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, May 17, 2010


The little community of Puerto Rico brings us many joys; whether it is watching all the children smile and jump as they grasp the weekly TEFL lessons or rolling around in the mud during our epic Sunday football games (which never fail to disappoint). It is also the place where we get our tiny and guilty pleasures down at Don Sanchez’s local shop – fizzy drinks and maniceros (chocolate bars with peanuts!) are the most popular.

However, being part of the first team taking part in the Leadership BTEC offered at GVI Amazon gave me the awesome opportunity to teach the children more than just English. Armed with my four FUNtastic team members, Chris, Bec, Joe and Laura, we were all set to design a poster that I hoped the kids would remember and could build on for time to come. We designed a poster to educate the kids about the human impact on the rainforest. We managed to include everything from the importance of animals and trees to the effects of deforestation and hunting.

By making it clear, bright and colourful and by enlisting the help of Juan the frog (a frog shaped hat) we really engaged the kids. We filled their eager minds with how important the rainforest is to everyone. By the end, listening to the kids scream “protect the trees, frogs and birds,” was one of the best feelings and the biggest gifts Puerto Rico has given me yet.

Edwin Vaca – GVI Amazon Environmental Intern, Apr-June 2010