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

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Time flies

Another five weeks passes by almost in the blink of an eye. The GVI base camp on the Rio Napo is packed up for a short interlude of a couple of days. While the first group of 19 volunteers head off, some go home, back to study and others enjoy a few extra days in Ecuador before returning, four of those take a long weekend break to Banos.

While they are away GVI Amazon welcomes eight new volunteers, all excited about what is to come and what the Amazon holds for them. The eight arrive in a very sunny Tena and are welcomed by four of the staff team, they head out to the straight away to purchase their essential pair of wellies. Then for one last restaurant cooked meal and a cold beer before a few weeks on base without the luxury of electricity or a fridge.

Saturday afternoon, after just a couple of nights without the volunteers GVI Amazon base is reignited with energy, enthusiasm and excitement as the new recruits settle into their rooms and put up their mosquito nets. Everyone enjoys their first meal at camp and go to bed eagerly anticipating their first day out in the rainforest.