If you would like to participate in our desert herpetology course, you must be at least 18 years old and proof a basic knowledge of English. Specific pre-knowledge is not required – it is more important to be interested in nature and to be motivated to work and study actively. For your application, you need a certificate from your doctor confirming that you are healthy. Moreover, we ask you to hand in a certificate of vaccination. Last but not least, you need to make sure to get travel health insurance before departing to the USA.
Everyone interested in the field course in Arizona should be aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The course has a set content and deals with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English may be part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.
Please note that the course is not simply a safari excursion but requires effort. But if you are interested and also willing to learn something completely new, the challenges and tasks will be manageable for you. You should not get discouraged – feel free to contact us so we can discuss the learning plan and explain the general procedure of the course to you.
You will master fundamentals of following topics:
We realise that some of the people on our projects want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.
The night after your arrival in Arizona as well as the last two nights before departure you will spend in a hotel in Tucson. There you will share a room with one or two other participants. During your stay in the hotel you will be provided with daily meals. Your actual research location will be the Chihuahuan Desert, in the south-eastern part of Arizona, in whose surroundings you will travel after the first night in Tucson. There you will be living in a furnished apartment in a guest lodge, close to a small village in New Mexico at the border to Arizona. The apartments provide bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room and a washing machine. The lodge also provides WiFi. You and your team are in charge for your breakfast and lunch – the groceries needed will be provided to you by your team leaders. Dinner will be ordered, you will eat in a restaurant or prepare it yourself. Since the course instructors will buy fresh groceries in a supermarket nearby, different kinds of diets can be considered.
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.