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The School for Field Studies / SFS: Peru – Amazon Studies
In the heart of the Amazon, dense green foliage blankets the horizon as far as the eye can see. For millennia, its rich natural resources have supported human communities and an incredible diversity of wildlife species found nowhere else on the... read more
I learned new perspectives on happiness as well as the dependence of many people on nature. I gained so much knowledge and it was completely worthwhile. Dayna De La Cruz - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I gained a thorough understanding of local ecology, conservation efforts, and political and social movement in theory from my semester abroad. I think the only thing that could have been improved upon was the local cultural immersion through more opportunities to explore the city on our own, less curfew and campus building restr... Bailey J Nordin - Columbia University View Entire Review
Yes, I improved my use of the spanish language ten-fold and I now have an extensive knowledge on some of the issues that the Amazon Rain Forest is faced with. I now use this information daily to educate children through my job as a wildlife educator and I hope I can teach the next generation that it is important to stop them. Samantha - Delaware Valley University View Entire Review
I learned so much about environmental justice and how ecology is so tied in to people's well being. Henry Hurt - University of Richmond View Entire Review
I gained confidence in myself and my abilities, learned more about what I want from a future career, learned about other cultures and perspectives, and it was incredibly worthwhile. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
I love traveling. I'm just not sure I want to be tied down. We were largely treated like children. Instead, many of us have lived on our own for a couple years and to enter a program with so many rules is suffocating. A student - University of Colorado - Colorado Springs View Entire Review
I think it was worthwhile because it is such a unique opportunity to live in the rainforest for an extended period of time. I gained field research experience and simply grit from living in a mentally and physically challenging environment. mountainrunnner48 - Wellesley College View Entire Review
Not only did I learn about the Amazon, biodiversity, and sustainability, but I also learned about the whole world and about myself. Kara J - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
Peru gave me the confidence to travel and live abroad, amazing friends, and applicable experience for my future as an ecologist. I never regretted for a second that I went. A student - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
I learned how to navigate foreign cities and that some people are really into plants. Abby Hirshman - Carleton College View Entire Review
This program is so worthwhile. I learned so much about the Peruvian culture, ecology, political and social landscape, and got a wonderful experience that I will always carry with me. Anna - Gonzaga University View Entire Review
Study abroad does not have to be like this. My time would have been much better spent doing a different, more functional, study away program or not studying away at all. I thought this program would be a catalyst for my growth, however, being so controlled all the time caused me to atrophy on an academic and emotional level. Socrates Bassuk - Oberlin College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile to learn about how to conduct scientific research and the process of scientific writing. A student - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the region, as all of our classes were based around local conservation and ecological issues. I also really learned to push my own personal limits socially, academically, culturally, and just as a whole. All the people I met were very inspiring, and I feel like the program has really changed my perspective ... A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Peru is an incredible country and I'm glad that I got to spend time exploring and learning more about the people, culture, and ecosystems of Peru. However, SFS Peru, for me, was too focused on hard science and academics, but not focused enough on actual cultural integration. A student - Wellesley College View Entire Review
In the heart of the Amazon, dense green foliage blankets the horizon as
far as the eye can see. For millennia, its rich natural resources have
supported human communities and an incredible diversity of wildlife species
found nowhere else on the planet. This great and complex rainforest is also one
of the world’s most impactful ecosystems - Amazonian watersheds account for 20
percent of the world’s river water.
However, the forests of the Peruvian Amazon are
increasingly under threat from climate change, rapid development, and
extractive activities like logging and mining. From the terra firme and flooded forests of the lowlands to the glacial
lakes and tropical montane forests of the Andes, Peru’s landscapes need
comprehensive and inclusive strategies for conservation. Our research here
provides important insights into the fate of the Amazon and all the life that
depends on it.
SFS students live and
Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Explore the
extraordinarily biodiverse ecosystems of the northern Peruvian Amazon. Discuss
threats to the region – from climate change to resource extraction – and get at
the heart of Peru’s conservation and development issues. Experience flooded
forests on a multi-day riverboat expedition and travel to the Andean highlands
where you’ll visit cloud forests and the historic Incan capital of Cusco, the
hub for visitors to Machu Picchu.
study at the Center for Amazon Studies, which lies halfway between the
remote city of Iquitos and the port city of Nauta, nestled in the Amazon. The
sounds of the forest permeate our campus, from student cabins to the pool and
open-air student lounge. The rainforest is accessible via an on-campus trail
system which traverses our 183-acre property. Small communities and local shops
are within walking distance.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Environmental Science
- Environmental Studies
- Latin American Studies
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Botany, Plant Biology
- Global Studies
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Natural Resources Management
- Natural Sciences
- Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
- Zoology, Animal Biology
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The School for Field Studies / SFS Scholarships
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.
These grants, currently available for students enrolling in one of SFS's new semester programs, will be awarded on the basis of need and may supplement other awards of SFS need-based scholarships, travel grants, and zero- or low-interest loans.
This need-based scholarship is available for students with a cultural and/or ancestral connection to the country in which they plan to study abroad with SFS.
SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SFS program.
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