Guyana Conservation Storytelling Fellowship

Seeking World’s Greatest Adventurers for an opportunity to win a free trip to support wildlife conservation in Guyana

Friends of Wallacea is seeking a true adventurer with a passion for storytelling to help put Warapoka, Guyana on the map. You will receive a free spot on our coveted conservation tour.*

Fellowship Overview

One conscientious global citizen will be selected as a conservation storytelling fellow to visit a new research site in Warapoka, Guyana. They will explore innovative ways to imagine the storytelling of how tourism can support indigenous cultural traditions, environmental protection, and monitoring of critical biodiversity.

Fellows will practice and develop their skills in a new context by working directly with the indigenous population and naturalists looking to study and conserve wildlife. This is a unique opportunity for a talented, self-starter to gain professional and personal experience in one of the world’s most inspiring places, deep in the jungles of Northern Guyana.

The conservation storytelling fellowship offers individualized support to fellows, in an effort to enhance and expand leadership, as well as to provide learning opportunities and connections for personal and professional development. It’s an incredibly unique opportunity – apply today.

*Terms and Conditions apply. See here for details.

Fellow Requirements

This unique experience requires a culturally competent, environmentally-curious, and change-minded person who has a skillset they see willing to contribute to the overall mission of the project. The successful applicant must have an enthusiasm for the natural world and a willingness to learn and share actively with community groups (both locally and back in their home country).

You must also be ready to get far off the beaten path, with a love for the incredible natural surprises and human connections that come with working in rough, expedition conditions. Expect to spend plenty of time out of your comfort zone, trying new foods, paddling through the jungle, and learning about a new culture. Remember, you’re helping open this destination to the world – expect a few hiccups and be ready to go with the flow, then share your experience with the world.

Eligibility

  • Open to any nationality
  • Ages 18+ at project start date
  • This is a competitive process and is open for anyone eager to learn about adventure, conservation, and understanding life in a rural, indigenous community in Guyana
  • Though this project contains a storytelling component, applicants need not be professionals. Hobbyists are welcomed and encouraged to apply.
  • Friends of Wallacea does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status
  • Terms & Conditions apply. See here for details.

Storytelling Component

The word “storytelling” is open to interpretation. Could you help write descriptive prose, take beautiful photos, or perhaps construct compelling financial models? Maybe you are passionate about conducting field research, using technology, making maps, recording podcasts, or more! The possibilities are endless – and we want to hear from you! We are looking for any skills that will tell the story of how Warapoka and the Warau community are protecting Guyana’s wildlife. If you can articulate your skills, we want to hear them!

Application Timeline

  • January 17: First webinar detailing fellowship
  • March 1: Application deadline
  • March 15: Fellow is notified
  • August: Trip Commences

Selection Process

  • Those interested will fill out an application on the Friends of Wallacea website by the deadline of March 1st
  • The Friends of Wallacea and Operation Wallacea team will review all of the applications and contact any finalists for an interview
  • Grand prize winners will be selected by 50% weight from their written application and 50% weight from their interview. In the case of an indecision, the tipping point will be whether or not the applicant attendees a webinar and/or followed the Friends of Wallacea Instagram and reshared details of the tour on their story
  • The winner will be contacted via email on March 15th.
  • Terms & Conditions apply. See here for more details.

Ready to help protect endangered wildlife in Guyana? Fill out the application here or through the button below:

Want to learn more about our fellowship and how you can support conservation in Guyana?

Join a free webinar! Learn how Guyanese Amazon adventure can help support indigenous cultural survival and wildlife conservation, all while you participate in the trip of a lifetime. You can also ask questions about what we are looking for in our competitive fellowship application.

Note: We require all fellowship applicants to attend a webinar or provide proof of watching a recorded webinar if you cannot attend one of our available dates.

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