Amazon Shelter

4.7(22 reviews)
Experience
Volunteer
Destination
Peru
Duration
4 to 12 weeks
Ages
18 to 85
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Trip overview

Embark on an unforgettable volunteer trip and experience Peru’s dynamic lifestyle whilst making a real difference to the Amazon's wildlife. On this amazing adventure, you’ll volunteer in the capital city of the Madre de Dios region in the southwest, assisting with animal conservation and creating positive change towards animal survival and rehabilitation. With the extinction of so many species over the past century, we’ve reached a crucial point in history where our wildlife rescue and conservation efforts make a powerful impact. Picture yourself getting hands-on experience with impressive wildlife, helping animals recover into normal and healthy states, taste-testing the delicious Peruvian cuisines and contributing to an important, real-world animal conservation and rehabilitation project.  

We offer the complete package for those looking to volunteer abroad and, best of all, we’ve joined with exclusive project partners to secure you a guaranteed volunteering placement overseas. You’ll be contributing to the Amazon’s biodiversity with both confidence and purpose. Our team will help you with all the essentials, from airport pickup to project transport, volunteer accommodation, onsite training and so much more.

Make a sustainable change on exotic wildlife, explore the country's natural beauty and break away from your routine back home as you embark on this incredible volunteer travel opportunity. This trip is perfect for anyone ready to make a difference and lasting impact on the greater wildlife ecosystem whilst channelling that genuine Peruvian way of living at the same time.

Inclusions

Volunteer project placement
We’ll score you a guaranteed volunteering placement so you can start making a difference to the world.
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.
Pre-Departure Guide
Our in-depth pre-departure guide will have all the information you need about your trip & destination, at your fingertips.
Trip visa guidance
Get your visa approved as cheap and easy as possible with our step-by-step instructions and personal guidance by your Trip Coordinator.
Personal Travel Concierge
You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.
Comfortable accommodation
Relax in a twin-share room in a bungalow with the other volunteers, located on the project site and just outside of town.
Covid-19 Medical Insurance
For a limited time only, all our Volunteer trips come with medical insurance for the duration of your trip, which also covers Covid-19, for added peace of mind.
Airport pickup or transfer
To take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Puerto Maldonado.
Meals
Enjoy three typical Peruvian meals per day, prepared fresh for you by the project staff.
‘Welcome to the Amazon’ orientation
Meet your project leader and learn about the history and vision of the project. Plus, you’ll also get to walk through your project site and your accommodation.
$200 Global Tour Voucher
We know this will be the trip of a lifetime, so you also get a $200 Global Tour Voucher to put towards any Contiki, Busabout, Topdeck or G Adventures tour so you can go and explore some more of the world whilst you’re over there. You’re welcome.
Certificate of completion
In recognition of your hard work and dedication throughout the experience, and, it goes very well with your future resume. Employers will love this addition!
Ongoing support from our local team
Think of us as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, our team will provide you with unlimited support.
24/7 Global Emergency Line
Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.
gWorld access
Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.
Marketplace deals
Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.
$250 off your next trip
The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be between 18-85 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Amazon Shelter Volunteer trip in Peru is designed to get you volunteering overseas in a safe and fun environment, and with a genuine and rewarding purpose. Our expert team and local partners take care of everything you need to start making a positive impact, from volunteer placement and meals to accommodation and ongoing support throughout your entire journey.

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Book with confidence

Interest-free payment plans

Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility

If Covid gets in the way, again, we've got your back. Read more here.

Lifetime deposit guarantee

Change of mind for trip, destination or dates? No problem! Learn more here.

Trip location

You'll stay and volunteer in Puerto Maldonado, within the Amazon Rainforest.

Trip itinerary

Day 1

Once you’ve touched down at Padre Aldamiz International Airport, your pre-arranged transfer will take you straight to your volunteer accommodation in Puerto Maldonado, only 25 minutes away. Relax, settle in and potentially meet some other volunteers.

Head to your cultural orientation loaded with information about the project’s history and wildlife. You’ll also get to see your project site and plan your extracurricular activities while you’re in the country. 

Day 2

7.30am: Rise and shine, it’s time to start your day! Enjoy a hearty breakfast served at the volunteer lodge. Breakfast could consist of the locally-grown fruits, such as cherimoya, lucuma and pineapple.

8.00am: Begin your first shift of the day by preparing food. You could also find yourself assessing the animals’ diets and distributing the prepared food to the rescued animals. 

9.30am: After food preparation is done, you may be responsible for cutting leaves for the howler monkeys, feeding or visiting the clay lick to observe the parrots’ behaviour.

10.30am: Your late morning volunteer duties could involve creating animal enrichment toys such as perches, repairing damaged closures or painting animal charts to be used in youth workshops to raise awareness for environmental conservation. 

12.30pm: Lunchtime! Take a well-deserved break and enjoy your prepared lunch at the lodge with the other volunteers.

1.30pm: Prepare more food for the animals and take part in sharing it with the animals around the centre. 

2.30pm: You’ll be responsible for cleaning the animals’ dishes after feeding time. 

3.00pm: Take part in more volunteer tasks depending on project needs. These could include trail maintenance, behaviour development or participation in environmental education activities on issues such as conservation, wildlife, protection of forests, etc.

4.00pm: Finish the day by doing a final clean of the enclosures and animal dishes. 

5.00pm: Your volunteer duties are done for the day. Enjoy your free time by lounging at the lodge, heading into town to explore or swimming in the nearby river. 

7.00pm: Dinner time! Indulge in a Peruvian dinner at the lodge. Expect a delicious dish including some of Peru’s favourite foods, such as rice, fish or potatoes. 

Days off: You’ll generally have one day off per week, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore. Make the most of your time off and taste traditional Peruvian dishes at local restaurants and cafes, find over 3,700 butterfly species at the butterfly farm, walk across the local canopy bridges high in the sky or fly through the trees on a zipline.

Ongoing

We’ll constantly keep in touch with you throughout your stay. If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters. 

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Reviews

Abby M
Booked in Mar, 2020
AMAZING! So excited for my trip, the service of the providers was great, so understanding and cooperative!
Jennifer U
Booked in May, 2019
Jacob was awesome help!! very easy to understand about the volunteer trip and so organised
Kelly R
Booked in Jul, 2018
Wonderful, friendly staff, great explanation of the trip
Olivia V
Booked in Jul, 2019
So far my experience has been great. I’ve met some friends at the hostel and I’m excited to go explore more of Aus. Looking forward to my first job opportunity as well. Hannah has been so helpful and has been a wonderful coordinator.
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If you’re affected by COVID while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We work with a travel insurance company that provides COVID protection, and people going on Volunteer trips will get this for free currently!

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Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 56 days before departure without incurring ANY charges, and you’re able to rebook it for ANY time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.


In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 56 days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Travel Credit which you can put towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 3 years!

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