Projects Abroad | Environmental Conservation

Peru: Environmental Conservation Project

Talara, Peru

Description

Location: Talara, Peru

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 6 months

Start Dates: This project starts in April 2017 and is ongoing – will not be finishing any time soon. First stage: 10 months from April 2017 to January 2018.

Cost: from $1128 USD for the first 2 weeks + $350-$430 for each week thereafter – see Costs tab for further details

Benefits:

  • Gain personal hands-on experience working with a growing Peruvian NGO.
  • Work alongside experienced & passionate professionals and local communities.
  • Live and work in a north Peru surfing hot-spot.
  • Building community nurseries for growing seedlings of native plant species for habitat recovery
    Reforestation of degraded areas with the seedlings
  • Design, plan and execution of a local communications and educational campaign to increase awareness about the dangers to the Peruvian Plantcutter
  • Liaise and get involvement from all local stakeholders in conservation efforts (local government, local military, local big oil industry, local people, schools, fishermen, other organizations, etc.)
  • Manage land surrounding Lobitos under conservation strategies and community vigilance
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project indicators
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Introduction

During this internship, you will be working with a surfing-inspired sustainable development non-profit (NGO) driving the development of poor Peruvian coastal communities through a path of sustainability, improving the quality of life of their inhabitants. The NGO develops educational, infrastructure, environmental, social and economic productivity projects working hand in hand with local communities and with international volunteers/interns. They take a “shared value” approach, working with the private, public, academic sectors and other NGOs, to come up with relevant and lasting sustainable solutions. The approach towards sustainability consists of three pillars:

– Nature conservation;

– Social justice; and

– Economic wellbeing for all.

The NGO currently operates in a coastal northern town and surfing hotspot, which has seen an increase in uncontrolled tourism over the last 15 years. As a result of the town’s lack of infrastructure, lack of communication between stakeholders and lack of integrated development programmes, this tourism is giving rise to various environmental, social and economic risks to the town’s long-term sustainability and wellbeing. The NGO is working to change this through a variety of projects from distinct disciplines, but needs all the help they can get. The organisation runs many different initiatives and at times finds itself thinly stretched. This is an excellent opportunity for you to gain valuable international development experience on how to run an NGO in a developing region, turning you into an agent of change, in a time when you are very much needed.

Daily Life

Together with our partners from Columbus Zoo & Aquarium (Ohio, USA), SOS Peruvian Plantcutter and Ecológica Tallán, we are building the first stage of a biodiversity conservation project in Lobitos and its surroundings.

We are looking for a conservationist intern for this new project which started in April 2017. The project concerns the conservation of an endemic and endangered species of bird, the Peruvian Plantcutter (Phytotoma raimondii), of which only 500-1000 individuals are estimated to be left alive, as well as the propagation of native tree species like the “Palo Negro” (Grabowskia boerhaviifolia – vulnerable) and the “Algarrobo” or carob tree (Prosopis pallida – endangered). The district of Lobitos and its surrounding natural areas are one of the last major habitats for the bird and its native dry forest is severely degraded. Project objectives and tasks include:

  • Building community nurseries for growing seedlings of native plant species for habitat recovery
    Reforestation of degraded areas with the seedlings
  • Design, plan and execution of a local communications and educational campaign to increase awareness about the dangers to the Peruvian Plantcutter
  • Liaise and get involvement from all local stakeholders in conservation efforts (local government, local military, local big oil industry, local people, schools, fishermen, other organizations, etc.)
  • Manage land surrounding Lobitos under conservation strategies and community vigilance
  • Monitoring and evaluation of project indicators
  • Ideal times for the placement are between 1-4 months anytime between April and December 2017.

This project will benefit the community by building conservation conscience, among its members and key stakeholders, regarding the Peruvian Plantcutter, native species like the Algarrobo and Palo Negro and the dry forest ecosystem in general.

Through this project, the community will also be empowered on how to grow seedlings of the most threatened and important vegetation species of the dry forest and on how to propagate them through innovative reforestation techniques of degraded dry forest areas, recovering habitat for endangered species of birds.

The long-term aim is for the project to evolve into a community-led ecotourism venture where locals are trained and have the knowledge to guide tourists and birdwatchers into the surroundings of Lobitos where they can spot the Peruvian Plantcutter and other rare endemic birds while making an alternative income.

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Travel & Accommodation

You will be met at the local airport in Talara and transferred directly to the project location.

Throughout your placement you will be living in comfortable accommodation at the NGO headquarters with access to an office workplace and resources, fully equipped kitchen, shared bathroom and shared bedrooms, access to clean water, electricity and Internet (99% of the time). The house also has a shared living room/chill-out space with a DVD-player.

All meals are included during your stay (excluding restaurant meals). Peruvian cuisine is considered as one of the best in the world and is also generally very healthy, incorporating lots of fruits and fresh produce.

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Requirements

  • Minimum age 18.
  • Minimum 2-week commitment.
  • Intermediate to fluent Spanish (proficiency is preferable but not required).
  • Experience working away from home.
  • Ability to be flexible.
  • Positive attitude (this one is critical!).
  • Willingness to learn and work as part of a team.
  • Genuine interest in sustainable development
  • Relevant academic background.
  • Determination, self-motivation and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Travel & medical insurance.
  • Necessary vaccinations and visas.
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Costs

Accommodation with us is optional. You are also free to rent an apartment nearby if you do not wish to stay at our volunteer guesthouse. Enquire with us when applying.

Cost per week Total Project Fee
First 2 weeks $439 $1128
3 weeks $431 $1543
4 weeks $431 $1974
2 months $419 $3602
3 months $399 $5038
4 months $399 $6634
5 months $399 $8230
6 months $399 $9826

* Currency in USD
** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** $250 admin fee included
**** 30% deposit required to confirm place.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, local transfers, 24-hour in-country support, orientation and integration into the project.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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