REGUA’s first volunteer family blog about their time at REGUA

Celebrating Frankie's 7th birthday at REGUA
Celebrating Frankie’s 7th birthday at REGUA

When Julia and Phil Bader from the UK travelled to South America ten years ago, they promised each other that they would return one day with their children. In August they finally made good their promise, and after packing up and letting out their house and leaving their jobs, they headed off on a year long journey. Julia and Phil are keen for the trip to be an education for their children, Frankie and Louis, as well as an adventure, and decided to spend some time at REGUA so they could meet and interact with the local school children that visit the reserve, and find out what the schools are like in Brazil.

As well as joining in with the school visits to REGUA, with the help of our head ranger Luis and Raquel, they also visited a school in Guapiaçu to meet the children. Frankie and Louis joined in with classes, showed pictures of their school and lives back home in the UK, and got involved in school activites including a game of Dodgeball (see the excellent video they made here). The school visits were an enourmous success and Frankie and Louis now have a lot of Brazilian school friends! The family also went on numerous walks around the trails, night hikes, moth trapping and butterfly hunting, and Frankie and Louis have developed a real interest in wildlife, including bugs, moths and butterflies. We wish you all the very best on your exciting South America odyssey.

To check out their blogs about REGUA and follow their adventures please visit the Baders on Tour blog.