Anna Gibbs

Coming home – Days 18-20

Last Saturday was to be my last day in Brazil. I was flying out of Rio de Janeiro at 10:15 that night, and I planned to leave Iracambi as early as possible to make sure I made it there with plenty of time. Three other volunteers decided to split the taxi with me to the …

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City of Gold – Days 10-12

This was my second – and last – weekend in Brazil. I spent it in a small city called Ouro Preto, which translates to Black Gold.    I traveled to the city with three of the other volunteers – Ronja, Riho, and a new volunteer from Switzerland named Alex. Luckily, one of the Iracambi coordinators …

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Fim de semana – Days 4 & 5

We don’t have to do work on the weekends (fim de semana), so volunteers use the time to hike, explore, or travel. One of the volunteers is in Rio de Janeiro for the weekend – “to hit the beaches,” she told me. The other three volunteers and I spent the weekend at Iracambi. On Saturday …

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Sementes – Days 2 & 3

Semente = the Portuguese word for seed. The process of planting a tree starts with the seed. — On Thursday, I was assigned to collect inga seeds with another new volunteer from Japan, Riho. At 9 am, after breakfast, we headed down to an inga tree near the entrance gate to Iracambi. We needed to …

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Into the great unknown – Part 4 of the Squirrel Series

This past week, I’ve been preparing to release Hazelnut the squirrel. He is nearly eleven weeks old; according to the internet, baby squirrels can be released somewhere between 10 to 12 weeks. I could tell by his energy and spirit while dashing around the sunroom that Hazelnut was ready to explore bigger and better pastures, …

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