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 17, 2010

Who Dunnit?

Volunteers and staff alike have been dropping like flies this week in camp with the announcement on Tuesday of our very own version of Cluedo (aka Camp Cluedo).

The first to fall was new 5 weeker, Grant, who perished at the hands of fellow newcomer/returner, Steve. He got poor Grant in the Comedor, with a Wellington boot, minutes after our ‘location, weapon and victim’ cards had been distributed (he didn’t stand a chance!).

I think the smoothest ‘hit’ belongs to Kristen, who walked into the Comedor, picked up one of the 2m long benches, carried it all the way down to the showers and casually waited for Nicki to finish scrubbing up.

The most amusing and unsuccessful ‘hit’ so far belongs to Catherine, who first attempted to entice Tim under the Staff Cabin by shouting ‘Snake! Snake! It’s a Rainbow Boa’, in the middle of the day, in an open space, while holding a single welly. Unsurprisingly, Tim was not fooled. She did manage to get him slightly closer to the Staff Cabin with a second attempt using a rugby tackle, but the Aussie still had little to fear.

I myself have perished too, whilst doing TEFL preparation in the Comedor where a very pleasing Mark handed me a banana and declared me dead. Oh well, you win some, you lose some… who will be the last standing around base – that is the big question!

Jane Barrett - GVI Amazon volunteer, Oct-Dec 2010