Volunteer Abroad - Peru, Volunteer Abroad Programs

Be Prepared When Heading into the Jungle

by Nathaniel McIntosh, Greenheart Travel Correspondent Scholarship Winner in Peru

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Fail to prepare, prepare to fail. This has become a pretty common saying by my friend Tom here at the project. Going to the jungle can a daunting task if you’ve never done it before, especially if you’ve never left your country. I thought that it would be a good idea to take a little aside and list a few things that are pretty handy as well as throw in a few photos that didn’t get into other posts.

  • An open mind
  • Head flashlight plus hand held lights
  • Pocket knife multi-tool
  • Insect repellant
  • Mosquito net
  • Extra batteries
  • Snacks
  • A large water bottle (I have a Camelbacks backpack that holds 3 liters plus a few other things)
  • A compass
  • Flint and fire starter
  • Plenty of underwear and socks (pants and shirts will be re-worn a lot but clean underwear and socks make everything better)
  • Travel salt and pepper shaker
  • Rubber boots
  • Khaki type pants and long sleeve shirts (thin and loose) for fieldwork and shorts and short sleeve shirts for relaxing
  • Biodegradable body and clothing soap
  • A book for downtime
  • Waterproof camera

There a few things that people need to come to terms with before they volunteer at the Amazon Conservation project. Prepare to:

  • Get bit or stung by a lot of bugs (mainly mosquitoes and sand flies)
  • Be surrounded by insects on a regular basis
  • See a lot of roaches
  • Get hot and sweaty doing hard work
  • Wake up early on a regular basis
  • See amazing plants and animals
  • Eat a lot of rice, potatoes, or yucca

    Scholarship winner, Nathaniel McIntosh, gets ready to head into the jungle.

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