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A&M Peru ABS Amazon Field School
Puerto Maldonado, Peru; Tambopata, Peru
Program Terms: Maymester
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
Texas A&M Faculty-Led
 Academic Area:
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Academic College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Geosciences Academic Department: Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Sciences, Veterinary Pathobiology, Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences
 Minimum GPA:
 Language courses available:
 Language requirement:
 Language of instruction:
 Program Leader:
Donald Brightsmith
 Program Advisor:
Larry Komrower Housing: Hotel/Hostel
 Open to non-majors:
Yes Classification: Grad Student, undergrad
Additional features: Research
Program Description:

Peru ABS Field School

Lead Faculty
Dr. Donald Brightsmith
Dept. of Veterinary Pathobiology

Study Abroad Advisor
Larry Komrower



May 11 - 29, 2014
Puerto Maldonado
and Tambopata, Peru


ABS Field School in the Peruvian Amazon introduces students to the social and biological realities of conservation and research in Latin America. Students have firsthand investigation into key resource management systems, and apply conservation research techniques. Students complete case studies of important resources found in lowland tropical forests of southeastern Peru. Students interact with a mix of native peoples, colonists, conservation organizations, loggers, gold miners, and eco-tourism experts.

Note: Moderate level of physical condition including hiking and ascending/descending steep stairs are included in the program.

Texas A&M students, and non-Texas A&M/international students may apply to the program. If accepted, non-TAMU students must apply as a transient student to Texas A&M in order to register for the course.


A total of 4 credit hours are offered for this program.  Students will enroll in one of the following courses:

  • WFSC/RPTS/VTPB 489: ABS Amazon Field School
  • WFSC/RPTS/VPAT 689: ABS Amazon Field School (Graduate)


Minimum 2.0 GPA and instructor permission.


View the ABS Field School video

  • Tambopata Research Center
  • Hikes in the rainforest
  • Amazon River boat excursions
  • Eco-Tourism lodges
  • Posada Amazones Native Community
  • Macaw and parrot conservation site


Program fee: $2700, which includes

  • Lodging
  • In-country transportation
  • Programming
  • Paculty expenses
  • Miscellaneous program expenses
  • SAPO admin fee
  • International health insurance
Not included in the program fee:
  • TAMU tuition and fees
  • International airfare
  • Travel documents (passport)
  • Approximately 10 meals
  • Personal spending

How to Apply for the Amazon Field School

To apply, first apply on the Study Abroad Programs Office web site. Next, send your CV and letter of interest to Dr. Donald Brightsmith at

Applicants will be chosen based on merit, strong letters of interest, and overall program balance. We seek highly motivated students while striving to represent as many disciplines as possible in the Field School. All applications are due by February 28, 2014.


This program is currently not accepting applications.