The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Friday, January 16, 2009

You learn something new every day!

The introduction week is always a busy time as EMs have to begin to get their head around so many different aspects of expedition life, not only the new environment. Some of these aspects include Emergency First Response training, which always proves an entertaining learning experience when acting out casualty scenarios. An introduction to TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language), which will arm the EMs with the tools to head down to Puerto Rico, the closest local community to base (a 25 minute walk away) and give some lessons to the children in the school. Wielding a machete can be a troublesome activity if you are unsure how to deal with them – therefore it is vital to have an introduction in how to safely use them. For some of the EMs there is much enthusiasm as they dive head first into starting their BTEC programmes. Some have more time than others, although 5 weeks is long enough to complete the course, 10 weeks gives them more time to develop their studies further.