WVS are delighted to be supporting Esperanza Verde, a wildlife rescue centre and conservation project based in Peru within the Amazon jungle. Many animal species fall victim to illegal hunting, either for meat or to be sold into the pet trade. Esperanza Verde rescue and rehabilitate animals that have been confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade. Where possible they release animals back into the wild, however sadly this is not possible in all cases. As a result they also provide permanent homes to animals deemed unfit for release. They protect a large area of rainforest and actively look to reforest areas previously lost to farming or logging.
Esperanza Verde are looking for volunteers from all walks of life, be it of a veterinary background or not, there is always plenty of work to get involved in, whether it is caring for the animals, or helping construct cages as they never exactly know what kind of animal will arrive and they try to be prepared for anything. Or 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.
WVS are delighted to be supporting Esperanza Verde and although we have taken measures to ensure a level of health and safety, all liability falls with Esperanza Verde for the welfare of volunteers attending their project.
The country this project is based in is listed as a high risk of Zika virus on the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) website. Please follow the advice on their website when considering participating in this project.
6 weeks minimum
£100 admin fee
+ Return flights, transport, visa, insurance+ Approx £80 a week for food / lodgings
Dates available throughout the year.
You will generally be working 5 days a week, with 2 days off.
The day generally starts at 07:30 and ends at 17:00 with a lunch break from 12:00 to 13:00.
The accommodation at Esperanza Verde consists mostly of shared rooms within our volunteer house. The rooms have two or three beds each. You will be living together with other volunteers
in one house (max. of 12 persons). The manager-family (Douwe, Olivia and their children Kayla and Marlon) have their own house a bit deeper into the forest, within walking distance.
You will be provided with sheets, a pillow, and a blanket. Although not a necessity as there is no malaria, some mosquito nets are also available.
The volunteer house has a living room and a bathroom with a toilet, shower and cement table for washing clothes. The general kitchen is in a separate building and also has an additional living room, toilet
and shower. This is where we all (including the manager-family and permanent staff) have lunch during weekdays.
There is a piped water system, which provides water for the house, kitchen and several animal enclosures. In the volunteer house and the kitchen filtered drinking water is also available. Only cold running water is available for showering.
Nearby there is a small waterfall to bathe in, and if you like swimming you can also go swim in the bigger river. During dry-season (July-October) we do sometimes run out of water, so we
always try to use it sparingly. However when this does occur we always have the stream and the waterfall to bathe and wash.
There is no electricity at Esperanza Verde. Evening light is by candlelight and some small solar powered lights are available in the common areas. You can charge some items with a USB charge point, but the power is limited and if there is a queue of items. So try to bring not too many devices, as you won’t be able to charge them regularly. If it is cloudy for few days, charging can take sometime,
as it requires strong sunlight to work efficiently.
Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age
How long can I stay in Esperanza Verde?
The minimum stay is six weeks. There is no maximum stay. Providing that we have space and that you work hard, like the lifestyle and working condi>ons, you are welcome to stay as long as you
want. The longer you stay the more enjoyable your experience will be. You will get to know the work, the surroundings, the animals and people a lot beler. It takes a minimum of 2-3 weeks to
be fully trained as a volunteer so a longer stay will always be more rewarding both for the volunteer and for us.
When entering Peru you normally get a 90 day visitor visa. If you already know you want to stay longer in Peru, you can ask at passport control (before they stamp your passport), for the
maximum stay of 180 days. It is sometimes possible to extend your visa from 90 days to 180 days at the Immigration office in Lima. Otherwise you have to travel to one of the borders, exit the
country and re-enter a few hours. Upon re-entering they will give you another 90 days, or, if you ask, 180. A volunteer visa does not exist in Peru, so if asked the purpose of your travel please
Vaccinations - Tetanus, rabies & yellow fever but please seek the advice from your GP always!
Accommodation & Airport Transfers
International Flights, Meals, Travel Insurance, Vaccinations
Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.
The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.
It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.
This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.
UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.