FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine Programs
FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine Reviews
Finding my passion in the Atlantic Forest
Submitted by Rowan Carroll-Christopher - University of Maine Orono | July 18, 2018
For two months I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at FWBC, and experience some of the coolest wildlife I have ever seen! As an eco-volunteer, I assisted with a variety of projects ranging from bushwhacking through the reserve to measure and tag the various species of trees, to building birdhouses around the release center as a transitory stage for the birds once they no longer need to be kept in the aviary, to monitoring the pond habitat on the reserve.
When not assisting on the various exciting projects, there is no lack of trips and activities to occupy your free time! I highly suggest budgeting some extra money to go on at least one of the amazing day trips you have access to on the weekends. Whether it’s floating down the Betary River on a sunny afternoon, or trekking through the jungle to the largest cave opening in the world, it is SO worth it.
The staff at FWBC and the Reserve Betary are exceptionally knowledgeable and just wonderful people in general. No question of mine ever went unanswered, no need went unmet. The volunteer house is so clean and spacious, and the rooms even have AC! I couldn’t have pictured a more lovely place to stay, waking up to the sounds of the jungle and seeing all kinds of wildlife from my window.
As a student of Ecology and Environmental Science in the US, I was drawn to the projects at FWBC in general, but I couldn’t have anticipated loving it this much! The other volunteers, the staff, the location, and especially the work I got to do made the experience one of a lifetime. Obrigada, Brazil, and I hope to see you soon <3
2 fulfilling months in the Brazilian rain forest
Submitted by Vlad - Varna Bulgaria | July 02, 2018
I’ve had a fulfilling two-month volunteer experience at Betary Reserve – I learned a lot about field data collection, met interesting people from different backgrounds and experienced the region’s unique nature and culture. The permanent staff at the reserve are like a family that welcomes you into their group cordially and make sure that you feel right at home. The volunteer coordinators are ambitious and want to develop Betary Reserve’s scope and quality of work, so as a volunteer you will be part of a project that’s being actively developed and your ideas will be much appreciated. I hope we cross paths again!
Great experience, in the middle of an incredible place
Submitted by Marta Chiapasco - Maastricht University | June 28, 2018
Volunteering at IPBio has been an incredible experience. The reserve is located in a beautiful place in the middle of the forest. The main activities are monitoring the habitat of ponds in the reserve, do an inventory of the trees, of the mushrooms, of the fish, gardening, do creative projects for the institute and more. I worked with beautiful people and I wish I stayed for a longer period. The staff is really competent and is ready to help and listen.
I highly recommend this to whoever is interested in conservation, nature, plants, insects, birds, amphibia.
2 meses de muito aprendizado
Submitted by Raphael Ribeiro Francisco - Universidade de Jaguariuna | May 30, 2018
Meu nome é Raphael Ribeiro Francisco, sou estudante de medicina veterinária, vim para o Celine para trabalhar como voluntario no projeto de monitoramento de animais silvestres.
Foi incrível a estadia durante esses 2 meses na Reserva Betary. Viver cercado pela natureza, acordar ouvindo os pássaros cantando e o Rio Betary seguindo seu fluxo.
O ambiente de trabalho é ótimo, todos os funcionários são extremamente atenciosos e sempre dispostos a ajudar em qualquer situação.
Program: Mammal Inventory
Awesome time in Brazil!!
Submitted by Steven B | May 22, 2018
My wife and I have volunteered with half a dozen organizations throughout Central and South America and our time at the Betary Reserve was the best by far. The organization of the staff is of a professional level. All of our inquiries pre-arrival were handled quickly and with lots of detail. The entire month we were here we always knew what we were tasked with and what was upcoming for the week. They organizers even took care of our taxi rides to/from town and planned weekend activities. Living at Betary Reserve was incredibly comfortable for how remote you are. Individual rooms with A/C, fresh linens weekly, reliable internet access, flush toilets with hot showers, and a fully functional kitchen all while surrounded by the amazing wilderness of the area.
Most importantly, you’re actually doing important work while you are here. You won’t spend your week relaxing in hammocks and barely contributing; every day you’re hiking through the forest, wading through streams, digging bugs out of algae, or inspecting mushrooms. The work is incredibly varied and interesting, you won’t be bored! We easily could have spent a couple months here as our 4 weeks went by way too fast!