Hone your research skills and volunteer in the oldest eco-lodge in Peru.
Background to Explorer´s Inn:
In 1975 Explorers Inn was established in the Madre de Dios region of Peru with the aim of providing sustainable eco-tourism and providing critical support to research of the surrounding tropical forest. Subsequent research and lobbying by the lodge led to the establishment of the Tambopata National Reserve, an area recognised as having incredible incredible biodiversity. Peru is second only to Columbia in bird biodiversity and Explorers Inn has over one-third of Peru’s bird species with the current cumulative list at 620 species including 19 species of parrots and macaws that regularly flock at local clay licks. The forest also contains 91 recorded mammal species and over 1500 butterfly species. These incredible levels of biodiversity are in no small part due to the numerous habitat types in the surrounding forest that have some of the highest productivity levels in the world due to nutrient rich soils, unusual for Amazonia. Conservation efforts are also important, and the Tambopata Reserve remains the best area in Peru to see large charismatic mammals such as capybaras, tapirs, white-lipped peccaries, giant-river otters, large bodied monkeys such as red howlers, and the elusive jaguar.
Explorers Inn continues to run today as a lodge for ecotourism and a home base for visiting researchers. Now the lodge is looking for volunteers to assist in the surrounding tropical research as well as assist in the management of Peru’s oldest Amazonian lodge. This is an opportunity not to be missed for those who are interested in a future in conservation or tropical research. It is the chance to hone your research and conservation skills as well as live in Amazonian tropical forest!
Here, a list of current research activities underway at the lodge.
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Volunteers will have their own rooms with a shared bathroom within the premises of the lodge. Meals will be with the rest of the staff. Volunteers will sometimes be expected to assist and learn from our trained chefs in the preparation of their own food.
Football is played almost every day and volunteers are welcome to hone their skills against some of Peru’s finest! On days off we relax by swimming, fishing and or just playing games of cards. We also have a television with cable which we turn on in the evenings, especially for important football matches!
The lodge has electricity from our generator, for at least 4 hours a day for the charging of any local equipment and to power our lights at night. Local mobile phone signal is also available throughout most of the lodge, with full 3G signal in our canopy tower. This means that phone calls, whatsapp and social media platforms are all available, depending on your service provider, or whether you buy a local sim card.
While all research equipment while be provided, we strongly recommend volunteers bring a pair of at least 10x32 binoculars for aid in the field as well as for personal use. Binoculars greatly improve one’s ability to observes fauna, particularly birds, in the forest where visibility if often difficult.
Volunteers will have four days off per month, and will be allowed to return to the nearby town of Puerto Maldonado on any date provided the lodge and research supervisor is given two weeks’ notice. We will provide free transport to, and accommodation in, Puerto Maldonado. Accommodation includes a wifi connection.
Volunteers must be prepared to stay with us for at least one month and can stay there after for up to six months (Maximum length of a Peruvian tourist visa). The cost of the volunteering for us which includes: accommodation, food, as well as transport to and from Puerto Maldonado and the lodge; is $750 per month.
If you are interested please send us a mail indicating your interest or any inquiries you might have to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you within seven days. If you receive no reply, please check your spam folder before sending another email.
You can also contact our office by telephone: +51 82 573029