College Preparatory Programs | Field Projects International

College Preparatory Programs

Field Projects International facilitates study abroad opportunities for high school students groups that are centered around topics of wildlife research, habitat conservation, and environmental sustainability. Additionally, all courses emphasize cultural immersion and exchange, since the formation of global partnerships is a necessary part of preserving our natural wildlife populations and resources. These lessons sink in quickly when students are taken out of their “bubbles,”which constitute their normal every day lives, and into locations where there is elevated biodiversity but where human activities and nature are at steep odds.

General Information

Basic Structure (click to expand)
Our college preparatory programs are intended for groups of students from a single high school (or, in some cases, 2 or 3 partnering high schools) and must be accompanied by at least one faculty member or administrator from that school. We also strongly encourage the attendance of one student chaperone who is a parent or other well-known entity. FPI will provide one or more experienced instructors, as necessitated by group size, who will join groups from hometown flight departure if need be; otherwise you will be met by FPI instructors at international exit/entry points.
Program Dates
All of our program dates are flexible within the date range specified for each program. If a group is interested in one of our programs outside of the indicated date range, please send an inquiry email to We do not guaruntee that our programs can be offered outside of their normal date range, and consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
Travel and Trip Preparation
We manage all arrangements including domestic and international air travel, ground transportation, food and accommodation, field equipment, and instruction. Participants must have in their possession a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Information on travel vaccinations will be provided to a group liaison for dissemination to the parents of all student participants.

Students are responsible for acquiring basic field clothing, footwear, rain and sun protection, toiletries, backpacks, and their own medications. We will make every effort possible to adjust itineraries and activities in order to accommodate special lesson plans and study areas of high interest to each group. Our staff are available up to 4 months ahead of planned trips to discuss special requests with group liaisons.

All program participants will receive a detailed recommended packing list and trip itinerary as soon as possible, typically between 2 and 4 months prior to departure. The most important things needed for all courses – and which FPI does NOT provide – are hiking backpacks, rain gear, water bottles, insect repellent, flashlights (torches), binoculars and cameras for personal use. FPI staff do NOT provide any medications to students outside of extenuating circumstances, and participants are advised to bring a small first-aid kit for minor issues.

Safety and Liability
The safety of our course participants and instructors is the highest concern on our programs. All of our trip leaders are required to have first-aid first responder certification, and most have more advanced certifications including life guard training and wilderness responder training.

We require that all course participants follow the laws and code of conduct consistent with their home country and institutions. For example, students are not allowed to consume alcohol, even if they are of legal age in the country they are visiting. Also, tobacco use and all other drugs are explicitly prohibited under all circumstances.

FPI has emergency medical and evacuation protocols in place at all times during the program. We advise group liaisons to request copies of these protocols and share information with the group as needed.

As there are inherent risks associated with travel and conducting activities at remote field stations, Field Projects International assumes no liability for injury or damage to person or property. All participants of legal age must sign FPIs assumption of personal risk and liability waiver, or have the appropriate legal guardians sign on their behalf.

Related information is available in our Participant Manual, click HERE to request a copy

Academic Standards
When a student submits work with his/her name on it, this is a written statent that credit for the work belongs to that student alone. If the work was a product of a collaboration, each student is expected to clrearly acknolwedlge in writing all persons who contributed to its completion. Actions such as plagiarism, cheating, copying the work of others or collaborating on assignments without permission are grounds for penalty or sanction.

All courses will include clear grading rubrics agreed to by teachers of the home institution, and students receive regular and fair feedback of their progress during the course. Students are evaluated basde on attendance, participation in activities, and any quizes, exams, or assignments specific to each field trip.

Our programs engage students from vastly different academic and cultural backgrounds. Our underlying mission is to grow public appreciation for – and understanding of – the world’s tropical ecosystems, and to foster leadership and engagement in conservation science.

Related information is available in our Participant Manual, click HERE to request a copy

Who's Organizing Your Trip

Program Administrators

Gideon Erkenswick

Ph.D in Biology, Co-founder and Senior Research Scientists

Mrinalini Watsa

Ph.D in Anthropology, Co-founder and Senior Research Scientists

Program Outreach

Frances Humes

B.S. in Biology, Field Research Team Supervisor and Trip Leader

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