2020 covid19

Special information Coronavirus covid19.

How do I know if I can participate in a volunteering mission?

I inquire about the feasibility of the trip

Faced with regular changes in border crossing conditions, Cybelle Planète has decided not to take any responsibility for the possibilities of international travel. Thereby, we inform you of the conditions of opening and reception of the ecovolunteers of our missions, but the responsibility for the travel and the crossing of the borders falls to the ecovolunteers.

Please inform yourself regularly on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/fr/conseils-aux-voyageurs/conseils-par-pays-destination

Cybelle Planète informs you about the mission

The various partner projects with which Cybelle Planeter works have been seriously affected by the pandemic. Some have decided to close their doors, others survive while waiting for new eco-volunteers. The reopening to the public has been gradual, depending on the conditions of opening of borders and airports as well as current events in the countries. For each project, we keep the information concerning it up to date on the page dedicated to it, "Dates and Travel" tab.

Some projects are reopening with special conditions, temporary adaptations during the pandemic, such as limiting the number of ecovolunteers on site. This information is specified in the missions pages, in the "on site" tab. 

If one of our missions interests you, do not hesitate to apply by indicating the dates on which you would like to leave, we will answer you on a case-by-case basis, depending on the news.

What specific conditions for participation during the Covid-19 crisis?

Faced with the pandemic, we have put in place specific conditions of participation with:

  • Possibility of rpay the balance of your mission up to 15 days before your departure (against 3 months before). A deposit of 30% of the amount will always have to be paid in order to be able to register and reserve in advance his place with the project. In the absence of payment of the balance, we will cancel the registration of the ecovolunteer.
  • Cybelle Planète will not offer no more credit or refund following cancellations that are not our fault.
  • Possibility of acancel your mission up to 15 days before your departure. In this case, only 30% of the Biodiversity Donation will be kept by Cybelle Planète, a donation, tax deductible. In the event of cancellation less than 15 days before departure, all payments will automatically be transformed into a donation.
  • In view of the reduced deadlines, no modification / change of date can be made.
  • A travel insurance including risks related to Covid-19 mandatory. In order to avoid the problems encountered in 2020, we have negotiated comprehensive travel insurance with our partner. Subscription to this insurance is compulsory unless you provide proof of insurance CANCELLATION subscribed on your side.
  • More contracted internships for students.

What impact of the crisis on Cybelle Planète?

Since March 2020, Cybelle planete has been strongly impacted. We had to cancel all international registrations planned after March 2020, and we suspended all registrations until summer 2021. More than a year of inactivity. Cancellation insurance has not played its role in 2020, Cybelle Planète wanted to be able to reimburse all cancellations as best as possible by offering credits, refundable within 18 months, to eco-volunteers. In order to survive, we have reduced the team, only one permanent employee currently works for the association, the departure of the other employees having been organized by mutual agreement and under the best possible conditions.

Covid-19 impact on wildlife conservation programs

The health crisis linked to Covid-19 has had a strong impact on Cybelle Planète as well as all of our partner programs. We remain in permanent contact with the various international projects, especially since they have suffered a sudden stop in aid from ecovolunteers, until further notice. Most of our partners rely heavily on aid on the ground and financial donations from eco-volunteers. The repercussions were therefore violent and significant for the animals and for the local employees who depend on them!

The absence of ecovolunteers is keenly felt. In the sanctuaries, the members of the project still present must take charge alone of providing the daily care necessary for the survival of the many animals. The cost of animal feed and veterinary products has increased dramatically, forcing projects to tap into their meager cash reserves, or even personal donations, to keep animals housed and cared for in good condition. 

For projects in the heart of nature, urgent field operations continued of course, but according to the means and possibilities. Daily wildlife monitoring, necessary for the study of endangered species and their protection, has been very slow, sometimes opening the door to poachers and illegal trafficking of species. 

Finally, for all the projects, the absence of eco-volunteers plunged them into a silent and isolated universe, devoid of exchanges and sharing ...