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IPBio- Biodiversity Research Institute Programs

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Biodiversity Research Assistant

This program offers volunteers/interns the opportunity to conduct research on flora and fauna in one of the worlds top "biodiversity hotspots", namely the Atlantic Forest....

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Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

Volunteer as a fundraising and communications coordinator at a biodiversity research institute in Brazil. Volunteers can help with raising international awareness about IPBio,...

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Biodiversity Photographers and Movie Producers

Capture images and videos of Atlantic Forest fauna and flora for use in eBooks, documentaries, education programs, and ethology studies. Interns or volunteers can join biologists...

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Bioluminescent Mushroom Field Researcher

IPBio is looking for a long-term volunteer who can focus on searching for new species of bioluminescent mushrooms, photographing them, and finding the conditions that allow...

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Website Developer

IPBio is looking for a web developer to add new content and features to its website (blog, review section, volunteer page), improve the aesthetics (photo gallery), and organize...

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Organic Farmers & Reserve Maintenance

The gardener at IPBio in Brazil always needs help maintaining the grounds, trails, animal enclosures, vegetable patch, and microclimate greenhouse. If you are interested

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Animal Release Center Development in Brazil

On the Betary Reserve the IPBio has partnered with the Celine Animal Release Center who is in the process of developing and constructing their center where they will set

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IPBio- Biodiversity Research Institute Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Impact

    9

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

How to be addicted to the Atlantic Forest!

Staying for a month at IPBio Reserve enabled me to learn about a wide range of paramount fields within the International volunteering actions. From the fascinating scientific research projects of the Institute to the discovery of the World Natural Heritage that the Atlantic Forest represents, there is so much that has caught my interests.
I mainly did some gardening, outdoor maintenance in the Reserve, taking care of vegetable patches, Begonia Herbarium and all sorts of plantations. Work closely with the gardener was an amazing opportunity to learn from him, and be directly immersed in the local life. There are projects to be done at any time, any kind of weather, and developing adaptation skills is essential, in order to be able to enjoy fully the diversed missions of the Research Institute. I particularly enjoyed being around locals and having lots of occasions to discover Brazilian authentic life, and wildlife. Everyone is so welcoming, that you can only leave thinking you have to be back one day.
IPBio Institute is key to the conservation of the biodiversity, and volunteering there will truly make you feel part of the protection of our Future.

Program: Organic Farmers & Reserve Maintenance

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best volunteer experience ever!

IPBio is the perfect place to work! I’ve been there for 3 weeks and I really enjoy it. My job was to develop the methodology of sampling trees for forest inventories, and realize them in one of the trails of the reserve. In these days I measure and recognize the trees to know the useful properties and monitoring forest growth.
The working environment in IPBio is excellent and comfortable, surrounded by nice partners, wildlife and multiple attractions like caves, waterfalls, forests, animals, communities and rivers of the Iporanga valley.
It was an unbelievable experience that definitely left a deep impression on me.

Program: Biodiversity Research Assistant

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

IPBio was amazing

The volunteer program at IPBio was an absolute joy to be part of. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. The center is well equipped and all necessary utilities are found on site. The Vale do Ribeira region is breathtaking and offers plenty of activities when off work. Research and work here puts you in touch with nature and helps one form an understanding of the challenges we face in preserving the health our world for future generations. I highly recommend a volunteer experience at IPBio.

Program: Biodiversity Photographers and Movie Producers

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Impact

    8

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    7

IPBio review

Very good experience!
Reserva betary, where IPBIO is situated, is a beautiful place where you can enjoy wild nature in the Atlantic forest. Moreover it is very close to PETAR state park which is famous, among other things, for the beautiful caves that you can find there.
I have been working with frogs biodiversity which allowed me to enjoy long hikes in the forest and also to earn some knowledge about the animals who live here in the reserve.
The closest town, Iporanga, is a lovely place with only in the middle of the forest and it is also nice to go there to just hang around.
The staff is very friendly and sometimes we hanged out all together after work in town.
Very recommended.

Program: Biodiversity Research Assistant

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Experience

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Impact

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

IPBio

I would suggest volunteering at IPBio to anyone interested in ecology. The staff at the reserve were great and always willing to teach and help. The area itself is very stunning with heavily forested hills and running streams.

Program: Biodiversity Research Assistant

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