PERU

MULTIMEDIA INTERNSHIP IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST IN PERU

This 3-month Multimedia Work Experience Internship programme is fantastic for anyone wanting to launch a career in media or even for someone just looking for a career break.

You'll receive weekly workshops in writing, photography, filmography and design skills, along with in-the-field training and one-on-one meetings. You'll get to understand the scientific process and what it takes to conserve biodiversity by working alongside conservation researchers in the field … all in the heart of the Amazon!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Price: £4,590 (approx. US$6,040) for 3 months
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other Currencies
Duration: 3 months.
Start Dates: There are set dates, so please see under "Work Description"
Requirements: Minimum age 18. Please see ‘Requirement’ section under "Work Description" for full details
What's Included:: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Local in-country team support and backup
24 hour emergency support
Airport collection and drop-off in Cusco
Transfer to and from the Internship location
All Accommodation in Cusco and in the Rainforest
Food
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.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • 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.
  • 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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Discussing what to do next while on location in the Rainforest
Discussing what to do next while on location in the Rainforest.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

The internship programme provides environmental communications training in the heart of the rainforest. It actively supports biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Peruvian Amazon.

This is a career development programme that gives an in-depth insight into environmental, social and economic issues, while providing practical workshops and field-based training in multimedia skills - from writing and marketing to photography, filmmaking and design.

At the start of your three month internship, you will travel to, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, in the remote south-eastern Peruvian Amazon.

Here you will learn about the challenges and solutions to protecting the rainforest by working alongside scientific researchers and sustainable development experts. While gaining these invaluable insights in the field, you will be trained by a professional Multimedia Content Creator to tell compelling environmental stories through written, photographic, film and design media.

This journalism internship programme has been created to help school leavers, recent graduates and career breakers develop specific multimedia skills in environmental communications through hands-on expert training that's tailored to your needs.

By the end of the internship, you will have a portfolio of work that will showcase your written, photographic, video and design skills to future employers.

You'll stay in jungle lodges and have up-close wildlife encounters, while living and working with a team of like-minded people – united in our passion to create a sustainable Amazon, where nature and people thrive.

BASIC ITINERARY

Below is an example itinerary detailing what you’ll be doing during your three month internship:

Week 1:
Day 1 Cusco - Airport collection and Acclimatisation
Day 2 Cusco - Registration & Orientation
Day 3 Travel - Cusco to the cloud forest, overnight in the cloud forest
Day 4 Arrive at the Amazon
Day 5 Conservation research introduction
Day 6 Community project introduction & Welcome Party
Day 7: Day off
Week 2:Conservation and community project introduction and training
Week 3:Writing workshops and assignments
Week 4:Photography workshops and assignments
Week 5:Filmmaking workshops and assignments
Week 6:Podcast workshops and assignments
Week 7:Design workshops and assignments
Week 8:Issues & Debates workshops and assignments
Week 9:Career Development workshops and assignments
Week 10:Photography and film post-production
Week 11:Presentations & Public Speaking workshops and assignments
Week 12:Portfolio creation and presentations.
Travel from MLC to Cusco. Sign out. *Schedule subject to small changes

REQUIREMENTS:

Trekking through the jungle is hard work. You will encounter many diverse challenges during your time on the programme, and for this reason we have some basic requirements for our interns. All interns must be able to:

  • Independently follow verbal and visual instructions.
  • Traverse over uneven and muddy terrain on a daily basis. You may be required to walk up to 10 km (6.2 miles) a day for survey work, carrying a heavy pack in a hot, humid environment.
  • Enjoy being outdoors all day in all types of weather, often exposed to intense and highly variable weather conditions, which may include sudden tropical storms.
  • Be comfortable about being outdoors in the potential presence of wild and possible dangerous animals, snakes, and insects.
  • Get in and out of a small boat and ride seated while wearing a personal flotation device.
  • Carry personal daily supplies, such as lunch, water, photography and filming equipment, insect repellent, and sunblock. Some assistance will also be need in getting supplies from the boat or van, however heavy lifting is not required of those who cannot manage it.

START DATES:

Start dates for 2018
28 May – 24 August 2018
20 August – 16 November 2018
Start dates for 2019
4th March – 1st June 2019
27th May – 24th August 2019
19th August – 16th November 2019

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On the river in the Amazon Rainforest on the Multimedia Internship
Fieldwork on this Internship includes rafting down the river in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest - now that's special!
Intern lining up a shot in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest
Intern lining up a shot in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.
Interns at work on the Multimedia Internship in the Amazon
Interns at work on location in the Amazon.
Wildlife subjects on the Multimedia Internship in the Amazon
Some of the wildlife subjects that are used during your internship are amazing!
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ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation and food at the Centre consists of open style buildings where volunteers share a room with up to three others. Great emphasis is placed on community spirit and inclusion; the Centre is full of people from all kinds of backgrounds, such as local and international student groups, visiting researchers and tourists. There is a solar powered (generator backed) internet connection, an environmentally sound septic system and a gravity fed water system to minimise our impact on the environment.

Your second home will be in the nearby town of Salvacion; it's a short boat ride away from the Centre and an hour's hike to the community.

You will spend one and half days a week here, spending the night in a shared room at our office. During this time you will get to know the community team and local people to better understand the programme’s sustainable development projects. Here you will experience what life is like for local people and the difficulties they face as they try and make a living and provide for their families in the remote rainforest.

FOOD:
Food and packed lunches are provided three times a day and are of a typical local fare; rice with a sauce and legumes, vegetables, soups, occasional meat.

ENTERTAINMENT / LEISURE:
This is the Amazon Jungle - unique and exciting and wonderful and tranquil and awesome - but it isn't a placement for people who want to party the night away. There are board games, books to read and other ‘quiet’ activities. At night this has to be by candle light. Most people start their work early and get up between 4 and 5 a.m., consequently people tend to go to bed early.

"Some nights we watched a DVD on the laptop, (somewhat surreal, sitting in a jungle clearing watching a laptop crawling with moths!) Occasionally we just sat and socialised over a beer."

During the day there are activities such as swimming in the river, complete with vines to swing from ("Hello Tarzan!"). (You can only swim if supervised and depending on river conditions.) The manager is a keen climber and may be persuaded to teach you how to access the canopy, (climbing trees using ropes). Some scientists use this method in their work when studying birds. It is safe (when under instruction) but can be difficult.

Although there are lots of places to visit in Peru, there are few external places to visit while on your project. In the dry season Salvaccion is a 1¾ hour walk away (after crossing the river) and it is a safe walk. In the wet season it may be possible to reach another village by boat, but it would not possible to walk to Salvaccion. Sometimes it may be possible to get a lift with other volunteers or staff and perhaps spend a few days in Cusco. Generally, however, volunteers tend to stay at the Centre for the duration of their placement and visit Cusco at the end of their project.

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Accommodation environment in the Amazon Rainforest
The accommodation buildings and grounds on this project are in a fabulous location!
Volunteers and interns at mealtime in the Amazon Rainforest
Volunteers and interns at mealtime. Note that leaves are used instead of crockery!
A bedroom in the accommodation at the Project in the Amazon Rainforest
One of the bedrooms in the accommodation.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
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.

THE CENTRE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT:
The Centre itself covers 640 hectares in a seemingly endless rainforest which stretches across Brazil and to the Atlantic Ocean. This is the Amazon! Mammals in the area include peccaries, puma, jaguar, armadillos and various monkeys. Tortoises and lizards are also present.

Currently 365 species of birds have been recorded in the area, including parrots, hummingbirds and the rather bizarre Hoatzin. The resident bird expert, Claudia, is very enthusiastic about birds and her knowledge is truly exceptional. As one of our people said, "Working with her is a privilege!" Like any jungle there are lots of insects and there are also tarantulas and snakes, but these are not frequently seen.

There are many trails in the forest that are very productive in terms of wildlife because they are not used by tourists, but one of the main reasons the area was selected for study was that within a reasonably small area there is land that has been impacted by agriculture and human activity in the past. This is why there are such a variety of forest types within the private reserve (forests in different stages of re-growth as well as in different ecosystems).

It is through comparative studies between the old and new forest that conservationists aim to learn more about the effect of human activity on biodiversity as well as the ability of forests to regenerate.

The environment is relaxing, with nice weather, good views, excellent accommodation and very pleasant company. Entertainment is very much home-made and there is a real community spirit among the volunteers whilst still allowing for ‘personal space’. Volunteers are well cared for whilst still having the excitement of being in the jungle. All the staff are enthusiastic, helpful and caring. There are some opportunities for engaging in leisure activities such as swimming and climbing.

The trip from Cusco to the Centre:
You will arrive in Cusco, where you'll be met by members from the Project. You will stay in Cusco for 2 nights, before beginning your journey to the Rainforest. This journey is by road and takes from 9 to 10 hours, so there will also be another overnight stop on the way. Almost the entire journey is along an unpaved road and the last few miles are very unmade indeed! For some of the way it is a typical Andean road along the side of a mountain but the road is relatively ‘quiet’ with maybe 6 -10 vehicles passing every hour.

The scenery is stunning, including barren mountains, cloud forest, seemingly endless jungle, impressive valleys. There are places of interest to stop every hour or so, either to take photos or buy refreshments. The journey is very totally fascinating and adds to the sense of adventure! The last part of the journey involves crossing a river by boat.

Return transfer from the Centre in the Amazon to Cusco is included in the cost of the placement and is arranged for you by the managers in Peru. At the end of your project, you will stay for 1 night in Cusco, and after some end of project administration, be free to depart after 9am. Those wishing to do some independent travel after their placement can opt to stay in Cusco rather than going straight to the airport. Either way, you’ll need to make your own arrangements to get to Cusco Airport, which is about a 15-minute drive away and costs about $15-$20 by taxi (prices correct at time of writing).

Rainy Season: The rainy season is between November and April with the worst of the rain occurring from February to March. Work at the Centre does continue through the rainy season because the arrays (working paths) are designed to be useable throughout the year.

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Climbing up into the canopy by rope in the Amazon Rainforest
Climbing up into the canopy by rope is something everyone wants to do!
Awesome tree in the Amazon Rainforest
An awesome tree in the Rainforest shelters an entire group of volunteers and internst!
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES:

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Market in Peru
Waterfall in Peru

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country.

Cusco is a magical little island of colonial architecture. Many of the buildings are built on, over and around Inca walls, arches and doorways, and many of the narrow streets in the centre of the town are lined with original Inca stonework. Cusco was once the capital of the vast Inca empire.

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu: This 3-5 day journey is widely considered to be the most spectacular trekking experience on the continent. Its route passes through a 13,000-foot Andean Pass beyond which lie some of the most astounding artifacts of the Inca civilization. Most of these attractions lay completely undisturbed for hundreds of years. The trail ends at the astonishingly well-preserved sacred city of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is probably the best-known and most spectacular archeological site on the continent. Apart from a few locals, no-one knew of the existence of the "Lost City of the Incas" until Hiram Bingham stumbled on it almost by accident in 1911. It was certainly a complete city, perched on a saddle connecting two high mountains, with residential and agricultural sections and terracing around the edges.

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Volunteers experiencing a segment of the trip to the project location by boat via the river
Volunteers experiencing a segment of the trip to the project location by boat via the river
Volunteers on the Conservation project in the Amazon
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