Amazonian Encounters: Forests, Rivers, and Spirits

3 Credits

Amazonian Encounters will introduce students to the world’s greatest river system through a combination of classes and a two-week journey to the Peruvian Amazon. Throughout the Fall 2021 semester, students enrolled in either ENST 335 or CRWR 291/491 will prepare for their journey to Amazonia through a series of readings, writing assignments, film showings, and “live by computer” discussions with experts such as philosophers, conservationists, artists, shamans and cultural figures on-site in Peru. 

The two-week travel experience will begin with a week in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon; students will explore the city and neighboring communities learning about the culture, biodiversity, and lifeways of contemporary Amazonia. The second week will feature an excursion on the Nanay River, an Amazon tributary, to the Alpahuallo-Mishana National Reserve, and a stay at a community located in the reserve. This course and all related activities will be conducted in English.

A special feature of the program is participating in the holiday traditions of the Peruvian Amazon. Students will spend Christmas and New Years Eve in Iquitos, learning about and participating in Amazonian seasonal practices.

Faculty Leader: Dr. Bernard Quetchenbach
Dates: Dec. 19, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022
Cost: $2,025
Financial Aid may apply for eligible students


  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Entrances Fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Application Fee

Not Included:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Miscellaneous Expenses
  • Tuition and Fees



Students who enroll in this trip have the opportunity to also be selected to serve as the program's Student Ambassador. Program Student Ambassadors will receive a $1,000 stipend for their work before, during and after the trip. If interested in this opportunity, please contact the faculty leader after you have applied and have enrolled in the course.

To Get Started

Step 1: Register for the spring course: Enroll in either ENST 335 or CRWR 291/491

Step 2: The preferred application deadline is October 1, 2021. The final application deadline is October 15, 2021. Positions are limited, so please apply early to get preference. Download the application (link below) and turn it into the Office of International Studies, McDonald Hall Rm 150, along with your receipt of the $150 application fee and the $500 deposit, both of which are included in the overall price.

Step 3: Be interviewed and accepted into the faculty-led program

Step 4: Make payment arrangements with the Business Office to complete the program payments (final payment deadline varies)

Step 5: Finalize any outstanding documentation for study abroad

Step 6: Purchase round-trip airfare to Iquitos, Peru– coordinate with faculty leader and other students

Step 7: Participate in mandatory Outbound Orientation

Step 8: Enjoy this life-changing experience!


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This program was funded in part by a grant from the United States Department of State.  The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.