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Frequently Asked Questions by volunteers

Cybelle Planète and eco-volunteering

Who are the eco-volunteers?

What are the possible destinations?

Why Become an Ecovolunteer?

Does Cybelle Planète have a license?

Mission expenses - Fund mission

How are the amounts of the mission expenses determined?

Why do I have to pay a Biodiversity Donation?

Are meals included in the mission expenses?

Is there an opportunity to finance my eco-volunteer mission by my employer?

Is my financial participation eligible for a tax deduction?

Conditions and requirements

What are the conditions of participation?

When participate?

Is training or knowledge required?

Why complete a medical fitness form?

Organization - in practice

When to arrive and when to go?

How to get there?

How accessible are the projects?

What will my daily work?

What is the type of accommodation on site?

What is the support on site?

What are the rules of conduct that must be taken into account?

What about security?

Registration for a mission

How to register ?

At what point does it apply?

What are my advantages to seeing Cybelle Planète take care of booking my plane or train tickets?

How am I insured?

What about payments?

What is the fee for cancellation / modification?



Cybelle Planète and eco-volunteering

Who are the eco-volunteers?

Ecovolunteers are people who are sensitive to environmental issues and who want to take concrete action to preserve nature. They can join a mission alone or in a group, in any case, they will be part of a close team where all researchers, staff and volunteers share the same interests.

Thanks to their help in the field and their financial support, ecovolunteers guarantee the continuation of programs of research or conservation and protection of fauna and flora. Part of this work, or even the whole, owes its realization to the physical and financial contribution of the ecovolunteers!

Ecovolunteers are actively involved in projects, and are committed to working and living alongside scientists. They can sometimes work long hours and accomplish things never done before. Teams are usually composed of 4 to 15 people, according to the mission. This personal and intellectual challenge is a rewarding and motivating opportunity. At the end of their stay, the eco-volunteers will have their heads full of new ideas, enriched by a unique experience and true encounters.

What are the possible missions / destinations?

This is your first experience as a volunteer? Are you still very young? Maybe you still live with your parents?

First of all, you have to choose a team-based project whose duration is fixed in advance and whose lifestyle (culture, climate and food) does not differ too much from your family's habits.

If you live in Western Europe, you can participate, for example, in thestudy of whales and dolphins in the Mediterranean?

Are you self-sufficient and used to travel?

In this case you can choose a more individual mission, which allows you to determine the length of your stay yourself and allows you to travel to other continents and discover other climates, Other customs and other eating habits in more rudimentary conditions. Proper preparation is essential to participate in a specific program in a particular region and is far more important than a broad knowledge of the wildlife that is found there.

What are the eco-volunteering missions proposed by Cybelle Planète?

Why Become an Ecovolunteer?

GUIDEAs a volunteer, you participate in research, conservation and nature conservation programs. You are helping organizations that are often short of resources and waiting to receive additional staff and financial support!

  • In addition to the support you give to projects, you live exceptional holiday,
  • You benefit from experts from exciting training, During which you Develop new skills,
  • The knowledge acquired is concrete: you do them directly in the field !
  • You meet people who share your interest in nature
  • You are Close to wildlife and wildlife,
  • You contribute directly to the preservation of biodiversity,
  • You understand how conservation of biodiversity is done,
  • You usually go to places you could not visit as a classic tourist
  • You work within a Close team
  • You work and live with local people

Does Cybelle Planète have a license?

Cybelle Planète has a (AG 034090003 issued by the prefecture of Hérault). Tourism approval is the official authorization that must be possessed by any association that offers more 2 trips per year to its members.
This authorization attests to our ability to organize trips and to offer them in optimal conditions. In addition, it allows you to take out cancellation insurance and so to be covered in case of problems that would prevent you from participating!

Mission expenses - Fund mission

How are the expenses of the mission determined?

Mission expenses include your Biodiversity Donation, your membership, and optionally your travel insurance or transportation costs.

The Don Biodiversity has an amount fixed by the project's responsible structure and Cybelle Planète. The interests of the partner project are of course the center of attention. Between 55 and 70% of the donation Biodiversity is donated to our partner. This money will be used to pay for supplies, staff, and to cover the costs of hosting Volunteer Volunteers and the materials needed for the study..

membership "Support" to Cybelle Planet is mandatory for ecovolunteers.

We suggest you to join VVE (Ecoresponsible Traveler and Tour Operators), the only association of travelers and eco-friendly tour operators. We offer you, as a traveler to also join this association. Your support helps to promote a better ethic in the trip. The preferential membership rate reserved for travelers who leave with a tour operator member of the VVE association is 5 €, membership is optional. In case of cancellation of your mission this membership will be non-refundable.

The other optional fees (insurance, transport ...) will depend on the mission you have chosen.

Expenses for beverages, laundry, souvenirs, telephone, other private expenses and travel to the project site are not included in the cost of the mission.

Why do I have to pay a Biodiversity Donation as a Volunteer?

We often hear: "Is not funding for research, conservation, and nature conservation the responsibility of society, authorities, and businesses that exploit and benefit from wildlife? it not to ensure the smooth running of these initiatives? ... I am an ecovolunteer, should not I rather be paid instead of paying? "

Alas, it turns out that the conservation and welfare of fauna and flora are not high on the agenda of governments or companies, and those around the world. This is unfortunately the sad truth in most countries, irrespective of their political system or economic situation. We believe that biodiversity belongs to no one as it belongs to all of us. Biodiversity research and protection programs need to work harder to tackle the increasing pressure that society is having on nature. These missions need your support, both financially and in terms of the workforce in the field. Your contribution as a volunteer is therefore crucial to tip the scales!

The Biodiversity Donation you make for the Biodiversity Protection Program is an important support for the mission. The latter is the subject of a tax receipt and a tax deduction.

A Biodiversity Donation for the project and Cybelle Planète.

Are meals included in the mission expenses?

For some programs, mission expenses include meals while in others, meals are not included. It is the local organization that decides, based on what it considers to be the most practical. When meals are not included, it is always possible to eat at a good price, near the project or to prepare a meal yourself.

When particular diets are accepted (eg vegetarian) this is specified in the description. When meals are included, you often have to cook, participate in common races or help in the preparation of meals.

Is there an opportunity to finance my eco-volunteer mission by my employer?

It is possible eco-solidarity holidays. To be able to benefit from an eco-solidarity leave, it is enough to be an employee of a partner company (or future partner) of Cybelle Planète, to be a member of the association, to have an open mind and a good capacity. adaptation. The participation of the leave must take place during the employee's RTT holidays and can not exceed the duration.

My Don Biodiversity gives it right to a tax deduction?

For individual ecovolunteers, participation in one of our eco-volunteering missions entitles you to a tax deduction. Thus, individuals can engage individually without the support of their employer. As such, you benefit from a tax deduction of 66% of the sums paid for your "donation" mission and your "support" membership, within the limit of 20% of the taxable income (article 200 of the CGI). If there is a surplus, the sum can be carried over to the next 5 years.

Your membership in Cybelle Planète is, in turn, tax deductible regardless of the type of membership subscribed. This deduction is also 66% of the membership amount.

For employers Financing the participation of their employees, their contribution will be tax deductible in the order of 60% of the amount of their payment, up to 5 per thousand of the turnover.

Eco-solidarity holidays with Cybelle Planète.

In all cases, the tax receipt will be issued in the first and last name of the person making the donation (the payer).

Conditions and requirements

What are the conditions of participation?

Projects are generally reserved for people over 18 years, with no upper age limit. Some missions accept minors, accompanied by their parents.

No special physical condition is required, except for the ability to participate in the field research work. On some missions, minimal physical conditions may be required, ecovolunteers are asked to remain realistic about their state of health.

Many missions take place outside the Francophonie, in which case the working language is English. Therefore, ecovolunteers A minimum command of English To participate in these projects. It is not about being bilingual but about being able to work effectively within the team.

When participate?

You can bring your help to missions all year. Be aware, however, that projects take animal cycles and seasonal changes into account and that some programs are interrupted during certain periods.

Consider tourist periods on your destination if you can. In low season, the prices of air tickets are generally more interesting!


Is training or knowledge required?

No special training or knowledge is required To participate in eco-volunteer missions. You will learn on the spot what you need to know. If you have special knowledge or know-how (eg veterinarian), you will have to inform the project in advance, this will allow him to organize before your arrival and thus to optimize your contribution.

Why complete a medical fitness form?

Eco-volunteering missions can take place with very basic living conditions, extreme weather conditions, and in places quite isolated from the rest of the world. You will participate in field work that may require more or less physical effort. Your physical and mental condition will impact on other team members and the host project, in the sense that all participants share daily work and live together. In order to avoid possible difficulties, we kindly ask you to describe, as honestly as possible, your physical and emotional state.
Your answers will not necessarily call into question your participation, but will give enough elements to the hosting project members to tailor your on-site experience to your needs and capabilities, if necessary or possible.

Organization - in practice

When to arrive and when to go?

For some missions, the dates of arrivals and departures are indicated in the description. For others you can freely choose your dates. These will, however, be subject to the approval of project leaders.

When you register, the first day corresponds to your day of arrival at the project, and the last day to your day of departure from the project. Consider this when planning your trip!

Due to flight schedules, it is sometimes necessary to schedule a night on the spot the day before the arrival of the project.


How to get there?

The plane is the simplest and fastest means of transport for far-off destinations.

If you hesitate for ecological reasons, one of the solutions is to offset the impact of your flight on the planet By supporting one or more programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Cybelle Planète can take care of booking your plane tickets. All you need to do is indicate it during your online pre-registration.

For distant destinations, flights do not necessarily have to match your project participation dates, as this may be part of a longer trip. We will provide you with the information you need to organize your trip once you have registered.


How accessible are the projects?

We must be careful that certain missions are very isolated and that communications by mail, telephone, fax or e-mail are extremely difficult and sometimes impossible. In some cases, you may not always be able to reach your relatives directly. For some, this isolation is precisely an additional motivation!


What will my daily work?

Your work as well as your schedules are determined according to the program, the needs of the moment, the conditions of research ... The nature of your tasks can thus vary according to the situation. The page reserved for each mission on our website describes in detail the daily tasks of the ecovolunteers. It is not always possible for us to describe in advance and in detail all your activities. You work where the need arises and where you are most needed. Field research is often subject to last-minute changes, despite all prior planning efforts. You will need to be understanding and flexible.

For certain missions, the household tasks (cooking, shopping or cleaning of the rooms) are the responsibility of the eco-volunteers. Be aware that these are not tourist hotels.

The atmosphere is informal and relaxed; It is therefore often possible to work together to satisfy everyone's wishes.


What is the type of accommodation on site?

Housing is usually simple and modest, a biological field station, a rented local house, a sailboat or a simple tent. Individual accommodation is only possible in exceptional cases. Most often, you must share the premises with one or more other eco-volunteers, if possible of the same sex. A kitchen, a bathroom and toilets are generally available but are for common use.


What is the support on site?

Ecovolunteer missions are not organized by professional tourism companies, but are fully set up for the purpose of research and protection of nature. The atmosphere is often relaxed and enjoyable and it is possible to arrange many things in consultation with the rest of the team. It is clear that the staff is not there to serve you or to entertain you during your free time. However, he is willing to explain the many facets of scientific research, fauna and flora, and conservation. From this perspective, you will see in them Expert guides and enthusiastic. Be aware that your companions too, need their privacy to be respected from time to time and know that you will have to be able to take care of yourself or entertain yourself during your free time.


What are the rules of conduct that must be taken into account?

Ecovolunteers are required to Adapt to the local way of life and behave in a respectful manner towards the fauna and flora, Depending on the instructions they receive from local staff. Throughout your mission, you are in close contact with the fauna and flora, as well as with the local population.

You may have to do to other cultures, perhaps also to another climate and food that you do not know. This is one of the exciting sides of these programs, but it also requires some adaptation on your part. The local population may defend values ​​and habits that are very different from yours. Consider that many things that you are not used to are not better or worse, but simply "different". Take time to understand what surrounds you before you judge.

By participating in one of our missions You agree to follow a number of recommendations You will be reminded when you make your reservation.


What about security?

During your mission, you face wild fauna and flora and this always involves some risk. In general, the risks are low. Whether in the wilderness or in a sanctuary, you are supervised by local professionals who know perfectly environment and its risks. It is very important to follow their instructions to the letter to avoid any risk of accident! When the mission takes place in a sanctuary, the proximity to the animals is greater. Although his last may seem "cute" or "docile", they are still wild animals and potentially dangerous. It must be taken into account! In general, direct contact with animals is reduced to a minimum.

In some cases, you are in areas where safety and transport standards, medical and sanitary devices, standards of accommodation, food, etc. are lower than what you are used to. This implies that you adapt to the local situation and not the opposite, as is the case in ordinary tourism. This should be taken into account, for example, by checking the dentist and / or doctor before departure.

Finally, depending on the mission, the possibilities of evacuation to a hospital are very variable (from less than 30 minutes to more than one day of transport). This information is given in the document to be downloaded on each page reserved for the eco-volunteer missions.

Registration for a mission

How to register ?

  1. Fill out an online application form, indicating the mission and the desired dates for your participation.
  2. We check the availability, based on the information you have provided us, and we will email you a link to complete your application, or we will contact you for further information.
  3. After you have provided us with all the necessary information for your registration, we will email you a registration form for the mission, as well as all the necessary information to complete your file.
  4. Upon receipt of your registration form, completed and signed, completed and signed requested documents, as well as your payment, we will register you with the project. Registrations are validated subject to acceptance of the project and availability.

Projects with a limited number of places and receiving registrations from other foreign agencies can not guarantee that your registration is valid until you have received confirmation from the project. We ask you not to take your tickets until you have received confirmation from us (If we do not charge us).

If you take the plane tickets by Cybelle Planète, we will send you an e-mail to reserve your ticket, details of the tickets, cancellation insurance (optional) ) As well as the application fees of Cybelle Planète.

At what point does it apply?

Due to the reduced number of places, a program can quickly become complete. In order to avoid disappointment, it is recommended that you register well in advance (preferably several months in advance), this will also allow you to pay for your cheaper plane tickets.

Mission registration follows a series of steps. Indeed this process involves both the project that welcomes you and yourself, and we must ensure that each step respects the needs of each. For this we recommend that you sign up for a mission a few months in advance.

  • If you register more than 3 months in advance, you will have to pay 30% of the amount of your mission expenses to complete your registration.
  • If you register less than 3 months before the start of your assignment, you will have to pay the full amount of your mission expenses to complete your registration.
  • Lastly, for last-minute registrations (15 days before the departure date), you will have to pay the total amount of your mission expenses to a fixed amount of 50 € in order to finalize your registration.

What are the advantages of seeing Cybelle Planète take care of booking my plane or train tickets?

  • Ease of approach, since it is enough to answer "yes" the question "Would you like Cybelle Planète to reserve your ticket / train ticket for you? "
  • coordination Between flight schedules and the time of arrival and departure of the projects,
  • A choice of optimal flight, Choosing for you the routes most relevant and consistent with the constraints imposed by the host projects,
  • Flexibility on departure and arrival dates If you want to stay longer at destination,
  • A facilitated encounter with other eco-volunteers Which will take as much as possible the same flight as you,
  • The choice of your departure city from France or the big cities of the European Union.

How am I insured?

The Cybelle planète association is covered by an "adhérents" insurance underwritten by the MAIF (Contract No. 3100988H). All our missions automatically include a contract of civil liability insurance, repatriation, accidents ... By joining the association you automatically subscribe to this insurance. However, this is valid only during activities related to your mission (for example: you are not insured during a tourist visit or on a day off).

Whatever program you wish to participate in, cancellation insurance, loss or damage to baggage, plane delay .... is mandatory. Neither Cybelle Planète nor its partners can be held responsible for expenses that could have been covered by a cancellation insurance. The choice of the insurance company is left to you.

Cybelle Planète therefore proposes to subscribe a complementary insurance. The latter is valid for all European citizens and remains optional. We have selected the most advantageous formulas for ecovolunteering missions, and we suggest you to subscribe to it during your reservation.

To learn more about insurance

What about payments?

General conditions for participation in a mission of Cybelle Planète are applicable to all registrations for ecovolunteer missions. Regarding the payment, a deposit (equal to 30% of the amount of the mission expenses, with a minimum amount of 100 €) must be paid at registration. The balance must be paid 90 days (3 months) before departure without recovery from us. Without the latter, we will be obliged to cancel your registration.

Si We take care to book your air tickets, The entire cost of the ticket will have to be settled in one step in order to facilitate the procedures with the airlines.

When registration is less than 3 months before the day of departure, the total amount of the trip must be paid immediately.

When you register you can pay by:

  • Check (payable to Cybelle Planète)
  • Bank transfer on the account of Cybelle Planète to Crédit Coopératif of Montpellier according to the references:

IBAN: FR76 4255 9100 0008 0041 0494 418, BIC: CCOPFRPPXXX

RIB: 42559 / 10000 / 08004104944 / 18 / Cooperative Credit Group.

  • Bank Card: You can make your biodiversity donation by credit card; either directly by phone to 04.67.64.25.60 or by email (secure system 3D SECURE). if you wish to pay by email, please send us a request at This e-mail address is protected against spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For any credit card payment, bank charges will be added : 1,1% for French Banking Cards and European Economic Area transactions, 2,15% for Card Banking transactions outside the European Economic Area.

For the payment of your air tickets, payment must be made by credit card.

Note that the errors of payment of less than 2 euros in favor of Cybelle Planet will not be refunded considering bank charges and shipments in general.

What is the fee for cancellation / modification?

The organizers of the missions have an interest in planning their research and for the welfare of animals, not to be faced with too many cancellations in the short term. In order to provide some security for local organizations, modification or cancellation fees will be retained in the event of cancellation by a mission prior to departure.

Any modification or cancellation by the ecovolunteers must reach us in writing (email or postal mail).

Modification, cancellation, or registration fees to a mission last minute are not considered donations and are not subject to a tax receipt.

Donations that are subject to a tax receipt are non-refundable.

Warning : Once your plane ticket booked by Cybelle Planète, any modification or cancellation of airline tickets must be made directly with the airline.

If modified,

An amount of 40 €, corresponding to the management fee, will be required.

In case of last minute registration (> 15 days before the departure date)

An amount of 50 €, corresponding to the management fees, will be requested.

In case of cancellation on your part,

Your Cybelle Planète membership will not be refunded to you and your eventual membership in VVE.

Cancellation fees will be charged:

  • Subscription to an additional insurance for you by Cybelle Planète will be refunded.
  • for a cancellation more than 90 days from the date of departure, your Don Biodiversity will be refunded to you and a file fee corresponding to 30% of your Don Biodiversity will be requested.
  • for a cancellation taking place between 90 days and 31 days before the departure date, your Biodiversity Donation will be refunded to you and a file fee corresponding to 50% of your Don Biodiversity will be requested.
  • for a cancellation taking place less than 30 days before the departure date, your Biodiversity Donation will be refunded to you and a booking fee corresponding to 100% of your Don Biodiversity will be requested.

Any stay interrupted for events beyond our control does not engage our responsibility and can not claim any refund. You may, however, under certain conditions, receive a refund from your cancellation insurance (Learn more about insurance)

In case of cancellation from us

If the minimum number of ecovolunteers necessary for the execution of the project has not been reached, Cybelle Planète reserves the right to cancel the trip. Ecovolunteers will be informed at least 15 days before departure. Any cancellation of the trip on our part, due to circumstances not attributable to the ecovolunteer, will result in the reimbursement, as soon as possible, of all sums paid by the latter for the Biodiversity Donation and complementary insurance proposed by Cybelle Planète. Membership in the association remains non-refundable

General conditions for participation in a mission