Volunteer in Peru

Contribute to rainforest conservation efforts in the Peruvian Amazon, known for its rich biodiversity and beautiful landscapes.

Volunteering in Peru is an opportunity to experience some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Including the Amazon rainforest, the famous Lost City of the Incas and Machu Picchu. Join us in Tambopata National Reserve, where your efforts will directly impact rainforest conservation. Work alongside a dedicated team committed to preserving this delicate and irreplaceable forest habitat.

Overview

Peru’s got it all – history, nature, you name it. The Andes, the world’s second-highest mountains, create this epic backdrop, and Machu Picchu? It steals the show. From the breathtaking Colca Canyon to the dry Atacama Desert, Peru’s geography is like a visual adventure. 

And don’t forget the Pacific Coast vibes. Tucked away near Puerto Maldonado you’ll find the Tambopata National Reserve – a lush rainforest paradise. It’s like a natural wonderland, adding to Peru’s unique charm, along with those mysterious Nazca Lines.

Culturally, Peru is alive with traditions like the graceful Marinera dance and ancient celebrations such as Inti Raymi. The art of textiles and weaving captures Peru’s rich history. Lima’s food scene? A gastronomic journey where flavours blend in a delightful explosion, reflecting a mix of diverse influences.

When you volunteer in Peru with GVI, you’ll work to address wildlife conservation challenges identified by local NGOs. You’ll also contribute to government-run initiatives and a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Our programs

Volunteering
Amazon Rainforest Conservation Volunteering in Peru
Location

Situated in South America, Peru boasts diverse landscapes that range from the Pacific coastline to the towering Andes Mountains. To the east, you’ll find the expansive Amazon rainforest, teeming with biodiversity. 

To the north, Peru shares borders with Ecuador and Colombia, while Brazil lies to the east. To the south, Chile forms the boundary. To the southeast, it shares borders with Bolivia. With a rich cultural heritage, Peru’s location offers a mix of coastal, mountain and Amazonian beauty.

In the southwest of Peru lies the Tambopata National Reserve – a key entry point to the Amazon rainforest. Located near Puerto Maldonado, the reserve is a hub for varied plant and wildlife species. From inquisitive howler monkeys to vibrant bird species, Tambopata is home to a rich spectrum of biodiversity. Convenient access through Puerto Maldonado’s Padre Aldamiz International Airport makes it easy to immerse yourself in the Amazon rainforest.

Programs

We offer one GVI Flex program in Peru. On our Amazon Rainforest Conservation volunteer program, you’ll live and work in the Tambopata National Reserve. 

You’ll engage in hands-on projects, study primate behaviour and utilise camera traps. All with a goal of preserving the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon. This program also encourages independent research by supporting scientific projects with standardised data collection.

On this volunteer program you’ll explore one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems in the heart of the Amazon Basin. Immerse yourself in an environment teeming with incredible species like jaguars, pumas, sloths, anacondas, giant anteaters and harpy eagles. If you’re passionate about nature and conservation, this is your chance for an unforgettable experience!

FAQs

Which languages are spoken in Peru?

The official language is Spanish, and it is the most widely spoken language throughout the country. Being fluent in English is a must for our volunteer programs in Peru. While some knowledge of Spanish is beneficial, it is not a prerequisite.

What is the weather like in Tambopata?

The weather varies throughout the year. The rainy season is from December to March, with February being the peak rainy month. April to August experiences colder temperatures, ranging from 10°C to 16°C. 

September to October are the hottest months, with temperatures reaching up to 38°C. During this time the river level is low, providing access to a river beach.

How can I stay in touch with people back home?

Stay connected effortlessly with a Starlink connection, providing speedy downloads at 30mbps and uploads at 20mbps. Accessible daily from 07:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

What can I do in my free time? 

There are a number of opportunities to see more of what Peru has to offer, either before or after your program. Head to Cusco and explore the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, perched at 2,430 metres above sea level. 

If you’re a nature lover, take on the challenge of hiking the Cordillera Blanca, the world’s highest tropical mountain range, featuring trails of varying difficulty and breathtaking turquoise lakes. For history buffs, visit the Cusco Cathedral, crafted with stones from the Inca site of Saqsayhuman. Or learn about the Inca Empire at the Museo Inka, where you’ll find a captivating collection of metallic jewellery, pottery and hand-woven textiles.

How long are volunteer programs in Peru?

Our volunteer programs range anywhere from 1 week to 24 weeks.

Do I need any special qualifications to volunteer in Peru?

You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a GVI volunteer in Peru. Any training required for the volunteer program will be provided on base. 

Where will I be staying while I volunteer in Peru?

Participants stay in shared bungalows for four people, each equipped with bathrooms. Communal spaces, including a dining room, library, terrace and study area, are available for shared use. You can explore trails, enjoy games and books, and play volleyball. 

Are accommodation upgrades available?

Yes, private bungalows are an option.

Who will I be volunteering with?

GVI volunteers come from countries all over the world. This gives you the opportunity to make friends with people who have different cultural and historical backgrounds from yourself. You’ll probably find yourself leaving this volunteer experience with friends you never imagined yourself having.

What is the food like on base?

You’ll enjoy a variety of delicious Peruvian dishes prepared by our team. Start your day with eggs, fruit salad, bread, coffee, milk, cereals and juice. For lunch and dinner, meals typically include rice, pasta, beans and salads. 

Filtered water, coffee and tea are available at all times. If you’re interested, you’re more than welcome to join in the cooking activities!