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Accommodation is at our base in the small town of Pilar (Mariscal Estigarribia 321, c/ Teniente Capurro). Volunteers and interns sleep in spacious rooms shared between 2 to 6 people, with bathrooms, hot water showers, access to clean running water and free WiFi. All rooms have large fans and bedding is provided and changed once weekly.
Our base is strategically located near to the river (and the ice-cream shop!). Our interns and volunteers are ferried to and from their field station each day, either by boat or by car, depending on their project. During your days off, the main town square, promenade, and fabric museum are all within short walking distance.
The house also contains our scientific reference collection, taxonomic lab, administrative offices, children’s museum, community-engagement centre, and not-for-profit run restaurant. Yes, it’s a big house.
Living with us
Use this opportunity to learn and speak Spanish with our bi-lingual staff. If you're up for a challenge, you can try to learn some Guarani. Experience real Paraguayan culture away from the city. Converse with the locals, try their unique cocktails and sample the best barbecue on earth.
What to bring
Winter: June and July are the coldest months (9-28 degrees Celcius), some mornings can be frosty. In winter you'll need:
- Warm sweater/fleece
- Warm hat, gloves and scarf
- Long sleeved t-shirts/shirts
- Thick socks
- Sleeping bag
Summer: It can be really hot between November and February (28-38 degrees Celcius) so come prepared. September and October tend to be the wettest months - waterproofs recommended. You should bring:
- Cool breathable clothing
- Suntan lotion
- Insect repellent
- Swimming shorts/t-shirt
All times: Depending on the project you're involved in, you might need:
- Head light/flashlight
- Small bag/backpack
- Rain boots
- Sturdy boots or good trainers for walking
- Long trousers for working outdoors
- Long-sleeved shirts for working outdoors
- Things to do in spare time - music, books etc
- Water bottle
- Waterproof jacket/pants
- Plug adaptors
- Flip flops
Personal items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc. can be bought in the weekly shop. We have an onsite library, mainly fiction.