Fuer die Kapuzinerjungtiere ist es gefaehrlich im Regenwald, daher ist Vorsicht geboten

Your trip at a glance


  • Live and work as an intern in the midst of the Peruvian rainforest
  • Gain new knowledge about primates and birds of the Amazon
  • Get trained in handling primates and birds
  • Acquire skills in data collec­tion and analysis
  • Meet people from all over the world
  • Immerse yourself into the depths of the Amazon rainforest


Amazon Rainforest

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Fuer die Kapuzinerjungtiere ist es gefaehrlich im Regenwald, daher ist Vorsicht geboten
Der Regenwald des Amazonas bietet viel Nahrung fuer dort lebende Primaten
Ein Weissfluegelguan spreizt seine Fluegel um abzuheben
Die Kaiserschnurrbarttamarine sind vor allem durch ihre Schnurrbarthaare erkennbar

Your wildlife internship in Peru

As participant in this amazing internship you will have the chance to work with primates, Amazonian mammals as well as exotic representatives of the avifauna and explore the stunning Peruvian Amazon Basin up close.

Zwei Praktikantinnen beobachten Voegel mit ihren Fernglaesern und notieren wichtige Daten

Arrival and Orien­ta­tion in South America

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.
Depending on how you want to set your focus during the project, you will either get involved in researching different primate species or work with terrestrial mammals as well as numerous bird species that live in the Amazon region.

Eine Praktikantin untersucht einen kleinen Vogel, der auf ihrer Hand sitzt

Research topics of your intern­ship abroad

Primates: Once a year, individuals from both tamarin monkey species that live in Peru are captured for a detailed examination. After completion of the research work they are released back into the wild. 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. During your research work you will gain experience in documenting morphological data and in collecting and processing a large variety of samples.

Grosse Netze werden von Auslandspraktikanten angebracht, um Voegel zu erforschen

Terrestrial mammals and birds: If you prefer setting your focus on terrestrial mammals and local bird species, you will also capture individuals of different species to examine them more closely. After you and your group generated all necessary data, these animals will also be released back into the wild. You will be able to practice the recording of morphometric data and the collection and processing of numerous samples. By screening the captured mammals and birds in conjunction with the Wildlife Handling internship focused on tamarins as well as the internship on disease ecology, the research programme aims at gaining valuable information about the parasite richness in a large proportion of the connected wildlife community at the site.
Research activities will be mainly carried out in Peru’s wild Amazon rainforest – an unforgettable learning experience!

Ein Auslandspraktikant forscht anhand von Proben in einer kleinen Laboreinrichtung

Accom­mo­da­tion in Peru

A research station in the Amazon rainforest will be your workplace and new home during the programme. In the station you will find a laboratory, a classroom, a library, a dining room and two dormitories, in which you will be accommodated. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms.
During your stay in the research station you will be provided with three meals per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Snacks are also available between meals.
It is also possible that you will be staying one night in Puerto Maldonado after you have left the station. During this hostel stay, you will be provided with breakfast. Lunch and dinner need to be purchased by you somewhere in the city.

Die Unterkunft der Auslandspraktikanten befindet sich mitten im Regenwald

Leisure time during your intern­ship

In between there is often time for your own activities. We recommend you bring some TV series, movies and books. The library of the research station is well-equipped so you can also borrow a good book.

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    1. Amazon Rainforest

    About 13% of the approximately 5,500,000 km² Amazon rainforest is located in Peru. As in other countries in South America where the Amazon rainforest is found, the Amazon rainforest in Peru is a real biodiversity hotspot due to its many endemic animal and plant species.

    The avifauna in particular is one of the richest in species worldwide. With over 1800 species, more birds live here than in Europe and North America together. But also large numbers of insects, reptiles and mammals can be found in the green depths and make the jungle of Peru an absolute must-see for all South American travellers and nature lovers.

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Background of your intern­ship in the 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.
A lot of research has already been carried out in order to gain more knowledge about the diverse flora and fauna – but new questions continuously arise. This internship programme is focused on primates of the Amazon region and offers nature and wildlife enthusiasts the chance to acquire valuable biology and conservation knowledge as well as essential research know-how.


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