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Studying Fogo's eruptions

On a GeoTenerife internship, our students are taught, challenged and supported on a daily basis.

British firm GeoTenerife, which coordinates scientific learning opportunities with leading research body the Canarian Volcanological Institute (INVOLCAN), has announced that the deadline for applications will be extended to Monday 23 February 2015.

The development is due to issues with post, but will allow late students one last chance to apply.

Intended for postgraduate and undergraduate Earth Sciences students from British universities, the internships take place from March 31st to May 1st, 2015 in Cape Verde.

Cape Verde, an archipelago of ten islands located 350km off the west coast of Africa, is of great geological interest because its islands are so young - between eight and 20 million years old. This winter Fogo volcano, which INVOLCAN have been monitoring for seven years, saw its most significant eruption for 60 years.

Dr Nemesio Perez, Coordinator of INVOLCAN, explains why they chose to offer the internships in association with GeoTenerife: “The point is to help young students to make a start in their chosen careers. They will see the whole process - from taking samples out in the field to testing in the lab, and writing it up."

While working closely with scientists from INVOLCAN, the interns will contribute to research papers of the highest standard. Research conducted by six British internship students this year will be used in publications revealed at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna in April 2015.

The trip will cost £1,200 plus VAT and all students organise their own travel to the Canary Islands. But why do GeoTenerife charge for these internships? Sharon Backhouse, Director of GeoTenerife, says: “We want to be able to offer a programme with a high learning content, across a range of disciplines.

“On a GeoTenerife internship, our students are taught, challenged and supported on a daily basis. The scientists that interns work with, usually on a 1:1 or at most 1:2 basis, are from INVOLCAN, the well-respected Canarian Volcanological Institute. Dr Nemesio Pérez is a geochemist and world authority on geothermal potential and volcano degassing.

“The institute actively monitors volcanoes around the globe and publishes papers on their research, often leading the field with their theories. Interns may have the opportunity to contribute and be named on one of their published papers.

Dr Pérez says: “Working in Fogo since the eruption in November has been an incredible experience – it’s an opportunity that every volcanologist dreams of. Although of course, it has also been harrowing - many of our friends and colleagues have lost their property and homes, but thankfully there has been no loss of life.”

More information and written and video testimonials from 2014 interns can be found on the GeoTenerife website.


About GeoTenerife

GeoTenerife is a British company that coordinates scientific bespoke trips to the island of Tenerife for UK Universities. It also organizes conferences and webinars on the island, bringing experts from Tenerife to the UK.

Its desire to promote the potential of the island is backed by over fifteen years of experience in the field of renewable energy innovation and sustainability. It works with investors interested in projects in Tenerife and schools of all levels in the UK.

GeoTenerife events are specifically coordinated to the requirements of each group, responding with activities tailored to their courses and levels of study.

Its goal is to redefine the island of Tenerife – it is not just a sun and beach destination. The island has the resources and the potential to be a key destination for scientific study of the highest level.

Not all of GeoTenerife’s activities are based in the Canary Islands – for example, it also coordinates academic internship schemes in Cape Verde and the Philippines.

What does the cost include?

Students will be working alongside leading geoscientists on a 1:1 or 1:2 basis. They will be constantly challenged and will contribute to ground breaking research.

The scientists that they will be working shoulder-to-shoulder with will be from INVOLCAN, a globally respected research organisation.

The internship includes a range of lectures and individual learning opportunities, as well as constant feedback, guidance and support.

The cost also includes all accommodation and transfers.

Testimonials from last year’s attendees can be found here:

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