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

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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.

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

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 15-year-long study focusing on the saddleback and emperor tamarins in the Peruvian jungle. Responsibilities include monitoring behaviour of target groups and nine other primate species, utilizing both radio telemetry and traditional methods. You will engage in full-day follows 1-2 times per week and conduct data collection on behaviour, scent marking, feeding, reproductive activities, and movement analysis. You will collect material data such as faecal samples and food from feeding trees and supplement feeding behaviour observations with gut microbiome and natural seed dispersal studies. Additionally, particular focus will be paid to the study of newborns and parent/alloparents interaction, if possible, to contribute to ongoing research regarding cooperative breeding behaviour.

Zwei Praktikantinnen beobachten Voegel mit ihren Fernglaesern und notieren wichtige Daten

Wildlife Biology

This programme focuses on documenting individual survival, health, and non-invasive sample collection, encompassing the entire Neotropical vertebrate community. You will work towards expanding molecular reference data and exploring ecological connections within the communities of various mammals, birds, bats, and herpetofauna. This research programme serves as a comprehensive training opportunity for students and professionals interested in wildlife research, conservation, and veterinary care, and stands out for its broad taxonomic scope and on-site sample analysis capabilities.

Die Unterkunft der Auslandspraktikanten befindet sich mitten im Regenwald

Accom­mo­da­tion deep in the Amazon

As a participant in the program, you'll be assigned to a gender-specific dorm room on the field station campus, where you'll reside with three other students.

You will share a bathroom and enjoy communal meals at the central dining area—all meals are covered within the program fees.

Der Regenwald des Amazonas bietet viel Nahrung fuer dort lebende Primaten

Leisure time during your stay at the field station

Throughout the program, there will be ample opportunities for personal relaxation or socializing during breaks and post-activity periods.

We suggest downloading cherished movies or series onto your device in advance and packing a book or e-book to complement the serene ambiance of the rainforest, offering the ideal setting for unwinding and rejuvenating amidst its breathtaking beauty.

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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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