Manu Experiential Learning 2 Weeks

Manu Experiential Learning 2 Weeks

Join the Crees team at the Manu Learning Centre, a research and education hub in the remote Peruvian Amazon. In this programme you will live and work with a group of like-minded people from across the world, sharing their passion to protect the Manu rainforest.

Discover what it takes to save this rainforest by learning about the social, economic and political challenges Manu is facing, but actively working on it, by supporting our community team as they empower local people through improved livelihoods and living standards.

Become part of the solution, spending every day exploring the rainforest and meeting its wild creatures, while carrying out tropical ecology surveys to collect data that is used in scientific publications.

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DURATION

 2 Weeks

LODGING

Manu Learning Centre

TYPE

Experiential Learning

Inside the Experiential Learning Experience

Mondays: Butterfly surveys

 You wake up at 6 am to the calls of charismatic macaws and mischievous monkeys. After a typical Peruvian breakfast, you set out with your team leader into the rainforest to survey the immense diversity of Amazonian butterflies. 

You learn to handle, identify and record the butterflies’ data collaborating with our researchers to better understand the health of the ecosystem (it’s amazing what you can learn from these beautiful creatures)

After a busy day trekking through the rainforest to complete the surveys, it’s time to head back to camp and catch up on the day’s gossip over a communal dinner before an early night.

Tuesdays: Community Action

You hop on the early morning boat to travel over to the small town of Salvación to help families with their bio gardens from fixing roofs, to planting saplings. 

Many children in this town suffer from malnutrition due to a lack of fresh vegetables so the biogardens are essential for improving their health and are also a source of alternative income as many families have begun selling their produce to improve their livelihoods.

After a hot and sweaty day of work, you relax over a cold beer in the evening and feel a sense of accomplishment knowing that you and your team have helped a local family that really needs your support.

Wednesdays: Cultural Experience

After a morning in the bio gardens, you catch the boat back to camp to enjoy a communal lunch with everyone in the team. You spend the afternoon working with our researchers to identify species and record data, or help the kitchen and housekeeping staff around camp and enjoy getting to know the team better. 

After a hearty evening meal, you spend a fun-filled evening practising Spanish with our Peruvian staff – sharing stories to learn about different cultures and experiences that will surely expand your understanding and horizons.

Thursdays: Macaw Monitoring

You wake up before dawn and catch the boat down to the beach as the sun begins to rise over the Amazon rainforest and the distant snow-capped mountains, a spectacular way to start the day. 

Flocks of macaws and parrots begin to arrive at the Mascoitania clay lick by the beach, where they socialise and replenish minerals needed in their diet. You will learn how to identify different species and record various data, so that our researchers can better understand how these threatened species are being impacted by tourism and habitat loss.

You hop back on the boat for breakfast and have a day of trekking in the forest to complete researching surveys, having the opportunity to see even more wildlife during the day.

Fridays: Night Survey

You spend the day at camp helping out the team on their projects or working in the biogarden. Tonight you will head out on a survey after dark, hunting for amphibians and reptiles. 

Herpetofauna are a really understudied group, but they can tell us a lot about the health of their environment. Whether you find snakes or colourful tree frogs, you bring them back to camp to identify and record data to help expand knowledge on these species. After a long day, you enjoy a hot shower and bed.

Saturdays: Fun Times

You spend the day trekking through the rainforest and enjoy getting to know the vast diversity of plants and wildlife by chatting to your knowledgeable team leader, as you work together to complete surveys and record data.

You get back to camp for a hot shower and dinner, just before Saturday Night Fun kicks off. Every week, this is when the whole team lets loose with quirky home-grown entertainment. Over a few beers and a lot of laughter, you will start building friendships for life.

LSundays: Day Off

You relax with a good book, play football with the team, go for a dip in the streams, or just enjoy a good gossip with other guests. It’s your Sunday in the remote Amazon rainforest: bask in the awe-inspiring beauty of your surroundings and simply enjoy every moment of it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

By visiting the Manu Rainforest with Crees you will be actively supporting our conservation and community projects in the Amazon protecting nature and empowering local people.

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