Esperanza Verde

Esperanza Verde

What is: Esperanza Verde

Esperanza Verde is a conservation project in the Amazon basin of Peru, consisting of both wildlife rescue and rainforest protection. The objective is to work closely together with the local community so that the forest can be managed in a sustainable way. The projects now owns 180 hectares of rainforest, named โ€˜Selva Dormidaโ€™. With the help of the people of Bello Horizonte, the neighboring village, we hope to be able to protect a bigger area in the future. Many wildlife species find their way into the local and international black markets to be sold either for food or as pets. Because this is illegal, many animals are regularly confiscated. These animals need a home for the rest of their lives and, if possible, need rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild. Esperanza Verde Rescue Center is able to receive confiscated animals, injured animals as well as animals from private persons who, for various reasons, realized these animals are unfit to be pets. In the rescue center the animals will get professional care and will be reacquainted to a life that is within their natural habitat and as natural as possible.

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GENERAL INFO

๐Ÿ’ต From 100 USD/week

Staying time

โณ From 8 weeks to 3 months, if wanting to stay longer let us know

Language spoken

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spanish, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง English

Accommodation provided

๐Ÿกย  Yes

Food provided

๐Ÿฅ— Yes

Country

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช Peru

Region

๐ŸŒŽ South America

Type of habitat

๐ŸŒฟ Rainforest

Description

Typical day at the center

Esperanza Verde is a conservation project in the Amazon basin of Peru, consisting of both wildlife rescue and rainforest protection. The objective is to work closely together with the local community so that the forest can be managed in a sustainable way. The projects now owns 180 hectares of rainforest, named โ€˜Selva Dormidaโ€™. With the help of the people of Bello Horizonte, the neighboring village, we hope to be able to protect a bigger area in the future. Many wildlife species find their way into the local and international black markets to be sold either for food or as pets. Because this is illegal, many animals are regularly confiscated. These animals need a home for the rest of their lives and, if possible, need rehabilitation and reintroduction into the wild. Esperanza Verde Rescue Center is able to receive confiscated animals, injured animals as well as animals from private persons who, for various reasons, realized these animals are unfit to be pets. In the rescue center the animals will get professional care and will be reacquainted to a life that is within their natural habitat and as natural as possible.

Activities

The work at Esperanza Verde can be very varied. The most important day-to-day task is caring for the animals: feeding, cleaning cages, and giving milk to baby animals, for example. After all animals have been taken care of, there is often time for assisting with one of our construction projects, helping with cooking, undertaking some general maintenance (e.g. raking and restoring paths), or creating enrichment for the animals in enclosures to keep them occupied. Depending on how many volunteers we have at one time and also the interests of the volunteer, you might not be needed for animal care and you could help at the construction project all day, or find yourself assisting with other on-site projects. We already have numerous enclosures for animals but there is nearly always a cage under construction or in need of repair. As we never exactly know what kind of animal will arrive, we try to be ready for anything! If you look at the weekly updates on the website or the Facebook page you will get an idea of what projects are currently in progress. Along with the animal-care and construction there are also other jobs you can get involved with. You can help our local cook with preparing lunch, or help at the plantation, harvesting bananas and papayas. You can always assist with some general maintenance of the paths and walkways, for example raking the leaves and helping to restore steps that have worn away. Another of our on-going projects you could get involved in is reforestation. This involves planting seeds and seedlings in different parts of the forest during rainy season, as well as noting the GPS locations of the planted trees. There is also the possibility of helping out at the local primary or secondary school, with teaching English, environmental classes, sports, or just assis>ng generally. Both involve a longer stay (min. 3 months) and you need to have some experience and knowledge of Spanish. If you are working towards a PhD, or masters, there are also several possibilities here at Esperanza Verde. Please contact us for more details.

The volunteers in this animal rescue center generally get 2 day(s) off a week. In regards to working hours, the volunteers work per day 8 hours/working day.

Food and accommodation

We offer a variety of food. But it is basic, pasta, rice, beans and veggies. You make breakfast yourself eg. oat porridge or a sandwich. Lunch is cooked by a local chef and will mainly be local cuisine (rice, beans), dinner the volunteers take turns cooking and can be anything from a delicious hamburger feast to overboiled pasta! The food is basic and special herbs like curry or thyme volunteers will have to bring themselves. We sometimes get meat on the weekdays. We can offer vegetarian and vegan diets. If you have allergies we are able to work around it together with your help, eg. if you are allergic to onions (staple in our diet) you might need to help the chef cook something on the side. If you are gluten intolerant you will have to bring your own pasta since it is not available here, and take into consideration that we eat a lot of bread and oats.

Animals

The animals they take care of in this center are:

Birds, Monkeys, Other small mammals, Sloth, Turtles

Application

Qualification required

We don't request any particular skill from our volunteers. We ask that you are open to challenges, ready to work hard and get dirty!

How to apply?

If you are thinking of coming please check out our website for all info and to apply fill in the application form. http://www.esperanzaverdeperu.com/en/application-form/

Practical information

Internet access

In the village across the river there is WI-FI access if the village isn't too out of electricity. Otherwise there is a internet cafe in the city Curimana about 1 hour away you can go to on you off day.

Cost details

The cost is 350PEN/week. The payment of the volunteers cover the volunteers lodging, three meals a day and a few snacks such as fruits. This covers food and lodging and a small contribution towards the running of the project.

How to get there?

Bus or plane from Lima to Pucallpa thereafter you take taxi to the city Curimana and then switch taxi to get to the nearby village Bello Horizonte. The you get a canoe across the river and we wish you welcome! When applying you will get details on how to get to us as it can vary depending on season.

Is there a minimum age?

To volunteer in this center you will have to be at least 18 years old

When can volunteers join?

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