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Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon
Amazonian ABCs field course
Terms & Conditions

Basic Terms and Conditions

Accommodations and food

  • Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon (ASA) will provide all meals during the period of the field course at Finca Las Piedras and the Malinowski Biological Station. Meals in Puerto Maldonado are not provided by ASA.

  • The ASA will provide all accommodations at Finca Las Piedras and at the Malinowski Biological Station in shared rooms or dormitories, and lodging in shared rooms or dormitories in budget- to mid-range hotels in Puerto Maldonado, during the period of the field course.



  • All course participants are required to obtain their own travel and medical insurance in their country of residence, which covers them while in Peru.

  • All participants must provide the ASA with proof of travel and medical insurance. We will not accept any participants that have not provided us with this information.


  • All cancellations need to be submitted in writing by email to:

  • A $150 Application Fee is required to reserve your spot on the field course, which is non-refundable for any reason. 

  • Minimum enrollment is 4 participants. If this enrollment is not reached all payments will be reimbursed to the participant, including the $150 Application Fee.

  • If any changes need to be made to the planned course itinerary or field sites due to unforeseen logistical or other circumstances before the course begins (e.g., changes to field locations, etc.), every effort will be made to minimize the impact on the overall course experience (e.g., similar field sites will be selected, dates will be modified as little as possible, etc.). Registered and/or paid participants will be notified by writing as soon as significant changes have been made and given the option to continue with the course or withdraw. In case of withdrawal for such cause all payments will be reimbursed to the participant, including the $150 Application Fee.

  • If you cancel before the Registration & Payment Deadline, July 3, 2020, all payments will be returned to you, minus the non-refundable $150 Application Fee.

  • No payments will be refunded after the Registration & Payment Deadline (July 3, 2020).

  • No refunds will be made for early departures from the field course for any reason.


  • Your registration in an ASA program is accepted on the understanding that you participate in the program entirely at your own risk. We are not responsible for any injury, damage, loss, or accident that you may suffer while conducting activities related to your program.

  • ASA is not liable for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other irregularity caused by a third party.

  • We reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a participant in any of our programs, or to require a participant to withdraw from a program at any time, when such action is determined by the appropriate ASA representative to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the program or of the individual participant. In such a case, we accept no responsibility for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a non-refundable ticket or any other cost that you may incur.

  • We will provide you with all reasonable assistance to obtain visas, visa renewals, and work permits when they are needed. However, please note that these are arrangements between you, as an individual, and a state, and are not under our control.

Complaints and Disciplinary Procedures

  • If you have a complaint about the procedures prior to your arrival, contact our main office at +1 (443) 445-0994 (EST) during regular office hours or write to us at:

  • While in the field, we strongly recommend that you reach out to your immediate supervisor (Lead Instructor or Co-instructor) with any problems or complaints. If the problem remains unsolved, or is not solved to your satisfaction, contact the ASA Director in Peru at +51 981-699-368 or at

  • We will make every reasonable effort to resolve any disciplinary issue the best and fairest way possible. However, it is important that you know that if the problem gets serious, we reserve the right to take appropriate action, including dismissal from the field course.

  • Inappropriate behavior includes rowdiness or drunkenness, failure to turn up to field work, and verbal, physical, and sexual abuse or violence directed towards ASA faculty or staff, other field course participants, or members of our community in Peru.

  • Your immediate supervisor will attempt to address any disciplinary problems in a timely fashion. If the matter is not resolved to our satisfaction within 5 days (or shorter if needed), you may be dismissed from the field course as soon as repatriation arrangements can be made. All costs related to this early departure will be your responsibility.

  • If you are dismissed for disciplinary issues from the field course, or if you leave on your own accord, you will be responsible for all associated costs, including all river and land transportation to Puerto Maldonado or elsewhere. The ASA assumes no responsibility for these costs.​

Contact information

This site is administered by Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon, Inc. Questions and requests regarding these terms and conditions should be sent by email to, or by telephone at +1 (443) 445-0994. Our mailing address is: 7224 Boscastle Ln., Hanover, MD, 21076, USA.

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