As part of this fascinating internship program, you will journey to the Amazon rainforest in South America to research two species of tamarin monkey which are native to Peru. Your research will involve taking samples and collecting and recording data. You will be provided with in-depth training about how to deal with the animals directly under the constant guidance of experienced scientists. This internship provides an exciting opportunity to work together with rainforest primates and get to know part of the Peruvian Amazon basin.
After Brazil and Argentina, Peru is the third largest country in South America. Due to the variety of its landscape, Peru is a popular destination for nature lovers and tourists looking for adventure. The diversity of its landscape is home to a variety of rare and endemic animal and plant species. The Andes in the west of Peru are the longest mountain chain on the world and the highest mountain range on the American continent. They provide a unique mountain landscape where any hiking enthusiast will get their money’s worth. To the east, the Andes meet the Amazon rainforest, where tropical expeditions and wildlife adventures await you. Don’t miss the opportunity to see these magical locations.
All participants are to be at least 18 years of age upon commencement of the programme in addition to them having a good command of the English language. Previous practical experience or research experience is not a requirement but it is an advantage. What is more important is a strong interest in the fields of zoology, biology and anthropology in addition to flexibility, endurance and the readiness to start the day off in the early hours of the morning. The participants should also not be afraid of working in a jungle and the handling of insects and reptiles. As the daily work within the programme is quite strenuous, such as long hikes through the rainforest, all participants need to be adequately fit. Another condition for participating in the programme is the submission of a cover letter describing your motivation for taking part as well as two letters of recommendation. Furthermore we require your CV/résumé and conduct an application interview with you (in English).
After arriving at Puerto Maldonado International Airport, you will be collected by a member of staff and will be spending the first night in a hostel in the city. On the next day, you continue your journey to the Los Amigos research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest.
The participants in this course take part in a unique programme: individuals from two species of tamarin monkeys that have their habitat in Peru are captured once per year, these then being released after completion of the research work. Each of the course participants takes an active part in this research work: you will be trained in the handling of around 25 animals and hereby gain valuable knowledge of the biology of the primates. You will be able to practice the recording of morphometric data and the collection and processing of numerous samples.
At the end of the course, you will have all of the essential skills that are required in order to participate in programmes of this kind as a competent member of staff:
The research station will be your home during the programme. Houses a laboratory, a classroom, a library, a dining room and two dormitories, where the programme participants are accommodated. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms.
You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay in the research station and snacks are also available during your meals. The food supply is relatively balanced, even if fresh vegetables are not always available. Please inform us in advance should you have any special dietary needs (e.g. purely vegetarian meals). It is also possible that you will be staying one night in Puerto Maldonado after you have left the research station. During this stay in the hostel, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to obtain your lunch and dinner yourself. A good and satisfying meal can be obtained for just a few euros.
Everybody interested in internships abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.