PERU

MULTIMEDIA INTERNSHIP IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST IN PERU

This 3-month Multimedia Work Experience Internship programme is fantastic for anyone wanting to launch a career in media or even for someone just looking for a career break.

You'll receive weekly workshops in writing, photography, filmography and design skills, along with in-the-field training and one-on-one meetings. You'll get to understand the scientific process and what it takes to conserve biodiversity by working alongside conservation researchers in the field … all in the heart of the Amazon!

SUMMARY: THE BASICS

Hi, I'm Karen, Project Coordinator for Peru, and I'll be working with you to arrange your ultimate experience here, so if you've any questions, please contact me:
+44 (0)1903 502595,
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Price: £4,595 (approx. US$5,875) for 3 months
Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List & prices in other currencies
Duration: 3 months, subject to visa requirements.
Start Dates: Please see "Start Dates" under the "Work Description" tab.
Requirements: Minimum age 18. Please see ‘Requirement’ section under "Work Description" for full details
What's included: Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Local in-country team support and backup
24 hour emergency support
Airport collection and drop-off in Cusco
Transfer to and from the Internship location
All Accommodation in Cusco and in the Rainforest
Food
Certificate of Completion.
What's not included: Flights, Insurance, Cost of Visas (if a visa is required), Return transfer to airport from Cusco..
Who is this
Programme suitable for?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers.
ANYONE interested in Photography and Multimedia and wanting opportunities on an Eco Reserve in the Peruvian Jungle.
Open to all nationalities.

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN FROM DOING THIS PROJECT:

  • An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand.
  • New skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
  • An opportunity to take a break from the traditional academic track or your current career path in order to gain life experience and global cultural awareness
  • An entry on your CV or Résumé that will enhance your career opportunities and make you stand out from the crowd.
  • Make friends, form relationships and build memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Opportunities to enjoy some exciting adventure and cultural activities while on your programme.
  • And best of all ... an unforgettable experience!
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Discussing what to do next while on location in the Rainforest
Discussing what to do next while on location in the Rainforest.
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WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION

The internship programme provides environmental communications training in the heart of the rainforest. It actively supports biodiversity conservation and sustainable development in the Peruvian Amazon.

This is a career development programme that gives an in-depth insight into environmental, social and economic issues, while providing practical workshops and field-based training in multimedia skills - from writing and marketing to photography, filmmaking and design.

At the start of your three month internship, you will travel to, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, in the remote south-eastern Peruvian Amazon.

Here you will learn about the challenges and solutions to protecting the rainforest by working alongside scientific researchers and sustainable development experts. While gaining these invaluable insights in the field, you will be trained by a professional Multimedia Content Creator to tell compelling environmental stories through written, photographic, film and design media.

This journalism internship programme has been created to help school leavers, recent graduates and career breakers develop specific multimedia skills in environmental communications through hands-on expert training that's tailored to your needs.

By the end of the internship, you will have a portfolio of work that will showcase your written, photographic, video and design skills to future employers.

You'll stay in jungle lodges and have up-close wildlife encounters, while living and working with a team of like-minded people – united in our passion to create a sustainable Amazon, where nature and people thrive.

BASIC ITINERARY

Below is an example itinerary detailing what you’ll be doing during your three month internship:

Week 1:
Day 1 Cusco - Airport collection and Acclimatisation
Day 2 Cusco - Registration & Orientation
Day 3 Travel - Cusco to the cloud forest, overnight in the cloud forest
Day 4 Arrive at the Amazon
Day 5 Conservation research introduction
Day 6 Community project introduction & Welcome Party
Day 7: Day off
Week 2:Conservation and community project introduction and training
Week 3:Writing workshops and assignments
Week 4:Photography workshops and assignments
Week 5:Filmmaking workshops and assignments
Week 6:Podcast workshops and assignments
Week 7:Design workshops and assignments
Week 8:Issues & Debates workshops and assignments
Week 9:Career Development workshops and assignments
Week 10:Photography and film post-production
Week 11:Presentations & Public Speaking workshops and assignments
Week 12:Portfolio creation and presentations.
Travel from MLC to Cusco. Sign out. *Schedule subject to small changes

REQUIREMENTS:

Trekking through the jungle is hard work. You will encounter many diverse challenges during your time on the programme, and for this reason we have some basic requirements for our interns. All interns must be able to:

  • Independently follow verbal and visual instructions.
  • Traverse over uneven and muddy terrain on a daily basis. You may be required to walk up to 10 km (6.2 miles) a day for survey work, carrying a heavy pack in a hot, humid environment.
  • Enjoy being outdoors all day in all types of weather, often exposed to intense and highly variable weather conditions, which may include sudden tropical storms.
  • Be comfortable about being outdoors in the potential presence of wild and possible dangerous animals, snakes, and insects.
  • Get in and out of a small boat and ride seated while wearing a personal flotation device.
  • Carry personal daily supplies, such as lunch, water, photography and filming equipment, insect repellent, and sunblock. Some assistance will also be need in getting supplies from the boat or van, however heavy lifting is not required of those who cannot manage it.

START DATES:

Start dates for 2019
27th May – 24th August 2019: FULLY BOOKED!
19th August – 16th November 2019

Start dates for 2020:
2nd March - 30th May 2020
25th May - 22nd August 2020
17th August - 14th November 2020

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On the river in the Amazon Rainforest on the Multimedia Internship
Fieldwork on this Internship includes rafting down the river in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest - now that's special!
Intern lining up a shot in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest
Intern lining up a shot in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.
Interns at work on the Multimedia Internship in the Amazon
Interns at work on location in the Amazon.
Wildlife subjects on the Multimedia Internship in the Amazon
Some of the wildlife subjects that are used during your internship are amazing!
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ACCOMMODATION

The accommodation and food at the Centre consists of open style buildings where volunteers share a room with up to three others. Great emphasis is placed on community spirit and inclusion; the Centre is full of people from all kinds of backgrounds, such as local and international student groups, visiting researchers and tourists. There is a solar powered (generator backed) internet connection, an environmentally sound septic system and a gravity fed water system to minimise our impact on the environment.

Your second home will be in the nearby town of Salvacion; it's a short boat ride away from the Centre and an hour's hike to the community.

You will spend one and half days a week here, spending the night in a shared room at our office. During this time you will get to know the community team and local people to better understand the programme’s sustainable development projects. Here you will experience what life is like for local people and the difficulties they face as they try and make a living and provide for their families in the remote rainforest.

FOOD:
Food and packed lunches are provided three times a day and are of a typical local fare; rice with a sauce and legumes, vegetables, soups, occasional meat.

ENTERTAINMENT / LEISURE:
This is the Amazon Jungle - unique and exciting and wonderful and tranquil and awesome - but it isn't a placement for people who want to party the night away. There are board games, books to read and other ‘quiet’ activities. At night this has to be by candle light. Most people start their work early and get up between 4 and 5 a.m., consequently people tend to go to bed early.

"Some nights we watched a DVD on the laptop, (somewhat surreal, sitting in a jungle clearing watching a laptop crawling with moths!) Occasionally we just sat and socialised over a beer."

During the day there are activities such as swimming in the river, complete with vines to swing from ("Hello Tarzan!"). (You can only swim if supervised and depending on river conditions.) The manager is a keen climber and may be persuaded to teach you how to access the canopy, (climbing trees using ropes). Some scientists use this method in their work when studying birds. It is safe (when under instruction) but can be difficult.

Although there are lots of places to visit in Peru, there are few external places to visit while on your project. In the dry season Salvaccion is a 1¾ hour walk away (after crossing the river) and it is a safe walk. In the wet season it may be possible to reach another village by boat, but it would not possible to walk to Salvaccion. Sometimes it may be possible to get a lift with other volunteers or staff and perhaps spend a few days in Cusco. Generally, however, volunteers tend to stay at the Centre for the duration of their placement and visit Cusco at the end of their project.

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Accommodation environment in the Amazon Rainforest
The accommodation buildings and grounds on this project are in a fabulous location!
Volunteers and interns at mealtime in the Amazon Rainforest
Volunteers and interns at mealtime. Note that leaves are used instead of crockery!
A bedroom in the accommodation at the Project in the Amazon Rainforest
One of the bedrooms in the accommodation.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR SAFETY, SUPPORT AND BACKUP:
Read important information about the Support & Backup you receive before you leave and during your programme.

Read about the Safety and Security measures we take to ensure your safety and wellbeing while on our programme.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU BOOK YOUR PLACEMENT?

Once you have applied for a placement, we'll contact you and send you our Welcome Pack. You'll also receive Log-on details and password for our Volunteer Extranet where you'll have access to all the documentation and information which we've put together to facilitate preparations for your adventure! Your Project Co-ordinator for your country will liaise with you throughout the arrangements process, as well as while you're on your placement and on your return home.

The documents you'll have access to also include a Country Factfile, Safety Guide and any manuals that may assist you on your particular programme (e.g. Teaching Guide, Sports Manuals, Enrichment Suggestions for Animal Care, etc.). We do all we can to make your stay one that you'll never forget. This is a truly awesome, elegant and beautiful country.

As with all our destinations, the culture and heritage is different to what you're used to ... which, although one of the most exciting aspects of travelling, should be borne in mind. Self-reliance and independence are highly appreciated in all our destinations and will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity!

THE CENTRE AND ITS ENVIRONMENT:
The Centre itself covers 640 hectares in a seemingly endless rainforest which stretches across Brazil and to the Atlantic Ocean. This is the Amazon! Mammals in the area include peccaries, puma, jaguar, armadillos and various monkeys. Tortoises and lizards are also present.

Currently 365 species of birds have been recorded in the area, including parrots, hummingbirds and the rather bizarre Hoatzin. The resident bird expert, Claudia, is very enthusiastic about birds and her knowledge is truly exceptional. As one of our people said, "Working with her is a privilege!" Like any jungle there are lots of insects and there are also tarantulas and snakes, but these are not frequently seen.

There are many trails in the forest that are very productive in terms of wildlife because they are not used by tourists, but one of the main reasons the area was selected for study was that within a reasonably small area there is land that has been impacted by agriculture and human activity in the past. This is why there are such a variety of forest types within the private reserve (forests in different stages of re-growth as well as in different ecosystems).

It is through comparative studies between the old and new forest that conservationists aim to learn more about the effect of human activity on biodiversity as well as the ability of forests to regenerate.

The environment is relaxing, with nice weather, good views, excellent accommodation and very pleasant company. Entertainment is very much home-made and there is a real community spirit among the volunteers whilst still allowing for ‘personal space’. Volunteers are well cared for whilst still having the excitement of being in the jungle. All the staff are enthusiastic, helpful and caring. There are some opportunities for engaging in leisure activities such as swimming and climbing.

The trip from Cusco to the Centre:
You will arrive in Cusco, where you'll be met by members from the Project. You will stay in Cusco for 2 nights, before beginning your journey to the Rainforest. This journey is by road and takes from 9 to 10 hours, so there will also be another overnight stop on the way. Almost the entire journey is along an unpaved road and the last few miles are very unmade indeed! For some of the way it is a typical Andean road along the side of a mountain but the road is relatively ‘quiet’ with maybe 6 -10 vehicles passing every hour.

The scenery is stunning, including barren mountains, cloud forest, seemingly endless jungle, impressive valleys. There are places of interest to stop every hour or so, either to take photos or buy refreshments. The journey is very totally fascinating and adds to the sense of adventure! The last part of the journey involves crossing a river by boat.

Return transfer from the Centre in the Amazon to Cusco is included in the cost of the placement and is arranged for you by the managers in Peru. At the end of your project, you will stay for 1 night in Cusco, and after some end of project administration, be free to depart after 9am. Those wishing to do some independent travel after their placement can opt to stay in Cusco rather than going straight to the airport. Either way, you’ll need to make your own arrangements to get to Cusco Airport, which is about a 15-minute drive away and costs about $15-$20 by taxi (prices correct at time of writing).

Rainy Season: The rainy season is between November and April with the worst of the rain occurring from February to March. Work at the Centre does continue through the rainy season because the arrays (working paths) are designed to be useable throughout the year.

LOCATION | SIGHTSEEING:

The best advice you'll get from us is to try to see some of the country.

Cusco is a magical little island of colonial architecture. Many of the buildings are built on, over and around Inca walls, arches and doorways, and many of the narrow streets in the centre of the town are lined with original Inca stonework. Cusco was once the capital of the vast Inca empire.

The Inca Trail and Machu Picchu: This 3-5 day journey is widely considered to be the most spectacular trekking experience on the continent. Its route passes through a 13,000-foot Andean Pass beyond which lie some of the most astounding artifacts of the Inca civilization. Most of these attractions lay completely undisturbed for hundreds of years. The trail ends at the astonishingly well-preserved sacred city of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is probably the best-known and most spectacular archeological site on the continent. Apart from a few locals, no-one knew of the existence of the "Lost City of the Incas" until Hiram Bingham stumbled on it almost by accident in 1911. It was certainly a complete city, perched on a saddle connecting two high mountains, with residential and agricultural sections and terracing around the edges.

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Climbing up into the canopy by rope in the Amazon Rainforest
Climbing up into the canopy by rope is something everyone wants to do!
Awesome tree in the Amazon Rainforest
An awesome tree in the Rainforest shelters an entire group of volunteers and internst!
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RESPONSIBLE & ETHICAL TRAVEL:

Sustainable and ongoing development of local communities is always the primary aim of our volunteer projects and this project is no different. You'll take up where others before you left off and thus helping to continue making this project sustainable.

The love and care for Peru is the driving force behind this project's operations. To this end, they run conservation projects, community projects and related internships that leave you with a lifelong lasting concern for conservation and community.

Their vision is to help create and sustain a more prosperous, fair and healthy Amazon for present and future generations. Harmonising conservation initiatives, social welfare and economic stability in a consistent manner is their ethos.

The project currently protects over 643 hectares of forest in the most biodiverse place in the world. They finance a variety of conservation research programmes that involve both local and international students and they have created comprehensive registers of biodiversity. This year alone research undertaken with Glasgow University has led to the potential discovery of 5 new species of amphibians as well as 7 individual types of Jaguar - unheard of anywhere else in the Amazon.

They also currently protect 13 species of endangered animals on the reserve. During the last year our bio-camera trapping recorded 655 different species within the reserve.

They are extremely concerned to ensure that their impact is always positive and never damaging. They aim to bring benefit to local communities, especially the vulnerable and the poor, and to help sustain a healthy environment where both people and nature can thrive.

During your internship you'll learn to appreciate how the skills you gain can help you to sustain and perpetuate a concern for environments and habitats.

The Lodge in the Manu Biosphere Reserve where you'll live during your Internship has been verified by the Rainforest Alliance for their commitment to sustainable practices. It was designed using sustainable principals and all the materials used are from sustainable sources. They also initially offset all carbon emissions for the buildings. The designs are based on local Machigenga tribe’s building style and they have unofficially been recognised by the Ministry of Tourism as one of the best lodges in the Madre de Dios region.

The project also offsets all their carbon footprint. Locally they share transport with other local operators to reduce carbon footprint. They continually strive to improve their environmental sustainability, reduce their footprint on the planet, and support the flourishing of plant and animal life.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY:

Together with our partner organisation, we are passionate about mutually beneficial interaction with the local community. You'll be encouraged to take part in any extracurricular efforts to help the community in projects that will improve their environment.

To this end, information on how to leave minimal negative impact on the environment is given to you prior to your departure as part of your documentation from Travellers Worldwide. This is also highlighted in your induction on arrival.

This project's community-minded efforts include trying to minimise the adverse effect of poverty and poor resource management by local communities. To do this, they actively engage with local communities to come up with sustainable strategies that will change the lifestyles and quality of life of the indigenous people, the care and conservation of indigenous wildlife and plant life, and minimise or eliminate any negative impact on the environment.

Among many other efforts, the project employs local people, uses local partners who subscribe to positive environmental impacts such as encouraging the use of environment-friendly products, and creates and promotes sustainable agriculture and timber and carbon alternatives which reduce the human and carbon footprint in the rainforest.

Your work here contributes to, and helps to continue, the long chain of worthwhile achievements in this community. You'll also be directly influencing the local economy and supporting international tourism, an important part of the country's general economy. So, by living in the local area, you're bringing in income through tourism and education through cultural exchange!

The accommodation on this project is locally owned and all the staff are from the neighbourhood. Where food is provided, produce is purchased in nearby shops, helping provide authentic local cuisine. Where you've chosen host family accommodation (where available), families are selected based on their desire to provide real cultural exchange and at the same time a warm family environment.

Social Responsibility: The information we provide prepares you for your placement and how to deal with the local people. It also briefs you on the Do’s and Don’ts and makes you aware of the possible impact of your behaviour. However, you are also expected to do research on the country you're going to and their customs and culture. The research you do will help you to gt the most out of this exciting travel and experience opportunity.

Cultural sensitivity: Volunteers receive an induction and orientation on arrival which covers things like being sensitive to the culture you’re in, everyday processes which will be different to what you’re accustomed to, how to have the maximum beneficial imprint and the minimum negative impact.

We stress the importance of responsible tourism, cultural differences and acceptable/unacceptable conduct. Where appropriate, volunteers are briefed on local customs, particularly those that are different to the volunteer’s accepted norm.

Economic Responsibility: By living in the volunteer house provided by the project you’ll, again, be providing much needed income and employment to the local population. The house is simple and built from natural materials and you are actively encouraged to recycle, be efficient with energy and water usage and preserve the natural surroundings. All food is provided and sourced locally. Your transport to and from the project will usually be either on a bicycle or walking again contributing to green efforts.

For 25 years our volunteers have lived in local communities around the world, spent their money with local traders and brought funding to the projects they work with. Travellers employs local staff and works with local support staff. This helps to fund the project directly and through bringing money into the local community.

In general, the organisations we work with around the world often struggle to financially support and maintain the work they do, so every penny raised makes a real difference.

Our aim is to create always a Win-Win-Win situation in terms of the benefits for, (a) the local communities and institutions you work in, (b) our Volunteers, i.e. you, and (c) for Travellers. We do not embark on any project that is not beneficial to all three of these stakeholders.

The impact of pollution: Where transport to and from the project is required, it is left up to you to choose. Public transport is always recommended by us and all nearby public transport routes are shown to all new arrivals. If taxis are required, you'll be encouraged to share with other volunteers in order to lessen the impact of pollution wherever possible.

Having regard for the local community by being consciously aware of your impact is encouraged in all our documentation for all our projects in all our destination countries. This is because we feel very strongly that many countries are subject to, for example, water shortages, high cost of energy and high impact of energy usage, the negative impact of litter and general pollution. Thus we encourage you to be aware of these possible impacts so that they contribute positively and not negatively to the community in this respect

POSITIVE EFFECTS THAT TRAVELLERS HAS ON THE LOCAL ENVIRONMENT:

We provide you with many tips on how to be a responsible traveller regarding the environmental impact you have.

We want you to be immersed in the culture, by living and working with local people. We work with local communities, local charities, local government bodies and local schools. We also often partner with local organisations whom we have vetted to ensure that they are committed to the projects they run, that they have the same responsible attitude to the local community that we do, that they are eco-friendly and have ethical policies.

In our projects and in our headquarters offices, we take an environmentally responsible attitude towards recycling and reusing of waste products. We encourage all participants to offset their flight emissions via a carbon offset scheme. Our volunteers are given pre-departure Information that encourages them to minimise waste and reduce their use of water and electricity, in other words, to live sensitively in the environment that they’re working in.

Travellers also give donations as and when required by projects. This is often done through our charitable arm, The Bridge The Gap Foundation. Our projects enable vital conservation, research, care and education work to take place directly where it is most needed. Our volunteers contribute, all over the world, to projects that would not exist without them.

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Volunteers experiencing a segment of the trip to the project location by boat via the river
Volunteers experiencing a segment of the trip to the project location by boat via the river
Volunteers on the Conservation project in the Amazon
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