Volunteering at NPC

We have two programs for those interested in visiting Peru to offer voluntary help:  

  • Volunteer Expedition
  • Project Assistants
Volunteer Expedition

The following background information covers our project and the research we will be carrying out beginning July 2012 onwards. The accompanying application pack contains more information that you will need to participate in the project. We look forward to hearing from you!

What is the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey Conservation project?

This project, started in 2007, takes place in an area which was identified during preliminary surveys highlighting the presence of the Yellow-Tailed Woolly monkey in relatively high numbers in this area. It is located between the Cordillera de Colan Nature Sanctuary and the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, thus forming a natural cloud-forest corridor between these two reserves.

The project combines the creation of a community-run reserve with: Scientific census work, a reforestation program (using native tree species that are beneficial to humans and wildlife), environmental education, the development of markets for native agricultural products and handicrafts made in the area.

To help the project grow and achieve even more, we are now recruiting teams of volunteers whose support will ensure we can collect data more effectively, help maintain the tree nurseries and spread our conservation message to other communities. The volunteer programme will also bring employment and financial benefits to the villagers of La Esperanza.

Why do we need you?

We need volunteers to help collect vital research data for our conservation projects. The yellow-tailed Woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda) is one of the 25 most endangered primates in the world and vital information is needed on its geographic distribution, abundance and biology. We need as much data as we can get on this largely unknown monkey and we couldn’t collect it all without the involvement of volunteers.

The data is used to assess the Yellow-tailed Woolly monkey’s population status, to monitor the state of it’s habitat, report on problems and document the effectiveness of our conservation efforts. We need fit and enthusiastic individuals to join our team and help us collect such vital data.

As well as field research, the project supports a reforestation project in La Esperanza and in surrounding villages. Volunteers will help carry out vital maintenance tasks in community-operated tree nurseries to ensure this successful initiative continues to function and to grow.

Finally, we at the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey project believe that conservation efforts must involve local communities at all levels. We need enthusiastic volunteers to bring the conservation message to the children of La Esperanza, through teaching and outreach activities in schools.

What does it cost?

We offer challenging six-week-long programs of field research and other conservation activities together with visits to the Gocta waterfall (third highest in the world and situated at the heart of the cloud forest) and to the ruins of the Chachapoyas citadel of Kuelap. We provide you with training in field methods, a window into a career as a conservation biologist and, hopefully, an unforgettable experience!

In return for a donation of at least £900, NPC will cover the costs of your accommodation, food, your visits to the waterfall and to Kuelap. Your local travel costs for the 6-week expedition with the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey Conservation project will also be covered. Your donation provides much needed funds which allow NPC to run all aspects of its work, as well as, pay the wages of the local guides who will help you in your work and any specialised equipment you will need.

Project Assistants

To become a Project Assistant you must have a good level of Spanish, stay in the project for a minimum of two months (3 months or longer is preferred) and have proven experience in one of the project’s field of study: Biology, education, sustainable development or reforestation. You will become part of the staff, or do your own research under our supervision. To apply for a Project Assistant position, please contact us.

What now?

If you think you’ve got what it takes to work in the Peruvian cloud forest and would like to offer your help to our project, please apply to our next expedition!

The application pack can be requested by email from: nina.poletti@gmail.com.

Please note that places on the expeditions are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you book your place with us, the greater your chance in taking part in these exciting expeditions.

Please take the time to read the Frequently Asked Questions; they will contain answers to many of your queries. You can see photos of past experiences here

Should you have more questions or should you wish to talk to our volunteer coordinators, please email Nina at  nina.poletti@gmail.com