Internship in Peru – Primatology in the Amazon Rainforest

Country: Peru,
Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Teaching & Education,
Organisation: NATUCATE

This practical training programme offers you the opportunity to gain a unique insight in the field of primatology and thereby gain valuable experience in South America.

Your internship in South America

Choose whether to gain practical experience in the field of urban disease ecology, wildlife handling, primate communication or sensory perception and experience Peru's incomparable fauna and flora up close. Young experienced scientists assist you with project and research work and at the same time provide you with valuable theoretical and practical knowledge. With the Amazon rainforest as a backdrop, you will be able to experience a unique learning environment.

Practical training: Community Disease Ecology
The focus of this programme is on species research. The tasks here especially include the identifying of primate species, the following and observation of primate groups and the collecting and securing of faeces samples that can provide the most important information on DNA, the hormonal balance, parasitic infestations and the nutritional habits of an animal.

Practical Training: Wildlife Handling
The participants in this course take part in a unique programme: individuals from two species of tamarin monkeys that have their habitat in Peru are captured once per year, these then being released after completion of the research work. You will be trained in the handling of around 25 animals and hereby gain valuable knowledge of the biology of the primates. You will be able to practice the recording of morphometric data and the collection and processing of numerous samples.

Practical Training: Primate Communication
This course concerns itself with an exact study of the signalling system of emperor tamarins and brown-mantled tamarins. In this course signalling sounds are compiled in catalogue form. Furthermore, data on the morphology of the scent glands and the marking behaviour of adult animals are collected. The participants follow selected primate groups during whole-day and half-day tours, they hereby recording context-related signalling sounds in addition to non-verbal forms of communication.

Practical Training: Sensory Perception of Primates
This course focuses on the research of the visual faculty of tamarin monkeys. During this course, you will observe and compare the behaviour, collect data and conduct exciting experiments. You also learn how to record the data obtained from the behaviour research, conduct data analyses and correctly supervise scientific experiments.

Your accommodation

After arriving at Puerto Maldonado International Airport, you will be collected by a member of staff and will be spending the first night in a hostel in the city. On the next day, you continue your journey to the research station that is located at the foot of the Southern Andes in the Amazon rainforest. This will be your home during the programme. The station houses a laboratory, a classroom, a library, a dining room and two dormitories, where the programme participants are accommodated. The dormitories have bunk beds and shared bathrooms.

You will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay in the research station and snacks are also available during your meals. The food supply is relatively balanced, even if fresh vegetables are not always available. Please inform us in advance should you have any special dietary needs (e.g. purely vegetarian meals).

It is also possible that you will be staying one night in Puerto Maldonado after you have left the research station. During this stay in the hostel, you will be provided with breakfast but you will have to obtain your lunch and dinner yourself. A good and satisfying meal can be obtained for just a few euros.

  • Age limit: Minimum age 18 years
  • 2019 start dates Community Disease Ecology: 03 June, 17 June, 24 June, 01 July
  • 2019 start dates Wildlife Handling: 27 May, 03 June, 10 June
  • 2019 start dates Primate Communication/Habitat Use: 03 June, 17 June, 01 July
  • 2019 start dates Sensory Perception of Primates: 03 June, 10 June, 17 June, 24 June, 01 July, 08 July
  • Duration: 3-6 weeks
  • Project location: Madre de Dios department / Peru
  • Accommodation: Shared room with bunk beds and shared bathroom
  • Language requirements: English (a good level of school English is sufficient)
  • Suitable for: volunteer work, sabbatical, internship
  • Certification


  • Community Disease Ecology – 4 weeks: 1.900 EUR
  • Wildlife Handling – 4 weeks: 1.900 EUR
  • Primate Communication – 6 weeks: 2.725 EUR
  • Sensory Perception of Primates – 3 weeks: 1.500 EUR


  • Placement in the internship
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Accommodation during the internshp
  • All meals during the internship
  • Course-related equipment
  • Lectures
  • Excursions
  • English-speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Certificate
  • 24/7-support throughout the project


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