Hoja Nueva welcomes high school and college groups for both short and extended stays at our Research Center for Conservation and Collaboration. As a Peruvian nonprofit association, we have three main foci: wildlife and forest conservation, agroforestry research, and sustainable development. Volunteers and visitors are welcome to participate in some or all of our designated “teams” focusing on research regarding mammals, herpetofauna, cacao, tropical permaculture, sustainable development, and public health.
Visiting student groups will be split up into teams and rotate through these fields of work. Visitors will receive personal supervision within each team/field of work, by experienced field coordinators and researchers. They will also receive care and support from an experienced logistics and administration team based in both Seattle in the USA and in Puerto Maldonado, Peru. In addition to volunteer research days, we also designate one day a week to “tourist” days and exciting excursions (macaw and parrot clay-licks, mammal clay-licks, boat and pack raft rides, mini-expeditions, community social events, jungle lookout points, and more).
Depending upon length of stay, training will include: health and safety; basic jungle survival, basic ecology, basic permaculture, trail use and orienteering, impacts and challenges affecting the forests in Madre de Dios, research and conservation solutions for Madre de Dios, cacao cultivation, water and soil research, human health surveys, species identification, conservation research, wildlife monitoring (track identification, camera trapping, surveys), forest conservation, reforestation, community engagement, green building, sustainability, wildlife photography, and wildlife management.