You do not need to have advanced photography or camera skills to take part in the workshop. The course is so structured that both participants with less knowledge and those with more comprehensive knowledge are able to benefit. What counts is a strong interest in flora and fauna, enthusiasm for outdoor activities and the readiness to learn basic navigation skills. You need to be at least 18 years old at the start of the workshop and also have a good knowledge of English. Your own camera equipment is absolutely necessary. We recommend that you apply early as experience has shown that your chance of obtaining a place in the project is better if you do so.
The area surrounding Los Amigos is the habitat of eleven species of primate, six species of feline predators and 595 species of bird, so that there is a high probability that you will encounter tamarin monkeys, macaws, capuchin monkeys and numerous other animals. Meetings are held in the classroom evenings, during which you can exchange experiences with your team members and be provided with additional knowledge of the diverse flora and fauna that is to be found in the Peruvian jungle. An experienced nature photographer and research scientist supervises you and your team the entire time, leads you into the depths of the Peruvian jungle and provides you with valuable knowledge from his rich experience. Training you to be a better nature photographer is not the only aim of the workshop, but also providing you with valuable knowledge concerning the objects that you have in front of your camera lens. At the end, you will be able to use your photographs to tell stories about the complex tropical ecology of the Amazon Basin.
During the workshop, you will be accommodated at the Los Amigos research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest. You will be spending one night at a hostel in Puerto Maldonado before arriving at the station and one after you have left it. During your stay at the hostel, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to pay for your lunch and dinner yourself. A good and satisfying meal can be obtained for just a few euros.
In Los Amigos, you can either be accommodated in a double room with en suite facilities or in a single room. You will be provided with three meals per day – breakfast, lunch, dinner – during your stay in Los Amigos, these being taken in the large dining room. The food supply is relatively balanced, even if fresh vegetables are not always available, so that a purely vegetarian diet is also possible. You should inform us of this in advance, however. Snacks are also available between meals. Los Amigos covers an area of two hectares and also houses a laboratory, a classroom and a library. It is occasionally visited by small groups of monkeys.
Everybody interested in a Wilderness Experience 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.