the butterflies, in the house of reproduction or doing activities in the field as egg collection and plant host plants.

    In the work with communities, recycling and conservation workshops are held with children and youth, led by volunteers who have knowledge of Spanish, and with the assistance of others.

    On the days that we have rescues, the tasks will be reassigned so that a group can go out to the rescue area, always led by our staff.

    *The program includes 3 days of tours outside RAREC.


    Local Excursions and Sightseeing

    The program includes 3 days of tours:

    July 16th: City tour. It includes roundtrip transportation, entrance fees to museums, guides, transportation in the city, lunch, and a visit to a store so that the volunteer can buy what they need (RAREC covers the food throughout the program, but some volunteers like to buy their preferred things like snacks or drinks, in addition to toiletries. Your purchases can be stored in the kitchen, with their respective names to avoid confusion).


    July 21st: Visit the Alpahuayo Mishana Reserve, the sighting of birds and other fauna animals in their natural habitat, dinner in the city and free night. Includes roundtrip transportation at the end of the night, tickets to the Reserve, guide on the tour and dinner. Does not include food or drinks after dinner.


    July 30th: Ride in the Amazon River and Dolphin Watching, Farewell Dinner in "Frio y Fuego" Restaurant in the middle of the river. Includes roundtrip transportation, boat transportation in the Amazon River, guided by an organization dedicated to the monitoring and investigation of freshwater dolphins in their natural habitat and a farewell dinner in the most beautiful restaurant in Iquitos.


    Support

    All the staff of RAREC, owners, and professionals of different areas live in RAREC, for which the supervision and support to the volunteer are permanent, in case of minor emergencies we have a very well equipped infirmary to attend to people and security protocols to avoid these situations. In the case of major emergencies, the volunteer will be transferred to the nearest hospital in the city, which is 40 minutes by road (transportation is included in the program).

    What's included in the fee?

    Accommodation
    3 Meals a Day
    Local Excursions
    Pick Up/Drop Off
    First Aid
    Hospital Transport
    Wifi & Satellite

    What's not included in the fee?

    The following is not included in the fee:

    • Flights
    • Insurance: participants are encouraged to consult a travel clinic and/or their personal physician to discuss recommended immunizations for Peru
    • Visa, if needed

    Logistics

    • Pickup: Pick up at the airport on July 16th in the morning (choose flights that arrive before noon).
    • Dropoff: We take the group to the airport on July 31st in the morning (choose flights departing from Iquitos before noon).

    Fees

    • $50 per day to RAREC
      100% of this fee is paid directly to the non-profit
    • $15 one-time handling fee to GivingWay
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