Gain conservation career skills with hands on training in the Amazon rainforest
Our conservation internship is a structured, long-standing experiential learning programme in Manu Rainforest.
You will gain practical, hands-on knowledge of biodiversity conservation, research, tropical ecology survey techniques and volunteer leadership, while supporting sustainable development initiatives.
These field work skills and experience will enhance your career prospects and help your professional and personal growth.
You will be mentored by highly trained professionals; the team will set you challenging goals and objectives to ensure that you reach your full potential, while creating a supportive working environment.
Let's kick start your conservation career.
Join the Crees team at the Manu Learning Centre, a research and education hub in the remote Peruvian Amazon.
Learn to confidently lead volunteer groups in the remote rainforest, to complete tropical ecology surveys and collect data that will be used in scientific publications to inform conservation policy.
Understand the complex social, economic and political challenges facing Manu, as we work to conserve the rainforest and empower communities through improved livelihoods and living standards.
Spend everyday – for half a year – exploring the rainforest, getting to know it intimately and meeting its wild creatures.
Live and work with a group of like-minded people from across the world, united in their passion to protect Manu rainforest.
Become part of the solution.
By completing an internship with Crees in Manu Rainforest you will:-
Manu is the most biodiverse places on Earth, but it's under threat. Poverty and population growth drive people to destroy the rainforest through logging, farming and mining. They have few other ways of providing for their families.
To save Manu, sustainability has to be a realistic choice for impoverished communities. Through conservation research, environmental education and sustainable livelihoods we're working on the solution.
To be successful we need your support.
"An amazing experience which has changed my life forever. All the staff were really great and helped me develop ecology and life skills beyond what I thought capable. As soon as you arrive you feel part of a family, you get stuck in with the work which is tough but extremely rewarding, and the projects you are apart of really are helping the local area."
- Mark Thomas from the UK, Conservation intern 2015.
Our programme is currently $6500 USD – including all in-country travel, food and accommodation
Places are limited so please contact us today to request more information and latest offers.
Booking an internship with crees will not only allow you to access one of the world's most amazing places, it also makes a sustained contribution to help protect the Amazon and its people.
If you have any further questions or would like to start the application process, please:
You will not be asked for payment.
You wake up to the familiar squawks and chatter of charismatic macaws and mischievous Capuchin monkeys. After a typical Peruvian breakfast with the team, you organise your survey equipment for the day and give your volunteer group a tropical forest safety briefing. It's three months into your internship and you've passed your training phase and have been signed off on all the surveys by your mentor. You're now qualified to lead volunteer groups.
You lead your team into the rainforest; the thought of this would have terrified you just a few months ago, but now you know the maze of trails intimately and feel completely comfortable in the remote rainforest. Today, you'll be teaching the volunteers how to to survey the immense diversity of Amazonian butterflies – how to handle, identify and record the butterflies' data. This is the survey that you chose to specialise in and you can do it in your sleep now. But you never get bored of teaching new volunteers about indicator species and how butterflies can help us better understand the health of an ecosystem. You're amazed by how much you've learnt and can now teach.
After a busy morning leading your group through the surveys and teaching them all you've learnt about tropical fauna and flora, it's time to relax by the stream and tuck into you packed lunch. You bask in the sunshine and enjoy the sounds of the rainforest. You tell you're team stories about jungle life and what's been the best wildlife sighting so far. You make sure everyone in the group is happy, you make a mental check that no-one's showing signs of dehydration, you ensure that team dynamics are good and are ready to get back to work.
While completing the afternoon’s surveys and data collection, you keep an eye out for your next wildlife encounter - there could be a troop of cute-faced squirrel monkeys in the canopy, or a herd of stampeding peccaries around the corner. You teach your volunteer group about the rainforests diversity of plants and wildlife. With tired legs, you lead your team back to camp.
After a busy day trekking through the rainforest, it's time to enter the data and identify any unknown species you've come across. It's great to know that the data sets will be used in scientific papers and help inform conservation policy. You teach your volunteer group about the importance of collecting and entering data, you help them identify new species that they've never seen before, and make sure everything's set up tomorrow's field work. It's time for a much-needed hot shower.
You enjoy a hearty Peruvian dinner with the team, swapping stories about the day's best wildlife sightings. You get to know the new group of volunteers and tell tales about jungle life. After a good natter, you help the kitchen staff with the washing up and practice the colourful Peruvian Spanish phrases they've been teaching you.
Tonight you're giving a presentation to the team at camp about your chosen subject, the fascinating world of symbiosis. You've been researching the topic for the past few weeks and have been practising it in English and Spanish; you're much more confident speak Spanglish after your week at a home-stay and Spanish school in Cusco that you completed as part of the internship programme. You're nervous but you know that your work colleagues and friends are all here to support you.
You're really pleased by what you've achieved today and have a cold beer with the team to celebrate. Tired and fulfilled after the day's achievements, you’re on the way to bed but take a moment to stand in awe of the amazing starscape and the milky way like you’ve never seen it before. You hit your pillow for an early night, in preparation for the new adventures and experiences that tomorrow will bring.