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Eco-volunteering program 2016

The Project at Ikama Peru

Currently, Ikama Peru has a 90 hectareas rehabilitation center for primates in the heart of the Amazon basin called la Media Luna at 20 mn from the Pacaya Samiria Reserve. This centre is focussed primarily on the conservation of wild populations of woolly monkeys and spider monkeys who have been confiscated from illegal captivity.

The monkeys are kept in free ranging and ecovolunteers are accompanied by an ethologist all year long .In partnership with the national reserve there is a conservation program for tortoises and threatened turtles. Ikamaperu carries on an environmental education program in indigenous communities and schools and a reforestation program.

Ecovolunteers can participate in all activities , animal care ,puppet theater for children observation of primate behavior from platforms in the forest and join small expeditions with our guides along the river to collect plants and seeds and observe waterdolphins and wild life.

Requirements for admission (for those between 18 and 30 years of age)

You must have a strong interest for the environment, conservation, and for furthering education of these topics. You must be in good physical condition, have a desire to learn, to exchange knowledge, and be capable of living in a communal setting.

You must have a valid (and not soon-to-expire) passport.
Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations at Ikama Peru, and please respect these. This project does not depend solely on its eco-volunteers, rather, a peruvian team is permanently in charge of our programs of rehabilitation, conservation, and re-forestation. This is a program looking especially for students of primatology, psychology, biology, zoology, vetinary studies, conservation studies, environmental studies, ethnography, and related fields.
For those who wish to partake in the educational activities of Ikama Peru, a good level of Spanish is desireable but not absolutely necessary. The educational projects also benefit from individuals with knowledge of environmental education, as well as those skilled in photography and drawing, and other related activities applicable to educating and interacting with children.

Cost of the stay

The cost of the stay is 1000 euros per month, per person.
. Your payment is due 2 months before your arrival.
Usually, your stay may not exceed two months, however, this may be extended.
To make your payment, please do not use the PayPal link on the website – this is exclusively for donations to the project. We will send you the bank details of the association.
Please note that if you wish to leave early, no reimbursement is possible.
Not included in the price of your stay:

  • Your local and international flight tickets
  • Excursions, transport, and restaurant visits outside of the fixed program

What you can expect from IkamaPeru:

  • Eco-volunteers stay at Tarangue if the stay is only 1 month long. The project takes care of your food and lodgings. You will be able to discover the amazonian ecosystem as well as the joys of working with a conservation project.

If 4 or more eco-volunteers are present, a biologist or vet will be present to participate in teaching you during your stay – although this is subject to whether or not the biologist or vet is available in that time.
Your activities will include observing the fauna and evaluating the biodiversity present. Daily observation of wild fauna in the forest is encouraged, as well as participating in the care of the animals living at Tarangue.
Your stay will allow you to understand three important aspects of the conservation of endangered species:

  • The problematic role of habitat fragmentation and the phenomena of exctinction
  • Current stategies for conservation of endemic populations of Andean Titi Monkeys (Callicebus œnanthe).
  • Rehabilitation of woolly and spider monkeys. This includes observing and aiding their socialisation and taking them to the forest to prepare them for reintroduction.

The role of the volunteers is to support the project by aiding in different elements, and by lending a hand to the permanent carers at Tarangue in their daily tasks:

  • reforestation and restoration of ecosystems
  • caring for the animals
  • cleaning the cages and preparing the food
  • vetinary care

At Media Luna however, the primates are typically older, and are much closer to reintroduction. Direct contact without a mask is not allowed. Instead, you may observe them in the forest on platforms.
After your stay with Ikama Peru, you may wish to discover even more forest- we recommend a visit to the Reserve of Tingana, or to go deeper in to the National Reserve Pacaya Samiria.

Eco-volunteer program for Seniors
If you are aged above 30 and do not have a background working in conservation/vetinary studies, Ikamaperu does still invite you to stay. Your activities will include feeding the primates, vetinarary care, and trips to the platform in the forest with the woolly monkeys and spider monekys currently being rehabilitated.
Cost of stay – 1100 euros per month.

General conditions:
There is no electricity at La Media Luna.
There is a bathroom in the house and you may wash in there (typically a „bucket shower“). You may also swim in the river.
You may not consume alcohol or tabacco at La Media Luna.
Your lodgings at La Media Luna are covered in your staying fee, and your groceries. Schedule
The work hours are 7.30 am to 1 pm, and then 4 pm to 6 pm, Monday to Saturday.

Practical information:

There is no yellow fever or malaria at Tarangue. Still, it is recommended by the CDC to have the yellow fever shot before going to the area. This is especially so if you are thinking of going to Lagunas. It is possible to take once-weekly malaria pills as prophylaxis but this is not necessary. Other shots that you should have up-to-date are Tetanus and Hepatits A and B – these are generally recommended for travel to Peru.
Please note that sometimes yellow fever shots may only be done at specific travel clinics – you may wish to investigate this well ahead of time.
For emailing us, please write a clear subject line so we know what we are getting.
Please send us the following information at least a week before you arrive: Your name, last name, and passport number; the date and time of your arrival to Tarapoto; the company name and flight number for your flight.
Do note that it takes at least an hour to get your baggage at Lima airport – so leave a generous amount of time before any flight to Tarapoto if you are going to travel to Tarapoto on the same day you arrive in Lima. There are no flights that will automatically transfer your luggage to your Tarapoto flight so do make sure you pick up the luggage.
Practical information on the lodgings:

Health: products are provided to enable a good level of hygiene, and some emergency products are available if you become ill. You will want to bring any medications you personally need, as well as standard medical products you would sensibly bring in to the jungle.

In Lima: Hotel María Luisa : http://marialuisa-hotel.com/
In Tarapoto: Plaza del Bosque : http://www.plazabosque.com
Flights – LAN flies Lima-Tarapoto, but they make foreigners pay more, it will be around 200 dollars round trip: http://www.lan.com/reservas_y_servi...
Star Peru – no penalties for foreigners, more around 160 dollars round trip http://www.starperu.com/

Languages: either Spanish or French, for best communication with other volunteers and the carers, is recommended. Please inform us if English is your only language, and appropriate arrangements will be made.

Preparing to leave:
Peru does not require visas for tourists. They will give you an Andean Migration Card when you enter, do not lose it, you need it to leave.
Vaccinations are not obligatory.
You should have a visa card that is international and which you are confident will work everywhere – also, call you bank to let them know you are going to Peru. You should get cash before leaving the airport and try to have some small change as most mototaxis will not have change.
Equipment to pack: working clothes – incl. long trousers, waterproof clothing, organic mosquito spray, sun screen, hat, flashlight (or even better, head torch), medications like immodium and ibuprofen, towel, camera, backpack.
Please only bring organic shampoos – this minimizes pollution. Lush sells good travel sized organic shampoo that lasts a long time.
We do not recommend visiting clubs and bars in Lagunas.
We expect a high level of respect from you towards the other participants in the project, the carers at the centre, the local population, and of course the primates and other animals in our care.

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