Amazon Basin, Peru
Amazonian Encounters: Forests, Rivers, and Spirits
Amazonian Encounters will introduce students to the world’s greatest river system through a combination of virtual sessions and a two-week journey to the Peruvian Amazon. Throughout the spring 2021 semester, students will prepare for their journey to Amazonia through a series of readings, film showings, and “live by computer” discussions with 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 river 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. This course and all related activities will be conducted in English.
Faculty Leader: Dr. Bernard Quetchenbach
Dates: December 2021 (Exact dates TBD)
Financial Aid may apply for eligible students
- In-country transportation
- Entrances Fees
- Health Insurance
- Application Fee
- 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
To Get Started
Step 1: The preferred application deadline is September 15, 2021. The Final application deadline is October 1, 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 2: Register for the spring course: Amazonian Encounters: Forests, Rivers, and Spirits
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!
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.