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

Friday, June 18, 2010

View from Yachana High School Students

Whilst the GVI Amazon expedition mainly takes international volunteers, GVI Amazon also work with local partners from the Yachana Foundation and host Ecuadorian students on the expedition, as part of a National Scholarship Programme. Each phase students from the local college participate for up to ten weeks of their ‘pansantia’ (work experience), during which time they get involved in the same activities as all the other volunteers. This gives international volunteers from The West an opportunity to learn about Ecuador and improve their Spanish, at the same time provides opportunity for local students to learn about GVI’s work and improve their English. This blog is written by the most recent students from the Yachana Technical High School to share this experience:GVI: The Treasure of The Ecuadorian Jungle
Hi, What’s up? My name is Christian I hope that you like my dialogue.
My experience in Global Vision International went fantastically, so cool and radical. I am a student of Yachana High School. I spent my pansantia in GVI station which was so cool because I saw birds, plants, frogs, toads, caiman snakes and many things and because I share my time with volunteers and the staff of GVI.
What did I enjoy most? Every day in GVI was fun, but my favourite was the Saturdays in the night because they are very radical. In a few jobs you have to live the work! :)
Now I know that there is more life than I thought. GVI is a way to see things in the world.
Hello my name is Jairo. How’s it going? I am from Tena city in Napo Province. I am a student of Yachana. My experience in Global Vision International was very important because I like to protect the rainforest. We also need ourselves here in the GVI station to make different investigations about the biodiversity in the Amazonian reserve and also with the education in different communities of the Amazon.
The pasantia in the reserve was a good experience of learning.
Jario Cerda (left) & Christian Royer-Falcones (right)