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Amazon Volunteer Program Brazil



We are a non-governmental, non-profit organization that develops and supports projects in environmental education and scientific research on biodiversity, ecology, as well as on the behaviour of species of fauna and flora of Brazilian ecosystems.

Volunteers can participate as Biodiversity Research Assistant’s and help us conduct long term inventories essential for understanding trend in wildlife patterns and monitoring the effects of climate change. These activities are done in a group and are field research activities where repetitive data collection is required to understand trends over long periods. This role is for volunteers who like to be outside and enjoy physical activity.

Projects all volunteers will participate in:

We also have a role for photographer and videographers! To apply email: imran@ipbio.org.br or WhatsApp at +559391703119.


IPBio - Biodiversity Reasearch Institute (Reserva Jutuarana)


No formal requirements but places are limited so we will choose best applicants.

Dates of program:
From 1st June to 15th December

Duration of program:
4 weeks minimum, as long as visa allows

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

Volunteers are required to pay 1000 reais per week (please check up-to-date exchange rate in your currency) for the specific dates agreed upon. This fee covers the volunteer’s coordinators, airport pick-up, accommodation, internet access and project costs. A volunteer only confirms their placement once their payment is made and it is only valid for the specific dates agreed upon. Once a volunteer makes their payment there is no refund if they decide to cancel for whatever reason. We will provide you with specific payment details via PayPal by email.

Other information:


Childhood dream come true!
"My one-month volunteering in The Amazon Rainforest was absolutely incredible, I really can't recommend it enough. It had always been my dream to go to the Amazon and every day I was so happy to be there! Imi and Marleen, our coordinators were so welcoming when I first arrived, and the other volunteers ended up becoming fast friends that I felt so at home there. The work can be challenging in the heat, you are sweating 24/7, but you know you are making a positive impact, and it feels very rewarding. Every day is different ranging from measuring and planting trees to identifying fish, frogs, birds, and mushrooms. The volunteer lodge is beautiful, (you feel like you are on holiday!!) the locals are so kind, the neighbours are the best and the food is delicious. I went on so many amazing excursions out on the river, danced a lot of Carimbo and learned a traditional martial art called Capoeira. I'm now solo travelling around South America and EVERY time someone asks me what the highlight of my trip has been so far, I always say volunteering in Alter do Chao. I will definitely be coming back."- Sophie Duverger-Smith
The most special 12 weeks!
"My 12-week volunteering experience with IPBio in Alter do Chao was incredible. Each day involved diverse tasks vital for Amazon rainforest conservation, including tree phenology and measurements, bioluminescence, fluorescence, reforestation, fish, mushrooms, frogs, and bird inventories. Despite some challenging days in the Amazonian heat (you will be sweating 24/7!), our efforts felt significant to preserve the rainforest, especially in the face of climate change. There is a sense of camaraderie among the volunteers and staff, and every new finding in the field is celebrated. The town of Alter do Chão, nestled in the Amazon and along the Tapajos river, offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a welcoming community. The town's culture, cuisine, and the Carimbo dance every Thursday night add to its charm, and it will always have a special place in my heart. Although the program is conducted in English, having a basic understanding of Portuguese is beneficial for interactions in town and tours around the region. The staff is dedicated and attentive to all volunteers and any feedback that they have during their time at IPBio. This is a perfect place if you love nature and wildlife and want to make a conservation impact!"- Jessica Houghton

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