As a participant in this course you must be at least 18 years old and have good English skills. Specific expertise is not required –the course is designed for students, though, who are interested in pursuing undergraduate or master's field research. Being interested in nature and marine life is very important, just like the motivation to actively participate in the course. As you will be living and working on a boat with frequent exposure to the sun and occasional snorkeling activities, you also need to be physically fit and a good swimmer. Therefore, we ask you to pass a doctor’s certificate on to us which confirms that you are healthy and fit. Last but not least, you must get travel insurance before departing to Florida.
You will master fundamentals of following topics:
We realise that some of the people on our projects in Florida 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.
During this research course in Southern Florida you and other course participants are accommodated aboard a mordern and well-equipped working research vessel, which will take you around the Northern part of the Florida Keys to dedicate yourself to different research and conservation activities. The boat provides seven student cabins as well as four heads (bathrooms), each with a hot water shower. Each student cabin can fit two participants. There are further shower facilities (but not laundry facilites, though) available ashore when the vessel is docked. The boat is air-conditioned and participants have access to electricity both for light and to charge their devices. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.
In order to stay in touch with family and friends you should buy a US American SIM Card when arriving in the States. This way, you can make calls or send text messages. Depending on your calling plan you may also be able to use the internet.
Even though accommodation in this course is definitely of Western standard, 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.