The natural beauty of the sights never ceases to amaze. Monkeys swinging over tree tops, frogs, bugs, trees and flowers of all kinds (maybe even an ocelot!). IPBio offers so many incredible experiences to its volunteers. I was helping IPBio by making promotional videos to showcase their volunteer program. I really loved what I was doing because I got to take an equal part in everyone else’s roles too. Not a single day resembled the other. On weekends there’s always some cool activity to take part in whether that be “boia crossing” (tubing down local rivers and rapids), trekking through caves waist deep in water, climbing to high mountain peaks for a breathtaking view of the jungle, or night excursions in the forest in search of large patches of glow in the dark mushrooms. It goes without saying at this point I highly recommend volunteering with IPBio!Morgane Holley
IPBio is a little paradise! I’ve been working there for 3 weeks and I really love it. My job was to develop the methodology of sampling trees for forest inventories. Then I could start the first inventory in one of the trails of the reserve. Inventories includes measurement and recognition of species, which is very useful for monitoring forest growth, and reveals the useful characteristics of the species to be used by the community.
IPBio is characterized by an excellent working environment and is very comfortable to live in the Darwin house, surrounded by wildlife. Another factor that I loved was the multiple attractions of Iporanga valley, such as caves, waterfalls, forests, animals, communities and rivers.
It was an incredible experience that certainly left a deep impression on me.Claudio Guevara
I am here in Brazil to photograph bioluminescent mushrooms. I am a photographer currently working in London mainly in fashion but I decided to try something new. Research and work here puts you in touch with nature and helps one form an understanding of the challenges we face in preserving the health our world for future generations. I highly recommend a volunteer experience at IPBio.Federico Pestilli
IPBio is a great place to visit and volunteer. The staff were all very welcoming and knowledgeable on a diverse range of topics. The reserve itself is on a beautiful plot of land with stunning views and is a great place to stay. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a real experience.Timothy Davison
For the past month I have been working at the Betary Reserve with IPBio. In my time here, I have found a wonderfully supportive organization that is doing incredible work and staying true to its mission. For the past month I have been helping with the Communications aspect of IPBio, as well as helping with some research on tourism and different activities on the grounds of the reserve.Matthew Barber