Independent Research in Bolivian Amazon

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Sustainable Bolivia
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Clou

Experience living at the Aquicuana Reserve
Gain experience doing active biology research to help conservation
Become more passionate about nature
Make meaningful discoveries at the Aquicuana Reserve
Get to know the Bolivian culture
We are looking for independent researchers to study the biodiversity at the Aquicuana Reserve, list and suggest observation projects. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Âge 18+
Seul voyageur
Couples
Familles
Groupes
50+

Sustainable Bolivia is a NGO based in Riberalta, the heart of the Bolivian Amazon. We focus our work on sustainable community development and conservation actions.

Our volunteers have the opportunity to live and support our work at the Aquicuana Reserve and it's surroundings. This area of incredible biodiversity is located about 20 kilometers from the city of Riberalta in the Beni Department of the Bolivian Amazon. It is home to Lake San José, the plant-medicine retreat center Pisatahua, and two rural communities: San José and Warnes. Its name, Aquicuana, comes from the Tacana native language, meaning ‘land of the giant trees.’

There we promote initiatives to support education, scientific research, community development, regenerative agriculture and conservation actions.

We provide a open space for the community called "Comedor" where volunteers have internet access so that they can prepare and develop activities with the community. We also offer a Research Station and (depending on availability) accommodation in the city of Riberalta if volunteers want to visit, shop or go out during the weekends.

Scientific research is a fundamental pillar because it contributes to the quality of life and well-being of people, in the training of new professionals and in the development of professionals who are heading towards research. Your work would contribute to the community development here at Riberalta and the conservation of the Aquicuana Reserve.

Journée Typique

Responsibilities may include:

  • Looking for specific animals in the reserve – this work will guided by a local researcher, Vincent A. Vos
  • Make a list of these animals with full name, description and picture
  • Prepare field guides
  • Write blog articles on the work and current species in the reserve
  • Possibly write or co-write scientific articles
  • Create possible observation projects
  • Create content: photographs, blog articles, videos
  • Take initiative and suggest ideas to further develop the eco-tourism project
  • Create promotion activities around fauna and flora to local institutions (schools, orphanages, etc.)

Activités de Loisir

In their free time, volunteers can enjoy a lot of activities around Riberalta such as enjoying the nature of the Amazon (tours, trekking) and the animals, enjoying the rivers (boat tours) or the swimming pools in the city. It is also very easy to go to Brazil where you there is a lot of amenities for shopping.

If volunteers want to travel, there is a lot to see in Bolivia itself (easily accessible by plane) such as the salt flats, the Titicaca Lake, the cities of La Paz, Sucre and Tarija (this last one for the wines), the mines of Potosi and of course its incredible nature and the parks around Santa Cruz (Amboro) or Samaipata, and around Villa Tunari.

Randonnée
Shopping /
Souvenirs
Tourisme
Des sports
Natation
Sports Nautiques
Yoga /
Méditation

Conditions

Pour participer à ce programme tu dois avoir au moins 18 ans quand le programme commence. Il peut y avoir des exceptions si tu peux montrer la permission de ton tuteur légal ou si tu es accompagné(e) par l'un de tes parents.
Compétences Linguistiques
Tu dois parler anglais (niveau de base) et espagnol (niveau de base)
Exigences de Formation
Environment, Biology, Research à niveau University
Documents Requis
CV et passport
Restrictions de Nationalité
Aucune restriction. De l'aide venant de tous les coins du monde est bienvenu.
Autres Compétences
Ideally a biology or biodiversity degree (or currently studying)
Interest for wildlife and plants in the rainforest
Ability to work independently
Minimum commitment of 1 month
Basic Spanish
Patience and flexibility
Engagement de Temps
Nous avons besoin de ton aide le lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi et vendredi

Services inclus

Services de Sustainable Bolivia

    All Prices Include:

    • Pre-arrival support
    • Research supervision by a local biologist (additional cost)
    • Accommodation at the Aquicuana Reserve
    • 3 meals a day (vegetarian/vegan option possible)
    • Volunteer or internship placement
    • 24-hour staff support
    • Drinkable water
    • Internet access
    • Orientation
    • Airport pick up (in Riberalta) and initial transportation to the Reserve
    • Cleaning services
    • Discount to Plant Medicine Retreat Pisatahua
Transfert de l'aéroport Gen Buech Airport

Airport pick up from the city of Riberalta

Logement
We offer accommodation inside the Aquicuana Reserve and share Pisatahua Retreat's infrastructure. Volunteers and interns share dorm rooms in our sustainable ecolodges, the volunteer cabin and the research station.

About infrastructure in Pisatahua:

We employ energy-efficient innovations to enhance the comfort and aesthetic experience of our guests.  We make every possible attempt to utilize local, natural, and sustainable building materials for housing and furniture.

We use renewable energy resources and we’ve implemented simple, cost-efficient, energy and water conservation measures.  We treat grey-water and recycle all our waste.

Our facilities were constructed with sustainably-harvested wood, bamboo, and palm leaves. We designed all of our infrastructure in accordance with traditional construction techniques; however, these methodologies were adapted to meet our specific needs. Local community members are employed for all our construction and maintenance needs.

All construction methods minimized the removal of vegetation.  The trees whose lives we spared return the favor by cooling down the area and shielding our guests from the sun.

We constructed limited number of elevated walkways to prevent soil erosion and protect fragile ecosystems.  These walkways also protect our guests from the jungle elements.

Energy and Water Conservation:

Due to our remote location, we’re completely off-grid and we must generate our own electricity.  Electricity use is limited to power a few appliances such as common-area lighting, water pumps, and kitchen equipment.

We’ve taken steps to minimize our water usage by implementing a few simple measures including: low-flow restrictor valves, low-flow toilets and water saving nozzles. Furthermore, guests are required to use 100% biodegradable, phosphorous-free soap and shampoo.

Some of our energy conservation measures include:

  • Renewable solar energy light-bulbs
  • Drying racks on clothes line
  • Reusing towels and linens
  • High efficiency appliances
  • Energy efficient refrigeration
Our goal is to Leave-No-Trace when it comes to waste. Anything we pack in, we bring out. We recycle everything we can in the city of Riberalta.  All organic matter from the kitchen is composted. A conscious effort is made to reduce all packaging. Whenever possible we purchase supplies made from recycled materials.
Dortoir
Aliments & Boissons
  • Drinkable water available
  • 3 meals per day (vegetarian/vegan option possible)
Accès à Internet
Bon accès sur le site du projet
NE SONT inclus dans le prix:
Visa, billets d'avion, assurance voyage ne sont PAS inclus dans les frais de programme.
Billets d'avion
L'aéroport le plus proche est Gen Buech Airport (RIB) à Riberalta. Nous t'aidons à trouver des vols pas chers pour aller en Bolivie.
Assurance Voyage
Partir à l'étranger est une aventure et c'est toujours mieux d'être bien préparé. Que ce soit une maladie soudaine, une blessure ou du vol - une assurance voyage pour Bolivie te protège en cas de situation imprévue.
Vaccins
Si tu envisages de faire du bénévolat en Bolivie, nous te conseillons de consulter un médecin avant le début de ton voyage. Renseigne-toi sur les vaccins nécessaires pour Bolivie.

Dates et Prix

PAS DE FRAIS DE CARTE DE CRÉDIT

Informations sur l'arrivée

When can your start volunteering?
Volunteers can join the program throughout all year round.

How to get to Riberalta?
First you would have to fly into Bolivia - either La Paz (LPB) or Santa Cruz (VVI). From there you can take a connecting flight with the airline Ecojet to Riberalta. There are daily flights that cost about $120 each way. We typically recommend you fly into Santa Cruz as the connections are easier. Contact us for information to purchase a flight with a local travel agency.
Disponibilité
janv. févr. mars avril mai juin juil. août sept. oct. nov. déc.
Durée
4 - 48 sem

Frais de Programme

Frais: Prix en USD
4 sem (durée min.)
$600
8 sem
$1 200
12 sem
$1 800
48 sem (durée max.)
$7 200
Coût moyen
$150 /sem

Merci de noter que les prix ci-dessus sont des prix estimés et qu'ils sont soumis aux fluctuations des taux de change. Sustainable Bolivia t'informera du prix final au cours du processus de candidature.
Acompte (15%)
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Montant Restant (85%)
Le paiement du montant restant doit être organisé avec Sustainable Bolivia durant le processus de candidature. Très souvent ce paiement est effectué par virement bancaire ou en espèces.

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Independent Research in Bolivian Amazon

We are looking for independent researchers to study the biodiversity at the Aquicuana Reserve, list and suggest observation projects.

$150/week

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