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Iracambi

Work with Amigos de Iracambi on the cutting edge of conservation and sustainability to make the conservation of the rainforest in Southern Brazil more attractive than its...

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Amigos de Iracambi Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Great time at Iracambi

I stayed 4 weeks there and felt very welcome from the first moment. At my time there were only
few volunteers so I could live alone in my little house which was simple but clean and practicable.
Everything was really relaxed and the volunteer-coordinater asked me about my interests and
made proposals of what was need to be done. Always I had the choice what to do or could make
my own plans. Unfortunately at that time the planting season was more or less over. I only worked
around three times with planting seedlings. This was not easy work in the sun but it was very nice
to get in touch with the local people and gave me satisfaction. It was always possible to do private
things. The communication was very nice. English was no problem and I could improve my
portuguese skills. The surrounding was very nice. special thanx to Robin and Binca, the founders
of Iracambi. They were so nice and warmheartly, I felt very familiar. I met a lot of the friends of
Iracambi and they were so nice as well as the stuff I had the pleasure to work with. Food was
served three times a day and I was satisfied. I really liked the brazilian food. I prefered vegetarian
food and there were a lot. Supply with fresh things like fruits could be improved.
I can strongly recomend this organisation, 4 weeks weren't enough for me. I would liked to stay
there 8 or 12 weeks to put more effort in it. I was really sad to leave.
My experiences during my voluntary stay are very positiv. Five points! Thank you all the people
there!!!
Axel

Program: Iracambi

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Highly recommended

I've been for 1 month in Iracambi center, I met many people from States, Europe and Mexico. It has been a pleasure to work with them as a team, sometimes hard work and sometimes very relaxing.
The landscape is beautiful but still needs a lot of work to become as before was, and I'm sure that Iracambi, the communities and people who collaborate with these projects will reach it.
Thank you for trying it!!

Program: Iracambi

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

Iracambi Can Be A Great Experience, It Depends On You

Iracambi is definitely what you make of it.

Research, research, research all aspects of your trip before you go, and unless you already speak brazilian portuguese fluently, study twice as much as you think you need to. You may find yourself in the airport, having been fairly confident in your basic language abilities, only to find you barely understand anyone, and they think the same of you.

Beforehand it is probably best to go with 1-2 main interests in mind, whether it's the tree nursery, creating trails, local social issues, documenting wildlife, gis, etc, and formulate some kind of research question or goal for each. Don't expect to complete or answer them, but try to, and it will make your experience that much better.

Though Binka, Robin, Toni, and whichever coordinator is there at the time will certainly be helpful, Iracambi expects a degree of independence from its volunteers, so aspects such as cultural immersion, academics, and 'adventure' all depend on you.

No matter what you do, the trip is worthwhile: I learned a lot from my time there, and even now some of the data collection (not to mention travelling and communication) skills I learned at Iracambi come back to aid me once in awhile. Good luck!

Academics:
This depends what your interests are and what you hope to get out of volunteering. There is plenty of literature at Iracambi to supplement whatever you're doing, and you may learn new research and data collecting skills that may come back to aid you later, especially if you're studying for a degree in the ecological sciences.

Cultural Immersion:
This depends on a few things: who is staying with you; how much portuguese you know before you go and how much you put into learning while you are there; and whether or not you venture into town or interact with non-volunteers inside and outside of Iracambi. In effect, this depends entirely on the person, and for some the only immersion they'll feel is on the journey from the airport to Iracmabi.

Social Life:
It depends on who you're with and if you go into town or into one of the cities. Ask if there will be other volunteers and where they come from/ what they are hoping to do before you go.

Program: Iracambi