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Reserve Maintenance and Gardener

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3 - 50 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Brilliant 4.7  · 
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  Very high response rate

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
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Families
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About the program

Our gardener, Rafael, always needs help maintaining the grounds, trails, animal enclosures, vegetable patches and the microclimate greenhouse.

The Program

Trails - we have a couple of trails around the reserve which will need to maintained for visits. Grabbing a machete, you will cut back any plants that are intrusively  in the way or are  prickly.

Animal Enclosures - we have a turtle tank and an aquarium which we will need help cleaning, ...

About the program

The Program

Trails - we have a couple of trails around the reserve which will need to maintained for visits. Grabbing a machete, you will cut back any plants that are intrusively  in the way or are  prickly.

Animal Enclosures - we have a turtle tank and an aquarium which we will need help cleaning, fixing or expanding.

The Grounds - the reserve is 60 hectares so we need to ensure it is in good condition and looks presentable to the general public who visits.

The Microclimate Greenhouse - we have  a greenhouse which has various frogs living in it. Help maintaining the infrastructure and the plants with the greenhouse would be great.

Vegetable and Herb Patch - we want to expand the patch so we can produce our own food for our staff and volunteers. Setting up infrastructure is essential as we also want this area to be a place where people can sit on benches or do picnics. Planting and watering will also be required and any experience with organic farming would be great as all our produce uses zero pesticides.

Living at IPBio

Volunteers will stay at the Darwin House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to maintain and clean the house, we take this very seriously. Volunteers can use our organic vegetable and herb patch in their cuisine. Shops are in the town of Iporanga 6km away from the reserve, which you can walk or get a lift, where there are various shops with all you will need. Every day you will wake up to the sound of birds, monkeys and frogs and can explore the reserves grounds. During the weekend volunteers can visit the State Parks to explore the caves, hike into the dense forest surrounding them or visit the waterfalls. At the reserve we have a deck where you can swim as well as use our tubes (big circular water balloons) to drift down the river along with the current. Volunteers can also organize dinners, movie nights or social events which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or two. You can use the internet at the Center to Skype loved ones. 

Location

The Atlantic Forest stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. Five hundred years ago, the Atlantic Forest of Brazil covered approximately 330 million acres, but today only 7% remains. In the Ribeira Valley, our region of the Atlantic Forest, we are at the footsteps of 21% of the 7% that is left, it being largest contiguous section of the Atlantic Forest. Despite the forests diminished state it still ranks as a global conservation priority. Although it is now just a small fraction of the size of the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic Forest still harbors a range of biological diversity similar to that of the Amazon. The Atlantic Forest harbors around 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians – 5% of the vertebrates on Earth. This includes nearly 200 bird species found nowhere else. The Betary Reserve is located next to one of the most famous Brazilian State Parks named PETAR. The region is called the Cave Capital as it known for containing over 300 spectacular caves, some which are accessible to tourists. 

 



Typical day

A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm including the tasks of:

  • Maintaining of trails
  • Cleaning, fixing and expanding animal enclosures
  • Maintaining 60 hectares of forest, so that it's presentable to visitors
  • Cleaning and maintenance in our greenhouse
  • Planting and watering plants

Typical day

A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm including the tasks of:

  • Maintaining of trails
  • Cleaning, fixing and expanding animal enclosures
  • Maintaining 60 hectares of forest, so that it's presentable to visitors
  • Cleaning and maintenance in our greenhouse
  • Planting and watering plants

Free-time activities

- Caves: Iporanga is called “The Cave Capital of Brazil” with over 400 caves in the town. Below are just the highlights.

•Casa da Pedra is the world’s largest cave entrance of 215 meters. The trip involves a 2-hour hike to the opening where there is a place to sit down and have a picnic and ...

Free-time activities

- Caves: Iporanga is called “The Cave Capital of Brazil” with over 400 caves in the town. Below are just the highlights.

•Casa da Pedra is the world’s largest cave entrance of 215 meters. The trip involves a 2-hour hike to the opening where there is a place to sit down and have a picnic and swim and then a hike back.

•Temimina Cave has a large opening in the ceiling illuminating its oddly shaped diagonal garden. Then you enter into a dark cave where at the end you find a natural shower hole.

•Nucleo Santana is a group of caves and is the most commonly visited as it has a wide range of different types of caves. In some caves you can swim.

- Tubing/Boia Cross: is a sport where by you get on a big balloon and float down the river. There are various waterways you can do in Iporanga, some more radical and some in the big river which is very relaxing and can last 3 hours.

- Cananeia: has various islands with dolphins swimming in between which are very easy to visualize. It is also known for its stunning beaches, awesome boat tours, great restaurants and the mangrove reserve where there are many crabs.

- Waterfalls: Iporanga has many waterfalls. “Sem Fim” is a small waterfall walking distance from the reserve. “Vale das Ostras” has 12 large waterfalls in a row.

- Quilombos: during the era of slavery many slaves would run away from the plantations and create settlements hidden in the forest. These communities live in relative isolation and you can visit their small towns. For some of the Quilombos the tours include travelling their by boat and having a traditional lunch at one of the families homes.

- Social Events:

•Dinners: there are many nice restaurants were volunteers can have dinner, some more classy like Casarao and some with traditional Brazilian food. There is also a great fish restaurant. Often volunteer will eat out on the weekends.

•Town Parties: the are a couple of bars in town, some have pool tables and some have dancing areas. On holidays, there are usually town festivals on the streets.

•BBQ: it is very common to have a BBQ on the weekend which is often accompanied with the traditional Brazilian drink called Caipirinha.


Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

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 (intermediate level) or Portuguese (intermediate level)

Required Documents

CV/Resume

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Other Skills

Any experience with handy work, construction, organic farming or maintenance would be great. Speak either English or Portuguese well.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

What's Included

Services by IPBio - Reserva Betary

This covers your accommodation, full access to the reserve, internet access, project costs and the use of any equipment we have. Volunteers will pay for their own food and cook for themselves. Volunteers are also responsible for paying for any extra costs such as travel costs, visa costs etc. Volunteers are also responsible for covering their extra activities costs such as dinner out (without drinks) which ranges from 15 to 30 reais or PETAR State Park tour of caves (including a guide, equipment and entrance fee) which costs around 100 to 250 reais depending on how many volunteers go.

Accommodation

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.

Internet Access

Good access at the project site

What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Airport Pickup at Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport

An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

Food & Beverages

Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Sao Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) in Sao Paulo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

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Details on arrival

Availability
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Program fees

3 weeks (min. stay) 582€
50 weeks (max. stay) 9,693€
Average fees 193€/week

Program fees

193€ per week 3 - 50 weeks Age 18 - 50+

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Duration

3 - 50 weeks

Deposit

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

Your final payment will be agreed with IPBio - Reserva Betary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

IPBio - Reserva Betary

Brilliant 4.7 rating (95 reviews)

Non-profit

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Imran

Spoken languages: English

About the project

IPBio is a nonprofit NGO that develops projects on biodiversity and environmental education for the purpose of ecological conservation.

Meet your organization

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.

IPBio’s mission is to encourage conservation, management and sustainable use of natural resources; and promote the development of eco-tourism and cultural projects.

In 2009, the Institute received the title of `Advanced Outpost` by the Atlantic Forest Biosphere Reserve, linked to UNESCO, and had this title renewed in May of 2015. IPBio's success as a pioneer in Brazilian research has allowed it to expand and in the near future will be celebrating the inauguration of its new research center based in the Amazon Rainforest.

The IPBio projects seek to include the general public, not only scientists, and communicate the wonders of nature to all. We believe that humanity must understand, value and connect with nature before we can conserve it.

95 reviews · rating4.7

In Reserva Betary, you will get a glance of the immensity of the Atlantic forest, the biodiversity is ridiculous, you will see more trees and insects than you can count, you will be amazed at the colors of plants and birds and you will be tired of the size and quantity of insects. The people here ...
Jamal Boulid rating4.6

2017 at Reserve Maintenance and Gardener

I am from France and volunteered on reserve betary’s for 2 months, I really enjoy it. The betary reserve is an excellent working environment and is very comfortable to live in the yellow house, surrounded by wildlife. My mission was the tree inventory, the goal is to repertories all the ...
Charlotte Uhlig rating4.4

2017 at Reserve Maintenance and Gardener

I had a wonderful time at Reserva Betary! You cross a hanging bridge over the river and suddenly you realize you are in the middle of the rainforest, surrounded by nothing but nature. It was amazing. Every morning I woke up and started my work with Rafael. My choice to help him in the garden worked ...
Timothy Davison rating4.6

2016 at Reserve Maintenance and Gardener

IPBio is a great place to visit and volunteer. The staff were all very welcoming and knowledgeable on a diverse range of topics. The reserve itself is on a beautiful plot of land with stunning views and is a great place to stay. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a real ...
jackie Tremblay rating3.6

2023 at Forest Inventory (Eco-Supporter)

J’y ai fait des travaux intéressants comme la cueillette et identification de champignons, l’observation et identification des oiseaux et l’inventaire des poissons. Certains travaux comme le sarclage et l’arrachage de plantes envahissantes étaient très difficiles pour moi. Tous, ...
Johanna Schweizer rating4.2

2022 at Forest Inventory (Eco-Supporter)

I didn't know mushrooms, birds, trees, frogs and even insects could become this important to me. Now I'm hiking differently, looking closer to the details and enjoying it way more! Not only the work was amazing, but especially the people I met! Also the weekends were always an adventure. We went to ...

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