Primate Behaviour Research Internship with Howlers

gegründet 2010
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Koordinator | Olivia
Koordinator | Olivia
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Break free from your classroom routine and gain hands-on field experience alongside award-winning experts.
Enjoy the incredible opportunity to study the highly adaptable arboreal black-&-gold howler monkeys in a variety of different habitats, from riparian forests to the city parks.
Make lifelong friends from all over the world that are just as passionate about wildlife and conservation as you are, while gaining insights into the open and laid-back Paraguayan culture.
Contribute to long-term conservation in a country with a record of extreme habitat loss.
Take control of every step of your own scientific project to boost your resume and kick-start your primate career!
Design your own research project with the Black-&-Gold Howler Monkeys of Paraguay, while contributing to long-term conservation of their highly endangered habitats! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Alter 18+
About Para La Tierra

Fundación Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of fragile habitats in Paraguay. Our vision is to change the course of Paraguayan environmentalism by inspiring people to appreciate the value of nature. We are working together with the Paraguayan government, local community members, national and international NGOs, and national and international volunteers and interns to protect Paraguay’s unique environment.

Para La Tierra achieves this mission through three primary programs: Scientific Research, Community Engagement, and Environmental Education.

Based in Paraguay, the ‘heart of South America,’ we are the country’s only year-round research station. Over the past 12 years, we have published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and discovered more than 10 new species. Along the way, over 500 interns have helped contribute to the better understanding of Paraguay’s understudied habitats.

About the Primate Behaviour Research Internship position:

Para La Tierra is searching for talented and hardworking research interns to join our team in Paraguay for 3 to 6 months. Our internship program provides young biologists an opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the field, gaining hands-on experience running a research project of their own design. With its basis in Pilar, the centre of the Ñeembucú Wetland System, our research station offers an incredible opportunity to study the highly adaptable arboreal black and gold howler monkeys in a variety of different habitats, from riparian forests to the city parks.

As tropical forests continue to disappear, it is increasingly important to understand how wild animals can survive alongside human populations. Para La Tierra is interested in understanding how the primates are affected by the urban environment of the city of Pilar, how their behaviour varies from that of the groups located outside the city, and what can be done to better protect the wild animals from the negative effects of the near constant human-wildlife interaction. The focus of the study will be completely defined by the intern’s own interests. Previous interns have studied: Parasitology, Human-Wildlife Interactions, Acoustic Behaviour, Social Structure, and Dietary Diversity.

Before arriving, our interns are challenged to come up with a research topic, review the relevant literature, and create a methodology with the support of our expert researchers. Once in-country, interns are trained in the field techniques required for their project, collect independent data, and analyse their results. Towards the end of the stay, all our interns give a final presentation in which they share the results of their study with the rest of the research team. The internship program is designed to give young scientists the opportunity to take control of every step of a scientific project. From conception to completion, our interns are in the driver seat.

Design your own wildlife project and contribute to long-term research in Paraguay!


Daily activities will vary depending on your internship focus area, season, local events, and other factors. A typical day for a primate behaviour research intern might look like:

  • 05:00: Wake up and prepare yourself some coffee, tea, porridge or bread with the utensils provided by us.
  • 05:30: Our Intern Coordinator will drive you to one of our fieldsites outside of town with a group of other interns.
  • 06:00: Arrive at our fieldsite just before sunset and start your walk to your study area.
  • 06:30: Find the black-and-gold howler monkeys and start your data collection.
  • 11:30: Meet the other interns back at the car and make your way back to the house.
  • 12:30: Enjoy a delicious lunch, prepared by our amazing Paraguayan cooks Rocio & Delia.
  • 13:30: Time for siesta! Get some sun or take a nap in the cool dorm.
  • 15:00: Work on your data entry or paper in one of our shared working spaces or head back out to one of your closer field sites.
  • 19:00: It's dinner time! Have a look at what Rocio & Delia have prepared for us today.
  • 20:00: Enjoy you free time with the other interns: Head to the local plaza with frequent cultural events and local musicians, have a drink at one of the nearby bars or go stargazing at the beautiful riverside.
This schedule will vary a lot depending on your project and on the fieldsites you're using. While our Intern Coordinator will drive groups of interns to the fieldsites that are further out of town, you can bike to the closer fieldsites and even walk to the city sites.


The quaint city of Pilar is the capital of Ñeembucú, tucked away in a quiet corner of Paraguay. The 'City of Birds' doesn't get its name from nothing, you will be able to spot a multitude of bird species when strolling through the streets. And it's also home to a myriad of other animals: The black-and-gold howler monkeys call the backyards their homes, toads roam the streets after sunrise, and you will just have to keep your eyes open to spot a neotropical otter at the river site.

But of course not only wildlife calls Pilar its home, the lovely Pilarenses are a laid-back and friendly community, that will warmly welcome you into their little paradise. The lively plaza of Pilar, only three blocks from PLT, offers the great opportunity to directly jump into Paraguayan culture: meeting point to most Pilarenses, you will be able to watch one of the many cultural performances that are organised regularly at night or join the locals in drinking a refreshing Tereré. Another two blocks from our home, the rivers Río Paraguay and the Arroyo Ñeembucú that encircle Pilar offer multiple free time activities: The newly built Costanera along the Río Paraguay invites you to watch breathtaking sunsets over Argentina or join the Pilarenses in their evening walks and runs. Along the Arroyo Ñeembucú you can find a variety of nice little beaches to soak up the sun and jump in the cool water, a definite must during the hot summer months! With the regular ferries across the Río Paraguay, Argentina is only a 30-min boat ride away and weekend trips to Resistencia or Corrientes a fun adventure. Regular buses to Asunción and Encarnacion offer opportunities to spend some time in bigger cities or to travel to one of the 7 Natural World Wonders, the Iguazú Falls at the intersection of Paraguay, Argentina and Brasil.



Um an diesem Programm teilzunehmen, musst du zu Programmbeginn mindestens 18 Jahre alt sein. Es kann Ausnahmen geben, wenn du die Erlaubnis deines/r Erziehungsberechtigten vorlegen kannst oder wenn du von deinen Eltern begleitet wirst
Du brauchst folgende Sprachkenntnisse: Englisch (Fortgeschritten)
Benötigte Unterlagen
Es gibt keine Beschränkungen. Helfende Hände aus aller Welt sind willkommen.
Deine Hilfe wird an folgenden Tagen benötigt: Montag, Dienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag und Freitag


Dienstleistungen von Para La Tierra

Para La Tierra charges interns to cover costs of room and board. The price includes all living costs during their stay with us and a personal pick-up upon arriving. Interns receive three meals a day, unlimited coffee, tea, yerba mate and diluting juice, as well as a bed in shared accommodation with hot showers and access to WiFi. It also includes organized activities & trips for our interns such as barbeques, game nights, beach trips and much more.
The fee further covers assistance with project development and execution, the use of PLT’s scientific equipment, transportation to field sites, administrative costs associated with the stay, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects.
Weekly basis pro rata payments are accepted in special cases. There is a 25% discount for South American nationals.

Interns will stay in our Centro IDEAL, with dorms between 2 - 7 interns and volunteers. All rooms have closet space, electricity outlets, and WIFI (reaches most places in the house). Rooms offer either an en-suite bathroom or bathrooms across the corridor with hot-water showers.
Our lovely cleaning ladies provide basic cleaning services and fresh bed linen once a week. They will also do your laundry on three laundry days a week for 20.000 Guaraní per bag (~$3)
Centro IDEAL offers a big lounge area with a pool table and a private bar, run by our staff, as well as a backyard where we have meals together and where you can soak up some sun.
Smaller shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are within 300 m walking distance. Bigger shops and more restaurants can be reached by a 15-min walk or a 5 min-bike ride.
For an extra 20% you can book a private room.
Schlafsaal Einzelzimmer
We offer three varied meals a day at 7 days a week. Interns can prepare their own breakfast with utensils provided which include oats, fruits, bread, jam, dulce de leche, coffee, tee, milk, and eggs for Sundays. Lunch and dinner are prepared by our two cooks Delia and Rocio and consist of a mix of Paraguayan and international food. They will cater to most dietary requirements, so don't hesitate to ask!
Gute Verbindung vor Ort
Was ist NICHT inklusive?
Visa, Flüge, Reiseversicherung und Impfungen sind NICHT in den Programmgebühren enthalten. Das Abholen vom Flughafen ist auch nicht in den Programmgebühren enthalten.
Der nächstgelegene Flughafen ist Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (ASU) in Asuncion. Wir helfen dir günstige Flüge nach Paraguay zu finden.
Ins Ausland zu gehen ist ein Abenteuer, auf das man sich stets gut vorbereiten sollte. Plötzliche Krankheit oder Verletzung, Stornierung oder Diebstahl - eine Reiseversicherung für Paraguay bietet die nötige Sicherheit.
Bevor du deine Freiwilligenarbeit in Paraguay antrittst, solltest du dich noch einmal von deinem Arzt beraten lassen und deine erforderlichen Impfungen für Paraguay überprüfen.

Termine & Preise


Informationen zur Anreise

The application period is rolling and there are no start or end dates, so the trip can be organized to suit your schedule and your project. You must be available to stay for a minimum of three months.
Jan Feb Mär Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
12 - 50 Wochen


Kosten: Preise in USD
12 Wochen (Mindestaufenthalt)
15 Wochen
50 Wochen (Maximaler Aufenthalt)
Durchschnittliche Gebühren
$295 /Woche

Bitte beachte, dass die oben angegebenen Gebühren geschätzt sind. Para La Tierra wird dich während deines Bewerbungsprozesses über die endgültigen Programmgebühren informieren.
Anzahlung (15%)
Mit der Anzahlung reservierst du deinen Platz beim Freiwilligenprogramm. Zahlungen werden von PayPal abgewickelt, unserem vertrauenswürdigen globalen Zahlungsanbieter. Falls du keinen PayPal Account hast, kannst du die Anzahlung auch mit einer Kreditkarte bezahlen.
Restzahlung (85%)
Deine endgültige Zahlung vereinbarst du mit Para La Tierra während des Bewerbungsprozesses. Normalerweise handelt es sich um eine Banküberweisung oder eine Barzahlung am Projektstandort.

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Zusätzliche Sicherheit und kostenloser Service
Volunteer World ist die weltweit führende Vergleichsplattform für internationale Freiwilligenarbeit. Wir führen dich durch einen sicheren und einfachen Bewerbungsprozess. Plane deine nächste sinnvolle Reise mit Volunteer World und erhalte freien Zugang zu:
Hohe ethische Mindeststandards
Flex Option
Ändere deine Reservierung ohne zusätzliche Kosten
Wir erstatten deine Gebühren, falls deine Reise von Para La Tierra storniert wird
Unterstzützung & Vermittlung
Wir helfen dir und unterstützen dich in jeder Situation
Für dich ist unser Service kostenlos!
Die Programmgebühren werden unmittelbar durch Para La Tierra erhoben.

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