Your trip at a glance


  • Study flora and fauna in one of the most biodi­verse regions of the world
  • Famil­iarise yourself with cutting-edge technology in the field of wildlife genetics
  • Gain new skills in field research among highly trained profes­sionals
  • Hone in on your research speciality and contribute to the world of wildlife conser­va­tion
  • Obtain univer­sity credit overseas in a diverse and stimu­lating research environ­ment


Amazon Rainforest
Grosse Netze werden von Auslandspraktikanten angebracht, um Voegel zu erforschen
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
Drei Praktikanten posieren im peruanischen Regenwald fuer ein Foto
Die Kaiserschnurrbarttamarine sind vor allem durch ihre Schnurrbarthaare erkennbar
Ein Grosser Gelbkopfgeier waehrend des Fluges im Amazonas-Regenwald
Ein Primat erkundigt die Gegend des peruanischen Regenwalds
Ein Amazonasfischer auf der Suche nach Nahrung im peruanischen Regenwald

Field Research Training Programmes in Peru

As a participant in our research training programme in Peru, you will learn a host of new research skills and broaden your interest and specialisations in the field of species conservation, all with the stunning backdrop of the immensely biodiverse Amazon rainforest.


Arrival and orien­ta­tion in Peru

Once you arrive at the international airport of Puerto Maldonados, you will spend the first night in a low-cost hostel close to the airport. The next day, you will continue your journey by taxi to Laberinto (a 1-hour drive). From Laberinto, you must take a 6-hour boat ride (upstream) to the Amazonian rainforest field station. Upon arrival, you will have a chance to get used to your new surroundings and become introduced to the field research training programme over the next month/s.

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

Field Research Training Programmes: Which one is right for you?

Our partner offers two distinct field research training programmes: Primate Behaviour and Wildlife Biology. Both programmes take place at the same research centre in the Peruvian rainforest, have a minimum of 5 weeks of participation, and have identical costs. Below you will find detailed descriptions of the projects to see which would better fit your interests and goals.


Primate Behaviour

Join a study that has been running for the last 14 years, focusing on the saddleback tamarin and emperor tamarin of the Peruvian jungle. You will observe and record the behaviour of several primate populations, each with one subject with a radio collar for tracking. Expect to follow the primate group for an entire day, several days a week. You will record data on their behaviour and scent marking, as well as collect material data such as food from feeding trees and faecal samples. Particular focus will be paid to the study of newborns and parent/alloparents interaction, if possible, to contribute to an ongoing research regarding cooperative breeding behaviour.

Zwei Praktikantinnen beobachten Voegel mit ihren Fernglaesern und notieren wichtige Daten

Wildlife Biology

This program contains four distinct tracks that participants will choose from and will thereby dedicate 60% of their time and focus. The remaining 40% will be spent on learning and improving general fieldwork skills and helping other research teams who may require assistance. The four tracks to choose from are primate monitoring, biodiversity and wildlife health, animal movement and spatial ecology or conservation genetics. For more details, please see our FAQ.

Die Unterkunft der Auslandspraktikanten befindet sich mitten im Regenwald

Accom­mo­da­tion deep in the Amazon

As a programme participant, you will share accommodation with three other students in a gender-specific dorm room on the field station campus. You will share a bathroom with your roommates, and all participants will eat communally at the central dining area. All food is included in the price.

Ein kleiner brauner Vogel wird vorsichtig zu Untersuchungszwecken von einem Praktikanten auf der Hand gehalten

Leisure time during your stay at the field station

During the programme, you will always have time for yourself or to socialise in between and after activities assigned for the day. We recommend downloading some of your favourite movies or series on your computer before arrival and bringing a book or e-book. There is no better way to relax than to soak up the beauty of the rainforest surrounding you.

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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 the field research programmes in Peru

This region belongs to the Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot and is considered Peru’s “biodiversity capital”. 50% of the land in this region is protected by law and is home to thousands of documented plants and animal species. However, even by combining indigenous knowledge with scientific discoveries, so much about this land and its native species remains a mystery. Our partner organisation’s research laboratory in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon focuses on many studies to track, monitor and analyse the biodiversity surrounding them. From DNA barcoding to following and observing primates in the jungle, our scientists engage all angles of study and constantly apply new technologies. Every year, they welcome passionate researchers and students from around the world to contribute their unique skills and interests towards the same common goal of wildlife conservation.


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