STAY IN THE RESERVA NATURAL PALMARI AS A VOLUNTEER
We are looking for: young, dynamic men and women, age of at least 21 years, with good knowledge in English as well as good comprehension in either Spanish or Portuguese. IMPORTANT: for staying in Brazil it is advantageous to have a citizenship that does not require a visa (if not, the volunteer needs to obtain this visa by himself before he arrives).
Work tasks areas: reception, and briefing of the visitors; generally translating into English maybe even during ventures, tours and excursions; responsible for checking the lodging and general tydiness as well as the quality of catering; cleaning and providing fresh fruit on the bird feeder platforms; cleaning and re-filling of sugar-nectar into the hummingbird feeder; assisting the kitchen and tydiness staff; paying attention regarding the punctuality of the visitors and tour guides regarding the activities; making lists of the names, dates of arrivals and departures, passport numbers; asking the visitors for a feedback before their departure; asking the visitors to please up-load a review in the "TripAdvisor" and other relevant Internet sites; inventory and ordering of specific products from the main offices (e. g. eco-shampoo, eco-soap, Nutella, marmalade); cooperation and assistance to the visitor centre administrator; getting in contact regularly with both the manager in Leticia and the general manager at the main offices in Bogotá D. C.
Period of stay: each volunteer for a minimum of 6 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks; the volunteer will arrive at the Reserva Natural Palmari 2 weeks before the predecessor departs, receiving instructions and working with him together for 2 weeks, time after which he will be and work on his own.
What do we offer: Flight ticket Bogotá - Leticia - Bogotá if handled through our agency; receival and transportation from and to the airport in Leticia or Tabatinga; full board and lodging; work garment and equipment (t-shirt, bandana, boots, raincoat, hands-free torch - last three must be returned at the main offices in Bogotá D. C. upon returning).
What do the volunteers have to provide: Private clothing; private medication; private equipment.
Additional option: regarding administrative tasks, we are searching for volunteers over a period of 1 to 2 months in our main offices in Bogotá D. C.; we cannot offer lodging, but we are willing to discuss a small allowance for food and transportation.
Application documents: curriculum vitae including information regarding the level of englisch and other languages; recent colour photograph in full size; a letter of motivation; specification of the desired duration of the stay; regarding university students and other volonteers, which are interested in developing a social or a scientific proyect in order to complete the requirements regarding the finalizing of their career we need a copy of the proyect as well as an authorizing letter issued by the relevant university or educational center signed by the proyect head; yellow fever vaccination certification; copy of the passport; description of the desired work & envolvement & tasks scope.
VOLONTEER TASKS ALREADY FULFILLED AT THE RESERVA NATURAL PALMARI
My name is Mariana Guerra Lara, I am from Argentina and I am 24 years old. I am studying environmental sciences at the “Universidad de Buenos Aires” and I worked as a volunteer at the Reserva Natural Palmarí , from January 6th to February 17th., 2.016
As I love nature, I did not only learn about wildlife, but also about the people who live in the jungle. If you are able to open your mind and soul you will experience a constant exchange of cultural impressions and sensations. It does not matter where you come from, you will enjoy this amazing place. Because of this, it is important to stay as long as possible; I think that the one and a half month I stayed was enough to fall in love with the Reserva Natural Palmarí and now I know that I want to go back some day in the future.
During my stay I do not remember anything I did not like. The activity I enjoyed most was kayaking: the feeling of paddling in the middle of a river in the Amazon, swimming in it and watching a variety of animals, especially the grey and pink dolphins, is a unique experience. The fact, that it is not a zoo and that you are watching all things in their natural habitat makes it even more special. I really enjoyed all my days when tourists where in the nature reserve, further, I was always doing something most of the time, be it walking, kayaking or just helping in the kitchen. During my free days, when there weren't any visiting tourist, it was great to just relax, to play cards, or as in my case being an argentinian drinking "Mate" and during the afternoons I liked to go to the neighbouring community, play with the children or watch them playing football.
About my work as a volunteer, further then practicing my english and learning portuguese, I met a lot of different people willing to learn, having fun and sharing special moments, which it is why it is so important to be patient and open minded.
Today I really miss the peace, the incredible nature and the people: the guides and the staff of the Reserva Natural Palmari, as well as the people from the neighbouring communities, because they made me feel at home. Due to all of this I really recommend being a volunteer at the Reserva Natural Palmarí.