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We have two programs for people that are interested in comming to Peru to help the project, volunteer expaditions and project assistants:

Volunteer Expedition

The following background information covers our project and the research we will be carrying out starting July 2012. 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 cloudforest corridor between these two reserves. The project combines the creation of a community-run reserve with scientific census work within the proposed reserve; a reforestation program using native tree species that are beneficial to humans and wildlife; environmental education; and the development of markets for native agricultural products and handicrafts made in the area. Please read about what the project has achieved in the Newsletters available on this website!

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 conservation. 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 are 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 these 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.

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!

Does it cost?

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, and your local travels for the 6-week expedition with the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey Conservation project. 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.

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 - at - 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 is to take 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 experiances here. Should you have more questions or should you wish to talk to our volunteer coordinators, please email Nina at  nina.poletti - at - gmail.com

Project assistants

To be an 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 experiance in one of the project's parts (biology, education, sustainable development or reforestation). You will become part of the staff, or do your own research under our supervision. To apply for an assistant possition, please contact us.

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