Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Estrada Iporanga – Apiaí, Km 6, Iporanga -SP - Brasil
About IPBio: The Biodiversity Research Institute (IPBio) is a place where research meets conservation. IPBio is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that develops and supports projects in environmental education and scientific research on biodiversity, ecology as well as on the behavior of species of fauna and flora of Brazilian ecosystems.
Read the volunteer package: http://ipbio.org.br/wp-content/uploads/Volunteer-Package-IPBio-Celine-FINAL17-final.pdf
Read our Newsletter: http://ipbio.org.br/wp-content/uploads/IPBio-Newsletter-2017.pdf
Watch our Volunteer Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/obbioadm/playlists
Context: IPBio conducts research on amphibian reproductive habits and embryology in captivity. In addition, we conduct regular inventories of amphibians using pitfalls which are distributed throughout the reserve.
- Tadpole Monitoring: IPBio collects tadpoles and monitors their development to study the embryological process.
- Amphibians in Captivity: IPBio has species of frogs in captivity to study their mating habits.
- Amphibian inventories: IPBio wishes to understand the distribution of amphibians, understand their reproductive habits, track species composition and well-being as well as potential find new species. IPBio has 6 different sites each with 5 pitfalls each. Volunteers will need to open the pitfalls for 48 hours and visit the sites to collect data such as species, photograph, size, any diseases found or other relevant information for statistical analysis. This role demands volunteers who can deal with highly exhausting activities as a lot of hiking is required in difficult conditions.
Life at IPBio:
Our town is called the Cave Capital of Brazil so volunteers often visit our state parks to explore the caves. Hike into the dense forest and visits to waterfalls are also common activities. Bouy cross, big balloons, are used to drift down the rivers, some of the river route are 3 hours long! After work volunteers can swim on the reserve deck, organize dinners, watch movies, read and go wildlife watching. On the weekend we often have a barbeque or organize dinner at a restaurant. Often there are social events or parties in the community that volunteers can go to.
Accomodation and Living:
Volunteers will stay at the Darwin Guest House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 14 people in 8 rooms. Two rooms are collective rooms and 6 rooms are single rooms. All rooms have air conditioning, closet space and electricity outlets. Individual rooms have a desk with a chair. The house has 4 bathrooms with hot showers, a washing machine and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. A cleaning lady provides basic cleaning services for public areas and will provide fresh bed linen once a week. However, it is also the volunteer’s responsibility to maintain and clean the house; we take this very seriously. Shops are located in the town of Iporanga 6km away from the reserve, which you can walk to or get a taxi, where there are various shops where you can by all the supplies you will need from groceries to toiletries. There is an organic small herb and vegetable patch volunteers can use in the gardens.
Requirements and Skills:You must speak either English or Portuguese at an intermediate level. You must be over 18. Education and experience is not required but will increase the likelihood of being accepted for this project.
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Email us your CV/resume and clearly state the position (or positions) you are intertested in to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch with our volunteer package containing further details! We respond to all applicants within a week so if you can´t find a response please check your spam folder a week after you apply.