If you want to be part in this project you don’t need expert knowledge or any prior experience – you only need a lot of motivation and enthusiasm for biology and bird related topics. For a successful project you have to be ready to participate and learn actively in the courses. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have certain knowledge of English to understand the course instructions and research material. You need a CV, medical and vaccination certificates to complete your application documents. We also need you to send us a reference from your university or employer. To get to know the participants skype interviews with the NATUCATE team and the partner organization are requested.
Everyone interested in the our field courses in Peru aware that these courses aim at educating the participants. The courses have a set content and deal with a variety of topics that are introduced in English. A number of theoretical and practical examinations as well as presentations in English are part of the learning experience and can be challenging for non-native speakers.
Please note that the courses are not simply safari excursions but require 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 detailed learning plan and explain the general procedure of the courses to you.
Your adventure begins at Puerto Maldonado International Airport. An employee will pick you up and take you to a Hostel in Puerto Maldonado, where you are going to spend one night. The next day you will head out to Laberinto from where you will take a boat to your final destination. The boat will take a couple of hours to bring you safely to the first research station, located at the foot of the Andes, before heading to the second and optionally third research station in the midst of the Amazon rainforest. During the first days at the field site course participants learn about safety, research ethics and how to collect and prepare spatial data which is collected in one of the world’s most diverse rainforests.
The actual course will provide a deep knowledge about bird behavior, ecology, taxonomy, nature conservation and different field research methods such as telemetry and implementation of field studies. There will be a focus on practical work during daytime and nightly lectures which convey theoretical knowledge. Grades and certificates of completion are based on participants' assignments and short exam. Depending on your university or college you might be able to get credit for this course. For any further information you are welcome to contact us.
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.
Everyone interested in a Wilderness Experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, flexibility and the ability to adapt are very important. The facility might not be what you expected and cannot be compared to European standards. In the jungle equipment and furnishings are limited; air conditioning is not available. Power blackouts or water outrages might occur occasionally – depending on where you are. Please contact us if you have further questions about your stay. We are happy to provide you with detailed information to make you feel 100 % prepared.