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Pythéas participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019

My participation

Observations of marine mammals and floating waste.
Quarters from 1h30 to 2h00, two to three times a day.

My expectations

Yes, I had a very nice week. Many good memories.

My advice

There is no need to change lines at the Peupliers stop in Hyères. Take the 67 line from the station and get off at the Port La Gavine stop. It is right next to the port St Pierre.

What I retain

Coming from very different horizons, we were complementary. I liked it. Even Neptune at first angry (storms), finally let us see some of his subjects. Nice!

My assets

More than the presence of macro waste, it is the quantity of tiny marbles visible suspended in the water when the sea is calm which strongly touched me and worried. If some people do not believe in a human cause for climate change, there is no doubt about the dispersion of waste into the environment. At home, the war on plastic packaging was already declared. Now I will try to ban the purchase of any plastic item as much as possible.

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

These sailing expeditions aim to study the marine biodiversity of the open sea in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Pelagos marine mammal sanctuary. The crew records and ...
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Rozanna took part in the mission Iberian Wolf Safeguard Center, Portugal

Mission 15 days, conducted in July 2019

My participation

The times were from 9h30 to 12h30 in the morning and then in the afternoon from 15h to 17h30. We had 4 separate missions. On the one hand, we fed the wolves several times a week, preparing the meat for distribution. On the other hand, we took care of the maintenance of the center (gardening and small jobs). We also spent a lot of time watching the wolves and filling the troughs.

My expectations

The stay went very well. I met very well and learned a lot.

My advice

Leave your pretty clothes at home and bring some strong gloves!

What I retain

This mission allowed me to know more about the wolf, to understand the issues related to its protection and to contribute to its safeguarding. On the other hand, in terms of relationships, I met extraordinary people with whom I lived 15 days and that allowed me to bring back memories full of the head.

My assets

Biology knowledge and gardening skills!

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

In a sanctuary dedicated to the safeguarding of Iberian wolves, you participate in the daily care provided to the wolves, the behavioral observations and the maintenance of the site which is ...
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Lydie took part in the Expeditions expedition to the Pelagos Sanctuary: Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2019
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My participation

We were working in "quarter", so 3 people were observing for 2 hours, before another group took over.
We were watching 2-3 once a day. During the observation, we had to be attentive to all that we saw at sea to note it in the application "obsenmer". We had to identify the species, the behavior, the course ...
There were also kitchen and housekeeping shifts.
When we slept off there were shifts at night.

My expectations

My stay totally corresponded to my expectations, it has combined the useful: by the collection of scientific data that will be used by scientists to protect our planet; to the pleasant by the frame, the possibility to see marine animals while respecting them. What could be better ?

My advice

Do not forget your mask and snorkel !! This can be very useful when a devil ray makes you happy to come swim with you! ;-)

What I retain

This mission allowed me to observe with my own eyes the wonders of the marine world and to contribute to its protection which is absolutely essential.

My assets

I was already in a very ecological approach in my daily life, this mission only reinforced my convictions.

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

These sailing expeditions aim to study the marine biodiversity of the open sea in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Pelagos marine mammal sanctuary. The crew records and ...
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Yves participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission of 42 days, carried out in May 2019
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My participation

Assistance with the rehabilitation of the "Biogardens" used by the poorest families of the "Salvacion" community.
Field survey, in Amazonian forest on fauna, flora, fungi (mushrooms). Enter data collected in the databases.
Outputs in drill 8H30-12H and 14H-17H, sometimes 5H-9H or also 19H-23H.

My expectations

Yes completely. After a few days adaptation and daily training spread over more than a week, (including security in the Amazonian forest), I was able to join the working groups that collect the information on the ground, to raise the memory cards of " camera-trap 'scattered in the forest I saw monkeys before they woke, insects of all kinds, plants, frogs, butterflies, snakes, tapirs, cheetah and cougar footprints ... The environment is multicultural (Australia, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, ..), and multi-age (from 18 to 60ans and +, which gives a great richness to the exchanges that we have between ecovolunteers and with the staff , coordinators, and researchers who are studying 6 months in their field.

My advice

Yes, prepare your material as indicated in the list, learn a little Spanish language. Keep an open mind and positive

What I retain

I understand what biodiversity means. I know that the reconstruction of the rainforest is possible everywhere on earth. It's a big positive message for the planet.

My assets

The knowledge of animals, plants, "fungi" and the balance they give for life on earth. We have only one planet, we must preserve it, preserve it.

The Amazonian Forest Mission, Manu, Peru

It is in the Amazonian forest of Peru, in the Manu reserve, that you can participate in a complete program of conservation, scientific research, and development support ...
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Maeva participated (e) mission Iberian Wolf Safeguard Center, Portugal

Mission of 14 days, carried out in August 2019

My participation

For example we cut meat to feed the wolves, we also had to do between 2 and 3 waterounds a day to check and fill their basins with water. With a fairly flexible schedule, in the morning we started to 9h to finish at 13h and resume the afternoon to 15h for hot days otherwise 14h30, the time we ended was changing according to our pace of work , but never after 18h.

My expectations

This trip was magical, we could really approach the wolves, observe them, feed them, in the end we all had our favorite wolf. The agreement was "good kid" and the permanent workers are there to guide us in the work; help us and listen to us if there is any problem. We feel the passion they have for their work.

What I retain

This incredible human and animal adventure brought me a knowledge of wolves, nature and allowed me to discover a beautiful place and beautiful people.

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

In a sanctuary dedicated to the safeguarding of Iberian wolves, you participate in the daily care provided to the wolves, the behavioral observations and the maintenance of the site which is ...
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yann participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2019

My participation

Admittedly, we get up early (before 7h, nevertheless the day is not intense: It is necessary to count 2 with 4h of observation of the animals and 1 h approximately of domestic tasks.

My expectations

Perfectly. Beyond the feeling of being useful by participating in the knowledge and in fine to the preservation of the Mediterranean marine fauna, the meetings with the animals and the bathes far from the coasts are a must!

What I retain

Fun at the moment of the mission, the satisfaction today of having a little bit contributed to the preservation of the Mediterranean marine fauna

My assets

A better ability to concentrate for hours without being preoccupied by his laptop (yes, far from the coast ... no network!).

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

These sailing expeditions aim to study the marine biodiversity of the open sea in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Pelagos marine mammal sanctuary. The crew records and ...
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Anaïs participated (e) Mission Dolphin Tracking Italy

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2019

My participation

The work consists of observing the sea attentively and collecting observational data on cetaceans. In pairs, we do one-hour observation tours (then we are replaced by another pair, etc.). Cetaceans likely to be observed are: dolphins and pilot whales, sperm whales, whales.
The crew (a little less than 10 people) spend 7 days on the sailboat: we organize rotations to ensure the daily tasks (cleaning, dishes).
Every morning, the sailboat leaves the port: we help to reassemble the protections of the sailboat wings (the few useful knots were taught to us the first day).
Typical organization of a day:
- Before 8h45: breakfast, cleaning of the deck and the kitchen
- Times at sea (observations): 9h / 9h30-17h / 18h
- After meals: dishes
At the port, the bathroom and toilets are self-service. It is possible to take a shower every day.
On the sailboat, the captain takes care of navigation and meals. A researcher and his assistant help with the navigation, organize the observation work (launch of the hydrophones) and work with the computer (recording of the sonograms). The first day, they are the ones who train the rest of the crew: formation to the recognition of cetaceans, training in the basics of navigation (for example: knowing how to make a few knots).

My expectations

Sailing on a sailboat is a rewarding experience. There is the pleasure of sailing on a beautiful building, and also the satisfaction of doing it in a respectful way for the environment and the marine animals. The Dauphins mission is an eco-friendly way to approach cetaceans. Sharing the love of the planet and the fascination of cetaceans with a whole group for a week is something motivating! I had already participated in missions at sea with Cybelle Méditerranée (from Hyères) and I expected the same type of mission in Italy. Namely, the organization of the days is not the same on both missions. The expectations should not be the same to avoid some disappointments.

My advice

Do not have the same expectations as for missions leaving Hyères. Speak English. Have facilities to sleep anywhere (heat, noise and port lights). Make yourself aware of potentially no animals.

What I retain

- Acoustic concepts. Using the hydrophone. - International context (cultural exchanges) - Beautiful weather, sun, and beautiful landscapes of the island of Ischia

My assets

Group life, exchanges, welcoming diversity. The desire to respect our planet even more and to protect it.

The Dolphins Mission, Italy

This mission takes place around an island in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. On board a sailboat, you go every day to make offshore observations and collecting data on cetaceans living in the ...
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Justine participated (e) mission Iberian Wolf Safeguard Center, Portugal

Mission 15 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

We had to prepare the meat and feed the wolves, framed initially and then independently. The feeds take place 3 4 times a week. The volunteers divide the tasks, those who do not fear the raw meat cut and distribute the pieces in buckets corresponding to each wolf, weigh them and leave to feed the wolves over the gates of the pens; others choose wolves to watch. On feeding days, wolves are more active and it is therefore easier to observe the interactions between different wolves.
Several times a day, the volunteers carry out the rounds of water, by group of 2-3 according to the schedule given by Filipa at the beginning of the week. It is a question of going round the enclosures and to fill / change the water of the enclosures. This is another opportunity to observe the wolves, especially the less shy ones (Faia, Nave, Minho, Freita, Gardunha).
The rest of the time, the volunteers carry out various works around the enclosures according to the desires of Virgilio, the adorable handyman who manages to make himself understood by mixing English, Portuguese French and Spanish (and many gestures). During my mission, we cut shrubs with hoes or scythes, cleaned the pipes, pulled weeds, planted trees, removed the bark of trunks ... The schedules are very pleasant: 9h30-12h30 and 15h -18h. Depending on the temperatures, the schedules can be modified for the well being of the volunteers.

My expectations

I had a great stay, the two weeks passed very quickly, it is a mission that I absolutely recommend, especially as a first mission. The leaders really adapt to the capacities of the volunteers. Schedules allow you to have free time to rest or walk in the center. The weekends are free and the Uber for the surrounding area (Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Mafra) affordable so very nice to leave the center a day or two to make visits with other volunteers. I really enjoyed all the new encounters I did at the center. My group consisted of a few French, English, American and Italian. Conversations are essentially in English which allows you to work your English well in a benevolent atmosphere of people curious and eager to discover new cultures and anecdotes around meals or card games. The stay exceeded my expectations and Cybelle Planet offers a good framework and accurate and accurate information.

My advice

It's not an extremely physical mission, I'm not a very sporty person and I have not had too much trouble following. A volunteer must still be in good health. Volunteers must also be motivated and ready to work. Work gloves and pants rather than shorts. Low risk of injury, except scratches and blisters. Beware of mosquito bites.

What I retain

I had great meetings, I learned a lot about their different cultures. I was able to improve my English, with the advice of native English. I discovered how a backup center works, and its usefulness, especially for wolves in Portugal.

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

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Mathou participated (e) in the mission Study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission 15 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

We were busy feeding otters, martens and a raccoon. Leaves and excrement were collected from the pens to keep the animals clean. We also had to participate in the development of games for animals to stimulate them in their pens

My expectations

I enjoyed the stay but it did not necessarily correspond to my expectations.

My advice

Do not expect to save the life of animals because it is primarily small work in pens. Nevertheless, enjoy being with animals we are not used to seeing because it is still rewarding.

What I retain

I gained autonomy and I met new people who had a background very different from mine which made me grow.

My assets

Be more resourceful and autonomous

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

The project's main objective is to study and protect otters in Brazil. This eco-volunteering mission offers you the opportunity to study wild long-tailed otters in their ...
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Swissa participated (e) mission Przewalski Horses Re-introduction Program, Mongolia

Mission of 30 days, carried out in June 2019

My participation

Daily follow a Takhis harem: note the GPS data relative to the place.
Observe all the behaviors of the group: number of adults, babies, stallion, mares. Morphological aspect ....... Location of direction in relation to the weather
Morning: From 7h (or 6.30 depending on the heat) to 12 or 13h (walking and observation).

My expectations

Yes for everything. Welcome, kindness of all staff, quality and diversity of meals. Discovery of the yurt (camping souvenir) ..... Excellent hygiene I never have too much waiting for this kind of stay. Especially do not hesitate to buy in the shop of the center of local crafts, as well as to adopt a horse. This allows them to continue to keep the center alive (with biologists doing research and monitoring on the horses and all the Flora and Fauna of Hustai Park) This public interest park does not receive any state subsidies! !!!!

My advice

To understand the relevance of these interventions, it is necessary to make a stay of minimum 3 weeks. I am not very young and I have not found any major difficulties.

What I retain

See important biodiversity that should be kept. Meet the hard life of the nomads. Always a lot of respect for all those people who (thankfully) believe in a very important and vital cause for the future of humanity. Thank you Nara and Uran (responsible couple). You who devote and believe in what you do.

My assets

Global respect for the environment

The mission Przewalski Horse, Mongolia

This mission is interested in Przewalski horses reintroduction program in Mongolia a national park. You will participate in scientific monitoring of reintroduced populations of horses ...
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