Eva Van Gelder

Switzerland

Eva Van Gelder

Joined on 21/10/2018. Born 28/04/2000
I am an active and openminded person prime on getting new experiences, helping out and furthering research.. I have just finished the gymnasium and before I start to study I want to get out into the world. By volunteering, I want to contribute to sustaining our environment and the wildlife therein and at the same time learn much about the world and myself.

Want to visit

Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, Central America, South America

Interested in

Agriculture Work
Animal Care
Archaeological Work
Conservation Work
Construction
Disaster Relief

Skills

I have a good first education and quite some experience in field and lab research. I have also spent some time working on a farm with animals. However, I am most of all just motivated to help and to learn.

Past Volunteering Experience

None yet

Organizations I Support

Biodiversity Research Institute

My Reviews

3 Months at the betary reserve, the best decision ever

"First of all, I have to say that my three months at the betary reserve have been amongst the best ones of my life. I was there as an amphibian researcher, but this took up less than half of my working time here, the other time I spent together with the eco volunteers. I always loved the workdays as, even though we worked on a more or less fixed week schedule, every day was new and unique in its own way. A big part of this has to do with the mindboggling nature. I think the Atlantic rainforest is greatly underestimated by the wider public. Even I had never even heard of it, Brazil’s rainforest is the Amazon right? But once I arrived here, I knew I was in my own little paradise. It was not only the visit of monkeys or the colorful butterflies everywhere, not even the hummingbirds which are flying around your head like little helicopters, it was the extreme diversity of this place. And because you are volunteering here you live in the forest and through your work you get to interact with the place like no holiday ever can. You start learning the scientific names of a variety of sighted birds, search for macroinvertebrates or just help weeding in the greenhouse. As an amphibian researcher I started getting attached to the frogs in our care and see tadpoles grow, and all of this in the name of scientific research and the conservation of this unique place. Of course, it is a non-profit organization and it doesn’t have the facilities an established university has, but we have the dedication to improvise and make it work. The living space was surprisingly comfortable with a working kitchen, a sofa and TV, the rooms have either AC od a fan and the beds are made every week. The weekend activities made the experience complete, whether it was going downriver on a boia or hiking to a cave or going to swim with dolphins in Cananeia!
I have fallen in love with this place, with the stars during the night, the people, the bioluminescent mushrooms and everything else! Leaving IPBio is definitely the hardest thing I have done in my gap year."

on 13/05/2019