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

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Team Salazar!

What started off as a wet morning in the jungle suddenly turned out to be another beautiful day just in time for our walk to Salazar school, about an hour’s walk from camp.

Task – to enlighten a few of the local children about GVI’s work and why volunteers choose to fly all the way to the Ecuadorian jungle to play overly competitive piggie back race games!

Team Salazar members – Sasha, Jamie, Laura, Sherry, Helen and Rikard

After a few meetings and discussions it was decided that the best way to get through to these children was a puppet show (who doesn’t like a good puppet show?!).

It took a few intensely crafty hours to create a bird, a snake, a frog, some butterflies, a couple of trees, a map of the world and puppets of ourselves, all of the highest cardboard quality.

The walk to Salazar was hot but beautiful, the kids seemed excited to see us and interested in what we where preparing, we sat them down (all 6 of them) and entertained them with our array of animals.

Overall we think it went well, the kids seem to understand our message of why we are here in their country and why GVI come to their school. After the show finish we played a couple of name games and they surprised us with their knowledge of the bird, snake, trees, butterflies and of course we had a few rounds of piggie back races!

For me especially this was a very successful day as it was part of my team Leadership BTEC, I hope everyone enjoyed the experience, I know I did, as I have with all of my experience over the last 5 weeks with GVI in the jungle.

Helen Shrimpton - GVI Amazon Environmental Intern, Oct-Nov 2010