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

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Full Moon in Bloom

After five weeks of jungle fun

Its hard to believe the first half of the phase is done

Time to return to the land where hot water flows and light bulbs glow

After weeks of science and community work

Rest and cervezas are what we deserve

With great anticipation of what was to come

We arrived in Tena ready for fun

The events began with a great nights meal

Food without beans or rice was the best deal

The days followed were filled with exciting recreation

Riding the whitewater and climbing through canyons

The mountainous landscape towered around us

Birds soared high and vegetation was lush

Lunch was served on a bamboo platter

With the locals we shared good food and laughter

As the day progressed we baked in the sun

Our pasty white skin was soon long gone

We took a break from the white water raft

Face painting with mud, we had a good laugh

As the afternoon commenced, the adventure continued

The landscape changed, with more beautiful views

It didn’t take long for the raft to capsize

We floated through the water with smiles, “we’re alive!”

At the end of the day we were greeted with a cold beverage

An exhilarating day, that was much more than average

The adventure was over, our break is done

But I can’t wait to get back to the jungle

Five more great weeks to come!

by Jill Robbie, GVI Amazon volunteer October - December 2009