FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine Programs
FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine Reviews
A truly unique experience
Submitted by Nicholas Willis - University of Portsmouth | March 01, 2018
I undertook three weeks of mammal inventory whilst at Celine. This involved setting up and retrieving camera trap footage from around the reserve. This in its self-was an incredible experience, I was able to encounter wildlife and see some incredible views along the way.
The exciting part was viewing the footage and discovering which animals set off the camera traps. This could be a stray dog or an Oncilla! It is always interesting watching these animals exhibit their natural behaviour. I enjoyed sitting outside on the patio whilst organising the data, it was great to work whilst surrounded by views and sounds of the rainforest.
Program: Mammal Inventory
Life in the Atlantic forest
Submitted by mariel - Netherlands | March 01, 2018
Yes, life this close to the wild can be hard, for sure, but it is the best experience ever. Especially since this forest in the state of Sao Paulo has a diversity that is unprecedented in the world. With all creature comforts at hand and all these kind and welcoming people, the experience of working at FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine was all I could have hoped for. I could use my skills as a film maker and produce some video's for the release centre. There was more than enough archived material for me to edit, and being outside and working with different animals just triggers everyone to add their own sightings to the harddrive.
Program: Photography and Producing Videos
Outdoor, fun, rewarding hardwork
Submitted by César Paredes - Universidad de Chile | February 22, 2018
Reserve maintenance is just great, I got to be part of a long-time project, see results, do some outdoor hard work, being helpful and seeing how the work takes form. I got to work with Isaias, the Release Center Manager, a really great guy, I still don’t know if he ever sleeps, he never stops working (and there is always something to do!), we would fix the road to make it easier to get the reserve, carry birds cages, cut trees for the inside structure of the aviary, paint, dig, make and maintain a water pond out in the jungle to take the water to the reserve and make artificial lakes, all this while eating fresh cut bananas, seeing different birds, snakes, etc. His hyperactive nature was contradictory with his patience, if I got something wrong, or was too slow, he would always keep a smile, help me to understand the job better or just doing it by himself.
So, summing up, I saw hundreds of life forms I’ve never seen before (snakes, birds, plants, insects, etc), learn about the Atlantic forest, practice my Portuguese, learn to use an axe and climbing vines and just got to do outdoor hard work, for a project I believe in, which is already enough in my opinion.
Program: Reserve Maintenance
Lots of wildlife!
Submitted by Neda | February 16, 2018
Celine is on the Betary Reserve site, in a fragment of the Atlantic Forest. Here I had more of a chance to go off trail to do the tree inventory or set camera traps and sometimes was lucky enough to go with Isaias who pointed out lots of things about the local flora and fauna along the way. It was challenging and fun to hike through the beautiful forest, sometimes up or down steep and slippery slopes, measuring trees or photographing fungi species whilst being eaten alive by mosquitos (especially if we jumped into a river to cool down and all our repellant got washed off!) or drenched by a sudden downpour.
I recommend visiting some caves in the PETAR park close by, which they can organise for you from the reserve. The staff and volunteers are friendly and enthusiastic and the setting for all the activities is gorgeous. The whole region is beautiful and teeming with wildlife. I hope I can visit the Mata Atlántica again soon and continue to contribute towards its survival and exploration.
Submitted by LILIANA PERALES - INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO EL LLANO AGUASCALIENTES | January 25, 2018
Living in the institute was very comfortable, you have all the services and the staff is very nice. I also like to be able to meet and work with people from other countries. Volunteering here is an excellent option if you want to be surrounded by nature and be able to see different species in their natural habitat.
Program: Tree Inventory