Monthly Archives: September 2012
My time at Regua has been trully amazing. I highly commend Nicholas and Raquel for what they have done with / are doing with the land at Regua. Its amazing to think that it used to be a Cattle Ranch, considering the enormous diversity there is at Regua. It is also of high importance as less than 9% of the Atlantic Rainforest exists. Everyone from the staff and locals are very friendly most do not speak any english but its easy to get by. My time was spent mostly wandering the trails day and night looking for cool Insects and animals which was easy considering the diversity. It helps having a good trained eye for detail as some of the insects and tiny or well camouflaged, And as Nicholas will happily but very jealously tell you. He thinks I have a natural born talent.
I also involved myself with the guests and created a photo álbum of a selection of my best photos, as a welcome pack for guests up at the lodge. During my time there was some very lovely guests that joined us for lunches as they were interested in what we we we’re doing, and although they were primarily Birder’s they had keen passion in all nature as they understood the symbiosis everything has in nature.
I had the opportunity of doing some conservation education and gameawith the local school( recommended) due to being involed with the Bader family who came to Regua with their two boys.
All in all it was a fantastic experience and I will be going back semi longterm thanks to Nicholas who just to give you a word of warning is a bit of a character lol, and try not too make him too jealous of any skill or talent you have. He does play a mean ping pong.
( Left to Right :- Leading the Trail Walk, Collecting Papaya, Fun Rides, Teaching Class, Teaching a New Game, Thumbu Hug)
Since the 22nd of september Regua has had its first family staying. When Nicholas told me I offered to help as I am good and enjoy working with children. I went with a driver to Río De Janeiro to pick them up.
The Baders and thier two young boys are from Weybridge in England, they are spending a year travelling round South America, New Zealand, Australia and Fuji. The boys are 7(had birthday here) and 8 years old, They will be getting home schooled. Thier Father Phil found he never really got to spend much quality tie with the boys due to work ( like many other families) snd felt the boys where old enough to appreciate and learn from a trip like this before they go to High School. The boys are going to be learning and experiencing different cultures and languages and of course experience nature first hand which they already enjoy through shows like Deadly 60.
Its been an important and interesting week for Regua as they have never had a family stay before, one of thier main aims is in too instill the importance of or natural world into young children. As if we do not get them interested and appreciative of the world around them, what hope will nature and survival of our forests and animals have in future generations.
I took the family on a couple of trail walks including a night walks, and joined them on the majority of thier other outings. When they went to the local School to meet the children and to teach about thier country they handed out London 2012 bands. The School visits were also rewarding for me as with Raquels help in translation I was talking to the class about the importance of nature and showed the my photos and help taught the English names of the animals. Some of the children had a dislike of certain animals so I helped explain why those animals are ok and inportant, sometimes i did it in a fun way. During breaks I managed to teach two new games which all the children wanted to get involved in. My youth group days paid off lol. Back at Regua i had st up a little creche with finger paints, modeling clay, and other things for drawing it was bit hit and kept the chidern happy and busy including the children of the staff at Regua joined in with their new friends.
It was a very successful week. And lets hope more families are brave enough. Now am not saying all famlies should take a year out. Family holidays can be an expensive trip so rather than say going to Florida or Spain etc you could quite easily come too somewhere like Regua and these days for about the same cost. And the whole family would learn and experience new things most people only see on TV. Also with the World Cup and the Olympics happening in Brazil why not have the most amazing trip.