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
I went to Palmari for the first time in July 2017. I spent 9 days as a guest doing all the activities offered by the nature reserve, I fell in love with the place right away and decided there and then to come back as a volunteer as soon as I could.
Now I arrived as a volunteer on December 20th., stayed until January 31st. an dI’m not really capable of explaining everything that I felt there. It is a place so different from everywhere that I have been before and I bet it will be for you, too.
I worked as a translator for visiting tourists, accompanying them during their activities, taking care of the animals undergoing rehabilitation processes with views to being released later-on, planting bushes and trees as well as helping out in the kitchen when it was cooking time.
I worked full time with a couple from Iceland, another one from USA, an Australian and two friends from England. At first it was a little bit difficult because I was a little shy when I had to talk in English, but then, when I least expected it, I was talking naturally.
I learned a lot: New words in English, German, French and Spanish, about the culture from a lot of countries, also games from Colombia, Netherlands and England and mostly about our neo-tropical rain forests.
I did all the activities that were possible and if I had to choose between one of them I prefer the ‘Travesia’ (Extrem trek). It was the most difficult one but also the most amazing and I have no words to describe how it was to explore the jungle over various days submerged in the forests and experiencing everything that I saw and lived there. I did it twice and I wish the visiting clients would continue to decide for this multiple-day activity just to do it again because I really wanted to, being it worth all the effort.
It was an experience that helped me to grow as a person. I met people from more than 10 different countries and of all ages. So I’d like to thank everyone at the Reserva Natural Palmari for giving me this opportunity. It is such a special place which up to now I had been missing in my life.
I’d also like to thank everyone that was there during that time because every single one of them taught me something, made me laugh and enjoy every single day. One thing that I can say for sure is that I will come back for more! I wish that my words could describe it better, but it really is something that you have to experience for yourself to understand my meaning in full