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Volunteer in Brazil: Reconnect Forest Fragments Program in Brazil

Iracambi

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Brazil

Reconnect Forest Fragments Program in Brazil

Country
Brazil
Locations
Various Places
Dates of Program
Flexible Dates
Group/Independent
Both (group and independent)
Age Restrictions
18 Years+
Project Review

Furthermore, many forest species grow relatively sparsely - that is to say there are not many of that species in a particular area. If the forest size is reduced the number of certain species decreases, and as the forest becomes fragmented, islands can be created without any member of critical species. This makes it impossible for the species to survive.

Studies of survival of forest islands - island biogeography - shows the correlation between the fragment size and the length of time that its biodiversity will survive. The relationship varies from one locality to another, but one study has shown that in a 100 ha forest island, reducing the area by 10% will cause 13% of the species to be lost in 50 years, while 15% loss of area cause a 40% loss of species. In short, the decline in number of species is faster than the rate of the decline in the size of the fragment.

Major Responsibilities

Major job responsibilities of volunteers:

  • Working with farmers to explain the idea and see how it can best fit in with their needs
  • Studying the appropriate size, location and composition of the corridors, including finding ways to make them economically useful by including productive trees, as well as biologically useful in improving habitats for pollinating and seed dispersing fauna;
  • Encouraging farmers to plant corridors along their boundaries, which in the Zona da Mata run along ridges, allowing them to reconnect forest island with little sacrifice of land and the burden of the sacrifice is shared by the farmers on both sides of the boundary;
  • Supplying seedlings from the nursery.

Cost/Program Fee
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What program fee Includes

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http://www.iracambi.com

Skills/ Qualifications

No specific skills required but the volunteer should be flexible, helpful and eager to learn new culture.

Arrangements for Room/Food

Volunteer will live with the host family and 3 meals a day will be provided.

Any Missing Important Information

Travel Tips for Gringos

  • If you don’t know Brazil too well and don’t speak Portuguese then here are a few tips to help you with your journey:
  • At the bus stations, go to the Informaçôes (Information) desk to find the appropriate ticket booth. It helps to have the name of the bus company and your intended destination written on a piece of paper.
  • Try to book tickets in advance wherever possible. You may not always be able to get a seat on a bus if you try to book at the last minute.
  • Your ticket should indicate which Portão de Embarque (Departure Gate) the bus leaves from. The departure gate will have a large number that corresponds to the ticket. Once you find the gate, instal yourself on the bench there. The bus driver will need to see your ID and possibly weigh your bag before boarding the bus. Upon getting onto the bus, make sure that the bus driver checks your ticket to be sure that you are on the correct one.
  • Keep your passport to hand when you travel by bus. You may need it to show it to the driver for identification and/or fill out an ID form which you may be given with your ticket.
  • Keep any valuables in your hand luggage and close to your person. If you think you may sleep on the bus then keep your bag closed and the strap looped around your foot for security. Do not assume that belongings stored in the main luggage compartment are secure, even if your bag is locked.
  • Buses on long journeys will make regular stops, of between around 10-30 minutes. Check with the driver when you need to be back on the bus and note which bus is yours when you get off – you don’t want to end up on the wrong one!
  • If your destination is not the terminal stop then find out the estimated time of arrival and set an alarm for at least a half hour before this or ask someone to wake you if you fall asleep. It is not uncommon for people to sleep through their stop.
  • Talking about falling asleep: the bus company warns passengers of the possibility of an old trick well known to travellers in Italy as Buona Notte Cenerentola (Goodnight Cinderella!) - a friendly soul chats you up, offers you a candy which contains a soporific and when you fall asleep, he departs with your wallet. Didn't your Mom ever warn you about taking candy from strangers?

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