Plant Identification & Mapping in Bolivian Amazon

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founded in 2006
Sustainable Bolivia
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Coordinator | Erik
Coordinator | Erik
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Punti Salienti

Gain experience doing active research to help conservation
Become more passionate about nature
Get to know the Bolivian culture
Make meaningful support to the research done at the Aquicuana Reserve
Experience living at the Aquicuana Reserve
We are looking for a Plant Medicine Inventory Project. Working with a local informant, we will identify, photograph, and help write a guide to Aquicuana Reserve’s plants This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singoli
Coppie
Famiglie
Gruppi
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.

Pisatahua is an integrative plant-medicine retreat, located in the Aquicuana Reserve. Sustainable Bolivia is Pisatahua’s sister non-profit. Sustainable Bolivia also hosts Pisatahua volunteers in our communal home found in the city.

Sustainable Bolivia, in partnership with Pisatahua, is currently receiving applications for a Plant Medicine Inventory Project. Working with a local informant, the selected applicant will identify, photograph, and help write a guide to Aquicuana’s medicinal & edible plants.


Typical day

Volunteers can support our plant identification program by conducting field collections of leaves/flowers and fruits/seeds on our trails. In addition, literature research is conducted to gather information on morphological characteristics, occurrence, wood, utility, ecological information, phenology, seeds description and seedling production for each species.

Volunteers will work in between 100% of the time in the Aquicuana Reserve. They can always ask to members of the communities to come with them and show them where to find a specific plant.

We expect the volunteers to make pictures, archive them, list the plants and describe them.

The selected candidate will create informational material identifying the names, properties and traditional usages of plants and trees located in the Aquicuana Reserve. Following a well-maintained trail, they will create a user friendly map so that locals and guests can traverse the trail, while learning about Amazonian plant medicines.

The selected candidate will work alongside local healers and specialists to gain an understanding of the role of traditional healing practices, including primary plant species and their uses. They will work at the intersection of contemporary and traditional medicine as it is used, shared, implemented, and recounted in the Bolivian Amazon. This position provides the unique opportunity to gain an understanding of traditional plant-medicine practices, while helping to preserve the local knowledge of indigenous peoples.

Free-time activities

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.

Hiking
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Swimming
Water Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Requisiti

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) or Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High Scool level
Required Documents
Resume or a cv and passport
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Ideally a biology or biodiversity degree (or currently studying)
Interest for plants in the rainforest
Ability to work independently
Minimum commitment of 1 month
Basic Spanish
Patience and flexibility
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on lunedì, martedì, mercoledì, giovedì and venerdì from 09:00 - 18:00

Servizi inclusi

Services by Sustainable Bolivia

    All Prices Include:

    • Pre-arrival support
    • Research supervision by a local biologist
    • 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
Airport Pickup at Gen Buech Airport

Airport pick up from the city of Riberalta

Accommodation
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.
Food & Beverages
  • Drinkable water available
  • 3 meals per day (vegetarian/vegan option possible)
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.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Gen Buech Airport (RIB) in Riberalta. We assist you to find cheap flights to Bolivia.
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 Bolivia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Bolivia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Bolivia.

Date e Prezzi

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

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.
Availability
gen feb mar apr maggio giu lug ago set ott nov dic
Duration
4 - 48 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$700
8 weeks
$1.400
12 weeks
$2.100
48 weeks (max. stay)
$8.400
Average fees
$175 /week

Si prega di notare che le tariffe sopra indicate sono stimate. Sustainable Bolivia vi informerà sul prezzo finale durante il processo di candidatura.
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 Sustainable Bolivia during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Plant Identification & Mapping in Bolivian Amazon

We are looking for a Plant Medicine Inventory Project. Working with a local informant, we will identify, photograph, and help write a guide to Aquicuana Reserve’s plants

$175/week

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