We are a non profit organization promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and the conservation of biodiversity for the benefit of all who live in and depend upon the Amazon rainforest.
Maybe you're curious about the Amazon rainforest, or perhaps you just want to try something very new and different. Whatever the case, we have a great opportunity for you in Peru! This isn't ecotourism – you will work hard to contribute to our research and conservation projects in the rainforest. Your hard work, however, will be rewarded with a unique experience in one of the most biodiverse corners of the planet. You will mingle with an eclectic mix of like-minded people, including biologists, students, and other visitors from Peru and around the world.
Our projects in Peru are as diverse as the rainforest that surrounds us. Volunteers may assist in one or more of the following projects during their stay at Finca Las Piedras:
Butterfly diversity & ecology project:
Collect butterfly species using traps and hand nets
Search for butterfly eggs and caterpillars on their host plants
Set up camera traps to study rainforest mammals
Collect rainforest fruits and seeds to create color field guides to plants
Go birding to boost the Finca Las Piedras species list
Collect insects as part of ongoing surveys
Sustainable tropical agriculture:
Remove invasive plants from cacao agroforestry plots
Grow organic food for consumption on site
Create compost and biochar for incorporation into agricultural fields
Care for seedlings in the ASA shade house and tree nursery
Fees include all food and accommodation, training & supervision.
Pick up and drop off from the airport/bus terminal are not included in the fee, but we are happy to arrange it for you for an additional fee.
We are a U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is active in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Our directors and local partners are experienced biologists and conservation professionals. Our work aims to promote the conservation of natural resources in the Amazon through sustainable agriculture, biological research and monitoring, and community engagement and education.