Volunteers make us strong

The Rainforest Awareness Rescue and Education Center offers an unparalleled volunteer program, open to students and conservationists from around the world.

Our program also allows individuals to volunteer in various social change campaigns. While at project you can devote some time to learning other soft skills, such as language learning. You can learn Spanish with our staff and at the same time teach English during our daily environmental education campaigns with local children. Immersion is the most effective way to learn a language or your specialty career; you can take advantage of the numerous opportunities available at RAREC, all while getting in touch with mother nature.
 Our facility in the Peruvian Amazon is located 30 miles from Iquitos, Peru. We are a fully licensed rescue center, and we work in tandem with the Peruvian Government and the Environmental Police based in Iquitos, to coordinate efforts for emergency animal rescues. Volunteers help us in field operations, and in caring for our rescued animals. Volunteers are also invaluable as groups leaders and teachers, in our Community outreach events. The Amazon Communities that neighbor our Center are our allies in conservation, and with the help of volunteers, we give them the tools they need to take an active role in protecting their homes, the Rainforest.

By choosing to be a volunteer, you are making a real, lasting difference for the preservation of the Amazon. Volunteers aid in the preservation of endangered species, in the implementation of education programs and community outreach, and in reforestation efforts. RAREC's approach to conservation seeks not only to defend the present-day Amazon, but to protect the Amazon of the future -- by providing the people with the tools they need to save the Rainforest. And it is our volunteers who help us make the change that the Amazon needs, today.



  Activities for volunteers in the Regular Program:

  • Support in rescues of manatees, primates, ocelots and other wildlife animals.
  • Support in cleaning areas, preparation of food and delivery of food, milk for the calves and feeding.
  • Support of Enrichment and Training programs for animals, monitoring the behavior of a group of assigned animals.
  • Search for the native food of certain animals such as insects, plants, flowers. That search can be taking the animals to collect by themselves or collecting it to take it to them cages.
  • In the process adaptation for a possible release, the animals are taken to free areas, this activity is done in shifts and supervised by the staff.
  • Support in Fruit trees plantation.
  • Support and organize Environmental education in RAREC, and English classes for children in a near school. 
  • Organize Classes of sustainable development activities to generate income.
  • Organize Medical Campaigns for communities.
  • Implementation of the butterfly enclosure.


Qualifications required:

  • No specific experience necessary, but good team working skills are necessary
  • An interest in wildlife conservation
  • ≥18 years old (Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
  • Volunteers should be physically and mentally healthy and able to work in humidity
  • Insurance


Contribution request for Regular Volunteer Program:

For stays from 1 day to 3 weeks: US$60 per night, per person
For stays from 3 weeks to 6 weeks: US$55 per night, per person
For stays from 6 weeks + 1 day to 10 weeks: US$50 per night, per person
For stays from 10 weeks + 1 day to more: US$45 per night, per person
Reservation confirmed after deposit of 15% of the total.
Deposit of the pending amount, 2 weeks before your arrival.


September Discounts:

For stays from 1 week + 1 day to 3 weeks: US$55 per night, per person
For stays from 3 weeks to 6 weeks: US$45 per night, per person

100% Deposit in advance before September 30th 2021.

For stays from 6 weeks + 1 day to 10 weeks: US$40 per night, per person
For stays from 10 weeks + 1 day to more: US$35 per night, per person

50% Deposit in advance before September 30th 2021.
Deposit of the pending amount, 2 weeks before your arrival.




General notes

What is included:

  • Apart from the above details, all programs include the transportation outside RAREC in case we carry out activities related to the program such as rescues, veterinary care, etc.
  • In addition, for stays of at least one week, it is included the ride to the Itaya River or Amazon River to float down in inner tubes, which usually takes place on Sundays.

What is not included:

  • International flight tickets to or from Iquitos.
  • Visa procedures (Check in this link if you need a visa to enter Perú)
  • Transportation outside RAREC in case of personal affairs or purchases.
  • RAREC provides immediate transportation to a medical center in the event of the participant's need, medical expenses are the responsibility of the participant.

Registration Process

To apply for a volunteer spot please send us the following documents:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. A photocopy of your passport

These documents can be sent to us via email (rarec.center.adm@gmail.com) Please be aware that the submission of your application does not guarantee acceptance for a volunteer position, so you should avoid making any travel arrangement until you have received acceptance confirmation from us.


Payment Methods

As soon as you send your completed Application Form, and we confirm your reservation and total donation amount, you can make the deposit through:

Bank account that will be provided by our email address: rarec.center.adm@gmail.com.

Official Paypal account caringforthevoiceless@gmail.com (this is the only one we currently use).

After confirming the receipt of the deposit, we will send you the confirmation of your reservation through a Certificate of Registration.

If the payment was made in advance, the Registration Certificate ensures an open reservation that can be used on any date until December 2022, with priority to reserve the dates you are going to travel.

We will also send you the Bio-Safety and Coexistence Regulation, the Book of Animals rescued in RAREC and the Guide to prepare your trip to RAREC.