** 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.
Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments
Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Global Environmental Placement - Peru - Amazon Rainforest Environmental Conservation Project
This Rainforest Environmental Conservation project is located in a UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the foothills of the Amazon, in north-east Peru. As a volunteer, you’ll be part of an amazing conservation research program in what is arguably the lushest and biodiverse 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.
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
Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.
Compulsory content hours:
Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018
Introductory briefing: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)
In-country component: 12 November - 14 December 2018
Application close: Friday, 13 July 2018
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 T3 2018. Before starting this unit in T3 2018 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study.
For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2019. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
$500 deposit due before: Monday, 16 July 2018 Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
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, on-site 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
The fee does not include:
Visa and passport fees
Additional nights accommodation in Cusco at end of program and airport drop off
Meals not included in the final itinerary
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help
WIL Financial Support
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
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full-time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance or Austudy.
Tucked in the foothills of the Amazon, on the banks of the Alto Madre de Dios River (along with the Vilcamba Amboro conservation corridor) you will find the project base. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Manu Biosphere Reserve is mighty and impressive. It is 30 million hectares in size and ranges from southern Peru to central Bolivia. There are numerous trails situated in the protected forest with over 365 species of birds recorded in one year. As a volunteer, you’ll spend the majority of your placement in accommodation located in the heart of the Manu Biosphere Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. Due to its location and facilities, it is a great base for both hard work and relaxation.
You’ll feel like you’re living with Tarzan and Jane completely surrounded by beautiful wildlife and vegetation. Definitely, do not forget to pack a camera. Mad keen photographers will have the opportunity to photograph some of the most amazing flora and fauna. After a full day of work, relax in a hammock and admire the sunset, read a book or play a few games and get to know your fellow volunteers.
The project isn’t too far from the city of Cusco. On either side of your volunteer experience, you might like to spend some time wandering the cobbled city streets exploring museums, churches, art galleries and markets. In the evenings visit lively clubs and bars for a free salsa lesson. The food in Peru is fabulous so avoid going to the same place twice - experience the many dining opportunities that are sure to stimulate all of your senses.
Within easy distance of Cusco is Peru’s most famous ancient site - the lost city of the Incas - the almighty Machu Picchu. At 2430m above sea level and set in the most extraordinary and beautiful tropical mountain location Machu Picchu is a site not to be missed.
Some of the other exciting and adventurous activities near Cusco include sand boarding (Peru has the largest sand dunes in the world), hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, rappelling, zip-lining, rafting, bungee jumping and much more. So before you get on that plane, grab a pen & paper and write yourself a must see list.
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 of any program fees