Amy Schreier, assistant professor of biology and 4-year Costa Rica Primate Behavior program leader, has a lengthy background in studying and presenting research on an area she is passionate about— monkeys.

While there is some opportunity to study primates at the Denver Zoo, the travel learning program immerses students in these animals’ natural habitat, giving them greater insight to learning their behaviors.

The approximately 3-week-long program, which culminates with an additional domestic trip, takes students to the center of where howler, capuchin and spider monkeys call home—the rainforest.

“Our camp is right in the middle of the rainforest,” she said. “In the mornings we hear howler monkeys howl, so that’s pretty much our alarm clock while we’re there.” 

Schreier’s tips for students interested in participating in a travel learning program? 

One: Become acquainted with the outdoors because you’ll be spending a lot of time in nature and in a different climate (Costa Rica is very humid). Two: Be flexible. While there is an itinerary, some days just don’t go as planned. Three: Have a positive attitude going into the trip, after all, travel learning trips are not only about learning, but adventure.

Tuition-based scholarships are available and Schreier urges students to apply for them to help fund their experience. 

“This is a great way to get research experience, be in a new environment and be in a new culture, and ultimately see where you fit into some big global issues.” 

See what travel learning programs are available for you in spring and summer 2017.