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Improve the lives of endangered species native to the coast and jungle of Peru. Support the good works at the centre that supports the Humboldt Penguins!

Take part in activities that will help build and maintain safe habitats for vulnerable animals and stop a further decline in their numbers.

Efforts to assist Humboldt Penguins continue, but are challenging. Your ongoing help is needed! The energy you put in, will truly help many endangered animals out!


Price: £1,095 (approx. US$1,500) for 2 weeks
£345 (approx. US$475) for each additional week. Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: From 2 week to 12 weeks or longer, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: You can join this project every week, all year round. Projects start on a Monday.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. There is no upper age limit.
No qualifications needed.
What's Included:: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
All course or lesson fees
Food and some free beverages (tea, coffee, water)
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Return transfer to the airport
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required).
Who can do this Project? All projects are open to all nationalities.
This project is particularly suitable for anyone looking to gain experience in looking after wildlife. Anyone looking to expand their skills or boost their CV/Resume, as well as getting a more meaningful experience than a tourist holiday.


  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you're helping vulnerable animals and improving their quality of life.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!


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Animal care duties await you - help them to thrive and not just survive! You'll help as an assistant warden in a private Peruvian animal sanctuary, - open to all lovers of wildlife, and especially perfect for those who are conservationists or students of nature and zoology.

You'll assist in the daily care of all animals and especially in the Centre’s efforts to create a safe habitat for them.

The Humboldt Penguins which were relocated here were unfortunately devastated by the recent flooding that took place in this area. As a result, all but one of the penguins has died due to illness after this natural disaster. As the centre continues to work to assist the surviving penguin in quarantine and prepare for the possible addition of a new waddle of penguins, your help and support is greatly needed and appreciated.

Even though you may not get to work directly with the beloved penguin population, every bit of energy put into making this habitat better for all of the animals supports the ongoing progress of the only centre in the region working to assist Humboldt Penguins.

This Centre assists all sorts of rescued animals and helps to halt the decline of endangered species, as well as to spread awareness about the issues they face. Your involvement provides opportunities for these good works to continue.

Animals currently at the Centre include, but are not limited to:

  • Various Hawks, Ground turtles, Monkey Friars, Coati, Peccaries, Ostriches, Sheep, Sloths and Kinkajú;
  • Guacamayos, Manchin Monkeys, Agouti Paca (large rodents), Choro Monkeys and Musmuki monkeys;
  • Andean Foxes, Howler Monkeys, Crocodiles, Guinea pigs, Rabbits and Wild turkeys

Your role will include construction work, reforestation, cleaning, as well as the preparation of food/feeding for the animals at the Centre.

Please note that while you might not have the chance to touch all of the animals (as some are very sensitive and get scared easily), the reward of your efforts will be in knowing that you help them to thrive and not just survive!


  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in animal conservation
  • Assist the program and its staff with your efforts
  • Give you the chance to learn about, and bond with the animals that are endangered
  • While experiencing the Peruvian culture, cuisine and lifestyle!

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.


Induction and Orientation: In your first week, after breakfast, you’ll get a training and orientation about your project: what your tasks will be, as well as your Do’s and Dont’s during the week. Then you’ll discover all you need to know about the Animal Center, together with the coordinator and other participants.

You’ll get plenty of background information about the many fascinating species of animals that are receiving support and attention as you learn about their special needs and behaviour. We’d like to make sure you’re prepared in the best way possible for your experience, so there will be questions and answers with our experienced coordinator.

After the detailed introduction: Depending on number of participants, some daily tasks can take place in the mornings or in the afternoons. In either of these cases, participants will always be able to make plans to visit the local villages surroundings and beaches nearby.

Tuesday to Thursday
On the average day here you’ll start your project and take part in environmental or conservation activities such as:

  • Preparation of food for the animals
  • Feeding animals
  • Construction work
  • Creating a natural fence
  • Reforestation of cactus
  • Vegetable garden and nursery maintenance
  • Preparing material to teach general public and children about the animals.
  • Expect about 6 hours of activities per day.

Please note that feeding the animals is not possible during reproduction time.

After breakfast you will go to a nearby school to disseminate the information you’ve gained and developed during this exciting week to the students. In this way you help promote the conservation of the animals at the Centre and raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the wildlife in Peru. Afterwards, you'll have free time to relax or explore the area.

Start dates are every week throughout the year, starting every Monday.

The penguin enclosure at the Animal Sanctuary in Peru
The penguins looking so cute in their enclosure at the Sanctuary!
A volunteeer giving a turtle a brush at the Animal Sanctuary in Peru
A volunteer cleans a turtle by giving him a good brush.
Some of the crocodiles at the Animal Sanctuary in Peru
Some of the crocodile residents lazing in the sun.
One of the primates at the Animal Sanctuary in Peru
One of the monkeys at the Sanctuary.


This accommodation is not too far away from the north beach side of Peru, just 45 km from Chiclayo, the fourth biggest city of Peru, which offers shopping centers, a cinema and nightlife, it is also a traffic hub in north Peru.

Closer by, many other highly important historical and archaeological sites, as well as small villages, restaurants or shops are easy to access by cheap and frequent public transport, making it easy if on weekends or after your program you wish to travel the surroundings.

Your accommodation is actually an Ecological Tourist Center that offers to its clients a variety of facilities and recreative activities and supports a private zoo! Our developed program with this center offers a great opportunity for participants to learn and practice real administrative and ecological skills while enjoying the culture and surroundings.

Rooms will be cleaned by staff regularly but you will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organized.

Wi-Fi / Internet: There is Wi-fi in your rooms as well as public areas here for your convenience.

Food is provided and you'll have three meals per day during the week - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and two meals on the weekends.

The food will be based on the staff daily menu. The food will be typically Peruvian meaning lots of corn, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grain, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Since our center is a tourist center itself, there are options (under very strict restrictions) for the usage of slides, swimming pool area, boats, green areas, sport areas/fields, four-wheelers, zoo access and grill areas. In the nearby surroundings you will have access to a range of facilities

There are many local coffee shops and restaurants in the main township within walking distance of our centre.

The accommodation is about 1 km walking distance from the main square of Jayanca town, and about 1hr away from the Chiclayo city center by bus.

There are numerous shops and ATMs in the center of town.

One of the bedrooms in the Accommodation in Peru
One of the bedrooms in the Accommodation.
The accommodation on the Endangeredf Animal Sactuary Project in Peru
External view of the accommodation.
The accommodation on the Endangeredf Animal Sactuary Project in Peru
Another view of the accommodation showing the swimming pool on the project.


Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.


Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!



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A colourful market in Peru
One of the many colourful markets in Peru.
Students having a break and exploring the sights at Trujillo  in Peru
Students having a break and exploring the sights at Trujillo.


In and around our location and besides the mainstream tourist routes, there is an array of places and sights that you can visit on weekends or free time. Even if you stay in this site for a few months, you won’t run out of astonishing places to visit! Within walking distance of our location (30mins), you’ll reach a variety of attractions including:

Lambayeque Town: The Headquarters of The Moche Culture, where you can find the great Museo de Chonacab Lambayeque.

The Mochumi route: Known for its rich agricultural variety.

Illimo: Capital of our honey bees.

Pacora: Land of the chicha de jora.

Jayanca: Town of the wine and sun.

Cruz de Motupe: Just 20 min away you will find this holy site of a large cross sitting on a hill, which can be accessed by a man-made pathway. Many make pilgrimage here to pray and this cross is brought down into town for a festival in early August and carried to a local church. There is a lot of historical and cultural significance surrounding the Cruz de Motupe for the people of Lambayeque and greater Peru.

Tumbas Reales – Senor de Sipan: Best Museum in Latin America. In Ferrenafe town, just 40 min away. The museum in Lambayeque, just a bit more than an hour from our center, is considered the best museum in Latin America because it exhibits one of the most important gold treasure discoveries in ancient Peru and the world. You’ll view amazing artifacts of gold, silver, precious stones and other metals. You should take a guide to fully understand all the exhibits. Go in a group and you can split the cost of the guide.

Tucume: 15 min distance, The “valley of the pyramids”, discovered just a few years ago, once formed the world’s largest pyramid complex. Restauration started a few years ago and a new and extensive museum just opened it’s doors.

Bosque de Pomac: 10 min: Visit the world’s largest dry forest just north of Chiclayo. Besides Peru’s oldest tree it also hides pyramids of the Sican culture. The attentive visitor can easily spot left overs of antique ceramics or even bones along the walkways. Combine the visit with a horseback ride to get the most out of it.

Chiclayo: 40 min. Where you can find the Mercado Modelo: Famous witch doctor’s market is a huge market in the center of Chiclayo not only offers tons of fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and other kinds of food you might not have seen before as well as services like tailors and shoemakers, but it also hosts the famous witch doctor’s market. There you find shark jaws, deer legs, snakeskins, potions, scent and amulets. There are heaps of dried mountain herbs and San Pedro cacti, which shamans use to produce a hallucinogenic drink.

Huaca Rajada: Some of the world’s most extraordinary tombs, place of discovery of the “Lord of Sipan”, also known as the "King Tutankamon of the Americas". Most of the treasures found the tombs are now displayed in the museum Tumbas Reales, but still the site is definitely worth a visit.

Huaca del Sol & Huaca de la Luna: Well known pyramids of the Moche culture, hosting Peru’s best preserved murals. One used to be an administrative center, the other one a religious complex.

While you can visit the pyramids in a single day, getting back to Chiclayo by night, we recommend combining the visit with a tour through Chan Chan, staying overnight at the popular beach of Huanchaco. Take the chance to also visit beautiful colonial Trujillo.

Chan Chan: World’s largest adobe city: Chan Chan not only used to be America’s biggest city, but also was and still is the world’s largest city built of adobe - sun dried mud-bricks - with walls as high as 12 meters, being home for about 60.000 inhabitants. Since it was conquered by the Inkas, it’s extension declined to about 20 square kilometers, of which only a few parts are actively restaurated. As this impressive place is endangered by the more and more frequently occurring El Niño storms, consider visiting it soon.


A church in Lambayeque in Peru
A stunning church in Lambayeque.
A market in Lambayeque in Peru
A market in Lambayeque. Markets in any country overseas are always popular places to visit because they're vibrant and buzzing!



Location: This project is not too far away from the north beach side of Peru, just 45 km from Chiclayo, the fourth biggest city of Peru, which offers shopping centers, a cinema and nightlife, it is also a traffic hub in north Peru.

Closer by, many other highly important historical and archaeological sites, as well as small villages, restaurants or shops are easy to access by cheap and frequent public transport, making it easy if on weekends or after your program you wish to travel the surroundings.

Country Information:

Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire. Although the Incas are the most famous ones, there are other manifestations of pre-Columbian cultures and unexplored archaeological sites which can be located in the North of Peru. This magnificent land composed of a variety of landscapes, climates and biodiversity, is visited by tourists from all over the world.

In Peru, it is possible to enjoy a range of activities from surfing in the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, from trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites, excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customs. You will find in these regions a great diversity of ethnic groups, festivities, handcraft, and gastronomy.

Peru is a country of contrasts where the crazy traffic is surpassed by the majesty of mountain ranges. You will find cities peaking at altitudes of more than 6700 meters, infinite beaches with beautiful sunsets, the magically diverse landscape of the tropical rainforest and let’s not forget about the llamas.

Volunteers at a waterfall in Gocta in Peru
Volunteers at a waterfall in Gocta.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu.
Volunteers sightseeing at Trujillo in Peru
Volunteers sightseeing at Trujillo.