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, January 16, 2011

New Year, New Volunteers, New Experiences!

After a long hot bus ride that took us deeper and deeper into the jungle, we finally reached El Rio Napo, laden with our heavy bags and excited to complete the last part of our journey to Base Camp by canoe. It was the perfect way to experience the jungle for the first time, travelling fast downriver with a warm breeze and our new rainforest home towering above us either side of the river.

This was just one of the many experiences I’ve enjoyed since arriving here at GVI Amazon, including Saturday night fun with games of Assassin and Mafia and encountering many new animals such as armadillos, pacas, kinkajous, opossums, frogs of all shapes and sizes and the most unusual creature of all, Andy the base camp manager!

Alice Whiting – GVI Amazon volunteer Jan-Mar 2011