This internship is perfect for any nature lover with an inquisitive personality. You will conduct research into the visual acuity of native tamarin species at the heart of the South American rainforest, where you will experience the biodiversity of the Peruvian Amazon basin. You will practice observing animals, gather and analyse data and carry out scientific experiments. You will have experienced scientists by your side at all times who will pass on their valuable theoretical and practical expertise. Discover the flora and fauna of the jungle and develop yourself from a personal and professional perspective in front of a unique backdrop!
Peru is one of the most unique countries in South America. Peru is the third largest country on the continent after Brazil and Argentina, and is renowned for its biodiversity and varied landscape. The Andes on the Pacific coast and the Amazon to the East on the border with Brazil provide the climate for a unique variety of endemic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insect species. Peru also has a large indigenous population which has maintained its traditions for centuries. From both a cultural and natural perspective, this fascinating country is a must see for anybody who comes to the South American continent.
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.
In this course, the focus of the research work is on research in the visual faculty of tamarin monkeys. This primarily depends on the sex of the animal: all of the male new world monkeys are dichromatic (they are able to see with two types of cone), this only being the case in half of the female new world monkeys. The different visual acuities also give ground to expect that there are also behavioural differences between dichromatic and trichromatic tamarin monkeys. During this course, you will observe and compare the behaviour, collect data and conduct exciting experiments. You also learn how to record the data obtained from the behaviour research, conduct data analyses and correctly supervise scientific experiments.
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This 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.