|Costs||£1345 / $2,690 (US) / €1685|
|Group Size||8 to 16|
|Dates||06 May to 10 Jun 2011|
01 Jul to 05 Aug 2011
01 Jul to 09 Sep 2011
05 Aug to 09 Sep 2011
30 Sep to 04 Nov 2011
- 30 Sep to 09 Dec 2011
- 04 Nov to 09 Dec 2011
Amazon Rainforest Conservation and Community Development
"A really worthwhile and enjoyable experience. The staff were so friendly and the whole experience was great!"
Ellie Rickman, 2007
Volunteer in Ecuador in the Amazon rainforest on this wildlife conservation expedition based deep in the heart of the Ecuadorian rainforest. For either five or ten weeks, volunteers will live in a remote area to experience the rainforest’s rich biodiversity, support rainforest conservation, work towards community development and become a valued member of our wildlife research team!
Volunteer in Ecuador
This rainforest conservation and community development expedition is aimed towards the environmental protection of the Amazon Rainforest. As the home of more than one-third of all known species in the world, the Amazon Rainforest has an unparalleled diversity of flora and fauna. Yet the Amazon Rainforest has been depleted by 40% in the last 35 years, causing the loss of biodiversity and potentially accelerating the rates of global warming. This wildlife research expedition takes volunteers to a spectacular area of the Amazon Rainforest to help the conservation of this vital natural resource. For either five or ten weeks you will live in a remote part of the Ecuadorian Amazon and contribute towards rainforest conservation and community development. Located in on the Napo River between the cities of Tena and Coca in the eastern part of Ecuador, the volunteering expedition is only accessible by motorised canoe. Therefore this Amazon expedition is not only a worthwhile experience but provides you with a unique and off-the-beaten-track way to spend part of a gap year, sabbatical or holiday.
Whether you are looking for a career in conservation or just want to go on the trip of a lifetime, volunteering in the Amazon will give you fantastic new skills and experience. During the initial stages of the expedition, you will be equipped with all the necessary knowledge to become a fully-fledged member of the team. Volunteers then go on to carry out scientific field research, which has the overall aim of wildlife and rainforest conservation. Working alongside professional researchers, you will be involved in tracking and identifying species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, butterflies and plant species, as well as aiding the maintenance of a permanent, full-time biological field station to generate national and international conservation interest.
Volunteers will also be involved in different aspects of community development, when you will interact with the locals and learn about their rich and interesting cultures. You will also work alongside students and teachers who come from the indigenous and colonist communities, to be absorbed by the native culture and learn about their different values, attitudes and beliefs.