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Rainforest species monitoring & regeneration

Project name:

CREES Foundation

Project purpose:

The project works to monitor the biodiversity and conservation value of a tract of regenerating rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon, with aims to prove that regenerating forests are valuable to conservation, and can support up to 88% of biodiversity found in untouched primary forests. The project also aims to introduce sustainable initiatives to the inhabitants of the nearby towns. Finally, it hopes to educate and train conservation professionals with hands-on experience and learning.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data/collection analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

475

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science
  • development goals (supporting local community)

Accommodation:

Bungalow

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, electricity, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, shower (hot), toilet (western), wifi (intermittent)

Common area with couches and chairs, workout area with hammocks, soccer field, garden with walking paths, wifi 1-2 times per week for 1 hour, bar with alcoholic drinks and snacks for sale, mattresses and bed nets, bathrooms with running water from river, boats for evacuation to medical clinic in nearby town (30 min), excellent food from local chefs, office workspace with biology textbooks and reference books, gas generator, refrigerators, included transportation from airport to project location, included lodging in a hotel in the city of Cusco and a lodge in the cloud forest on the way to the rainforest, local guide, research staff.

How long can I stay?

2 weeks to 12 weeks

Requirements:

  • none

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

By volunteering with Crees in the Manu Rainforest you'll be supporting our conservation and community projects in the Amazon. 


Spend every day exploring the rainforest and meeting its wild creatures, while carrying out tropical ecology surveys to collect data that's used in scientific publications.

Support our community team as they empower local people through improved livelihoods and living standards. Become part of the solution.


A typical week

Monday: Butterfly surveys


You wake up at 6am to the calls of charismatic macaws and mischievous monkeys. After a typical Peruvian breakfast, you set out with your team leader into the rainforest to survey the immense diversity of Amazonian butterflies. You learn to handle, identify and record the butterflies’ data to help our researchers better understand the health of the ecosystem - it’s amazing what you can learn from these beautiful creatures. This is citizen science in action. After a busy day trekking through the rainforest to complete the surveys, it's time to head back camp and catch up on the day's gossip over a communal dinner before an early night.


Tuesday: Community action


You hop on the early morning boat to travel over to the small town of Salvación to help families with their biogardens – from fixing roofs, to planting saplings. Many children in the town suffer from malnutrition due to a lack of fresh vegetables, so the biogardens are essential for improving their health. The gardens are also a source of alternative income, as many families have begun selling their produce to improve their livelihoods. After a hot and sweaty day's work, you relax over a cold beer in the evening and feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you and your team have helped a family that really needs your support.



Wednesday: Cultural experience


After a morning in the biogardens, you catch the boat back to camp to enjoy a communal lunch with everyone in the team. You spend the afternoon working with our researchers to identify species and record data, or help the kitchen and housekeeping staff around camp and enjoy getting to know the team better. After a hearty evening meal, you spend a fun-filled evening practising Spanish with our Peruvian staff – sharing stories to learn about different cultures and experiences that’ll expand your understanding and horizons.


Thursday: Macaw monitoring


You wake up before dawn and catch the boat down to the beach as the sun begins to rise over the Amazon rainforest and the distant snow-capped mountains. A spectacular way to start the day. Flocks of macaws and parrots begin to arrive at the clay lick by the beach, where they socialise and replenish minerals needed in their diet. You will learn how to identify different species and record various data, so that our researchers can better understand how these threatened species are being impacted by tourism and habitat loss. You hop back on the boat for breakfast and a day of trekking in the forest to complete surveys. Who knows what wildlife you might see today.


Friday: Night surveys


You spend the day at camp helping out the team on their projects or working in the biogarden. Tonight you'll head out on a survey after dark, hunting for amphibians and reptiles. Herpetofauna are a really understudied group, but they can tell us a lot about the health of their environment. Whether you find snakes or colourful tree frogs, you bring them back to camp to identify and record data to help expand knowledge on these amazing creatures. After a long day, you enjoy a hot shower and bed.


Saturday: Fun time


You spend the day trekking through the rainforest and enjoy getting to know the vast diversity of plants and wildlife by chatting to your knowledgeable team leader, as you work together to complete surveys and record data. You get back to camp for a hot shower and dinner, just before Saturday Night Fun kicks off. Every week, this is when the whole team lets loose with quirky home-grown entertainment. Over a few beers and a lot of laughter, you will start building friendships for life.


Sunday: Day off


You relax in a hammock with a good book, play football with the team, go for a dip in the streams, or just enjoy a good gossip with other volunteers. It's your Sunday in the remote Amazon rainforest: bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of your surroundings and simply enjoy every moment of it. It's an experience of a lifetime.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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