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Volunteer in Brazil: Medicinal Plants Program in Brazil

Iracambi

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Medicinal Plants Program in Brazil

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

Iracambi Medicinal Plants aims to provide owners of forest lands in the Mata Atlântica with an alternative income from their forests, by developing commercially viable products based on indigenous medicinal plants sustainably produced under conservation management practices that enhance the biodiversity of the forest.

In the process, the project expects to re-awaken the concept of forest value through the revitalisation of the plants and practices of traditional medicine. By encouraging interest, both cultural and economic, in the use of indigenous medicinal plants, the project is drawing attention back into the heart of the forest, for it is here that sustainability begins.

Major Responsibilities

Major job responsibilities of volunteers:

  • Selection of species and products for development
  • Emergence of records of optimum sustainable yields and stock capacity for different species
  • Documentation and practice of traditional harvesting techniques
  • Role in the development of standards for sustainable wild collection
  • Collection area management plan
  • Development of market strategy
  • Creation of pilot project of sustainable forest harvests and recognition with Brazilian NTFP network
  • Confirmed ties within local community for development of medicinal plant association ·
  • Presence of medicinal plant distribution through forest corridors

Cost/Program Fee
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What program fee Includes

Contact the Organization for Details

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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