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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


One of my favourite experiences on this GVI Amazon adventure was when I went to this sand bar in the middle of the River Napo near Hector´s Island (Sumak Allpa). We arrived by canoe and shortly after that I found myself wandering off away from the group. I soon made it to the far end of the sand bar. The water was extremely shallow and nice and cool. Lying down in it was completely refreshing. To the west there appeared to be a second sand bar, and I made it a mission to explore it. After a good 20 minutes of wading I made it across to the new island. It was absolutely quiet and peaceful. I could see the rest of the gang off in the distance having fun, but nothing truly compares to climbing your own island.

Jesse Hay – GVI Amazon volunteer, Jan-Mar 2011