Everyone interested in the our field courses in Peru aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.
Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions but require effort. But if you are interested and also willing to learn something completely new, the challenges and tasks will be manageable for you. You should not get discouraged – feel free to contact us so we can discuss the detailed learning plan and explain the general procedure of the courses to you.
You initially fly to Puerto Maldonado International Airport, where you will be met by an employee. You stay the first night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before you travel to Laberinto by taxi the next day. From here, you reach your accommodation, the Los Amigos research station after having sailed along the Madre de Dios River by boat, this taking a number of hours.
The course is so designed that you will have a wide knowledge of the most important aspects of tropical biology and primatology at the end of it. In the beginning, you are provided with the basic information you need to orientate and navigate yourself in the rainforest. You will also be provided with safety and behavioural rules that are imperative when living and working in the Amazon rainforest. This is followed by you gaining theoretical knowledge of major subject areas such as botany, ornithology, primatology, entomology and mammology on the basis of selected research literature. Parallel to this, your practical skills are also developed: you gain an insight into behavioural research, telemetry, data recording and data evaluation, in addition to you learning the direct handling of rainforest fauna. In addition to this, you accompany a group on nocturnal hikes through the rainforest, take journeys along the Los Amigos River and concern yourself with the securing of animal tracks. During a three-week stay, you will also be provided with the opportunity of organising and presenting your own research project. You hypothesise, collect and analyse suitable data materials and last but not least, presents your results to the other course participants.
After successfully completing the course, all of the participants are issued with a certificate. The course can also be credited in the form of credit points, depending on the university. The best thing would be for you to contact your university and ask whether the course can be accredited in your case. We would be pleased to be of assistance with this.
We realise that some of the people on our projects want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.
Everybody interested in our field courses 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.