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Tropical Research Placement Paraguay



We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of fragile habitats in Paraguay. We achieve 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. 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. 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 intern supervisor. Available topics include: Primatology, Herpetology, Entomology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Museum Studies, Freshwater Ecology, Habitat Monitoring, and more. Once in-country, interns are trained in the field techniques required for their project. Whether its mist-netting for birds in the early hours of the morning, fishing at mid-day or staying out late hunting for frogs, PLT will make sure that our interns are confident in the methodology needed to move their research forward. 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.


Fundación Para La Tierra

Pilar, Neembucu

Applicants must be over 18 years old and have or be working towards a degree in a biology related subject. Conversational English is required.

Dates of program:
Year round, interns can choose their own dates.

Duration of program:
3 months minimum

Age requirement:
Adults of both sexes 18+

We charge 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 and trips for our interns such as barbeques, game nights, beach trips and much more. The fee further also 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 our conservation and education projects. Costs: US$1,195 per month for the 1st 2 months and US$995 for each subsequent month.

Other information:
Our interns finish the program taking away a long list of newly learned skills, a professional reference, and one heck of an experience to share at their next interview. But they also leave behind a great deal. All of our intern projects are directly involved in promoting the conservation of this threatened habitat. The scientific investigations of the area help raise awareness of the ecological importance of Ñeembucu at both the national and international levels. Our projects are regularly published in scientific journals, further raising the profile of Paraguay, and many interns make their way onto the author line for the first time in their early careers through their work with us.


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