Volunteering - Esperanza Verde

Come help us construct the Rescue Centre !

At the moment we have a comfortable volunteer house that can accommodate up to 12 volunteers, with shared rooms of 2 to 3 persons per room. As well as this we have a kitchen building with a living area and running water. There are cold showers and flushing toilets.
For the animals we currently have several small enclosures, several large animal enclosures and a few big aviaries. There are several animals living in semi-captivity, of which many monkey species (e.g. spider monkeys, woollies and capuchins). If you would like to come and help us out, while living in and discovering the Amazon jungle in Peru, please contact us….(See link at bottom of page).
Caretaking of the animals is one of the most important daily tasks, making sure that they are all kept fed, the enclosures clean and healthy.
You don’t need any qualifications in these areas, just the will and energy to help!
As a volunteer can also help in all ongoing construction, helping build enclosures and the quarantine and veterinary clinic. In addition, and depending on your own expertise, you can help with mapping the area, and participating in our reforestation project by replanting among other things, fruit trees that originate from the area. Don’t worry, there is plenty to be done, even babysitting can be among the jobs if you like, as you will be living with us as a family as well (with two children).
You will be living rather primitively, as there is no electricity and no hot water. Some solar electricity is available to charge batteries or computers. The biggest city nearby is Pucallpa (about 3 hours away), but the town of Curimana is closer, about 1 hour away and you can find most necessities there. There you can find an internet place and phone internationally. The village of the local community Bello Horizonte is just across the river, and there you can find places to connect trough Wifi.
The surroundings are beautiful. Here you will find yourself in the middle of the forest, nearby a river where you can swim. On the land there is a small waterfall with a small basin to bath. We are the first people to settle on this side of the river.

In order to volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old and we ask you to be able to stay for at least 6 weeks so it makes it worthwhile for both you and us. For your stay at Esperanza Verde we ask a monetary contribution of 400 Nuevo Peruvian Sol (also payable in US Dollars) per week for the first 6 weeks, which covers food and lodging and includes a contribution for materials for the continued development of the centre. If you stay longer, the contribution for week 7 to week 12 is 370 soles per week, and after 12 weeks it is 320 soles per week. We appreciate when volunteers can stay longer as both you and Esperanza Verde will get out of it, as you will be able to interact on more experienced levels.
While you are here you can see directly where your money goes. We will invert everything you give, in the construction of the centre or in needs for the animals, food or medicine.
In addition to the above there are also positions available for long-term volunteers. The roles and responsibilities vary but are often rewarded with a heavy discount on the required monetary contribution or at times free board and lodging (all are subject to a 2 month trial period where normal volunteer contribution must be paid by the prospective long-term volunteer) If you are interested in becoming a long-term volunteer, please get in touch and we can discuss. 

And finally, the door is always open for old volunteers to return to EV. Even if old volunteers cannot stay for the minimum term of 6 weeks, we are happy to have them back for shorter periods. If this is you, please get in touch and we can discuss, also if you would be interested in the position as a long-term.

Thinking of coming ?

→ Read and download our volunteer guide here. This has detailed information about life in the jungle and lets you know what to expect during your stay.

Fill our application form

→ Contact Craig if you have any questions or need help planning your stay. 

Still need inspiration? Then read the volunteers testimonials here !