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, April 12, 2010

Cluedo - GVI Amazon Styley

Deep in the Amazon Rainforest something was amidst. The air was full of tension and was stale like a week old loaf of bread. The first victim, Bec, had received a vicious blow from a guitar in the library and her life was prematurely ended. Edwin had struck early and was in the lead with one murder! Surely this would prove to provoke repercussions ....... and it soon did!

The game is 'GVI... time to DIE' involves everyone picking a name, location and weapon out of a hat, then subtly, stealthily trying to commit 187 on said person in the given location, wielding the chosen weapon! It has provoked many near misses, including Hugh sprinting to the toilet blocks with a Medipack in hand to end Kristie, but a ferocious shriek and evasive action proved to be enough to maintain her lifeline....for now!

We have seen an hilarious attempt at avoidance from Laura, who clung desperately to a tree stump with her face in the mud to avoid the drying area where Karina was mischievously lurking with a dartboard. She now refuses to wash her clothes in order to dodge her place of doom.... Smelly girl! At times it has got quite devious, Chris Beirne asked Jenn, in a soft and welcoming voice "Do you mind kindly switching off the water pump for me please?" with a devil in his eye, only to quietly stalk the lamb with a roll mat and slaughter her in the stream... Jenn, you should have known better!

It now leaves only a few active participants and an overwhelming sense of anticipation... When? Where? Who will be the next to fall? Leaving every 'abnormal' movement of any object around GVI Amazon base camp open to much scrutiny and a notion of panic sets in on the remaining survivors' faces. In the end, there can be ONLY ONE!

Week one has ended and it has been great meeting all the new volunteers, who are settling in brilliantly and displaying great enthusiasm and excitement for the weeks ahead. It bodes well for the field and community work to come. Good luck everyone....Its been nice knowing you!!!

Benny Mansfield - GVI Amazon scholar, Jan-May 2010