Trip Details

Animal care duties await you!

Try your hand as the assistant warden in a private Peruvian animal sanctuary, – open to all lovers of wildlife, and especially perfect for those who are conservationists or students of nature and zoology.

You will participate in the daily caretaking of all animals and especially in the centre’s efforts to create a safe habitat for all of the animals.

The Humboldt Penguins, which were relocated here were unfortunately devastated by the recent flooding that took place in this area. As a result, all but one of the penguins has died due to illness after this natural disaster. As the centre continues to work to assist the surviving penguin in quarantine and prepare for the possible addition of a new waddle of penguins, your help and support is greatly needed and appreciated.

This centre assists all sorts of rescued animals and helps to halt the decline of endangered species, as well as, spread awareness about the issues they face. Your involvement provides opportunities for these good works to continue. Even though you may not get to work directly with the beloved penguin population, every bit of energy put into making this habitat better for all of the animals supports the ongoing progress of the only centre in the region working to assist Humboldt Penguins.

Animals at this location include, but are not limited to:

-Variable Hawks -Ground turtle -Monkey Friar -Coati -Peccaries -Ostriches -Sheep -Sloths -Kinkajú

-Guacamayos -Manchin Monkey -Agouti Paca (large rodent) -Choro Monkey -Musmuki monkey

-Andean Fox -Howler Monkey -Crocodiles -Guinea pigs -Rabbits -Wild turkeys

Your role will include construction work, reforestation, cleaning, as well as the preparation of food/feeding for the animals at the centre.

Please note that while you might not have the chance to touch all of the animals (as some are very sensitive and get scared easily), the reward of your efforts will be in knowing that you help them to thrive and not just survive!

Aims & Objectives

  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in animal conservation
  • Assist the program and its staff with your efforts
  • Give you the chance to learn about, and bond with the animals that are endangered.

Trip Itinerary

If your first week, after breakfast, you’ll get a training and orientation about your project: what your tasks will be, as well as your Do’s and Dont’s during the week. Then you’ll discover all you need to know about the animal centre, together with the coordinator and other participants.

You’ll get plenty of background information about the many fascinating species of animals that are receiving support and attention as you learn about their special needs and behaviour. We’d like to make sure you’re prepared the best way possible for your experience, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask our experienced coordinator!

After the detailed introduction. Depending on number of participants, some daily tasks can take place in the mornings or in the afternoons, in either of these cases, participants will always be able to make plans to visit the local villages surroundings and beaches nearby.

Tuesday to Thursday
On the average day here you’ll start your project and take part in environmental or conservation activities such as:

  • Construction work
  • Creating a natural fence
  • Reforestation of cactus
  • Vegetable garden and nursery maintenance
  • Preparation of food for the animals
  • Feeding animals
  • Preparing material to teach general public and children about the animals.
  • Expect about 6 hours of activities per day!

***Feeding the animals is not possible during reproduction time.***

After breakfast you will go to a nearby school to forward the information you’ve gained and developed during this exciting week to the students. In this way, you help promote the conservation of the animals at the centre and raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the wildlife in Peru. Afterwards, you will have free time to relax or explore the area.

Saturday & Sunday

Weekends are free to relax and explore Peru 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

This accommodation is not too far away from the north beach side of Peru, just 45 km from Chiclayo, the fourth biggest city of Peru, which offers shopping centres, a cinema and nightlife, it is also a traffic hub in north Peru.

Closer by, many other highly important historical and archaeological sites, as well as small villages, restaurants or shops are easy to access by cheap and frequent public transport, making it easy if on weekends or after your program you wish to travel the surroundings.

Accommodation & Food

Jayanca, Lambayeque is considered to have a desert climate. During the year, there is almost no rainfall. This is unlike our other locations in Peru so you should pack your clothes accordingly.

Your accommodation is actually an Ecological Tourist Centre that offers to its clients a variety of facilities and re creative activities and supports a private zoo!

Our developed program with this centre offers a great opportunity for participants to learn and practice real administrative and ecological skills while enjoying the culture and surroundings.

Rooms will be cleaned by staff regularly but you will be expected to clean up after yourself, and to play your part to keep the accommodation neat and organised. There is Wi-fi in your rooms as well as public areas here for your convenience. In our standard rooms there can be up to 5 people. In our private rooms you can share 1-2 people.

Food Arrangements
The food will be based on the staff daily menu, which is typically Peruvian, meaning lots of sweet potatoes, beans, rice, chili peppers, potatoes, wheat, and other grains, all very vegetarian friendly. Keep in mind that some local dishes may be spicy!

Since our centre is a tourist centre itself, there are options (under very strict restrictions) for the usage of slides, swimming pool area, boats, green areas, sport areas/fields, four-wheelers, zoo access and grill areas. In the nearby surroundings you will have access to a range of facilities

There are many local shops and restaurants within walking distance of our centre.

The accommodation is about 1 km walking distance from the main square of Jayanca town, and about 1hr away from the Chiclayo city centre by bus.

There are numerous shops and ATMs in the central town.

Trip Country Info


Capital: Lima
Language: Spanish (Quechua, Aymara)
Currency: Nuevo Sol (PEN)
Time zone: PET (UTC -5)

Country Information
Peru is the third largest country in South America; a country known for its incredible cultural heritage such as the renowned Machu Picchu and the remains of the Inca Empire. Although the Incas are the most famous ones, there are other manifestations of pre-Columbian cultures and unexplored archaeological sites which can be located in the North of Peru. This magnificent land composed of a variety of landscapes, climates and biodiversity, is visited by tourists from all over the world.

In Peru, it is possible to enjoy a range of activities from surfing in the Northern beaches to hiking in the Andes Cordillera, from trekking in the humid and hot Amazon rainforest to visiting cultural sites, excellent museums, and enjoying traditional dishes. Peruvian people are very friendly, warm, and ready to help or to introduce you to their customs. You will find in these regions a great diversity of ethnic groups, festivities, handcraft, and gastronomy.

Peru is a country of contrasts where the crazy traffic is surpassed by the majesty of mountain ranges. You will find cities peaking at altitudes of more than 6700 meters, infinite beaches with beautiful sunsets, the magically diverse landscape of the tropical rainforest and let’s not forget about the llamas.

Despite being near the Equator, the presence of different regions of the Andes Cordillera and the arid coast along with the effects of the cold Humboldt Stream induce highly distinct weather. The climate in Peru consists in three main regions: Costa, Sierra, Selva (the coast, the mountains and the jungle).

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa