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We welcome questions concerning our i2P Expedition Amazon 2010 from everyone! If you have questions for Ray & the i2P team about their expedition or the biodiversity educational program please submit them. We are also happy to entertain questions about i2P fundraising for the Extraordinary Act project, the education component of our program, or any other i2P activity. Questions for i2P youth Ambassadors are also welcome.

Submit your questions and have the i2P expedition team answer them now and from the Amazon! The expedition begins October 21st 2010. We will do our best to answer as many questions as we can.

Note: Q&A for Amazon Expedition is now closed

Answered questions:

Question Answer
Are you nervous?

Will Volin,

Sierra Smith:
I was nervous at the beginning but now it's just exciting and a little bit of exhaustion.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
What do you mainly eat?

Anita Lee,
Wildwood School

Isaiah Gilson:
Lots of fish in the Amazon. Manioc, rice, and chicken. Mainly those foods as those are the staples. Manioc is a potato-like root that they grind to make flour.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
If one of the people on your trek get mortally wounded, what kind of safety measures would you have to go to to make sure they are okay?

Tyler Goudreau,
Symmes Junior High School

Bridget Beury:
We get them out of the jungle to a river where we have a speed boat that can bring us to the nearest city where there is a hospital. We also have a doctor on the expedition.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
What animals live in the amazon?

Harut Nazaryan,
Millikan Middle School

Sierra Smith:
A ton of different animals live in the Amazon from snakes to monkeys to jaguars and everything in between.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
What countries does the Amazon river flow through?

Kea,
Wildwood World Magnet

Sierra Smith:
The headwaters are in Peru and it runs through 6 or 7 countries ending in Brazil.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
What is an animal adaptation in the Amazon rainforest and which animal is it?

Kea,
Wildwood World Magnet

Isaiah Gilson:
Butterlies adapt very well to their surroundings. You can get butterflies where the outside looks like a predator insect or even blend in with dead leaves; it varies from species to species. Good question!

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
How is it like in the Amazon?

Candace Williams,
Jonas Salk High-tech Academy

Bridget Beury:
It's a lot of fun but it's also exhausting because of the heat, humidity and steep inclines.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
How did you start getting involved with i2P?

Kenneth Barrett,
Jonas Salk High-tech Academy

Jessie Lilly:
I found out about i2P from a family member and from there I applied on impossible2possible.com. Ray and Bob are the founders of the organization.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
How cold is it there?

Juaquin Vega Perez,
Jonas Salk High- Tech Academy

Jessie Lilly:
It's around 35 degrees C so it's not cold but in the night the temperature does drop so I've been needing to wear a fleece and socks to keep me warm.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
Have you seen any weird looking animals?

Kamaria Mallory -Ford,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Isaiah Gilson:
The brown spider has a fuzzy bulb and pointy legs.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
have you seen a lot of animals

Malik,
Jonas Salk

Bridget Beury:
Yes but we're hoping to see some more exotic ones in the next few days as we go deeper into the jungle.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
Have you ever gotten tired on your trips?

Lela, Diana, and Adrin,
Jonas Salk

Sierra Smith:
It's pretty exhausting being on these trips.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
When will you get back from the Amazon?

Zeke Boy,
Jonas Salk

Sierra Smith:
I'll arrive back in Canada November 2.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
Have you seen any dolphins while you were on the boat?

Candance Williams Kennet Barrett Juaquin Vega Perez,
Jounas Salk High-Tech Academy

Bridget Beury:
Yes. I saw pink dolphins and there are also gray dolphins.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
where do you go to the bathroom

Adrin,
Jonas Salk

Jessie Lilly:
Mostly we go outside but the locals do have outhouses.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
Would you suggest thatanybody do something like what your doing, meaning is it a good experience?

Elliott Stumph,
Millikan

Sierra Smith:
Yes, it's a great experience meeting new people and trying to understand the culture better.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
What is your main purposes for going on this trip?

Kyle,
Millikan

Isaiah Gilson:
Learning and to take back the experiences and use them throughout my life.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
What is the coolest animal u have seen?

Jesses Monroy ,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
I have to say the monkeys because we snuck up on them and we wouldn't have been able to see them without the bomberos' "jungle eyes."

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
Out of all the places in the world why did you pick this spot to put your organization in?

Maddie Norton,
Millikan Middle School

Sierra Smith:
I didn't choose the spot. i2P picked the spot because 2010 is the international year of biodiversity.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
How hard was the trip?

Bryan Ponce,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
I'm not finding it physically tough because I've been training really hard for triathlon. The only thing I'm finding difficult is getting used to the heat and humidity.

Answered on: Friday October 29 2010
I as a Explorer would like to get in to this program. How do I do this?

Brenton,
Plainwell

Jessie Lilly:
Once you turn 17 years of age you can apply to be an i2P Youth Ambassador. Or if you want to get involved you can host fund raisers for causes like the school in the Tapajos region. You can also volunteer.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
I am a 19 year old explorer and would like to get involved with this program. I spent 2 months kayaking 2000 miles across Alaska at age 18, ALONE!!! Can I get some information on how to get on a team?

Brenton Smith,

Isaiah Gilson:
You can apply online; with your experiences, you'd have a good chance of being chosen. Review the main website at impossible2possible.com.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Adriana, just getting to the Amazon is an extraordinary act. How do you recover to start the trek?

BQSLY,
Symmes

Adriana Rossi:
You don't! It's a fast-paced expedition we're on the go all the time. Little sleep, lots of exercise.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
How many animals are in danger?

gymnast19,

Ewan Affleck:
It depends on the species of animal but there are estimated to be up to a few million species that are threatened in the world.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Since you are going to the Amazon real soon are u excited?!

Anonymous,
Crestview P.s

Bridget Beury:
Yes I'm so excited to be blessed with this opportunity.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Do you guys feel safe knowing the dangers of the Amazon?

Will Ramirez,
Millikan MS

Sierra Smith:
Yes we feel safe, we have a great logistics team that keeps us out of harms way.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Do you think that their will be any unexpected stops?

7th grader,

Jessie Lilly:
We've had a lot of unexpected stops. At the start of the trek some of us encountered some problems such as heat exhaustion and these issues will probably continue to come up as we travel deeper into the jungle. We also take unexpected breaks for water and food if we're really hungry. We have been taking a lot of unexpected stops because Brazilian people are very laid back so we need to get used to it. In Canada it's always very fast-paced.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Are you guys going to be eating the various fruits that grow in the Amazon?

8th Grader,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
Yes. We've been eating fruits straight from the branches. We've tried a fruit called Jack Fruit that has a spikey exterior; there is a snake with a similar exterior as the fruit. We've also had cashew fruit, mangos and pineapples.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
If you get bit by an Animal how are you going to treat it?

Amaris lynn,
Wildwoodworldmagnet

Bridget Beury:
We have anti-venom in all of our backpacks plus we have a doctor to treat us.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Is it really hard to run in the Amazon?

Bea peer,
Wildwood World Magnet

Sierra Smith:
We're trekking in the Amazon and I find it really difficult. The first few days it was hard on our bodies to acclimatize and it puts stress on our legs.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
What do you eat?

Anonymous,

Isaiah Gilson:
Lots of fish in the Amazon. Manioc, rice, and chicken. Mainly those foods as those are the staples. Manioc is a potato-like root that they grind to make flour.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
How many species of poisonous things are there?

Matt,
Wildwood World Magnet

Bridget Beury:
There are many poisonous things in the jungle such as plants, snakes, and insects and we also got to see a viper which is very poisonous.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Why are you sleeping in hammocks?

7thh ,

Jessie Lilly:
We're sleeping on hammocks because at night we are traveling to pretty remote villages so we want to make sure we have a place to spend the night and because the ground is alive with bugs everywhere and we already have a lot of bug bites but we want to prevent getting more.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
How Is The Journey So Far, Have You Guys Seen A Jaguar Yet?

Juan Lopez,
Millikan Middle School

Sierra Smith:
The journey so far has been amazing and we've only seen jaguar pee and a track.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Try to find an jaguar!

Pedro,
Millikan Middle

Jessie Lilly:
I will try to find a jaguar. I may have to go out all by myself in the middle of the night to find one! But I hope we see one as a group because I'd like a bombero with me.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
How hot is it?

Pedro,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Really hot! So hot my eyeballs sweat! 35 degrees C (~95 degrees F) and 100% humidity.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
What Part Of The Amazon Are You Guys At?

Johnny Mejia,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
We're in the Amazon Basin following the Tapajos River.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Does it rain a lot in the jungle and are they lot of snakes too and are there lot of spiders?

NOAH BALTAZAR,
MILLIAN Middle School

Sierra Smith:
Yes it rains a lot during the rainy season which is from January to June and there are a lot of snakes and spiders.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Can you get stuck in the jungle if you stay away from the group and can you get eaten in the jungle?

Paul Angeles ,
Millikan

Jessie Lilly:
If I wanted to go off the trail and run hard I still don't think I'd get lost because I think Ray would be chasing after us! There's a lot of poisonous snakes that we need to be careful of and there's a chance we can get eaten by a jaguar or alligator if we see them at the right time.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Where do jaguars live in the Amazon Jungle?

Harut Nazaryan,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
They live deep in the jungle. They tend to stay farther away from the villages.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
Do you hike a big mountain?

Matthew Ray,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
We've gone up and down a lot of steep inclines but no distinct mountain.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
What kind of animals are there?

Aram Pembedjian,
Millikan Middle School

Sierra Smith:
There's a ton of animals and people don't even know how many species are in the Amazon there are so many.

Answered on: Thursday October 28 2010
How old are you?

Anonymous,
Clown Acedemy H.S

Jessie Lilly:
I'm 17.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How did you get the money to fund this journey?

Julia Perryman,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
i2P paid for everything pretty much. We just had to pay for our passport.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What animal in the jungle are you guys most afraid of?

Wyatt bates,
Port Guichon

Sierra Smith:
Poisonous snake

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What plant or animal would you like to see?

Brooklyn,
Port Guichon

Sierra Smith:
I'd like to see a jaguar.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Hi Bridget,tomorrow is the big day, we are all excited for you here at Murray Ridge.

Staff and consumers at the Ridge,
EWAC

Isaiah Gilson:
I don't know. I have no idea what it is. Can you tell us what it is?

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Will you see the rafflesia?

Sean,
Wildwood

Isaiah Gilson:
I don't know. I have no idea what it is. Can you tell us what it is?

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What are your expectations for the rainforest?

Lambros,
Wildwood

Bridget Beury:
Lots of animals.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How does it feel being the amazon?

Stephanie,
Wildwood School

Sierra Smith:
Exciting!

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Are you scared of an animals?

Alexis DeLeeuw,
Niton Central

Jessie Lilly:
No I'm not scared because we have bomberos with us and a group of people who are always there to help us out.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What is one of your favorite animals?

Brianna Canning,
Niton Central

Isaiah Gilson:
Pink dolphin!

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How many days will you be in the Amazon?

Sonya Gilbert,
Niton Central

Bridget Beury:
8 days!

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What did you do on the first day?

Dakota Keats,
Niton

Sierra Smith:
We started out in the boat, we headed out into the jungle and we hiked through the jungle. There were a lot of hills and it was exhausting but a great deal of fun.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What will you do if an wild animal comes near you?

Chance Gibb,
Niton

Jessie Lilly:
I will run as fast as I can in the other direction. There was a snake and everyone started running and I jumped 30 feet and hid behind Doc. Or with the killer bees everyone else ran.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
I don't have a question. I just wanted to say that what your doing is really cool and inspiring. Good Luck in the Amazon!

Rachel Beckland,

Isaiah Gilson:
Thank you very much.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What is your favourite part of doing this?

Azmeena,

Bridget Beury:
The adventure and getting to see a bunch of new species and culture.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Are there things like poisonous plants you need to look out for? What happens if you get hurt, will there be rainforest medicines or something?

Becca V.,

Sierra Smith:
Yes there are plants that are harmful but we can always be evacuated or treated by a doctor. We've also been introduced to medicinal plants in the forest that can treat everything from pneumonia to cancer to simple rashes.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What will you do if a big storm causes flooding?

Ryan Wanzek,
Montessori School Of Celebration FL

Jessie Lilly:
We had the biggest rain storm we've ever been in and we just keep going because we want to experience the true Amazon and we want to do whatever we can to complete the expedition.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Why do they cut down trees?

Breanna,
Jonas Salk

Isaiah Gilson:
It's what the people rely on. There are heavy laws by the government. They use them for boats, fires, cooking, building and other necessities.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Do you know if as you go farther in the Amazon, do the species change?

Johnson Vang,
Jonas Salk High Teck Academy

Bridget Beury:
Yeah, we'll be heading into the deeper jungle and it's more dense with animal and plant species including bigger animals.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What do you plan to do over at the Amazon???

Johnson Vang,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Sierra Smith:
We plan to raise awareness about global effects on the environment and hopefully build a school here in the Amazon to assist local children in the region.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How big are the spiders?

Connor Pritcherd,
Symmes Junior High School

Jessie Lilly:
The spiders we've seen are mostly pretty tiny but the smaller ones are more deadly. We're going deeper into the jungle and there will be the chance to see spiders as big as our hand.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
When are you going to start the trek?

Valentine Ozwoldoze,

Isaiah Gilson:
We got your questions late because we're in the jungle. We've already started.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How long will your trek thing last?

Fanny Bertson,

Bridget Beury:
8 days, which takes us to Saturday.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Are You Guys In The Amazon ? How Is It In there the weather? Where Are You Guys Staying Right Now Did You Discover Anything Are You Guys Enjoying It ???

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Sierra Smith:
We're in the Amazon. It's really hot with almost 100% humidity. We're staying in villages and sleeping in hammocks. Tonight we're going to sleep outside in the jungle in hammocks. We've discovered a lot of things- there are a lot of new species.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How hot is the Amazon right now??

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Jessie Lilly:
It's about 35 degrees Celsius outside and about 100% humidity. Every day we're experiencing new things and it's awesome.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Did You Guys Discover Something Yet?? Did You Notice Any Disadvantages Already ???/

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Isaiah Gilson:
We've discovered a really big fly that is as big as a tarantula and hunts them. There are many disadvantages, one of them is that they need to go far and wide to see a licensed doctor. There is also no power, running water or permanent school buildings.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Where did they go?

Natalie,
Wildwood World Magent

Bridget Beury:
We're in the Amazon Basin following the Tapajos River.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How much rain falls in the amazon each year?

Emily ,
Wildwood

Sierra Smith:
I have no idea but since we've been here we've had the first rain in three months so the Amazon is currently in a drought. The rainy season starts in December and lasts about 6 months.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What kinds of animals have you seen so far?

Emily Patzke ,
Wildwood

Sierra Smith:
We've seen deadly snakes, a turtle, a monkey, caiman, a stork, vultures, and many different species of insect. We also saw the poop of a 400 pound rat and the urine of a jaguar.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
While staying by the Amazon river what kind of amphibians have you've seen?

Emily Patzke ,
Wildwood

Isaiah Gilson:
We've seen frogs and lots of reptiles.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Can you Bring us pictures?

Kayla Vega,
Wildwood World Magnet School

Bridget Beury:
Sure! Check out the website, we have lots of things on there!

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
How many times do you stop? If you do stop?

Kayla vega,
Wildwood World Magnet School

Sierra Smith:
We tend to stop a couple times a day at certain distances, about every few miles to eat and rehydrate.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Will you be posting on twitter?

Kayla,,

Jessie Lilly:
I don't have a Twitter account but i2P has a Twitter account. Follow us at @RayZahab or you can join the i2P Facebook page.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Do you guys feel safe knowing all the dangers of the Amazon?

Will Ramirez ,
Millikan MS

Isaiah Gilson:
I personally feel safe. We have a lot of help and my culture gives me a good way of thinking.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
Was it fun going to the desert last year?

Candace Williams,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Bridget Beury:
Unfortunately I didn't go. There was a different set of youth ambassadors on that trip. You can see what happened at runningtunisia.com but this is my first trip with i2P.

Answered on: Wednesday October 27 2010
What are you eating before you leave? And what will you be eating while you are there? Will there be any plants that you can eat?

Andrew Ely,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Isaiah Gilson:
Me I'm eating alot of moose meat, also I'm going to bring some canned salmon with me to eat before i leave. Um i was told that we were going to be given fish during part of the trip, its going to be awesome to fish in Brazil, I'm not sure what kind of plants we will be eating but we are going to be shown which ones we can eat.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Will you be listening to music on the trek? What kind of things from home are you allowed to bring?

Jafur Minhas,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Isaiah Gilson:
No music, any electronics on the trip would be ruined because of the weather. Most of the things we are bringing from home is mainly gear and some personal stuff like journals and stuff.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
How long will you rest during the day and how much sleep will you be getting at night?

Shane Gendron,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Isaiah Gilson:
I'm not exactly sure how much sleep we will be getting but we will have enough if we make to our destinations on time. As for rest I'm guessing maybe 1 or 2 stops for about 5-10 mins.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
How long will you stay in each community and what are you hoping to learn?

Tanya Ladouceur,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Isaiah Gilson:
Each community we stop in will only be for a night. I'm hoping to learn about the people, their heritage, to learn about the jungle and some survival tips. Growing up i spent alot of time on the land, so i know as much as i have enjoyed learning about my traditional ways of the land, i am going to enjoy learning about the amazon.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Do you think there will be much pollution where you are going?

4th grader,
American Academy

Isaiah Gilson:
Where we are going there wont be much if none at all.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Where does your journey start?

Rebecca Evans,
Niton Central

Isaiah Gilson:
We will start in the community of Itapuama which is the most remote of the villages we will visit. It has a population of: 15

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
When you get there tell us about the snakes.

Cassidy Muldoon,
Niton Central

Isaiah Gilson:
Ooo I will hopefully I don't get bitten!

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Where does the trip end?

Taylor Pelkey,
Niton Central

Isaiah Gilson:
On this final day, the team will trek through the village of Jamaraquai to reach Maguari.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Are you scared of anything you might encounter?

Gracie Zaddery,
Niton Central

Isaiah Gilson:
REALLY REALLY REALLY big bugs, i don't mind seeing them from a distance and hopefully one does not land on me when I'm sleeping.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Give us an example of what you are going to do there?

Abby Davis,
Niton Central School

Isaiah Gilson:
One day of the trip we will be passing through an area with the highest population of jaguars. There will a watch tower in the area we will using to look for some and also we will be learning about them.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Jessie, where will you sleep?

Dakota Keats,
Niton Central School

Isaiah Gilson:
Jessie will be sleeping, as well as all of us, in a hammock.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
What animals do you think you will find?

O V forth grader,
American Academy

Bridget Beury:
Iím sure we will find all kinds of animals. The Amazon Jungle is home to numerous species including the jaguar, anaconda, macaw, monkeys and pythons! Iím hoping to see many different kinds of birds personally.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
How far will you be walking?

4th Grader,
Americen Academy

Bridget Beury:
Once the expedition is over we will have walked about 200 kms!

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Are you packing food or will use the resources there?

matthew 4th grade,
American Academy

Bridget Beury:
We will be staying with the indigenous people of the Amazon some of the nights, so we will experience some of their traditional food. As for the nights that we stay in the jungle, we will be eating dried food that is supplied to us (sort of like space food).

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Will there be many venomous snake species?

G F a Forth Grader,
American Academy

Bridget Beury:
Iím not sure on an exact number, but there are about 2700 species of snakes in the world and 1/5 of those are venomous. I think that itís about the same odds in the Amazon Jungle.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
What do you think will be the most exciting results and animals you will find an this adventure?

AB,
American Academy

Bridget Beury:
I think that it would be so exciting if we get to see a jaguar from a distance! Iím also very excited to see the different communities that we will be stopping in and seeing how their lives differ and are in some ways similar to how we live day to day.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
What species of dangerous spiders will you find what dangers will you face??

Anonymous,
AA

Bridget Beury:
There are many different kinds of spiders in the Amazon jungle, but here are two that I thought to be pretty interesting and potentially dangerous! Tarantulas are commonly known and can be found in the rainforest, along with many other biomes. There are just over 100 different kinds of tarantulas; The Brazilian salmon pink tarantula is one found in northeastern Brazil. This spider is one of the largest, but is not quick to bite which is why it makes a great pet for spider lovers. If bit, the venom can cause some mechanical damage, especially if the victim is allergic. The Brazilian Walking Spider is one of the most venomous spiders on the planet, but only injects about 1/3 of its venom into its prey. Thatís enough to kill its prey (smaller insects), but difficult to inject that amount into a human with such a small mouth. They are found in highly populated cities including Sao Paulo and hide in things like clothes, cars, boots and log piles.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
How many bugs will you see?

4th grader,
AA

Bridget Beury:
There are going to be a lot of bugs! I donít think I could even give you a number because the exact amount isnít known.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Will you find a lot of animals at the Amazon?

MLL a 4th grader,
AA

Bridget Beury:
We should see a lot of animals because the Amazon rainforest is one of the most bio diverse areas on the planet and contains about 500 different species of mammals, 175 lizards and over 300 reptiles. Most animals will probably hide when they hear us coming, but we might get lucky to see a few animals from a distance!

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Do you expect to see any dangerous animals?

L 4th gader,
American Academy

Bridget Beury:
After all the research I have done for all of the questions I realized that the Amazon Rainforest has many dangerous animals like the Anaconda, Jaguar, and Poison Dart Frog. Even though there are many dangerous animals, I donít think we will run into too many of them (at least up close) because most animals will hide or run away when they hear us walking through the area.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
How many animals in the Amazon ranforest are endangered? And what is your favorite?

Anonymous,
AA

Bridget Beury:
There are about 5000 endangered animals all around the world today and the Amazon has quite a few on that list. Most endangered animals are pushed out of their habitat by deforestation or are hunted by humans either for their fur or to illegally sell as a pet. Some of these endangered animals in the Amazon include the Golden Lion Tamarind Monkey, the Jaguar, Poison Dart Frog, the Scarlet Macaw, and the Howler Monkey just to name a few. Iíd say my favorite would have to be the Scarlet Macaw just because I absolutely love birds and they are so beautiful!

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
How exited are you to go on this trip?

Hart,
AA

Bridget Beury:
Words canít even describe how excited I am to be going on this trip!

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
What are the most interesting rainforest animal?

4th grade student,
American Academy

Bridget Beury:
Iíd say the most interesting animal in the rainforest would have to be the Poison Dart Frog. They have brightly colored bodies to warn any stalking predator that they are dangerous to eat. Their colors coincide with how poisonous they are. One chemical that the frog produces through its skin is a painkiller that is 200 times more potent than morphine, but has undesirable affects on humans.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Why didn't you bring me?

Luke Wallace,
Alouette Elementary

Bridget Beury:
Youth Ambassadors have to be between the ages of 18 and 21 to be able to go on a youth expedition. When you get older, look to see if you can apply to become a Youth Ambassador.

Answered on: Friday October 22 2010
Do you think that you will get injured?

SSM Fourth Grader,

Jessie Lilly:
There is the possibility that we could get injured. We could fall etc. But if you make wise choices then you can prevent that. We also have a team of adults coming with us to make sure we don't get injured.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What animal do you want to see the most?

4th grader,
AA

Jessie Lilly:
I would like to see a Pink River dolphin, it has become one of the most endangered species in the Amazon. This is due to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Are big ants in the Amazon?

KP,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
The ants in the Amazon aren't that large, but there are tons of them! About 30% of the animal biomass in the Amazon Basin is made up of ants. There are ants called the Parasol ants that can lift up to 50 times more than their weight. There are also ants in the rainforest called the Army ant which have strong jaws that can leave a nasty bite.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Will you be walking or riding boat?

4th grader,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
On the first day we will be taking a river boat to get to our destination, other than that we will be trekking for most of our journey (200km). We may have to take a canoe to cross some parts of the river.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Do you think you may discover new species?

ZW 4th Grade,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
It is highly likely that you could discover a new species. There are tons of new species of plats, insects and animals still waiting to be discovered in the Amazon. The Amazon is one of the most Biodiverse places on the planet! For instance some scientists in Peru recently discovered a new species of Monkey named CaquetŠ titi.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
How much water do you drink on an average day?

4th grader,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
I drink around 8 glasses of water a day. I always have a water bottle at hand. In the Amazon I am sure we will be drinking a lot of water because we will be sweating a lot due to the high temperatures and humidity. I am not sure of the exact amount we will be drinking, but I could let you know once we are on our expedition.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Does the food there taste good or does it taste horrible? Also did you bring your own food?

PD,
AmericanAcademy

Jessie Lilly:
I haven't gone to the Amazon yet so I'm not sure what to expect. Most nights we will be staying with indigenous people, and they will be feeding us traditional food such as Manioc, and Piranha. On the nights when we are staying in the jungle by ourselves we will be eating freeze dried food ( like the astronauts), we will also have access to granola bars etc. We don't have to bring any of our own food, it will all be supplied to us.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What are you afraid of in the jungle?

TB 4 grader,
Aa

Jessie Lilly:
I am sort of afraid of being in the dark in the jungle, because I don't know a lot about the organisms there, my brain will be busy, each noise I hear will have me thinking crazy things. I have watched too many horror movies haha. I think we will be fine though, because we have a large group of adults coming with us. We even have an ecologist coming with us who knows alot about the area.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
How many animals are in danger?

akss,
Aa

Jessie Lilly:
Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. Deforestation is the leading cause to the decrease in organisms in the Amazon.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Are you scared and excited at the same time to go to Brazil in a rain forest?

AB 4th grade,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
I am mostly excited! I'm not really worried because we have so many adults traveling with us to the Amazon. The thing I am most scared about is getting lost in the airport, and not making my connections :).

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What insect is the one you mostly want to see?

LW 4th grader,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
I would like to see a Praying Mantis. There are some that look like leaves, thatís why they are difficult to find. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis to check one out! :)

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What is the average water that falls every day?

4th Grader,
American Academy

Jessie Lilly:
50 to 260 inches (125 to 660 cm.) of rain falls yearly. It is raining most of the time in the Amazon.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Will you be by the water?

Alex,
Alouette Elemetary

Sierra Smith:
Yes, we will be by the Amazon River most of the time during the expedition! The water from the Amazon River is vital to the survival of the plants, animals, and humans that live in the area.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Will you be scared if you see an animal that is big and dangerous?

Nick Peters,
Alouette Elementary

Sierra Smith:
I think that if I see an animal that is big and dangerous I will be scared but I donít think we will be in any real danger while we are down there!

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
where you nervos about going on this hike?

Noah,
Alloette Elementry

Sierra Smith:
Well we havenít gone yet, but Iím definitely getting nervous! I think Iím most nervous about how well my body is prepared for the demanding trekking that we will do in the Amazon.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
How did you find out about i2p? What made you want to join?

Alex,
Alouette Elm.

Sierra Smith:
I found out about i2P through a family member, who recommended I look into the organization and maybe apply for the Amazon expedition. I wanted to get involved with i2P because I wanted to be a part of something so much bigger than myself and hopefully teach others about this great cause.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
Where do you guys and girls sleep at night time?

Rebekah Stuive,
Alouette Elementry

Sierra Smith:
We will be sleeping outside in hammocks that we put out ourselves every night!

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What are you wanting to learn and gain from this experience?

Abby,
Alouette Elementry

Sierra Smith:
Iím hoping to learn more about diversity not only pertaining to nature but also culture. The different way people live in various part of the world is fascinating and humbling. In this Iím hoping to gain more self and world awareness from this expedition.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What pushes you to get up every morning and go out and explore and discover??

Nick Peters,
Alouette Elementary Brittish Columbia Canada

Sierra Smith:
The possibility of learning something new!

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
How old are you guys?

Joshua,
Alouette Elementary

Sierra Smith:
The age range for the youth ambassadors is 17-21.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What kind of animals do you see?

Brad,
Alouette

Sierra Smith:
The Amazon is home to millions of different species of animals, from monkeys and snakes to butterflies and jaguars!

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What types of animals do u think you will encounter and can they be harmful?

Emma :P,
Symmes <3

Sierra Smith:
I think that we will encounter many animals and some of these can be harmful like poisonous snakes, jaguars, and other insects.

Answered on: Saturday October 16 2010
What is the highest and lowest altitudes you will be hiking, boating, etc.?

Amber Boyer,
Montessori School Of Celebration

Sierra Smith:
I'm not sure on the exact lowest and highest elevations that we will reach on the expedition. But on day three we should climb a significant amount, I'll keep you posted once we get there!

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
What part of the Amazon are you going to be in most of the time?

Amy Young,
Montessori School Of Celebration

Sierra Smith:
We are going to be in the Tapajos region of the Amazon the whole duration of the expedition!

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
What species would you like to see?

Elliott Nixon,

Sierra Smith:
I think I'm most excited to see the different species of monkeys! They are so smart and even similar to us as human beings!

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
why do you do what you do

Alyssa Garcia,
Jonas Salk High Tech Academy

Sierra Smith:
I do what I do because I love it. I think it's important to fight for the causes you believe in and actually work to make a difference in other people's lives. I do this in hopes of being an inspiration to others and to help facilitate a greater involvement in this organization and the cause.

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
How long are you and the ambassadors staying at the forest?

Candace Williams,
Jonas Salk

Sierra Smith:
The other youth ambassadors and I are going to be trekking in the Amazon for about eight days!

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
Where do you go to the bathroom?

FEDERICO COMPARAN,
JONAS SALK

Sierra Smith:
Um, good question! We will be using the bathroom in the great outdoors! Like you would when you go camping!

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
which town will the school be built?

navi,
Mccloskey Elementary

Sierra Smith:
The school will be built in the community of Taquara. While we are there we will be able to meet the villagers, see the location of the school, and meet the teachers and pupils!

Answered on: Friday October 15 2010
How did i2P first get created?

Nazeeb Omar,
McCloskey Elementary

Bridget Beury:
It all starts with Ray Zahab and his run across the Sahara Desert with two other men. While running in the extreme desert conditions and across 6 countries the three men together raised awareness for clean water initiatives in Africa while also proving that anything is possible. The success of the run triggered Ray to found impossible2Possible and now i2P is dedicated to using adventure to inspire and equip a generation of young sustainability leaders to protect out fragile planet.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Do you ever get scared of the things you might find in there?

Tiffany Jackson,
School

Jessie Lilly:
When I was younger I would never even look at a bug and would have to scream for my Baba to come kill it for me. Now that I'm in college I scream for my room mates, but honestly being in such a visually stimulating place with so much going on I don't think that the bugs will both me all that much. They are going to be everywhere so I'll just have to get use to it and might start to even appreciate bugs a little more!

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Do you have fun?

Tiffany Jackson,
School Of Hope

Jessie Lilly:
Yes! Even though we haven't left yet, I've been having fun with the training (though it is hard work) and answering all the questions we get! The expedition will be difficult mentally and physically, but I'm sure we will all have a great time!

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Why are you guys going there?

Shelby ,

Jessie Lilly:
The i2P team is trekking through the Amazon jungle to uncover issues such as deforestation and the food crisis. While in the jungle, we will learn all kinds of things about the regions biodiversity and culture and get to share everything with you! Also, we are raising funds to build a school in one of the communities we will be visiting during the expedition in the FLONA.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Where will the school be built?

anonymous,
McCloskey Elementary

Jessie Lilly:
The school will be built in the Floresta Nacional do Tapajos (FLONA), which is in a protected area of the rainforest in the region of Santarem.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
What kind of trees are there in the amazon forest? Which ones are more in jeopardy?

Katherine L-Harasemchuk,
Symmes Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
Wow where to start there are tons of trees for the Amazon such as Abarema Acreana, Bagassa, Cyrilla, Araza, Guarana, the list goes on. The one that I know of being in jeopardy is the Bagassa; its wood is used for construction and such.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
How long will the trip be?

Josh Vanloon,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
Ideally our trip will be 9 Days through the rainforest. We will be making stops at villages interacting with locals.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
What are you going to do if you run into dangerous wildlife?

arthur kirakosian,
Millakan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
There will of course be many dangers to expect. We will have local guides through out our trip they will give us tips on how to handle a confrontation.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
How will you be spending your nights in the jungle? Hammocks? Tents? Cabins?

Mathew Hearty,
Symmes Jr. High, Aylmer QC

Isaiah Gilson:
We will mostly be staying in hammocks, and on some occasions when we stop in the villages we will have houses to stay in.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
What is the biggest insect that you're going to encounter?

Tyler Goudreau,
Symmes Jr High

Isaiah Gilson:
Titan beetle. This specie's of beetles has also been the worlds largest insect.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Will you have a translator with you?

Kelsey D.,
Symmes Jr High School

Isaiah Gilson:
Yes we will. Our team will include some locals coming with us, as well as some ecologists from Brazil.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
How can I help save the animals?

Ezekiel Morant,
Jonas Salk

Jessie Lilly:
You can help save the animals by researching non-profit organizations that help out animals across the world. You can then host fundraisers for these causes. You can also help the animals by telling other people about the issues facing animals. Education is how we change our world.. one voice at a time! :)

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Hey, do you have to carry a lot of gear when you run?

Rawton Riness,
Lonfellow Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
We won't be running on our expedition, we will be hiking most of the time. We will carry up to 30 pounds. When training for our expedition we have been carrying 30 pound packs. I used a 30 pound pack of flour. haha

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
What do you do in the Amazon?

Robert,
Jonas Salk

Jessie Lilly:
The Amazon is home to so many neat activities. While their we will be trekking over 200km through dense rainforest.We will be studying the biodiversity of the region and learning about all of the organisms. We will be spending most nights with a local community, at this community we will learn about their culture and we will eat traditional meals too!!! I have never traveled out of North America so traveling to the Amazon will be a huge learning experience!!

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Here's a question: Are You Excited to visit the Amazon ?!!!I Know I Would.

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Jessie Lilly:
I am sooooooooooo excited to go to the Amazon! It seams surreal. I have always had the urge to travel to remote places and learn about organisms and cultures that I know very little. I also get to challenge my mental and physical limits. This trip encompasses who I am. When I got the phone call I couldn't speak I was so thrilled and grateful to be chosen. You could go to the Amazon! Once you are old enough there is no stopping what you could do! :)

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
Do you think you'll encounter a tarantula?

Daniel .A,

Jessie Lilly:
I hope we will encounter a tarantula, I have never seen one outside of a pet store or zoo. It would be neat to see them in their natural habitat.

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
No question but u guys are awesome.

Amanda and Kyle,
Gray

Jessie Lilly:
Thank you! You guys are awesome too, I am so glad that we get to share our journey with all of you! :)

Answered on: Wednesday October 13 2010
What is it like to be going to the Amazon jungle?

veronica vasquez,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
Very exciting! Even though Iím swamped with work and projects for my classes that I am scrambling to get done before we leave, I wouldnít have it any other way. It still doesnít seem real sometimes, but the date is fast approaching and Iím sure it will hit me when I start to pack.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
Isn't your expeditions that you go on very dangerous?

Gabriel Sarkisyan,

Bridget Beury:
The expedition can be dangerous, but the whole team is training and preparing so that we can avoid any mishaps that could pose a risk. We have a whole team of experts behind us so Iím really not worried. My mom on the other hand thinks I am going to come back with a disease, but I reassured her that with all the vaccinations I received before the trip, Iíll come back in one piece.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
What do you think you might find there?

Anonymous,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
Everything and anything! The Amazon is one of the most bio diverse places on Earth and it represents over half the planetís remaining rainforests. We will see everything from insects and spiders the size of our palms to snakes and monkeys. Make sure you keep an eye on the website because we will be taking pictures and videos of it all!

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
When you go in the wild aren't you scared?

Gabriel Sarkisyan,
Millikan Middle School.

Bridget Beury:
Iím not scared yet, but I think that once I encounter my first large snake or spider I might have to change my mind. But with this opportunity, I am willing to put my nervousness aside and take in as much of the experience as possible.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
How many days will you be in the jungle?

Matthew Ray,

Bridget Beury:
We will be in the Amazon jungle for about 8 days, or however long it takes us to trek about 200 kms.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
How many babies does a hamster have?

Maxine,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
A hamster can have anywhere from 4-12 babies with the average of being about 8.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
How many places have you guys gone to?

Brianna Moreno,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
We will be traveling along the Tapajos River in the Tapajos National Forest, Brazil. We will be stopping at some of the 22 communities that call the Amazon their home.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
What kind of snakes will you be encountering?

Jacob Croll,
Symmes Middle School/D'Arcy McGee

Bridget Beury:
I'm not positive what kinds of snakes we will see because most snakes will hide when they hear us coming, but the Amazon jungle is home to many kinds of snakes like boas, pythons, vipers, and anacondas. If we get luckily enough to see one, we will send some pictures back right away.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
How long do you think it is going to take?

Chris Rodriguez,
Millikan Middle School

Bridget Beury:
The expedition should take about 8 days or however long it takes us to trek 200 kms.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
Why are you doing this and why does it matter if you do it?

Arthur Kirakosian,
Millakin Middle School

Sierra Smith:
Well we are all doing this because we believe it is an issue that needs to be addressed and changed. We are doing it to help better educate others on global issues like biodiversity and show the importance of preservation. The project matters because we want to change the way people and especially the next generation treat the environment.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
Not a question but you guys are awesome.

Chris Rodriguez,

Sierra Smith:
Thanks!

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
How many days will the trek last? What is the distance you are covering?

Angel,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Sierra Smith:
The trek will last for about eight days and we will cover nearly 200kms.

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
How far do you have to travel in the Amazon?

Jesse Monroy,
Millikan Middle School

Sierra Smith:
We will travel nearly 200kms!

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
What do you do about not getting lost?

Drayton Severson,
Milkan Middle School

Sierra Smith:
Well we a great logistics team that has planned and organized where we will be traveling! In addition to that we take different technological measures so that we know we wonít get lost and stay on the right path!

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
Wow long have you been working on this project?

Chris McGuire,
Millican Middle School

Sierra Smith:
The youth ambassadors and I have been working on and training for this project for about two months! But the others on our team like, Ray Zahab and Bob Cox, have been preparing for much longer!

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
If you're not old enough to go on the trip, what can you do to get involved?

Jennifer,

Sierra Smith:
You can get involved by getting the word of i2P out there! Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors about what we are doing and why itís important. You can also in involved by helping raise money for the i2P Tapajos School Project! You are already involved by doing experiential learning program and following along on our journey! Look at the website for more info!

Answered on: Saturday October 2 2010
Hi I wanted to know if you ever get really scared like you feel like you're about to die?

Tal Miyara,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
I think that feeling came over once. I find my self a hard person to scare.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
How exciting is it when you are running through places?

Christian Alvarado,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
It depends where usually I find it really exciting if I'm running through the bush when hunting.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What will you do if someone gets hurt?

Anonymous,

Isaiah Gilson:
We have a doctor traveling with us, hopefully someone won't get hurt too bad where our team doctor would have to take them out of the rain forest.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
How long do you think you will be doing this for?

Ryan w.,

Isaiah Gilson:
This trip or traveling? I hope to travel and explore the world for all my life.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What is your favorite place you've traveled too?

Danielle ,
Millikan

Isaiah Gilson:
This might be a bit lame but I would have to say the outback of the Yukon. Even though I live here there is not much like it... I love it. Even I have traveled internationally Yukon is my kinda place.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What is the most interesting looking animal you've seen so far?

Ryan,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
Spider monkey.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What kind of animals are you hoping to see?

Julia Perryman,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
I wanna see jaguars, monkeys, and maybe some cool insects from a distance.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
Oh, and I was looking at your pictures and one is of a dog, I'm wondering, is that your dog or a REALLY friendly wild dog?

Julia Perryman,
Millikan Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
He's mine alright. I like to call him my wolf dog cause he looks a lot like one, which maybe he is I don't know hes a husky and perhaps might be part wolf. Other then that i trust him around adults and even kids hes friendly.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
How long is the trip?

Josh,

Jessie Lilly:
Hi Josh! The trip will be 13 days. We will be trekking in the Amazon for 8 days. Preparing our gear and flying will take up the other days.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
How did you guys condition yourself to go on this expedition?

Will R.,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Hey Will! We all have a training program from the i2P's personal trainer John Zahab. This training program consists of two long hikes on the weekend with a 30 pound pack, weightlifting, stretching and aerobic exercise during the week. You can check out our blogs on the site and that will give you an idea of what our training has been like.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What kind of training do you guys go through?

Chris Pesantes,
Milikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Hi Chris, we were given a training program that we have to follow. This training program consists of weightlifting, hiking with a 30 pound pack on the weekend (Up to 5 hours), aerobic training (45-60 minutes 2 times a week) and stretching. I am a triathlete, so I do my normal training schedule during the week, and do the hikes on the weekend.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
How are you guys going to help the people in the Amazon, and how can we help back home?

Joey Pilger,
Pride Academy At Prospect Avenue School

Jessie Lilly:
Hey Joey! The Amazon trips main fund-raising focus is raising money to build a permanent school building for the community of Taquara, in the Flona Do Taquara. This school will serve 100 children! The government doesn't provide funding for permanent school buildings so that makes it difficult for the children to receive an education. You can help out back home by organizing fund-raising initiatives (car wash, BBQ's, lemonade stands, etc.) to raise money for this cause. If you are part of the i2P Experiential learning program then you could join together with other schools to meet a common fund-raising goal. On the website you will be able to track the progress of the fund-raising efforts.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
Don't you get scared of being out there?

Melizza,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Hi Melizza! We haven't yet left for the Amazon. I don't think I will be scared because I will be with a large group of adults (Including a doctor, local guide, etc.) Most of these adults have been on trips like this before and some have even been to the Amazon! So I feel very safe traveling to this remote part of the world.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What age do you have to be to be allowed to go on this trip?

Melizza,

Jessie Lilly:
The minimum age that you must be in order to be a i2P youth ambassador is 17.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What is a forest?

Bryan,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Hey Bryan! :) A forest is an area covered by lots of trees and plants. The area we will be traveling to is known as a rain forest. This rainforest covers 1.7 billion acres! It is one of the most biodiverse (A lot of different species living in one area) places on the planet!

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
For how long have you been an explorer?

Mariela Marquez,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Hi Mariela, I have always been interested in finding out new things, and traveling to new places. The trip to the Amazon will be my first trip outside of North America. I have hiked in the Rocky Mountains and have explored beaches and rainforests in Hawaii and Vancouver Island; This will be my first trip where I extensively get to explore a remote area in which I know nothing about, the only information I know about the Amazon has mostly been through books !

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
Why are you mental?

Pablo Engora,

Jessie Lilly:
Hi Pablo, I'm not sure what you are asking in this question. Do you mean why are we going on this expedition, because to some people it seems crazy?! I don't think I'm mental ha-ha. I think I am just one of those people like the other youth ambassadors that want to explore and learn more about this great planet Earth that we live on. By going to the Amazon us youth ambassadors will get to experience a different culture, the most biodiverse place on the planet, and get to share our journey with around 15000 people. We will come back having a greater understanding of how our entire planet is interconnected, and that things that we thought were impossible are possible. So I would have to say I don't think we are crazyÖ just adventurous.

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
What is the coolest thing about this site?

Aram Pembedjian,
Millikan Middle School

Jessie Lilly:
Hi Aram, I think the coolest thing about the site is that people from all over the world can track out journey!!! If you go to jungle2010.com and then to the trek you will have access to videos and photos that we will be posting on our journey. One of the major things about the site is its drawing attention to global issues such as global warming, lack of water, needs for education etc. The website is also interconnecting thousands of people around the world in its experiential learning program which is also really amazing! The website is filled with tons of great information; itís hard to choose one cool thing!

Answered on: Thursday September 30 2010
Do you know what the most poisonous snake is? I have a soft spot for snakes, especially Anacondas and venomous ones. I often wanted to keep a snake and I would've, if not my mom had go crazy.

April Z.,
C.V Public School

Bridget Beury:
I don't know much about snakes, but since there are so many question about them I decided to read up as much as I can. I found that Inland Taipan or Fierce Snake is the deadliest snake in the world and is found in Australia. It has the most toxic venom that could potentially kill up to 250,000 mice with just one bite. Other snakes that made the top ten list were the Death Adder and the Black Mamba. Luckily, most of the list contained snakes found in Australia and not one was located in the Amazon. The deadliest snake in Brazil is the Jararaca and can grow up to 4 feet long. You're interested in the Anaconda, which is the world's largest snake and is found in South America. The record for the largest Anaconda is 28 feet long, and although the anaconda is not poisonous it is still deadly. The anaconda will wrap its massive body around its prey to crush it, then unhinge its jaw and swallow its meal whole. If you are looking to get a snake for a pet; corn snakes, ball pythons, and king and milk snakes are recommended for beginners. All three are relatively small, easy to care for and tend to be more gentle. But be prepared because those snakes can live up to 20 years!

Answered on: Monday September 27 2010
Hi this is not a question I just wanted to say that you guys are awesome and hard working.

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Bridget Beury:
Thank you so much! :)

Answered on: Monday September 27 2010
Can you tell me some information about anacondas - I am crazy about them!!

Carey ,
Crestview P.s.

Bridget Beury:
Anacondas are the worlds largest snake (the green anaconda specifically) with a record of 28 feet long. They belong to the family of constrictors which also includes boas and pythons because instead of biting their prey they wrap around and squeeze their victim to death. Then they unhinge their jaw and swallow their meal whole. Anacondas are not poisonous and only rely on their teeth to grab and hold their victims in place. The green anaconda usually sticks to hunting in the water because it is easier to move its massive body and can stay underwater for up to ten minutes. Generally, in the wild an anaconda can live up to ten years. These snakes can go months without a meal because it takes weeks to even digest the initial victim. These massive creatures are found in South America along the Orinoco and Amazon rivers, so when we see one we will send the pictures right to you! Also, contrary to popular belief though anacondas are known to attack people, but there is no record of one ever killing a person. Interesting!

Answered on: Monday September 27 2010
When and why did you get inspired to do the things that you are doing now?

christian,
Crestview

Bridget Beury:
About this time last year I started running. I was looking for races to do and advice so I turned to Rachel and Sandi Nypaver (Sandi is a Youth Ambassador that went on the Baffin Islands expedition in 2009 and how she is how I found out about i2P). Running started it all because I was never much of a runner and now I find it such a thrill and challenge. I am also and always have been very proactive when it comes to the environment and conservation efforts. Impossible2possible combines both aspects that I dedicate my life to, so this expedition is the perfect opportunity to experience first hand what other parts of the world are dealing with when it comes to the environment.

Answered on: Monday September 27 2010
What is your favourite animal that you have seen so far?

Anonymous,

Isaiah Gilson:
I am going to have to say two for this one a wolf and eagle.

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
What animals have you seen so far?

Lucy,
Crestview P.S

Isaiah Gilson:
I have seen a lot in my short lifetime so why don't I name a few from the Yukon: moose, deer, caribou, wolves, fox, raven, coyote, Porcupine, eagle, segal mice. It goes on!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Is going to the Amazon fun?

Jiaqi,
Crestivew

Isaiah Gilson:
Yes it is. I have been to the amazon once in Costa Rica, nothing really like this, but it is fun.

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Where do you get so much perseverance? How do you inspire people so much?

Ariel,
Crestview P.s

Isaiah Gilson:
For myself at a young age I really want to help my people, also my heritage really keeps me going and strong. How I inspire is by just being me I really positive and by letting my light shine I give others permission to do the same.

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Thank you for writing back. Are you going to go any other awesome places? I wish you good luck on your trip to the Amazon i hope you ll have fun and enjoy your trip.

Gokice,
Crestview

Jessie Lilly:
I am probably going to a Triathlon camp over spring break in Victoria B.C. I am also going to be going to University next year. I hope to travel all over the world when I am older, but right now school is the number one priority after the Amazon. I hope to have lots of fun and enjoy this incredible adventure, so stay tuned and we will see how it goes together.

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
How long have you done this? I hope i can meet you!

Sadaf,
Crestview P.S

Jessie Lilly:
This is my first trip to the Amazon and first time being an i2P Youth Ambassador. I hope to meet you guys too, I think we will get to talk over the computer via Skype while were on our expedition!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Hey, I was wondering did you always enjoy animals and nature when you were young?

Hellen,
Crestview P.S

Jessie Lilly:
Yes, I have always been into exploring new places. When I was little I would mostly watch the Discovery channel and my Idol was Steve Irwin (Crocodile Hunter). I also remember going searching for new types of bugs when ever I had spare time and would pick up anything that I found and would bring it home. My family and I would travel to Vancouver Island a lot, and I would spend most of my holiday looking in tide pools searching for crabs, sea urchins etc. I remember when I was 8 walking through the rainforest on the island and jumped into a bush like the crocodile hunter and came out with a snake, my cousins were traumatized by the snake and ran off with their hands in the air screaming. I have always been concerned about the environment and the animals, when I was younger I watched WWF and seen how the Tigers in India were going extinct I was crying for days, and new that I had to save them!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Can I go to the next amazon trip?

ayanah,

Jessie Lilly:
I'm not sure how old you are but I know there will be more impossible2Possible trips. I'm not sure where the other trips will be, but when you're old enough be sure to apply.

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Have you seen the blue morpho?

Lucy,
Crestview

Sierra Smith:
I have not seen the Blue Morpho in person but hopefully I will get to see one when we are in the Amazon. I looked up pictures of it and it's beautiful!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Describe what you will find in the rainforest

Anthony,
PRIDE Academy At Prospect Avenue School

Sierra Smith:
What we will find in the Amazon is a diverse range of species both plants and animals. There are so many types of animals, including snakes, insects, birds and monkeys. The plant life will also be amazing due to the rich soil and growing potential!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
What do you eat while your on the trip?

Kayla,

Sierra Smith:
Bob Cox, Co-Founder of i2P, answered this question earlier and this is what he had to say:
"The i2P team will be eating local meals made daily during the expedition. We will have a steady diet of local fruits, nuts, carbohydrates, and plenty of protein to fuel our body. When we get down there and actually see what we are eating we will send you another report with more specifics."


Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
How many people are going on this expedition? What is the money going toward?

Kritika,
Crestview Ps

Sierra Smith:
There are about thirteen people going on the expedition including the 4 youth ambassadors. The money that is raised in going to build a school in the Tapajos region of the Amazon, this is called the i2P Tapajos School Project. You can find more info on the website!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Are you scared to go on this journey?

Jill,
Bathesda Lutheren School

Sierra Smith:
I'm mostly just excited right now but I think when it gets sooner I will start to get more nervous. The trip is really well organized and the logistics people are great so I feel safe in their hands!

Answered on: Sunday September 26 2010
Do you think it will be fun?

Brooklyn,

Isaiah Gilson:
Its going to be a blast, an experience of a lifetime!

Answered on: Saturday September 25 2010
Will you guys be scared?

Wyatt bates,
Port Guichon

Isaiah Gilson:
For the most part everyone is excited; I'm a bit scared there are a lot animals and insects in the Amazon I can't wait though :)

Answered on: Saturday September 25 2010
Will you miss your families??

Brooklyn,

Isaiah Gilson:
I have been on long trips before so ill manage, I'll miss my family a little but I know they will be there when I come back.

Answered on: Saturday September 25 2010
Do you have any regrets for doing this??

Brooklyn,

Isaiah Gilson:
No regrets at all.

Answered on: Saturday September 25 2010
are you concerned with the landscape?

Tyler Proksch,
Longfellow Middle School

Isaiah Gilson:
I hike around lots on my community, and have been hunting since I was a kid, I am a bit concerned cause it is a jungle, not to used to that.

Answered on: Saturday September 25 2010
How long do you think it will take to go through the Amazon?

Leroy Tatenda Marufu,
Crest View P.s

Isaiah Gilson:
We're all pretty tough so I think we'll finish the trip in 8 days.

Answered on: Saturday September 25 2010
Sierra, can you please explain to me in detail whats its like to be an only child? do you get spoiled all the time?

Rosalita Josephina De Marquez Lopez,
Turtle Elementary

Sierra Smith:
It's definitely a different experience being an only child compared to having siblings. When I was younger I always wanted a sibling but now that I'm older I actually enjoy being an only child. I am blessed to have friends who are like my siblings! I do not get spoiled in fact my parents are pretty strict with the things they give me and expect me to basically support myself financially. But of course they spoil me with love!

Answered on: Wednesday September 22 2010
Why are you doing this?

Anonymous,
Crestview P.s.

Jessie Lilly:
I am doing this because I love a challenge, and love being immersed in a place where I know very little. I also have always wanted to travel to remote places.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Hi, I was wondering if you can send me a picture of a Anaconda. I'm really interested in snakes and especially Anacondas. Thanks.

GOKCE,
CREASTVIEW

Jessie Lilly:
Hopefully I will be able to send you a picture of an Anaconda that we will encounter. The Andaconda is the largest snake on the planet and usually grows up to 20-25 feet long. I will keep you updated on the animals we encounter; I too am also interested in Andacondas. When I was little I looked up to Steve Irwin!

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
What places have you been? Why?

Anonymous,
Crestview

Jessie Lilly:
This is a broad question so I will tell you about some of my favorite places I have travelled to. My family and I have travelled to Vancouver Island (Tofino) quite a bit. I love exploring tidal pools, and trekking through the ancient forests. Plus the surfing is fun there too! We go to Tofino, because we love the layed back atmosphere, as soon as you see the ocean you immediately relax. I have also been to most of the Hawaiian Islands excluding Molokai and Lanai. My family and I travel there because there is lots of activities for me and my dad to do and my mom has a chance to relax. My dad and I are big into scuba diving and they have lots of large marine animals around the island. I have also traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii to participate in a triathlon camp. The people there are very welcoming and again everyone is layed back (Hang Loose) I have also travelled to Disneyland and Disneyworld with my cousins. We live two hours away from Jasper National Park. I go there to hike and explore the many mountains, as well as downhill ski and hope to cross country ski there as well. I enjoy traveling to Jasper because of the many activities, and the scenery is breathtaking. I travel to Summerland B.C most summers to visit my cousins who have a cabin, the main reason I go there is for triathlon nationals in Kelowna B.C.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
How old are you?

Carey,

Jessie Lilly:
I am 17 years of age and am in grade 12.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Why did you choose to go to the Amazon?

Kavya ,
Crestview Public School

Jessie Lilly:
I wanted to go to the Amazon for a number of reasons. I have always had the urge to travel to remote places and learn more about our world, this opportunity will give me a chance to learn firsthand about one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. I also wanted to go on this journey because it will be a physical and mental challenge; I enjoy pushing my limits and seeing that I can overcome my fears. Learning about world issues is something that I am passionate about; by going to the Amazon I will learn about the problems the Amazon people face (deforestation of their forest). I can then go back to my community and let them know more about this remote place in the world and teach them about the important role it plays in our ecosystem.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Where are you going next???

Anonymous,

Jessie Lilly:
I want to travel to as many places in the world as possible. Itís very expensive to travel so that puts some limits on traveling for now. I would love to travel to the Himalayas and experience their culture, or go to Sudan and visit the school we are helping build. Or maybe one day SPACE!

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Why did you want to run across the Amazon?

Leroy Tatenda Marufu,
Crest View P.s

Jessie Lilly:
I want to trek across the Amazon because it will challenge me mentally and physically. I will never step down from a challenge and this one will definitely test my limitations I place upon myself. One of the biggest challenges will be the weather because it is hot in the Amazon and snowing here! I also want to trek across the Amazon because it is the most BIODIVERSE PLACE ON THE PLANET! And I will get to witness firsthand an ecosystem and culture that few ever get to see. Iím excited to also get to share my journey with thousands of people.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Can you send me some pictures of the animals?

Ayanah ,
Crestview Public School

Bridget Beury:
Once the trek starts on October 21st all you have to do is follow along and we will be posting videos and pictures all along the way. Iím sure we will run into plenty of animals so stay tuned!

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
How Does It Feel To Visit All These Places?

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Bridget Beury:
I've actually never been out of the USA and have only been on a plane twice in my life. I'm a little nervous to travel so far from home, but excited to visit such a mysterious place. Once we get there I'll let you know how all the traveling went and what it is like to be in the jungle.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Hi, my name is Dani. My teacher said that she met you. Her name is Ms. Britten. I am in her class. Your websibe is really cool. Congratulations for winning 3 races.

Dani,
Crestview Public School

Ray Zahab:
Thanks Dani!!!

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Hi! I was wondering what you felt like when you won the marathon in the Artic? Did you think that you can make it ?

AYSA A. SALMASI,
CRESTVIEW P.S

Ray Zahab:
When I finished I felt great! I wasn't sure if I could make it but I was willing to try my best

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
What inspired you to do this?

Karen,
Crestview P.S.

Bridget Beury:
Last year, running became a new hobby of mine. With all the running I was doing I was looking for advice and I turned to Rachel and Sandi Nypaver at my school who are ultra runners and all around great people. (Sandi is a Youth Ambassador that went to the Baffin Islands in 2009 and how I found out about i2P) I also am very passionate about the environment and do everything in my power to protect it, whether itís riding my bike everywhere I go or just recycling in my own house. This expedition is combining both of my passions, running and the environment, into one amazing journey that is ultimately what inspired me.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
How long is the expedition you're going on? (how many days/weeks?)

Kritika,
Crestview

Bridget Beury:
I will be leaving my home town in Ohio on October 18th and we start the expedition on October 21st. The days in between will be for travel and to prepare ourselves for the journey. We will trek for up to 8 days (about 200 kms) through the jungle and Iíll return home by November 1st.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
When are you visting the Amazon?

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Sierra Smith:
The i2P team and I are visiting the Amazon from October 20th, 2010 through November 1st, 2010.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Were there alot of bugs in the Amazon?

Sadaf P,
Crestview P.s

Sierra Smith:
Well we have not gone to the Amazon yet; we are going in late October. But when we get there I will make sure to keep you posted on all the bugs I see. There is no accurate number on how many bugs there are in the Amazon because the number is too large, over a million different species!

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
What is the cause/purpose of the expedition?

Chenxi/Kritika,
CRESTVIEW

Sierra Smith:
The purpose of the trip is to educate the youth around the world on global issues. We will use technology and the backdrop of the Amazon to help teach about biodiversity and the culture in the region.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
What made you take this huge step? What made you do all this environment stuff?

Kavya,
Crestview Public School

Sierra Smith:
I took this step because it is something completely new to me. I consider myself an adventurer and I thrive on new experiences that give me the chance to do something beneficial for others. I got involved with environmental issues because this is one of the greatest issues of our time. I care about the environment and cherish what it has given me so I really want to give back and help preserve it so future generations can experience the beauty.

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
Hi, this is Aditya. I just wanted to ask is Amazon a jungle full of poisonous snakes like the Cobra?

Aditya Aaigal,
Crestview Public School

Sierra Smith:
Hi Aditya. Yes, the Amazon jungle is actually home to over 175 different species of snakes but not all of these species are poisonous. If you are interested in another type of poisonous snake in the Amazon look up the Coral Snake, itís a pretty interesting creature!

Answered on: Tuesday September 21 2010
How did each participant individually prepare/train for this trek?

Jessica White's Class,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Bob Cox:
Everyone is working on a training program designed by John Zahab, the i2P fitness coordinator. We have all been hiking with weight on our backs a couple times a week, running at least 3 days per week, and doing plenty of core training. I try and work on my core before and after every training session. Lucy Wainwright has put together another wonderful nutrition program and we are all eating as prescribed.

Answered on: Monday September 20 2010
In past adventures Ray spoke about eating butter to fuel his body. What will the participants be eating during this trek since it is so hot?

Spencer Middlemiss,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Bob Cox:
The i2P team will be eating local meals made daily during the expedition. We will have a steady diet of local fruits, nuts, carbohydrates, and plenty of protein to fuel our body. When we get down there and actually see what we are eating we will send you another report with more specifics.

Answered on: Monday September 20 2010
How much water will they need per day to cool themselves off? How will they be getting this water? Will they need to find natural sources and filter it?

Dillon McNamara,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Bob Cox:
The team will be hydrating with Gatorade and approximately 3 liters (or more) of water per day. We will have a couple source for water. We will bring water with us and stowe it with our gear on one of our riverboats and we will also have water purification with us for streams. We have been informed there are plenty of streams all throughout the area of the expedition.

Answered on: Monday September 20 2010
How often do you take breaks?

Megan Della-Mattia,
D'Arcy McGee High School

Bob Cox:
This is a great question because right now we really don't know yet. It is going to depend on how hot and how humid the weather is. We will stop as many times as necessary to keep everyone safe while we are trekking through the jungle. We will also be checking everyone's core temperature at least three times per day to make sure we don't overheat. In Tunisia we stopped almost once an hour and in the arctic we stopped about every 1 to 2 hours.

Answered on: Monday September 20 2010