Location
  • Brazil
Length
4 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Housing
Guesthouse
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
240
Price Details
Volunteers at IPBio are required to pay 1200 reais per week (please check up-to-date exchange rate in your currency) for the specific dates agreed upon. This fee covers the volunteer’s coordinators, airport pick-up, accommodation, internet access and project costs. A volunteer only confirms their placement once their payment is made and it is only valid for the specific dates agreed upon. Once a volunteer makes their payment there is no refund if they decide to cancel for whatever reason.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Travel Insurance Visa
Feb 26, 2024
Jan 17, 2024
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About Program

IPBio – Biodiversity Research Institute is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that develops and supports projects in environmental education and scientific research on biodiversity, ecology as well as on the behavior of species of fauna and flora of Brazilian ecosystems.

Volunteer conduct long term inventories essential for understanding trend in wildlife patterns and monitoring the effects of climate change. These activities are done in a group and are field research activities where repetitive data collection is required to understand trends over long periods. This role is for volunteers who like to be outside and enjoy physical activity.

Projects All Volunteers Will Participate In:
- Forest Inventory and Flora Survey
- Bird Inventory
- Fish Inventory
- Search for Bioluminescent and Fluorescent Organism
- Mushroom Inventory
- Camera Traps for Mammals

We also want to recruit people who can capture nature and our projects through photography and video-editing.

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Program Highlights

  • Help conservation in the Amazon
  • Learn about Amazonian culture and wildlife
  • Develop friendships for life
  • This experience can be used for internship credits

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Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.67%
  • 4 rating 8.33%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.95
  • Safety 4.95
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Anne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A great company and a brilliant experience

I spent 3 months volunteering with IPBio on the Amazon project and absolutely loved it. Pre departure they were brilliant at communicating information, answering any questions and generally making you feel comfortable with what to expect. Once on site the IPBio team were professional, supportive and a lot of fun. I found the work to be interesting and varied with plenty of free time to explore the local area and culture. The other volunteers tended to be like-minded, hardworking and fun loving. There were usually 8 volunteers sharing a comfortable house and there was always something happening from Capoeira lessons with the neighbor to Carimbo Dancing with the locals and not forgetting the forest night searches and riverside BBQ’s. I truly can’t recommend this company and the Amazon Biodiversity Research experience enough.

5 people found this review helpful.
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R
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Inspiring

This was the best experience I could have asked for. The team are super responsive and organised before you arrive. The accommodation is great and you only pay a small price for a great place to stay. The amount of time per day that is normally from 8-1ish which works well in the heat and weekends off. Each day the team does different data collection/inventories (fish, trees, mushrooms, reforestation, and birds) as well as one night search per week. The people I met there were open, kind, hard working people with great personalities. The volunteer organiser is really kind and sometimes arranges BBQs or social activities. It's super easy to explore the surrounding area by yourself of booking tours into the forest. I had moments in this programme that will last me a lifetime. Like finding bioluminescence on a night search, snorkelling through the small crystal clear streams of the Amazon, dancing with the other volunteers at the local Carimbo. This is one of the most transparent, well organised and dedicated organisations I have come across.

5 people found this review helpful.
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Matteo
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect to learn about the Amazon ecosystem

22 year old French student, I was looking for a field experience as part of my studies in tropical forest ecology, and I first chose to apply for the IPBio Amazonie program due to its reasonable cost and the diversity of activities proposed.

I stayed for almost 2 months and I can say that all my expectations were fully satisfied! The diversity of the inventories carried out will enable people with or without a scientific background to appreciate the beauty of the flora and fauna, and to learn about them.

I'm still enchanted by the beauty of the region, which is certainly one of the most beautiful places on earth and offers plenty to discover during the weekends, as well as by the local culture, which will give you a warm welcome.

It was also an opportunity to meet other volunteers from other countries and with different backgrounds: amazing encounters!

In definitive, it was the ideal volunteer program for learning more about the Amazon ecosystem, doing useful and rewarding work with passionate people.

6 people found this review helpful.
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V
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review IPBio

I'm a 19 years old girl from Sweden. After graduation I wanted to do a meaningful volunteer program and something that could be helpful for my future work area.
At IPbio we got pick up from the airport at all time. Staff was helpful and nice. The living accommodation was comfortable and the neighbours offered safe taxi transportations and other freetime activities. I liked that at IPbio we got to experience a lot of different things, the activities were for example fish inventory, bird inventory or planting trees on an island.

Social Impact (5)
Safety (4)
Support (5)
Free Time Activities (5)
Value (5)

12 people found this review helpful.
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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Childhood dream come true

My one month volunteering in The Amazon Rainforest was absolutely incredible, I really can't recommend it enough. It had always been my dream to go to the Amazon and everyday I was so happy to be there! Imi and Marleen, our coordinators were so welcoming when I first arrived and the other volunteers ended up becoming fast friends that I felt so at home there.

The work can be challenging in the heat, you are sweating 24/7, but you know you are making a positive impact and it feels very rewarding. Every day is different ranging from measuring and planting trees to identifying fish, frogs, birds, and mushrooms.

The volunteer lodge is beautiful, (you feel like you are on holiday!!) the locals are so kind, the neighbours are the best and the food is delicious. I went on so many amazing excursions out on the river, danced a lot of Carimbo and learned a traditional martial art called Capoeira. I'm now solo travelling around South America and EVERY time someone asks me what the highlight of my trip has been so far, I always say volunteering in Alter do Chao. I will definitely be coming back.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most unique thing I saw was Caire. This is an Amazonian festival that takes place in September and I was so so lucky to be there when I was. It was a fun 5 days of dancing, singing, and immersing myself in the local culture.
Pros
  • The people - volunteers and locals
  • The location - beautiful town, beaches and excursions
  • Being surrounded by nature everyday
Cons
  • Not staying long enough and saying goodbye to fellow volunteers
  • Understanding the locals - learning Portuguese is paramount
  • The tarantulas... eek
13 people found this review helpful.
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K
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A well-rounded program and good value-for-money

I spent a month volunteering with IPBio in the Amazon rainforest whilst on a career break. I joined while the program was still relatively new; having volunteered in conservation before, I wanted to participate in a program at an earlier stage of development.

On the whole, the program is well-organised and it has a lot of variety, with different themes for each day - trees, fish, mushrooms, amphibians and birds. There is also a day dedicated to reforestation activities (e.g. potting seedlings, planting trees) - I always enjoyed these as you could feel an immediate sense of your contribution. The activities rotate between locations every week so no two weeks are the same either.

Whilst I liked the breadth of the program, this does come with one drawback - you gain surface-level familiarity in each area but never develop any deeper understanding. Some people may find this lack of depth unsatisfying. Currently there are no specialist staff on base so opportunities to nerd out on particular areas are limited e.g. you're not going to have an in-depth discussion about frogs with a herpetologist. However, this may change in future as the program develops.

Working hours are generally 8am-2pm so there is a lot of downtime. As mentioned by other reviewers, there is a wide range of extracurricular activities available and I have lots of fond memories of capoeira lessons, carimbo nights and weekend tours.

Pros
  • Immersion in local community and culture, opportunity to learn and practise Portuguese
  • Lots of variety in the program - good if you want to try a bunch of different things
  • Friendly and welcoming staff, volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and interest areas
Cons
  • There are no specialist experts on base so opportunities to have in-depth discussions and build on your knowledge are limited - this might change in future though
  • Due to inventories being in the early stages, there is a heavy focus on photography so if you don't have a good camera it can feel harder to make a meaningful contribution
13 people found this review helpful.
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Roxanne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience in a beautiful location

I spent seven weeks volunteering with IPBio in the Amazon and was extremely sad to leave. My primary reasons for choosing the program were to experience conservation work in a different country and to get the opportunity to see some of the Amazon's wildlife (insects and arachnids included) - and see wildlife I did! Almost every day brought a new creature of some kind, from birds and monkeys to spiders and scorpions. The program's location was also a massive plus - the town of Alter do Chão is amazing, with the best parts being the gorgeous white sand beaches and the weekly carimbó nights (which are ridiculously fun and attended by people of all ages). A fantastic experience overall!

Pros
  • The location - particularly the beautiful beaches and weekly carimbó nights
  • Wildlife - birds, monkeys, insects, fish and more!
  • Fieldwork is both interesting and fun
Cons
  • The heat - sweating ALL day every day
  • Can be difficult to communicate with locals if you don't speak Portuguese
  • Few to no mosquitos around but was still getting bitten by SOMETHING
14 people found this review helpful.
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Maria
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I want to go back!!!

I had the best 5 weeks of my life volunteering in the Amazon rainforest.

The whole time I was there I was like “I can’t believe I’m in the Amazon” surrounded by such beautiful scenery and amazing biodiversity.

I was a bit nervous when I first arrived, but everyone was so lovely and welcoming. The staff were amazing - so enthusiastic and passionate about their work.

Each day was an exciting adventure not knowing what cool animals you’d see that day. Seeing a potoo for the first time was mind blowing!!!

I really liked that each day was different, dedicated to a different project. One of the most memorable for me was searching for bioiluminscent species at night. It was magical -being in complete darkness listening to the sounds of the rainforest and staring at the clear night sky.

The work to life balance is great. There is plenty of time to relax and explore around Alter do Chão or chill at the beach at the weekends as well a chance to engage with the culture. I really looked forward to the Carimbó dance in town every Thursday night.

It was a truly fulfilling experience and one I will never forget. My only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer. I met some amazing people, saw some really cool wildlife and stunning landscapes. It’s an experience that will stay with me forever and would certainly recommend it to anyone if they have the chance.

Pros
  • Being in such a unique environment, doing meaningful work and seeing wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • There are plenty of things to do in your free time (beach, hikes, organised tours etc.)
  • The friends you make along the way
Cons
  • Leaving. It was really hard saying goodbye :(
  • The heat and being constantly sweaty (but you soon get used to it)
15 people found this review helpful.

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