You do not need to have advanced photography or camera skills to take part in the workshop. The course is structured in a way that participants with less photography knowledge as well as those with more comprehensive photography knowledge are able to benefit. What counts is a strong interest in flora and fauna, enthusiasm for outdoor activities and the readiness to learn basic navigation skills. You need to be at least 18 years old at the start of the workshop and also have a good knowledge of English. Due to longer trips in the tropical climate of Peru and India each participant should be in a good physical state. Because of this, we need a certificate from your doctor which proofs your condition. Moreover, it is mandatory to have a foreign health insurance before your departure to South America or Asia. Your own camera equipment is absolutely necessary.
: You will arrive at Puerto Maldonado International Airport, be picked up and taken to a hotel in the city, where you will spend the first night. The next morning and a after a boat ride on the Madre de Dios River you will reach your course accommodation, a research station in the middle of the Peruvian jungle. As a participant of this workshop you will get to know small rainforest inhabitants from up close and gain advanced knowledge in macro photography. You will learn how to work under low light conditions and minimal depth of field and how to use appropriate photography gear like extensions tubes properly. While acquiring valuable new knowledge you will explore the Peruvian rainforest and its fascinating flora, its diverse ecosystem and its unique wildlife – in particular insect and herpetofauna representatives in an extraordinary way. Additional nocturnal hikes, excursions to different ecosystems and tree-climbing make sure that this course will be an unforgettable nature and wildlife experience.
: After your arrival at Puerto Maldonado International Airport you will be picked up, taken to the harbor and, after a boat ride, reach your course accommodation, a research station in the middle of the Peruvian rainforest. The workshop focuses on constructing, installing and analysing camera traps. Camera trapping is a crucial data collection technique regarding nature and species conservation. As a participant of this course you get to know different kinds of cameras and their installation, help construct them, practice tree-climbing and installing these devices at a variety of heights and deal with collecting and evaluating the photos taken. Surrounded by the Peruvian jungle you get the chance to get to know its fascinating biodiversity from up close – and by joining excursions to special places of the Amazon region you will learn how to capture it in a professional way.
No matter which course you choose: an experienced nature photographer and research scientist supervises you and your team the entire time, leads you into the depths of the Peruvian jungle and provides you with essential knowledge. The workshop does not aim at teaching you how to be a better nature photographer, but also to provide you with valuable knowledge concerning the objects that you have in front of your camera lens. At the end, you will be able to use your images to tell stories about the complex tropical ecology of the Amazon Basin.
During the workshop you will be accommodated in a research station, located in the Amazon rainforest at the foot of the Southern Andes of Peru. Except for the course “Arboreal Camera Trapping in Peru” you will spend a night in a hotel in Puerto Maldonado before arriving at/leaving the station. During your hotel stay you are in charge for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A good meal can be obtained for just a few euros, though. If you participate in the courses “Field Photography” or “Macro Photography”, you have the chance to be accommodated in shared rooms with a communal bathroom, in a double room with en suite facilities or in a double room in a single house with its own bathroom. The course “Arboreal Camera Trapping in Peru” provides shared rooms with communal bathrooms or double rooms with en suite facilities.
During the day you will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of the meals will be taken together with the others in a large dining room. Thanks to the balanced food supply a vegetarian diet is also possible, even though fresh vegetables might not be available each day. In any case you should inform us about your any special diet in advance. Snacks as well as coffee and tea are available throughout the day.
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.