Jungle Community Immersion
Jungle Community Immersion Program – Special Volunteer Program
This project offers you the incredible opportunity to live and work within an Amazonian ethnic community. As a volunteer you’ll have the opportunity, to teach Basic English, or work in the craft workshop. If you like outdoor activities, you can plant yucca trees and pick fruits according the season. Finally, you can help their host family in their daily jobs.
Volunteer at Kukama Reserve with the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group
You will be accommodated in a basic home stay in the Kukama Reserve where the members are descendants of the Kukama Kukamiria ethnic group. Their day starts early feeding their animals, going to the farm to pick up firewood to cook, and carrying water. During the day people spend their time preparing the natural fibers to make handbags, bracelets, dream catchers, traditional masks etc. Volunteer in Peru in this immersion program to help your host family in their daily activities.
The life in this rural town is basic; you will not find the amenities you are used to. However, you’ll have the opportunity for a flexible and personal experience. During your volunteer placement, you have the freedom to take part in different activities, exploring sides of life in the jungle.
This is perfect for those wanting to immerse deep with nature and find joy in the simple life. Your host family will teach you about wild plants used for medicine, food, and tools. Also, they will show you beautiful and relaxing views.
This project has so much potential for a traveller, you’ll have opportunity to go bird watching, swim in small Amazonian lakes, visit nearby ethnic groups, navigate the jungle in canoes, learn to speak the dialect, and most importantly connect with nature.
Please note that as the community is located 15 minutes by boat from Iquitos city it is important that you know how to swim.
Start Dates & Arrival
Projects in Peru start on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month. Participants on our volunteer in Peru programs should arrive on Sundays. You can choose to volunteer from 1 to 12 weeks
Project in Iquitos
Iquitos, the gateway to the Peruvian Amazon.
- The program fee is paid directly to the host organization.
- All of the projects incur a registration fee of US$ 199.00 on top of the program fee*
What is included in the program fee?
- Airport Pickup in the volunteer location
- Accommodation for all projects (shared rooms in home-stays or volunteer residence)
- 3 meals per day from Monday to Saturday
- Support from local staff & Program supervision
- In-country 24/7 support throughout your stay
- In-country administration costs
- Donation to support the local project
There are no hidden costs. These programs are the most affordable to volunteer in Peru.
Iko Poran is an NGO based in a developing country. We are dedicated to helping you help others, at the lowest possible price. We are interested in making volunteering abroad more accessible so that more people can help do really important work.
Participants in our Peru programs normally find US$ 70 to be sufficient for weekly expenses in the country.
To avoid extra bank fees and exchange rate losses the program fee should be paid to the host country during the orientation only..
*Refundable up to 60 days before the program start date according to our Terms & Conditions
Accommodation & Meals
Volunteers working with us in Peru are placed either into host families or at a volunteer residence depending on the project. Three meals a day are provided from Mondays through Saturdays (breakfast & lunch are full meals, dinner is light).
You must be at least 18 years old at the start of your placement. Exceptions can be made for under 18’s accompanied by a guardian or with a parental consent.
All volunteers must have adequate volunteer travel insurance.
To enroll in our volunteer in Peru programs it is important that you have a grasp of the basics of the Spanish language; in order to be able to communicate with the local people, the other staff/ patients/ children. We offer a week of Spanish lessons on arrival, it is highly recommended that you take at least these 20 hours before you start with the volunteering. Once you speak enough Spanish to communicate with the people, you will start work in your program for at least one more week. If you already know Spanish, or would like to take more than one week of classes, that can be easily arranged with your program coordinator.
You will have a competent support and advices from the local team and project leaders. Someone will always be available in the case of any emergency. Please keep in mind that you are in a different country and should take some precautions to avoid exposing yourself to certain risks.
The local coordinators will give you all the information to have a safe and unforgettable experience.
More Opportunities for Volunteer Work
Find our full catalogue with the programs to volunteer in Peru here.