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

Monday, August 24, 2009

History re-lived - Amazon Style

Last Saturday night history came alive at GVI Amazon; it was fancy dress night with the theme historical personalities. In the afternoon, everyone excitedly busied themselves making props and collecting various items, aiming to re-live history to perfection. So what crazy ideas did they come up with…. Ali and Emma were Joseph and Mary and they decided to make a donkey’s head from a rugby ball. Lindy who played Cleopatra sat sweetly making a necklace of flowers from shoe laces. And then there were the cave girls, Nina and Emily, who roamed around camp looking for leaves to make their skimpy clothes with and picking up sticks to decorate their hair. Others were more secretive about which part of history they were going to personify that night, serving to use the surprise element.

After dinner had been served, eaten and everyone had helped clear up, at 8 o’clock all was finally revealed and it was confirmed how creative this GVI family really is. We had a Spartan, Roman soldiers, the Pied Piper, Peter Pan, Joan of Arc, Jacque Cousteau, a pirate, Eve, Icaros. What a great mix and a storm of colours and clothes. In our costumes we played the old GVI Amazon favourite of Chinese Whispers, but instead of whispering from one person to the next, you have to mime something from one person to the next. The team mates further down the line can only see the mime of the person in front of them and then the last person who sees the mime has to figure out what the original mime was. This always guarantees to fill the night with even more fun and laughter. Indeed this night of history will be remembered
for a long long time – another great Saturday night of relaxation in the rainforest.