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IPBio- Biodiversity Research Institute Programs

Brazil

Biodiversity Research Assistant

This program offers volunteers or interns the opportunity to get involved with many research topics at IPBio rather than just one. This role varies depending on what research...

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Photographers and Movie Producers

IPBio often uses cameras for research on wildlife and as a result our biologists developed a passion for photography and film-making. Our interest in the interplay of photography,...

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Website Developer in Brazil

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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Gardening & 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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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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Bioluminescent Mushroom Researcher

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

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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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Amphibian Researcher

IPBio conducts research on amphibian reproductive habits and embryology in captivity. In addition, we conduct regular inventories of amphibians using pitfalls which are distributed...

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Tree Inventory and Monitoring

IPBio has conducted a tree inventory at one of its trails, about 642 meters long, located in an area of the reserve in Brazil that consists of anthropomorphized secondary...

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Aquarium Research & Maintenance

IPBio seeks to develop research on native fish that can be used for culinary purposes and are economically viable for fish farmers who can then substitute the farming of

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Bioacoustics Research & Inventory

IPBio won the Wildlife Acoustics Scientific Product Grant in 2016 and was given bioacoustics hardware (Song Meter 4) and software (song scope). The objective of this project...

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Volunteer Coordinator

IPBio is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to support in the expansion of our volunteer program that is willing to stay for a minimum period of 1 year on a volunteer visa....

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IPBio- Biodiversity Research Institute Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Getting to be a part of something huge

The tree inventory is really interesting, you will get to be part of a giant project, hundreds of trees being numbered and identified to get a complete image of what the reserve has and how does the life forms inside of the reserve interact. Every day of tree inventorying is a mini adventure, hiking, knowing new plants, insects and birds, getting sweaty and overwhelmed at the immensity of the green ocean you will find.
It can (and it will) be tiring, the mosquitoes, the humid warm weather and general hard working will get you at one point, but its definitively worth it, getting to know the flora and looking at this new world, and just being where you are, is an experience that I will recommend every time.

Program: Tree Inventory and Monitoring

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    6

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

My first encounter with the Mata Atlántica... hopefully the first of many!

The 60 hectare Betary Reserve near Iporanga is a beautiful setting for doing field work in the Atlantic Forest, an ecosystem that has so much still to be discovered... and is fast disappearing. Although lab conditions aren't ideal for certain projects, you can get involved in a lot of good in-the-field conservation work on a wide variety of flora and fauna there, from trees to amphibians and mushrooms to monkeys.

You get to walk along/off amazing trails to get to your work site, can spend time swinging in the hammocks or swimming in the river (if the current isn't too strong!) and eat lunch a couple of metres away from several different species of hummingbirds. The forest is abundant, with several layers of plants growing or creatures living on any available surface. Lots of mosquitos too, so go prepared!

Most of the staff love what they do, were very approachable and helpful, and open to new ideas; the founder and his wife were very kind and friendly whilst doing such great work with this vision, and the volunteers were fun and interesting to be with since they came from a wide variety of backgrounds and were willing to do crazy things like go and look for bioluminescent fungi in the dark whilst it was raining heavily! :-)

It's a great place for direct contact with an amazing natural environment, I loved just being in the forest and also being able to contribute towards useful conservation projects or educational activities.

Program: Biodiversity Research Assistant

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Good experience

I really liked it being a volunteer at the institute, because I had the opportunity to learn many new things, such as the endemic species of the Atlantic forest, as well as the traditions of the people of the area. In general, I think working here has been an excellent experience.

Program: Biodiversity Research Assistant

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Tree inventory volunteer

I really enjoyed my time working as a volunteer at Reserva Betary. All the people working here are super nice and willing to talk and help. My major project is tree inventory as well as some creative art projects. I also involve in other projects when help needed. Tree inventory is a very hard work for me. Hiking under the hot sun or in raining days are not easy, especially on the abrupt slope. The worst is attacking by mosquitoes every day. However, when you stay so close with nature and see amazing creatures and interesting things happening around you, you know all the hard work paid off. All in all, it is great experience to live in the forest and work with enjoyable people. I would highly recommend Reserva Betary to those who love and care about nature. It will add some value if the tree inventory project could be more educational to let people know more about botany.

Program: Tree Inventory and Monitoring

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

By far the best volunteering experience of my life

My interest in environmental conservation started a few years ago when I was studying Economics at the University of Bath. Since then I realised I wanted to do some practical, hands-on work in the area but until coming to IPBio had never actually done so, becoming somewhat “tangled up” in London’s financial maze.
The work I have done here is exactly what I had hoped for. As a Volunteer Coordinator, I was given the opportunity to help out and support volunteers on several projects, from the animal pitfalls to tree inventorying to tadpole research. As a result, I gained experience in many different tasks and in diverse environments. On one day we might spend hours hiking in the forest to set up animal pitfalls or to recover the precious bioacoustics recording whilst the next we might be in the lab looking for signs of BD disease in tadpoles or testing bioluminescent mushroom substrates – sometimes we would walk in the forest at night looking for them! Apart from the project work, I was also in charge of feeding the animals on a daily basis (yes, by the end I felt like I had developed some sort of relationship with them, although to what extent that was a one-way thing I am not sure) and occasionally supporting the Volunteer Programme Manager with his research and ad hoc tasks.
Not only does IPBio bridge the gap between research and conservation, it also links work and fun. I can safely say I really enjoyed the work I did here, especially when it involved being outdoors and being in the midst of beautiful flora and fauna; there is even a gorgeous swimming spot just one minute away from the volunteer house. On top of all this, there are many opportunities to visit this incredible region and all it has to offer (magnificent caves and waterfalls instantly spring to mind) and even the small town of Iporanga has its charm (you will no doubt try out the restaurants, a couple of which cook some amazing but very affordable food). As if that’s not enough, the reserve is well-run by very friendly people. In short, I am very glad I came here and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone with similar interests. So get some insect repellent and come along!

Program: Volunteer Coordinator

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