Volunteering and Internships

The Takiwasi Center can receive a limited number of volunteers, interns and researchers from different nationalities and disciplines. We will give priority exclusively to those people who can offer a specific service to the Center and can cater to a specific internal need for Takiwasi, under certain conditions.

It should be noted that Takiwasi is a non-profit civil association with a limited yearly budget which is self-generated; it does not receive support from the government, it only eventually receives donations from foundations and individuals.

The income generated through the therapeutic activities that involve the intake of plants and through the provision of different services allow us to generate the resources to finance the treatment of patients suffering with drug addiction with limited economic resources, and to carry out other activities of social impact for the benefit of the population.


The presence in the Center, in contact with patients with severe drug addiction, requires specific Rules of Conduct here indicated. In addition to these general rules the following should be considered:

It is possible to undertake the volunteer service in one of the following areas:

Volunteering does not include the intake of Amazonian medicinal plants at Takiwasi Center. If a person is interested in participating in a plants intake process, he/she will adapt to the registration process of the Retreats/Diets or Seminars that is independent from the enrollment as volunteer. This must be done at the same time but in a separate form from the request to volunteer. It is not possible to add, during your volunteering at Takiwasi, intake of plants that have not been planned in advance. Plants therapy necessarily imply concomitant psychotherapeutic accompaniment. In case of approval, the modalities and costs of plant therapy will be then determined. There is no possibility of exchanging volunteer services with plant therapy.


In the case of professional internship or research, the interested person registers their stay in a personal training process. They will then have access to the services of Takiwasi, taking from this experience a personal benefit in their professional dimension. In this case the intern should consider paying a monthly fee for the use of Takiwasi services. This is separate from plants intake and therapeutic follow-up in case of performing a personal process of this type. In the negotiation phase, an agreement will be reached with the interested party on the minimum financial contribution to be paid to the institution based on their personal possibilities.

- Therapeutic area
In this case, preference will be given to psychology students or with training in mental health and professionals with experience in the treatment of addictions. They should have the support of an academic institution, and an agreement should be signed with Takiwasi. It is essential to speak a basic Spanish to be able to intern in this area.

- Research
Preference will be given to researchers who have the support of an academic institution and who have previous research experience. If the researcher is planning to perform the investigation after having obtained a scholarship as a result of a project prepared with the support of Takiwasi, a mandatory financial compensation to the Center shall be established.
Researchers interested in studying Takiwasi’s therapeutic model should show a positive disposition towards traditional medicines and a sincere openness to the therapeutic practices employed, especially with regard to the energetic/spiritual context. Further requirements, including an interinstitutional agreement and the requirement for prior review and/or co-authorship for the publication of the research results will be indicated during the negotiation stage.

Anyone wishing to develop a research project at the Takiwasi Center must take into account the guidelines set forth by the Institutional Research Review Committee established through Multiple Memorandum Nº001-2021-TAKIWASI/PE, which ensures ethical standards for research involving human subjects.

- Other disciplines
Internships in other disciplines (botany, sustainable development, ecology and environment, public health, etc.) can be considered as long as Takiwasi deems it convenient.

For more information and to apply for a volunteering or internship, write to: takiwasi@takiwasi.com

Takiwasi is currently looking for volunteers and interns to cover the following positions:

People with no previous experience, particularly young people with no training or specific skills necessary to the Center, have little chance of being able to insert themselves in Takiwasi in a useful and profitable way. In this case, we recommend you to check out the following links of NGOs that carry out their mission in Peru and receive requests from volunteers:

NGO dedicated to research, sustainable development and protection of the environment.

Contact: Ing. Daniel Vecco - urkue@yahoo.es

Indigenous Center for Support to Orphans and Abandoned Children.

Contact: José Yaun Petsa - jyaunpetsa@yahoo.es +51 942091420

More information

NGO specialized in volunteer work in Peru with an archive of non-profit associations hosting volunteers.

Contact: Jaime Ulloa - jaime@trabajovoluntario.org

Contact: Joaquin Leguia - info@aniaorg.pe

Contact: P. Omar Sánchez - contactenos@ciudaddelosninos.com.pe

Latin American global network of volunteers for a better world.

Phone: (54-11) 5217-7689/90 | int. 111

Contact: Miguel Rodríguez

Tél.: 997210228 / 5500372

Platform that brings together volunteers and NGOs from all over the world.

Contact: community@givingway.com

Platform that allows volunteers to visit NGOs all over the world.

Contact: hello@visit.org

NGO specialized in volunteer work in Peru with an archive of non-profit associations hosting volunteers.

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