Giving Tuesday in the Rainforest!

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Highlights

Live and work with people of different backgrounds, different ages and different experiences – all united in wanting to save the world!
Lift our impact to new levels as we raise money on Giving Tuesday
Discover for yourself the challenges and rewards of working to protect the rainforest
Join a growing movement of people around the world giving back!
Hike in the forest, swim in the crystal clear water of the rivers, and get to know a traditional rural community
Giving Tuesday is the day for giving back - after the craziness of Black Friday. Help our Rainforest campaign to do even better at Saving Forests and Changing Lives! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

We warmly invite you to join us at the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center in Brazil's Atlantic Forest, where you'll gain firsthand experience in reforestation, regenerative agriculture, medicinal plants, community outreach and sustainable living. Local students, schoolkids, community members and international students and volunteers: together we're Saving Forests and Changing Lives and we'd love you to be part of it! Your job will be to work on our Giving Tuesday campaign so we can save more forests and change more lives. And you will certainly change your own, we can promise you!  

So let's tell you a little bit about ourselves and we'll tell you about Giving Tuesday and how you fit in, OK? 

The Iracambi volunteer program has been running for over twenty years! We've hosted 2000 volunteers, interns and researchers of all ages, many different backgrounds and levels of experience from - sixty five different countries. We've planted over 130, 000 native forest trees, founded the first program of environmental education in the region, set up the first web-based GIS, created thousands of acres of protected areas, and impacted the lives of thousands of people in the Serra do Brigadeiro mountains. With your help, we'll impact thousands more lives! Iracambi alumni (we call them Iracambistas) can be found across the world in academia, business, the arts, government, international organizations, working as doctors, teachers, lawyers, scientists, personal coaches, writers, film makers, GIS techies, farmers, and all manner of activities directed at making the world a better place. Whether you spend a week with us or six months, you will leave us enriched, and you will enrich your surroundings wherever they may be

And what you do here is really important because you'll be working to restore and protect one of the most important and threatened rainforests in the world.    

So just look what's going on at Iracambi these days! We're working with local farmers on a mixed program of agroecology and agroforestry, whereby together we plant native and productive tree species in order to increase farm incomes, restore degraded soils, protect water sources and increase habitat for biodiversity. Our agroforestry plots are bursting with native species trees alongside a variety of different crops designed to improve the soil, provide green manure, and grow healthy food free of chemicals. Our shade grown coffee plantation produces high quality delicious coffee. We're partnering with Brazil's premier research institute Fiocruz, as part of a network inventorying the hundreds of medical plants species in the Atlantic Forest, along with their traditional uses. 

Do you remember us talking earlier about changing lives? Here's where we work with local farmers, school kids, volunteers and visitors, hosting visits, running workshops and outreach programs designed to raise awareness of the important issues of how to live sustainably, and how to encourage more and more people to join us in the exciting task of protecting one of the most important forests in the world. 

Now we're going to tell you a quick story. it's the indigenous story of the humming bird. it goes like this: The forest is on fire, and all the animals are fleeing. All except one little humming bird who is flying towards the flames with a drop of water in her beak. The eagle looks down and laughs at her. "Silly little bird! You'll never put out the fire all by yourself!"  The humming bird flies on, drops the water onto the flames and says, "You're right. By myself I won't. But I'm doing my part." 

 If you're up for doing your part, we invite you to join us. Together we'll wrestle with the challenges, seek solutions, and put them to work. 

And here's where you come in. Welcome to Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and it's all about giving back. You see, Thanksgiving is followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday - two days to indulge in an orgy of buying stuff. Giving Tuesday is observed all over the world, and it's a day to give back. Give time, give stuff, give love, and give money to support great causes like Iracambi. Giving Tuesday is one of our biggest fundraising days of the year, and your job will be to help us help others to make a significant impact - to plant thousands more trees and change hundreds more lives. Are you the person we're looking for?   

 

Typical day

Studying, interning, volunteering or visiting Iracambi provides you with a fantastic opportunity to be part of a lifestyle that is likely very different from what you are used to. You will be sharing the campus space with people of different nationalities, backgrounds, skills, ages and interests - not to mention a few bugs! We invite you to participate in our ongoing projects and encourage you to take responsibility for your own work, experience, lifestyle, and for your fellow Iracambistas. If you have your own study project or particular passion, that’s great, and we’ll give you the space and support that you need for that too. If you have a brilliant idea for something we could or ought to do, let’s see if we can do it! 

Life in the rainforest is not a cookie cutter experience. Sometimes you'll want to see the sunrise, sometimes you'll be indoors if it's raaning too hard. Sometimes there are weekend activities - yoga retreats, English courses, school visits. Sometimes you'll want to join in other activities with your fellow volunteers and staff. But basically here is how it works. Field work is usually done in the morning, from around eight. Afternoons are for writing up research, taking a quick nap in a hammock, doing some background reading, maybe jumping into the waterfall. As our Giving Tuesday Champion you'll be involved in a host of activities connected with fundraising and marketing, focusing on the lead up to Giving Tuesday: creating copy, selecting the best photos and short videos, dreaming up original and fun ways to challenge donors large and small. And, most importantly, giving them a big shoutout for their support!  

The Research Center is located on a working farm, which includes a large area of native forest as well as tree crops. There are rivers to swim in, mountains to climb, forest trails to hike, and a welcoming local community. You won’t have the bright lights of a big city. But you will have the chance to make friends for life. 

 You’ll be living on our rainforest campus, and eating delicious local food cooked by Larissa – who is more than happy to supply vegetarian or vegan options on request. The Research Center has one central dorm, five four-bed cabins, a field lab, a classroom, our multi-use Forest House, a system of forest trails, and our forest and agroecology plots. We have 24-hour access to internet – except during thunderstorms, when we power down in order to protect the equipment! 

A little background.    

The Atlantic Forest stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. Five hundred years ago, it covered approximately 330 million acres, but today only 7- 8% remains. And we are determined to protect and restore what we can. Because these forests harbor an extraordinarily high rate of biodiversity, including 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians - 5% of all the vertebrates on earth. And new species are still being discovered!

Iracambi is adjacent to the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, one of the highest conservation priority areas in the state, and home to the largest population of the woolly spider monkey Brachyteles hypoxanthus – the most endangered and arguably the most adorable of the New World Primates. You may be lucky enough to spot one, particularly if you hang out with Leandro who can be found a little farther up the mountain! If you are with us at the right time of year, he can also involve you in harvesting the local version of the superfruit acai jussara.    

Free-time activities

On weekends you can swim in the rivers, hike in the forest, climb local mountains – no rock climbing involved and you will be rewarded by amazing views. You can interact with the local community and attend local parties and festivals, particularly in June and July during the winter festivals. You can also organize dinners, bonfires, barbecues or social events to be enjoyed with a glass of wine, a beer or a caipirinha! Weekend excursions might include quad biking round local communities, kayaking on the rivers, horseback riding and getting a taste of local farm life, On  three day weekends you could visit Brazil’s famous historic towns Ouro Preto and Mariana, sun yourself on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro state, or climb the 9000 foot Pico da Bandeira (once considered to be Brazil’s highest mountain before another was discovered in the Amazon!) We don´t have a zoo in Iracambi, but that´s just because we don´t need one. We have lots of wild animals living all around, even big ones like the puma. (But we should warn you, they are mostly nocturnal.) We are an official release center for captive species and occasionally the forest police appear with animals and birds to be released after acclimatizing. 

And if you’re up for gentler pastimes, where better to hang out in a hammock and read a book, or find a quiet spot to practice yoga or meditation? 

 

Swimming
Sightseeing
Climbing
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/
Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Sense of adventure, sense of humor, skills in writing, database management, and creating attractive content for Giving Tuesday postings. And, most importantly, a strong desire to make the world a better place!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Included Services

Services by Iracambi Research Center

Your fee covers accommodation, DELICIOUS food, unlimited wifi (except during severe storms,) and all on campus activities. In country travel, weekend excursions and extras are on you!   

Accommodation

Volunteers stay either in our cabins (which have two double bedrooms, hot shower and study space,) or in the main building, (old farm house with 4 double bedrooms, common room, kitchen and hot showers.) We have good wifi connection but no television. (Read a book, instead!)  Other facilities include the dining hall, our multi-use bamboo Forest House,  a classroom, field lab, forest nursery,  forestry and agroecology plots, GIS, a system of forest trails and a Forest Reserve. Three km from the Center we have the Pico da Graminha Reserve with its fully equipped Mountain House which is a comfortable base for hikers, birders and researchers. 

And if you love camping, you're welcome to camp - either in the grounds of the research center, or farther afield in the forest! 

Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Delicious food is provided by Larissa, who is happy to accommodate special requests, and will always have a vegetarian option, and vegan food on request.  Please, let us know in advance if you have any kind of food restrictions. There is always fresh water, milk and coffee for free, and  fresh juices depending on the season. Sodas, alcoholic drinks, and delicious chocolate truffles are also for sale in the restaurant.  

 

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio De Janeiro. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Since this is an extra important job, we ask if you can join us by September or October 2019 so that together we have time to make this the best Giving Tuesday ever! You will need to stay with us through the first week of December since Giving Tuesday this year is on December 3rd.

And, if that timing doesn't work for you, we'll let you into a little secret. The second most important day of the year for fundraising is in July. So ir the northern summer fits your plans better, that works just fine with us. 

We have two seasons - the rainy season and the dry (less rainy) season.  Normally the rains come in October November and last through May. Daytime temperatures will be in the range 25C - 35C with cooler nights (22C - 26C).  This is the season for planting trees and the rainforest is alive with activity. Mornings are usually clear and if there's rain on the way it will cloud over as the day goes on, with rain and sometimes thunder in the afternoon. After a short sharp storm, the sun will often reappear, and although you may get wet you won't get cold!  

The rainy season is the time to visit local farms and plant trees alongside the farm families, local schoolkids and volunteers, and anyone who is within reach. By contrast the dry season is cooler - temperatures can drop to around 10C at night and you'll need a fleece. Day time temperatures are normally around 23C-28C and this is the season to monitor last year's plantings, hop on the school bus and visit local schools to share your language and culture, help in the forest nursery and on the agroecology plots, harvest (and sample) our delicious coffee, and get involved in year round projects such as maintaining the forest trails, updating the photo library, making videos and helping out with NGO tasks such as marketing and fundraising, and hosting school visits and workshops. 

Once you contact us we'll be happy to send you more details of how to get here and what to expect when you arrive!   

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
12 - 24 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
12 weeks (min. stay)
$ 2,400
13 weeks
$ 2,600
14 weeks
$ 2,800
15 weeks
$ 3,000
17 weeks
$ 3,400
19 weeks
$ 3,800
24 weeks (max. stay)
$ 4,800
Average fees
$ 200 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Iracambi Research Center will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Iracambi Research Center during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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