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  • Locations: Cusco, Peru; Manu National Park, Peru
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:
Peru Rainforest

Global Environmental Placement - Peru - Amazon Rainforest Environmental Conservation Project

This project is no ordinary walk in the park and getting back to nature really doesn’t get more natural than this… 
This Rainforest Environmental Conservation Project is located in a UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the foothills of the Amazon. On this placement you will be part of an amazing conservation research program in what is arguably the lushest and most bio-diverse area in Peru. You can be a part of forest regeneration research that is run in partnership with Oxford University. 
The biodiversity monitoring initiative unites the National Park Authorities, local non-profit conservation organisations, indigenous communities and international volunteers. 
At the very heart, the project aims to protect the natural world whilst working with the local community. You’ll get the opportunity to connect with the local communities, immerse yourself in breathtaking biodiversity and participate in challenging physical activities. 
This is a truly inspirational experience that will have you contributing to a sustainable, well-structured and meaningful project. 

Program details

Required Skills: Español No es necesaria para este proyecto – not sure what that means? Well no worries! Spanish is not required for this project. However, the work required is hands-on so you’ll need a genuine enthusiasm for rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck in. Individuals with a keen interest in sustainable development, protection of species and conservation research will find this to be an appealing project. You will have to be fit so you can participate in this placement. 
Exercise level: Medium to high 
Relevant for: For most students. Medium level of challenge/adventure. Strong research and academic focus by the staff directing the projects. 
Project Type: Hands on environmental and animal welfare activities with an education and research focus  
Location: Manu Biosphere Reserve, Cusco 
Project Activities: Pit falling, mist netting, mammal transects, bio-gardens, agroforestry, camera traps, vegetation mapping, butterfly netting, day transects, biomass project participation, amphibian bamboo trapping, leave litter transect, stream walk, amphibian and reptile surveys.  
Working Hours: 6 days per week; early starts and some late nights. 
Project Duration: 4 ½ weeks 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 Professional Practice 
Partner to deliver this program: CIS Australia
Dates: 30 October - 30 November 2017
Cost: $3,874 AUD
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
Program fee includes: 
  • Shared room in a forest eco lodge with shared bathroom and lounge area 
  • 3 meals per day (including water, juice, tea and coffee) when at the volunteer site 
  • Training: Pre-departure pack, onsite orientation, project induction is provided, first aid, technical and scientific training 
  • Airport pick-up from Cusco (on set arrival date) 
  • Hostel stay in Cusco for 2 nights on arrival 
  • Transport to project site - road-trip through the Andes into Manu 
  • Overnight stay in the cloud forest 
  • Local transport within Manu 
  • 24 hour support from on-site coordinator  

Program fee does not include: 
  • Tuition fee 
  • Flights
  • Visas & passport fees 
  • Vaccinations 
  • Laundry 
  • Additional nights accommodation in Cusco at end of program and airport drop off 
  • Meals not included in the final itinerary 
  • Weekend activities

Information Session - come along to hear all about the program and ask questions. 

Video recording | Powerpoint presentation

Eligibility and Enrolment 

  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in in T3 2017.  Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2018 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 

Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair. 

Funding options 

OS-Help Loans
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$6567
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website
WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note

  • A minimum number of 8 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total.  
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.  
  • The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.  
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.  
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.    

CIS Australia Cancellation Policy  
Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply  
After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit  
After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
After final payment deadline: No refund on any program fees

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program