IPBio 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. IPBio was created in 2007 and is located on the Betary Reserve, a 60 hectare preserved area, in the municipality of Iporanga which is situated in the Ribeira Valley. The region is home to the largest surviving contiguous area of Atlantic Forest. IPBio always combines research with education. Our infrastructure was designed to conduct research while simultaneously allow visitors on the reserve to visualize and learn about our native species. Our research always strives to have educational applications, such as the production of eBooks, so that our projects not only pertain to the scientific world but entice citizens to understand and care about nature. In addition to research and education, IPBio’s mission is to encourage conservation, management and sustainable use of natural resources; and promote the development of eco-tourism and cultural projects.
Betary Reserve - Iporanga, São Paulo, Brazil
320 km from São Paulo/SP and 180 km from Curitiba/PR
Duration: all programs start at 4 weeks.
Languages: intermediate knowledge of either portuguese or english necessary in all programs
Prerequisites: you must be at least 18 years old
Dedication: 30-40 hours a week
Accommodation and food:
All volunteer programs developed at IPBio include accommodation inside the project ranging from shared dormitory and bathroom to private room with private bathroom.
Food is not provided, but cooking facilities are available for your use.
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