Surrounded by vibrant green

We had trodden the pavements of the big cities of South America – Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Rio – but now we were surrounded by vibrant green (every shade) and noises of bugs, birds and frogs.

Virgilio was the first of the colourful collection of Iracambi staff that we met, and he gave a warm welcome and fresh coffee. He is a font of knowledge and provided us with an understanding of the great work that happens at Iracambi. We had ...

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Iracambi Rainforest Stories

You cross a stream and head upwards along a dirt road, the cicadas keeping you company. But should you try to approach them, they clam up.

Leading from the dirt road there is a track through tall grass, and a bit further up is Sr Olavo’s place. He sits outside his small,  humble dwelling. Sr Olavo has a beaming ...

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First month exploring!

I have been at Iracambi for almost a month. As much as the first few weeks were packed with information and new faces, the past two weeks have been a period of adjustment: both filled with new experiences. By welcoming back the sunshine, I have been exploring the surrounding area. By getting lost a numerous times on my way to the Mountain House, a building funded by a UK organization, and Itajuru, one of surrounding mountains, I have been able ...

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Young Eco-Leaders take the lead!

It’s been two months since our program started, and we have lots to share!

The first good news are, in partnership with Belizario’s local church, we’ve managed to convince the water supply company to cede one of their big trucks twice a week so the district can send its recyclable waste to a recycling association in Muriae. Recycling has a major importance for places like Belizario and Rosario da Limeira which lie above gigantic bauxite mines (second biggest in ...

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Happy Earth Day!!

Here at Iracambi every day is Earth Day – whether it’s a student from London marveling at the rainforest, a child from LImeira learning about climate change, our nursery manager lovingly tending the trees in the forest nursery, volunteers sprucing up our beautiful new Mountain House, people hunched over computers or steering wheels of Land Rovers, it’s all about caring for this wonderful part of the Atlantic Forest.

 

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Iracambi and IFET Strong

The Federal Technical Institutes of Southeastern Minas Gerais and the Iracambi Rainforest Conservation and Research Center are delighted to let you know that  the new round of the “Sustainability Course in the Rainforest”, funded by the US Department of State under the 100K Strong in the Americas Initiative is up and running!

Twelve Brazilian and eight students from the US are already hard at work learning the basics of one another’s languages and participating in all manner of activities including Recycling, ...

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A Van for Valdinei

One of the ways Iracambi seeks to make a change is by encouraging education. In some of the rural areas surrounding Iracambi the children there are the first generation to receive schooling. Part of our mission here is the engage these young minds and teach them about the forest and the land they live on. Our Junior Scientists program organizes groups of students from the nearby communities to come and learn about the environment. Most of these groups of children ...

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