FAQ

FAQ

Camps and Workshops

What is the difference between Camps and Workshops?

Workshops focus on a specific topic in a comprehensive and detailed manner. Hands-on experience, wherever possible, will be provided. Workshops are generally run on tight schedules and it is very important to have an appetite towards learning. Camps, on the other hand, are more general in content and approach. Learning from Camps depends on how much you listen, interact and explore.

How do I participate?

In order to participate in camps or workshops, send us an email to kalinga@kalingacre.com / info@rainforestecology.com or contact us by filling out the form in the Contact Us page.

I am new to the field of wildlife, am I eligible to participate?

Interest in learning is the most important characteristic we seek among participants in our Workshops and Camps. However, a few Workshops may require prior knowledge in the subject and/or experience, in which case the organizers will specify the requirement in any communication about that particular Workshop.

What is the outcome of attending these Camps or Workshops?

We at KCRE empower the participants with knowledge, but general and very specific, about rainforest ecology and everything it entails. It is entirely up to the participants as to how they take this knowledge forward and make a difference in their respective communities.

Do we get certified for participation in these Camps or Workshops?

Certificates of Participation are given to everyone who completes a Workshop.

I am a student who wants to start off a career in wildlife sciences. How can KCRE help me?

Workshops are the best opportunities for students because they impart detailed knowledge and allow for ample hands-on experience of the various aspects of rainforest ecology. Write to us with details of your interest so we can recommend particular Workshops.

What is the kind of wildlife present around the Campsite?

This region is home to 41 different species of snakes. Various other reptiles are also present, including the Western Ghats Flying Lizard (Draco). The surrounding forests have a rich biodiversity of avifauna including Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Malabar Pied hornbill, and the Hill Myna, among others. Monsoon is the best time to see the Amphibian biodiversity which includes Malabar Gliding Frog, Blue-Eyed Bush Frog, False Hour Glass Frog and many more. As the forest cover is thick and evergreen, visibility for long distances is very low. Mammals like Barking Deer, Indian Gaur, Sambar Deer, Black-naped Hare, Slender Lorris, Jungle cats, and Leopard can be seen in rare instances.

Will we accompanied by a naturalist during our visit?

In case a naturalist is required to accompany you , Rs. 350/- per day is applicable. KCRE must be informed of such specific requirements well in advance so we may make the proper arrangements.

 

Payment

What is the mode of payment for the Camps or Workshops?

The Workshop or Camp fee has to be transferred to the account details mentioned in the communications from KCRE during the registration process. It can either be in the form of a cash deposit or an online transfer.

Can I make the payment in instalments?

Generally, we do not accept payments in instalments. However, if requested and if a genuine reason exists, the request will be considered.

 

Working with KCRE

 

I work in an IT/MNC/BT/other company full time. But I want to be a part of any work towards wildlife studies and conservation during weekends. What are my options?

You can volunteer with us on weekends, but that depends on the work availability at KCRE. Please write to us at info@rainforestecology.com / kalinga@kalingacre.com with the following details:

  • For how long can you commit to the work at KCRE?
  • What is the type of work you are looking for?
  • Your previous experience with work towards wildlife, if any.
  • What is your area of expertise? For e.g., Photography, Design, Art, Writing Skills, etc. skills
How can I work as an intern for KCRE? Are there any specific requirements? Are Interns paid a stipend?

Interested candidates may send in their request to kalinga@kalingacre.com. If an opening exists we will consider the request for further processing. The internship does not include any kind of financial assistance. However, in case of the full-time Internship food and accommodation expenses will be borne by KCRE during their stay at the campsite.

Can I visit KCRE without any participating in a Workshop or Camp? Can I bring a group of people?

This is possible. For more details e-mail us at info@rainforestecology.com  / kalinga@kalingacre.com and see the Visit Us section for more details.

What are the full time working options available at KCRE?

Job openings for expert resource persons or education officers will be posted on the website. Please check back frequently.

What is a close circle member? How do I become one at KCRE?

People who are interested in investing in KCRE initiatives are welcome. For more details, e-mail us at info@rainforestecology.com  / kalinga@kalingacre.com

Vaccinations and Necessary Equipment

Do I need to take any vaccinations before visiting KCRE?

We do not believe any vaccinations are necessary.

What medical facilities are available at the Campsite?

A First-aid facility is available at the Campsite. Government health facilities and clinics are reachable within 10km from the Campsite. The nearest hospital is in Thirthahalli, i.e. 25km away. The nearest pharmacy is 10km away, while Thirthahalli (25km) has many.

What equipment should I bring?
  • Torch/Flashlight (If you have a head torch it would be useful but not necessary.)
  • Medical kit
  • Batteries (For your torch/flashlight and other equipment)
  • Good shoes, Gum boots (if you have any).
  • Slippers
  • Toiletries
  • Dull-coloured clothes (colours like black, grey, brown, blue; please do not bring camouflaged, olive or khaki coloured clothes or bags;)
  • Rain-coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sleeping bag (if you have one)
  • Leech socks (if you have any)
  • Big plastic bags to keep your clothes as they may become damp due to mist.

 

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