MAKE A GIFT TO PROTECT THE ONLY BEAR IN SOUTH AMERICA
We hope you will join us at the heart of our operations in Batan Grande. Volunteering at SBC’s Conservation Center is an opportunity to participate in the day-to-day actions that support the protection of spectacled bears, a keystone species in the heart of northern Peru.
Scroll through the photos below for a glimpse of a day in the life of an SBC volunteer
Volunteers work Monday to Friday with weekends free to relax or explore local destinations.
You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects:
No experience is required, but we are always looking for volunteers with the following skills:
You will experience the natural and cultural beauty of northern Peru.
SBC’s conservation center is in Batan Grande, thirty miles from the city of Chiclayo. You will be close to the heart of the tropical dry forest at the base of the Andes, which is one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. The dry forest has algarobbo trees and cacti, as well as spectacled bear food staples: sapote and overo trees. The spectacled bear shares its home with many other unique species like the white-winged guan, the Pampas cat, and the Andean condor.
SBC is on the edge of a landscape rich in archaeological wonders. A series of adobe pyramids can be seen on the horizon of Batan Grande. The pyramids were sites of ceremony and celebration for the Sican people, a pre-Incan civilization obsessed with precious metals. The Sican had perfected the art of gold-smithing and their elite were buried adorned in gold including masks, headdresses and ear spools. These beautiful artifacts are on display at the Sican museum.
From April to October, the daily temperatures average 25⁰C with cool nights, and little to no rain. In the summer season, November to March, the daily temperatures can range from 25 – 35⁰C with warm nights, and occasional rain.
The first step is to complete the online application form. Once we have received your application, an SBC staff member will contact you for a short interview to determine suitability and time of travel.
We welcome volunteers year-round for periods of 2 weeks ($1,000 USD), 4 weeks ($1,400 USD), or longer. For visits of more than 4 weeks, we will work with you to determine fees based on your desired length of stay. Meals and accommodation are provided for the duration of your visit.
As SBC is a non-profit organization, every dollar we can put towards conservation action is critical. The volunteer program fees cover the cost of hosting you at our conservation center.
If you have a serious case of wanderlust, there are a multitude of excursions right at our doorstep.
Less than an hour away…
Best Northern Peru destinations…
Have an extra week to explore Peru?
We’re a small and mighty group, truly powered by our passionate community of supporters. Here are some other ways to contribute:
Share our stories and our work with your community to raise awareness for spectacled bears.
Provide inkind donations. We are always in need of new field equipment and computers.Volunteer
Be a Felti Ambassador. We are always looking for retail partners in every community.Volunteer
Volunteer your time. Whatever your skills (accounting, IT, etc.), we can use your talents!Volunteer