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

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Muddy Balls!

The weekend and another football game, it definitely set the bar high for those to come. Team GVI Amazon arrived to the field in Puerto Rico, excited to battle it out, and were even more pleased to see the muddy field. It didn’t look too bad, but oh were we fooled! Within five minutes I had fallen smack on my ass in a huge mud-filled pit! It wasn’t my clumsiness to blame because soon everyone was slipping and falling everywhere. The best was when the ball would go into the center of a particularly treacherous bit of mud and there would be a mad dash to get it but it just turned into a slow motion face-off with mud flying in all directions. Despite the many bruises we obtained, we played a great game and had an amazing time. We ended the game with a huge mud fight, in hopes of getting anyone who was slightly clean completely disgusting. After everyone was covered from head to toe, we rinsed off in a nearby waterhole and headed back to base camp. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time even though I’m still getting mud out of my ears!

Erin Wilson - GVI Amazon volunteer, July to August 2010