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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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Bird Ecology Researcher

IPBio studies the interaction between frugivorous birds and flora that depend on them for seed dispersal. A behavioral characteristic typical of frugivorous birds is that...

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IPBio- Biodiversity Research Institute Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Volunteering in the Atlantic forest

I was volunteering at IPBio just for three weeks but I would’ve like to stay much more! There were a lot of activities to do within the reserve, and in the free time with the other volunteers and the local
community. The time flies in that little paradise!

I was working in the tree inventory project because I consider it’s important to know the health status of the forest and how to improve it. It is also important because it lets you know the products and services that the forest provides, and the IPBio team makes a good link of cooperation with the Celine release center for wildlife, because they know when the trees have ripped fruits and that is the best time to release birds or other animals who eat those fruits. What an amazing way to keep the forest in a natural balance!

The organization and facilities in the reserve are always awesome! They are very passionate with their job and care about the volunteers that go there.
I really recommend this experience

Program: Tree Inventory and Monitoring

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

A once in a lifetime experience

As a biologist, I have volunteered all around the world, and I still learned so much at the Biodiversity Research Institute! Being in the heart of the Atlantic Forest itself is already an amazing experience, being surrounded by various species of fauna, flora and fungi! I was involved in the amphibian research, observing the presence of the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in tadpoles; collecting and photographing mushrooms, to catalogue them; monitoring mammals through camera traps; and feeding of the fish, terrapins, toad and lizards, that are used for educational purposes. There’s also a lot of fun things to do on the weekends, like tubing, rappel, visiting caves and waterfalls, or just going for a swim in the river. It’s a great opportunity to learn and make amazing memories that will stay with you for the rest of your life, while helping a good cause!

Program: Biodiversity Research Assistant

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

Great times

Although I could just volunteer for a short period of time, it was a great experience and I learned a lot. I wish to return on the future. The reserve is a great place to be and the forest is full of gorgeous caves and waterfalls to visit. It is really a place to reconnect with yourself and nature.

Program: Tree Inventory and Monitoring

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Awesome

I’m French and I passed two months at IPBIO, I really enjoy it, the staff are friendly and helpful. The landscape is amazing. I recommend it for everyone. Iporanga is a little but nice city.
You have a lot of exciting activity for your free time.
I learned about new culture, new language, new food, …
Thank you IPBIO !!

Program: Tree Inventory and Monitoring

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

My volunteer experience

I made my internship in the reserve Betary during 2 months and it was great, I will never forget it. Everybody in the association shares their knowledge, and they are helpful for our projects. I choose the Reserve Betary as a volunteer coordinator because I wanted to participated at volunteer projects in a management and organization field, I learned a lot with my missions.

There are many awesome activities organized by the association like Boia cross, visiting caves, waterfall… You can see great scenery, and the reserve Betary is a peaceful workplace.

I received all the information and advice needed before my arrival. I recommend this program.

Program: Fundraising and Communications Coordinator

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