Volunteering Peru - Juliana
Volunteering in Peruvian rainforest research: Juliana spent 2.5 weeks in Peru and talked about her experience in the interview.
Project: Rainforest Research
Duration: November - December
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Volunteering Peru: Rainforest Research – Review: Seven questions for Juliana
1) Could you give us a brief overview of your tasks in the project?
The tasks vary depending on the upcoming projects. At least once a week, however, you go in search of the spider monkeys to monitor them and collect data. Other activities include installing and analysing camera traps, collecting data on certain animals (e.g. frogs, snakes, etc.), mammal transects and maintaining the national park. In any case, it never gets boring!
2) What were the biggest challenges for you during the project?
As it was the beginning of the rainy season, there were lots of mosquitoes. Long clothing and sufficient repellent are essential! You also have to get used to the new environment and the high humidity.
3) Was there anything that you particularly liked? Or something that you remember particularly negatively?
The diversity of the jungle is breathtaking, and the activities are strenuous and often challenging, but you learn so much in the process. The people on site were super nice and the project itself is very structured and well organised.
4) Did you have certain expectations before you travelled to the project?
My expectations were more than fulfilled!
5) Did you do anything in your free time that you can recommend to future participants?
A trip to Puerto Maldonado is definitely worthwhile, but simply relaxing in the centre at the weekend is also nice. :)
6) What tips/recommendations would you give to other participants who want to do the project?
Sufficient mosquito spray, long clothing (impregnated or thick fabric so that the mosquitoes can't bite through), snacks for the long walks, a sound knowledge of Spanish is helpful.
7) Can you estimate how many additional costs you had on-site?
Not much. I bought two T-shirts from Kawsay and you have to pay a small amount to use the washing machine and for drinks such as beer or cola. If you want to spend the weekend in Puerto Maldonado, you have to reckon with additional accommodation costs.
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