Oxapampa, Peru

Volunteer in Oxapampa | Community

Change, grow and prosper in the heart of a cloud forest paradise near the city of Oxapampa in Peru.

As a member of our community development project team, you will live and work in a research centre run by our local partner CDS and assist Peruvian communities in environmental and sustainable development education – while soaking up the unique culture and scenery of this truly remarkable environment.



Build a better world by contributing to vital, locally-led project work that strives for a more just and equitable future.


In line with the UN’s SDGs, we are committed to ethical and sustainable engagement with our local partners and communities.


Learn from the world’s most unique and significant cultures, in breathtaking remote locations.

Oxapampa volunteer projects


In your free time explore the town, which is also known for hosting the popular annual Selvamonos Music and Arts Festival. Visit the main plaza, the town’s church, Iglesia Matriz Santa Rosa, or take a stroll along the Paseo de los Colonos, a walkway lined with benches. Or make the most of this cloud forest setting by spending your time surrounded by breathtaking scenery. See if you can spot some of the wildlife specific to the rich canals and tropical forests of the area.

Both wildlife conservation and community development programs are run from this base. As a participant in the community development programs, you will be assisting our partners and the local people with various development initiatives, the most important of which is environmental education. This means you could be involved in conducting educational workshops for the empowerment of the local community, you will also be involved in conservation education and learning about sustainable prototypes that the centre has. The centre is used as a showcase for renewable and sustainable practices, such as reforestation, hydroelectricity, wind power and environmental sanitation.

By taking part in these programs you will help us contribute to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, one of whose aims is to ensure inclusive and quality education for all. All of these initiatives will lead to an improved quality of life for many of the local communities.

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New and Exclusive: GVI Experiences

A locally curated selection of extra activities are now included across our programs.
Learn to make Peruvian food
Discover the natural dyes of Peru
Take a mindfulness hike through the forest
Try a tree climbing and canopy adventure
Explore waterfalls in the rainforest
Hike through a remote cloud forest
Climb a mountain in the Andes range
Camp in untouched cloud forest