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Research and Conservation Volunteers in the Peruvian Northeastern Tropical Andes

Hiring Organization:
Yunkawasi

Date Posted:
2017-02-04

Position Description:
Yunkawasi is a Peruvian NGO that promotes environmental awareness in the northeastern cloud forests of Peru. We are currently seeking long-term volunteers to conduct research on the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda), the Andean night monkey (Aotus miconax), and the Andean bear (Tremarctos ornatus). These are excellent opportunities for students seeking field experience before applying to graduate school, undergraduate students conducting research projects, or simply those who wish to experience another culture while helping both the environment and the local community.

The research headquarters are located in Corosha District, Amazonas Region, Peru. The climate is relatively cool and wet with an environment consisting of steep montane forests and a mosaic of natural pastures and elfin forests. Corosha is a small Andean village comprised of about 200 families. Volunteers are provided with the unique opportunity of participating in a homestay program where they will live and dine with several different families in their homes, as well as in small family-run hospadajes. Spanish is the only language spoken in Corosha. Fluency is not required, however a basic understanding is recommended and a strong willingness to learn is required. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to help teach English to the local community.

Qualifications/Experience:
Volunteers should have received or be working towards a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biological Anthropology, Ecology, or a similar field of study. No previous field experience is required. However, the successful candidates will exhibit a strong work ethic, cultural sensitivity, and a passion for helping both the local wildlife and community. While primatological studies have been ongoing in Corosha since 2008, the successful candidates will be responsible for developing their own research projects. The potential projects will be advised and overseen by Yunkawasi staff. However, independence, critical thinking, and creativity are expected. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least a 1 month long stay.

Salary/funding:
These are unpaid volunteer positions. Volunteers are responsible for all expenses and are required to purchase traveler's insurance before their arrival in Peru.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Volunteers must pay for all expenses, including:

1 field guide: S/. 800 per month (US$243.11 as of March 8, 2017)
Food: S/. 400 per month (US$121.55 as of March 8, 2017)
Lodging: S/. 150 per month (US$45.58 as of March 8, 2017)
Community reserve fee: S/. 40 per month (US$12.16 as of March 8, 2017)
Program fee: S/. 650 per month (US$197.53 as of March 8, 2017)

Term of Appointment:
Available immediately.

Application Deadline:
Rolling deadline: Please e-mail your CV and cover letter (including potential research questions) to info@yunkawasiperu.org. One letter of reference is required to be e-mailed from a professor or academic adviser from your affiliated university.

Contact Information:
Yunkawasi
Corosha, none
Peru

Website:
http://www.corosha-peru.org ; www.yunkawasiperu.org ; www.facebook.com/corosha; www.facebook.com/yunkawasi

E-mail Address:
info@yunkawasiperu.org

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