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FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine

Animal Release Center: Fruit Tree Inventory

Iporanga, Brazil

Collect information, which will help us to assess where to release the birds and where we can find them to monitor their progress.

You will help us to: create a map with the positions of the fruit trees in the management area; check when their fruiting period starts and ends; do research about which bird species like which fruit tree species; collect native seeds. With this information, we can better assess where to release the birds as we can direct them towards a food source. Moreover, these birds are tagged and monitored after their reintroduction to the wild to ensure they are adapting well and therefore identifying fruit trees in the area will increase the likelihood of finding the bird to monitor their progress.

During your work at the organization, there is a good chance you will encounter wildlife. All volunteers are expected to support in our fauna monitoring; whereby, sighting of wildlife should be noted and hopefully photographed in an attempt to identify species living in the area. It is important to know what birds are already on the reserve, as well as identify their predators like the oncilla, to understand the natural competition they will face.

The Betary Reserve is situated about 6 kilometres from Iporanga. Iporanga is a small municipality in the State of São Paulo, founded in 1755 on the banks of the Ribeira de Iguape River and at the mouth of the Rio Iporanga. The name Iporanga of Tupi origin means "beautiful river". Iporanga has around 4,300 inhabitants and a total area of 127,700 hectares. 

You will be working closely with our volunteer coordinator, the manager of FreeWildlife Brazil Celine and our other volunteers. We have partnered with IPBio (Biodiversity Research Institute), an NGO that also works on the Betary Reserve with whom we cooperate closely, to develop a joint volunteer program. Often our programs are interlinked, so you will definitely meet IPBio's staff members and volunteers with whom we often do weekend activities and have dinner parties also. In addition, you will share the accommodation with IPBio's volunteers.

Typical day

As a volunteer at FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine you work from Monday to Friday. A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with tasks like:

Create a grid with physical posts which demarcate the area
Identify and mark all trees of interest in the management area
- Research
- Create a phenological calendar
- Collect seeds
 

Free-time activities

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. Tubing, 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.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV/Resume
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Education in biology, forest engineering, botany or related field would be a huge benefit; however, we are willing to accept a non-biologist who is very interested, willing to learn. You must speak either English or Portuguese at an intermediate level.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Any questions? Just ask. We at FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine are happy to help you.

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This fee covers the volunteer’s accommodation, internet access and project costs. 

Accommodation
The Darwin House, where volunteers stay, is situated on the reserve itself and 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. Example of basic food costs: spaghetti - 5 reais, beans - 5 reais and we have someone in town that provides ready-made meals for 12 reais.
Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bedroom (Double)
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. 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.
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$320.00
3 weeks
$480.00
4 weeks
$640.00
5 weeks
$800.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$8,000.00
Average fees
$160.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Iporanga/Brazil between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Brazil.
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 FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
Americas South America Brazil Iporanga, Estrada Iporanga – Apiaí, Km 6, Iporanga -SP
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