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, July 9, 2010

From Short Term Environmental Intern, to Scholar.

After ten weeks of living and trekking around the rainforest on the GVI Amazon expedition, it definitely became my new home. Having the chance to share this experience with some fantastic people from all over the world, at times, made me forget about my real life in the UK. Awww... Having to say good-bye to such a wonderful experience and allt he great pepole I had met wasn't as easy as I first thought it would be!

I had begun to think about what I would do and what life would be like back home when - BANG!!!! scholar baby! - I was given the fantastic opportunity to come back and work with the GVI Amazon staff team for another ten weeks. None of the excitement I was filled with all that time ago when I first arrived at GVI Amazon had disappeared, I was simply pumped with loads more!

Returning to camp felt like I had never left, everything was as awesome as I remembered (well it had only been a three week break). Awaiting the arrival of the new volunteers was great, having the chance to meet new people and time to discover loads more about what the rainforest has to offer, is going to be crazy exciting... can't wait.

Edwin Vaca - GVI Amazon Environmental Intern/Scholar, April-September 2010