MANU NATIONAL PARK VOLUNTEER
- Type of service:
- Location: Southern Peru, Madre de Dios Department, Manu National Park
- Altitude: 400 – 3,600 m.a.s.l.
- Best time to visit: May – October
- Departure: Every day
- Minimum of participants: 4
- Maximum of participants: 18
- Price per person: USD
Welcome to our Volunteering Program
- The project Manu Shelter Reserve is committed to the afforestation and the resettlement of animals and plants in the Manu National Park. This is necessary to counter the poaching and deforestation.
- Some species of parrots became already extinct others are critically endangered such as the macaw. Some species are able to imitate the human voice and the keeping of these birds is relatively easy these facts led to an uncontrolled illegal trade. Another problem is the proceeding destruction of their natural habit.
- The loss of only one specie causes severe consequences on the destruction of the wildlife.
- The difference to other projects consists in the possibility that trainees from all over the world may work at the Manu Shelter reserve. During your stay you don’t only learn much about the environment but you also can enjoy nature. Furthermore you can do rappelling, tree climbing and body board at the river. Besides you can improve your Spanish skills living together with indigenous people.
- Our work is professional, well-structured and has a room for many trainees. As a trainee you can contribute your ideas to the project, develop new projects and of course do sightseeing.
- The charged fee is necessary to keep the project working, to settle daily expenses and to stay independent to donations.
- This enables us to offer to our trainees an unforgettable stay and jobs to local workers.
- If you would like to get some further information you can find it beside this page.
- If you there are still questions don’t hesitate in contacting us.
- Founder of the project for manu jungle trips:
- Edgar Condori Ramos (official tourist guide)
- German Gamarra Vargas (official tourist guide)
- Darwin Gutiérrez Choquepata (official tourist guide)
- Both founders work wholeheartedly for the environment in order to conserve this gift for future generations.
The Manu Jungle Trips Reserve association was founded by two guides with a great experience in ecotourism and the jungle. We are committed to the afforestation and the resettlement of animals and plants in the Manu National Park. This project is based on a nonprofit-program.
The project makes a special effort to the environment in order to conserve this gift for future generations.[tab: ABOUT THE PARROTS]
The macaws of the Psittacidae (true parrots) genus are birds with a beautiful plumage. Only few species show sexual dimorphism.
You can find them at the sky of the jungle, mostly in couples or noisy swarms. Every day they are flying between nest and the bird table, during the flight they visit plantations and seed plots, because of this they contribute to the circle of seeding and growing. Couples are stable and during breeding they stay close to their nest.
Macaws are nesting in tree lairs or in abandoned woodpecker lairs in palm trees. They are using their nest during one year. If they can’t find a nest they just suspend their reproduction.
According to biological studies the loss of only one specie causes severe consequences on the destruction of the wildlife.
Some species are able to imitate the human voice and the keeping of these birds is relatively easy these facts led to an uncontrolled illegal trade in order to sell them as pets. The other problem is the proceeding destruction of their natural habit by deforestation. All this led to the extinct of a few species and to the fact that others are critically endangered. According to studies 9 species and 8 breeds became extinct since 1600. There exist 332 species of parrots all over the world; you can find 120 of them in south America and 52 in Peru.
At the Manu National Park you can marvel at some of these species, but with the passing of the years and the influence of the people living in the surroundings of the national park the natural habit of the macaws got destroyed. Therefore some species are now critically endangered such as the Blue-headed Macaw (Primolius couloni), the Chestnut-fronted Macaw (Ara severe), Yellow-crowned Parrot (Amazona ochrocephala) and the Dusky-headed Parakeet (Aratinga weddellii).[tab: PROJECT LOCATION]
LodgingVolunteering Program at the nature reserves Manu jungle trips
The reserve is a place with special conditions and advantages to protect and preserve the abundance of species of animals and plants. It’s located at 540 meters above sea level, east of the mountain rage of the Andes, in the middle of the higher and lower forest, on the left mountain slope of the Alto Madre de Dios River. The reserve is also part of the Manu Biosphere Reserve and therefore part of the souring’s of the Manu National Park.
Objective of the Project : Our project offers an internship for one week, one month, two month or three month in the lower and/or higher part of the jungle. (For those who would like to make specified experiences or stay more time we have to make special agreements from case to case.)
To choose a trainee who would stay in the Peruvian Amazon region we will need your curriculum vitae. Please send us your CV to our e-mail addresses or contact us via our home page. Welcome!
Fee for one week work at the Manu Shelter: 240 US$
Fee for one month work at the Manu Shelter: 520 US$
The fees includes the transportation from Cusco to the reserve in a public bus, food three times a day, accommodation, visit at the clay lick and guidance of an experienced guide during the internship.
Alcoholic beverages are not included.
The task of the trainee includes besides social support of the local population living in the private surroundings of the Manu National Park in Atalaya and Salvación.
The support includes offering presentations about environmental consciousness and the importance of the balance of nature as well as English lessons at the institute Institute Superior Public Manu.
With the participation in our program you commit yourself to cooperate with the local workers of the tree nursery and the reforestation project of this reserve. The working time requires at least 4 hours per day from Monday till Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays will take place excursions and field trips.
As a trainee at this project you have the opportunity to work for a nonprofit-organization, which is concerned about the environment and the reforestation of a part of the Peruvian rainforest.
Furthermore you can bring your experience, knowledge and new perspectives to bear in the project and you can initiate new workshops and classes for the community which makes this project special is the fact that the trainee is completely free during his internship. Your main task is your gainful commitment to the environment and the local population.
We need people who work creatively and independent. If you are looking for a big organization where your work will be supervised constantly this won’t be the right program for you.[tab: EQUIPEMENT AND MATERIALS]
- 12 volt battery
- Outboard motor
- Wood vessel (boat)
- First-aid box including drugs for first aid
- Camping equipment
- Tool kit (nets, cables, harness)
- Movie camera
- Digital camera
- Stocks (food, fuel and other supplies)
- Staff expenses
- Costs of administration and deputizing in Cusco
- Unexpected costs
- Note: The equipment and materials will be used for an indefinite period of time or until expiry date.