As you read this, there are myriad scientists conducting field research expeditions that tackle critical environmental challenges around the globe—from climate change to ocean health, human-wildlife conflict, and more. How would you like to join them?
Thanks to the efforts of the Earthwatch Institute, you can. Earthwatch provides ordinary citizens—no scientific knowledge or experience necessary–with the opportunity to work alongside leading scientists to combat some of the planet’s most pressing environmental issues.
Earthwatch is an international nonprofit organization that has been connecting “civilians” with scientists since 1971. Since then, the organization has enabled over 100,000 people from all walks of life to join leading scientists working on crucial environmental research projects locally and globally. Earthwatch currently supports about 60 projects in nearly 40 countries, including Peru.
Earthwatch does not consider itself a voluntourism, ecotourism, or adventure travel company, because its volunteers experience real, hands-on scientific fieldwork in some of the most astounding locations in the world. Volunteers have ranged in age from 10 to over 80. The organization’s standard expeditions have a minimum age of 18 except for volunteers accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, in which case the minimum age for most expeditions is 15.
Earthwatch is currently operating two conservation projects in Peru. The first is the 4-day Amazon Riverboat Exploration, where you’ll help survey the area’s wildlife to develop conservation strategies for the region and the people who inhabit it. To learn more about this expedition, click here.
The second opportunity takes place on the north coast of Peru, where Earthwatch scientists are monitoring the health and well-being of giant manta rays. Join this expedition, and you will have the chance to snorkel alongside these beautiful behemoths, photograph them, document markers such as scars, take measurements and more.
While at sea, you’ll also document seabirds and marine megafauna—whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles—that can help give scientists a more complete picture of the larger Pacific Ocean ecosystem.
Join Earthwatch in Peru, and you can help make a difference in some of the most astounding areas of the country. You’ll meet a community of like-minded travelers and return home with stories filled with adventure.