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why west coast?

    centre assisted

    the supplements

student projects

module development

work experience

exploratory visits


"no-hassle"  packet

transport, h&s support,
equipment and licenses

 €239 pp / week

our guests include:


"CERES provided a really

  outstanding field course

  experience for us"

Prof William Hughes

"CERES is doing a great
 job in providing fieldwork
 experience in a wonderful
 place. I truly enjoyed
 every bit of my visit there"

Student Newcastle 2014

"I really enjoyed the hands

 on approach to learning.

 I also found all the staff  

 incredibly friendly and  

Student Sussex 2014

"Newcastle University
 students love visiting this
 beautiful part of Portugal
 and CERES provides an
 excellent range of
 activities  that enhance
 their learning experience"

Staff Newcastle 2014

"Absolutely fantastic
 week!  Learned so
 much! Axul and  Astrid
 and all the staff made us
 feel right at home! The
 variety of places visited
 was  great! Highly
 recommend this trip!

Student Portsmouths 2014

"Ceres field-courses in

 SW Portugal are  

 transformative field  
 experiences for our
 students -  and
 represent excellent value
 for money"
Staff Portsmouth 2014

"In one word, the whole
 experience was amazing.
 There was and there is
 nothing I would've done
 differently and is certainly
 a trip I will never forget"

Student Ashbourne 2014

"Loved it! Students are
 gaining invaluable
 experience and learning
 vital skills in an fun,
 exciting and beautiful
 setting. Skills and
 experiences they will
 keep with them for a
 lifetime and that would
 be impossible to learn
 in a classroom"

Staff Ashbourne 2014

"All aspects were great
 but the 'best' is split
 between Carrapateira
 and Tom's cooking"

Staff Plymouth 2013

CERES Project Aljezur, Algarve, Southwest Portugal


field trips
for science courses

Professionally organised field trips from academics for academics. We have experienced the benefits of field trips both from a student and a lecturer´s perspective; field trips encourage professional and personal growth, provide students with an opportunity to experience reality, and add relevance to the study.

However, having lead field trips ourselves for many years, we are only too aware of the responsibilities which burden the organiser.  We cannot remove these entirely, but we can make your pre-visit planning infinitely easier. We will make sure that you enjoy your stay to the full. We work hard to provide exactly the centre that we would have liked to visit.

"  field stations are places where we can read the book of life
in the language in which it was written "

why choose portugal´s west coast?

The west coast of the Algarve is ideal for field trips.  The climatic conditions are reliable in allowing field work all year-round. The Parque Natural offers a striking habitat-, bio-, and socio-economic diversity to suit almost every course syllabus. Familiar environmental features enable students to transfer learned concepts to new situations.

Portugal is a safe, hassle free environment to take students to with an excellent health system.  Portugal is `exotic´ enough to inspire even the most unemotional student in your group.

An introductory PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.

“ variety, climate, safety, excitement ”


The MST3017 Global Marine Science module from Newcastle University at Monte Clerigo

centre assisted courses

We offer a packet to support field trip leaders for  €259 per person per week. This package is for groups who are largely self taught but want some input from CERES staff.  The programme is normally self led but we advice on course design using local site knowledge. A deposit is not required until your transport booking has been confirmed and full payment is required only upon arrival in Aljezur. Should your group numbers change, refunds are made up to a week before your arrival in Portugal. 

The packet includes:

Assistance with pre-trip planning:  we work with you to put an individual itinerary together, provide risk assessments, and liaise with local partners.

Field equipment:  we have plenty of equipment for you to use during your trip, such as microscopes, clinometer, GPS, quadrates, maps, balances, first aid kit, nets, etc.
Permits and licenses:  we will apply on your behalf for all permits and licenses you will need to carry out field work or research in the natural park.

24h emergency assistance:  the CERES center has a 24 hour duty system so there is always somebody on hand to help if you need it.
Accommodation:  you will reside in our comfortable Villa close to the beach. The Villa has 6 bedrooms, multimedia facilities, pool ...go to page

Recreation:  we have several kayaks, a small boat with outboard engine, body- and surf boards, fishing gear, a bike for a quick shopping run,snorkelling  gear, etc..
Airport pick up and on-site travel:  we will pick you up from the airport and supply you with modern, fully insured minivans during your stay in the Algarve.

* click here to download our Terms and Conditions

the supplements

Depending on the objectives of the trip, budget and funding options the core packet can be supplemented with:

Local driver and tour guide (€10/h): if you want to relax and concentrate on your work ask one of our staff to do all the driving. Our drivers know the area well. They are confident and used to driving student groups.

Extracurricular activities: we work together with our local partners to provide you with a variety of exciting options to fill a `day off´ like surfing, mountain bike tours, rock climbing, diving, kayaking...go to page

Workshops and guided tours (from €300/day): we deliver in collaboration with our partners day or half-day workshops on a wide range of topics.  Each workshop will be tailored to suit your groups requirements... go to page

Extended stay: if your students have to finish an assignment or if you are thinking about setting up a research project you can extend your stay at our Center at a discounted rate (subject to availability).

Evening meals (€12/pp): arriving late? Spent the whole day in the field? We can arrange a healthy dinner prepared by a professional chef from locally sourced, organic ingredients at your accommodation.

Breakfast & packed lunch (€10): delicious, healthy, large breakfast buffet and packed lunch as baguettes/sandwiches. Vegan, vegetarian and lactose free options available. Our products are mainly organic and locally sourced.


 European bee-eater (Merops apiaster)
 Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa)
 Alentejo pig on the road side

student project work

The CERES mission is to act as a hub for multidisciplinary research. CERES research areas have been informed by global agendas and aim to influence conservation decisions. The variety of terrestrial, marine and freshwater habitats in the Parque Natural provides ideal opportunities for students to carry out project work as part of their course syllabus. Spending a week at the western Algarve collecting data (with or without their supervisor) in the field, students learn new skills, gain specialist knowledge and contribute on research programs relevant to conservation. Project field trips provide a chance for staff and students to both work and relax together in an informal, stimulating natural environment.

Interested institutions or students should contact us before the start of the academic year, clearly outlining subject areas, level of work expected and a time frame.  We will provide you with a list of suitable projects for your consideration. We can also arrange exploratory visits for project supervisors.

A PowerPoint presentation introducing our Student Project Weeks can be downloaded here.

module development

Careful selection of field study sites and collaboration between stakeholders is necessary to create meaningful learning experiences for students.  If you are thinking about validating a new course or curriculum module that includes a field trip or if you want to update and refine an existing module please contact us. We can help you to design pre-visit lessons, a field trip itinerary, assessment mode and post visit activities to meet learning outcomes.

 Freshwater turtle (Mauremys leprosa)  Red swamp crayfish (Procambraus clarkii)
Hemorrhois hippocrepis

work experience 

If your course has a Work Based Learning component CERES International is able to offer a limited amount of placements each year.  We can help you to strengthen the links of your institute with industry, charities and non-governmental organisations in the Algarve through our network of partner organisations. 

Interested students should contact us directly outlining precisely his or her qualifications, skills and competencies and include the relevant module descriptor. We will get in contact with suitable placement providers to establish what the student will need in order to carry out the placement and to ascertain whether or not the student concerned meets these requirements. The student will understand what exactly is required and will be able to check that they will be able to meet the learning outcomes of their course.

exploratory visits

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information or to be put in touch with another university that uses our Conservation Centre. If you would like to visit us to look at our field study sites and facilities we will be pleased to welcome you at a mutually convenient time.

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