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Taricaya Activity: RCM   (published in Peru)

February 1, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Continuing my blog posts about the wide variety of activities offered at the Conservation Program of Taricaya…


RCM

The acronym stands for Rescue Center Maintenance. However, my fellow volunteers and I dubbed it Random Crap Maintenance because that’s truly what it is. When you’re signed up for this activity, you could be doing basically any random thing that tickles the fancy of the staff. Whatever random stuff needs to get done around Taricaya that day that won’t fill up a whole activity by itself is given to the RCM group.

 

During my times of RCM, I cleared trails, built new feeding platforms, sewed netting, carried wood, cleaned pools, worked on the construction projects, swept the Animal Hospital, painted signs, dumped the compost buckets, posted information signs on the animals, cleaned pools and enclosures, and a number of other things.

 

My recommendation for RCM is to always dress as though you’re going to be doing something really nasty, because it could be a worst case scenario that has you doing a very dirty job. 

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Taricaya Activity: RCM
 

Flor Pereira volunteering experience in Peru.   (published in Peru)

January 30, 2013 by   Comments(0)

When I decided to volunteer in Peru with Projects Abroad I knew I did not have the average profile. People in my circle of friends thought that volunteering is for teenagers, people on gap years and definitely not for the over 30’s, but with my daughters grown and gone (one to work abroad, another away from home at University), I grew more and more restless. I wanted to feel useful and help people.

I never had a doubt about where I wanted to go – Peru was my choice right from the beginning. I was at the time reading the Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming and was totally fascinated by the country’s History and the Inca culture. I also wanted a challenge and being terrified by mountains since I nearly died in an accident at the age of ten, this high altitude country definitely represented a huge challenge to me!

I was really pleased that PA could propose 4 different placement choices. I picked the PRONOEI (Programa No Escolarizado Inicial) because it was the most interesting but also because I thought that maybe not so many volunteers spoke fluent Spanish, so I might be more useful there.

I arrived in Cusco on a Sunday afternoon. Waiting for me at the airport with a friendly smile was a member of Projects Abroad. He showed me the town and took me to Urubamba to meet my Peruvian family for the first time. I could not have picked a better one if I had chosen myself. Jesus, Lupe, Yurmo and Carlos received me with open arms and were so warm and welcoming; they immediately became a real family. The cherry on top of the cake was the volunteer I shared my family with, a Danish girl barely older than my eldest daughter and the sweetest, most wonderful house mate anyone could wish for.

Next day I went with my supervisor Yessica, to the PRONOEI to see my ...

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Flor Pereira volunteering experience in Peru.
 

dritte Woch   (published in Peru)

January 27, 2013 by   Comments(1)

Urwaldbaeume pflanzen, Betonieren, Huetten (Bungalows) malern, Schmetterlinge fangen fuer das Schmetterlingsprojekt (werden gezuechtet, um die Arten nicht aussterben zu lassen, weil die Einheimischen sie fangen, toeten und als Souvenirs verkaufen), und die wiederkehrenden Aktivitaeten, die trotzdem nie ganz gleich sind. Wir finden uns auf den Trails ganz gut zurecht, verlaufen uns nicht mehr im Urwald und wissen mittlerweile wie man mit der Machete umgeht ;-). Ausserdem haben wir unseren zweiten Jahrestag am 22. Januar gefeiert, mit ein paar von den anderen Freiwilligen in der nahegelegenen Amazon Planet Lodge. Von der Koechin haben wir einen echten, selbstgebackenen, genialen Kuchen bekommen mit einer Zuckergratulation und Herzchen drauf (eine echte Raritaet mitten im Urwald). Weil wir so gute Lappen sind, haben wir ihn mit den anderen 18 Leuten geteilt. Weil die Erinnerung an die Freude der anderen bleibt waehrend der Kuchen gegessen und wieder "recycelt" wird, haben wir uns fuer die schoene Erinnerung entschieden. Ansonsten hat heute in der Stadt sowas wie die Sinntflut angefangen, und der Madre de Dios-Pegel steigt. Gut dass wir wissen, wo die Arche liegt! Die wichtigen Sachen haben wir schon dabei, nur fuer den Fall... Ausserdem sind wir schon beim Planen unserer naechsten Station nach dem Urwaldprojekt - Cusco, der "Nabel der Welt" der alten Inkas. Sieht so aus, als ob wir doch noch auf den Machu Picchu kommen :-). Deshalb haben wir uns heute schon eine warme, wollene Hose gekauft (zwei in einem - eine Kurze fuer Christoph und eine Lange fuer Andrea). Mittlerweile haben wir uns hier gut eingelebt, und wir kriegen langsam mehr von den vielen schoenen Details um uns herum mit. Am Anfang hat uns die Flut von neuen Eindruecken fast erschlagen. An den Hygienestandard ...

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dritte Woch
 

Blog: Week 2

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Week 2   (published in Peru)

January 26, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Nou de helft van de helft zit er alweer op  de tijd vliegt als je hier bent.

Deze week heb ik weer een aantal nieuwe maar ook een aantal van dezelfde activiteiten gedaan als vorige week. Zo is het voeren van de dieren iets wat natuurlijk veel gedaan moet worden en dat heb ik dus ook een paar keer gedaan de afgelopen week. Verder zijn er meerdere projecten lopende waar aan gewerkt moet worden, zoals de nieuwe dierenkooien en het nieuwe dierenhospital/keuken. Hier heb ik de afgelopen week aan beide 1 dag besteed en het dierenhospital/keuken is nu bijna af en willen ze eigenlijk binnen 2 weken gaan gebruiken, misschien kan ik dus nog zien wat het absolute eindresultaat is. Verder heb ik de afgelopen week weer nieuwe ervaringen opgedaan, nieuwe activiteiten meegemaakt en nieuwe dieren gezien, waaronder 2 keer een bruine kolibrie en een mega schildpad die zo hard mogelijk wegliep/rende toen hij ons ondekt had, wat niet erg snel was. Verder moesten de normale klusjes ook gedaan worden wat bestond uit harken en de paden begaanbaar houden met de machetes, en dat soort dingen. 

Volgende week zal het er iets anders uitzien dan normaal, we gaan namelijk met bijna de hele groep op woensdag naar een meer tussen Taricaya en Puerto waar veel vogels en andere dieren leven, er is een kans dat er op dat moment ook rivierdolfijnen zijn maar dan moeten we een beetje geluk hebben. Bij het meer kunnen we zwemmen en achteraf kunnen we er ook eten :D Daar kijk ik wel erg naar uit omdat het me erg leuk lijkt om allemaal te zien. 

Er zijn de afgelopen week weer nieuwe mensen bij gekomen, 2 mensen kwamen en vandaag en gister zijn er in totaal ook weer 2 mensen vertrokken dus daar is weer evenwicht in.

Afgelopen dinsdag was nog een speciale dag want 2 van de vrijwilligers die ...

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Week 2
 

Taricaya Activity: Jaguar Feeding   (published in Peru)

January 25, 2013 by   Comments(0)

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Continuing my blog posts about the wide variety of activities offered at the Conservation Program of Taricaya…

Jaguar Feeding

One of my favorite activities to do at Taricaya! The resident jaguar, Preciosa, does not get fed each day at Animal Feeding like the other animals. Instead, she gets fed once a week, typically Friday afternoon during the optional activity slots.

Not to worry, you won’t be going inside the cage, face to face with her, while she is out. Instead, Preciosa is locked up in her little house connected to the main part of the cage so she can’t be tempted to have an early appetizer of volunteers before her main course.

Once she is securely locked away, the group goes in to clean. Her large water container must be dumped out by hand with buckets, a very wet and nasty job but it must be done so that it can be refilled with clean water. The bones of her last meal, dead leaves, and her poo get raked up as well. The large branches and leaves that Preciosa hides under are removed to give her fresh ones every week.

After the enclosure is cleaned out, her food and enrichment for the week is brought in. Hunks of raw meat are hidden throughout the cage so that she has to hunt for them. The enrichment she receives is typically a large bag or a papier-mâché cardboard boxes with leaves and more meat inside that she has to tear open to get enjoy the treats within. Also, perfume or cologne is sprayed in random spots to give Preciosa scent enrichment.

Once everything is in place, it’s time to set her free. Cleaning and preparing the cage for Preciosa usually takes an hour so don’t be surprised if other volunteers show up around this time. They may not have felt like offering their help that week ...

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