Habitat: South Asian Rainforest
Research Fields: Forest Ecology and Rhino Conservation
Explore the mysteries of the jungle and add a unique experience to your resume while protecting the planet. On our Conservation Internship in Nepal, you'll be tasked with protecting the mighty one-horned rhino, among a variety of other wildlife. For a small country, Nepal has incredible diversity in climate, topography, and wildlife. You’ll live and work in Chitwan Community Forest, which acts as a buffer zone providing a safe space for animals and a peaceful escape for tourists.
In Nepal, you’ll work alongside conservation experts to enhance and preserve biodiversity in the area through scientific research and community engagement. During your environmental internship, you’ll practice a range of research methods including placing camera traps, plotting GPS signals, tracking tigers, and conducting bird surveys. Some of this research, most notably tiger tracking, will take place at night. This gives you an exclusive insight into what it means to work as a scientific researcher in Nepal. This important area of conservation is currently under studied by researchers. You'll be among the first to place camera traps designed to monitor the behavior of elusive animals.
You’ll also help clean up and improve the area during your Conservation Internship program in Nepal. This includes removing alien plants, clearing roads, building viewing hides, creating educational signage, renovating the visitor center, and joining poaching patrols. Beyond the clear benefit this has for wildlife, it also improves the experience of visitors and residents.
As you learn more about the ecology of the forest in Nepal, you'll also help educate others. Spend some time in schools, creating long-lasting educational resources and planning games that highlight the importance of biodiversity. You'll inspire the next generation to protect their natural surroundings. In doing so, more people will have the chance to spot beautiful creatures like rhinos in the wild.
If you’re an enthusiastic hiker with a yearning for rugged wilderness, Nepal is the perfect place to gain field experience and take part in a Conservation Internship.
Learn more about our Rhino Conservation Project in Nepal.