To be able to participate in this research course you must be at least 18 years old and have a good knowledge of English in order to understand all instructions and the information given during theoretical lectures by your course leaders. You do not need any specific expertise. It is important, though, that you are interested in nature and marine life and are motivated to be an active participant in the course. You also need to be a good swimmer and physically fit, as you will be living and working on a boat where you will be exposed to the sun most of the time during the day. Part of the activities includes snorkeling which can be physically quite demanding as well. Therefore, we require a medical certificate testifying as to your state of health as part of the application. Last but not least, you will need to get travel insurance before departing to the US.
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 will live and work on a modern and well-equipped research vessel, which will take you around the Florida Keys to locations where you will take part in different marine conservation activities. The boat is equipped with seven student cabins as well as four heads with access to hot water showers. Each sleep cabin can fit two participants. As soon as the boat is docked you have access to other sanitary facilities at dock. The boat is air-conditioned. Furthermore, it provides electricity for charging smaller electronical devices. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by a staff member in the galley.
To stay in touch with your family and friends you can buy a US SIM Card. This enables you to call or send text messages. Depending on the calling plan you may also be able to use the internet.
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.