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.
You first travel to Puerto Maldonado from where you take a short boat ride to get to the research station. Together with other course participants you will stay there for a week. During this one week stay you will go for hikes through the rainforest with the other participants and take part at other practical activities and theoretical lectures. After six nights, you travel back to Puerto Maldonado and travel by boat to the next research station, situated in the southeastern parts of the Madre de Dios River. During your stay at the second research camp the group will go for excursions in the surrounding biotopes and do vegetation surveys. Two weeks after the start of your rainforest adventure you will head back to Puerto Maldonado and visit a herbarium. In the evening, you can take part at a farewell dinner with the other participants before the course ends.
All practical and theoretical lectures focus on the fascinating biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, the key factors and different processes of the formation and preservation and the impact of human activities in this important eco system.
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.
Everybody interested in our field courses 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.