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Léa SABY has participated in the mission Mammals and Wildlife of the Amazonian Forest in the Tambopata Reserve in Peru

Mission 21 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

The activities within the station were very varied. It could be the follow-up of a group of monkeys (its activities, its food ...), transects (survey of the biodiversity on a precise distance), installations of nets for the studies of bats or rats, the creation new paths in the jungle or install / fetch and watch the cameras. The schedules were very variable depending on the activities. Generally we started at 7h30-8h00 up to 12h00 and then 14h00-18h00. We could start earlier (4h00-5h00) when searching for monkeys.

My expectations

My stay at the project has completely exceeded my expectations. Being a student in biology / ecology, I came to volunteer in this biological station to enrich my professional experience. I had the honor to be surrounded by competent but passionate people who have a sense of sharing. I was able, thanks to them, to learn in real conditions, in the field with concrete cases. In addition to a professional experience, this mission was an unforgettable human experience. The mix of culture and knowledge as well as the atmosphere within the resort made me feel so well surrounded.

My advice

As hotels in Puerto Maldonado, I recommend El Fauno or the Tambopata Hostel. You can have a night for really cheap, in dormitories or in more private rooms. They are near the center and have a pool and wifi. Otherwise, mosquitoes are quite ferocious, the best is to take local repellent, it is more effective. Finally, with regard to the network and internet access, the easiest way is to take a local sim card with a Peruvian number. Even if having a network at the station is quite difficult, it will allow you to have a good connection in the city. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Raul, he has always been listening to me and has always taken the time to answer my questions. He is such an inspiring, passionate and intelligent person. He is full of knowledge and thirsty to share his knowledge.

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot of knowledge about the Amazonian fauna and the jungle in general. I was able to go beyond my limits and learn to appreciate each moment. This trip allowed me to be more independent, to go beyond my mental and physical limits but also to discover an incredible culture as well as passionate and caring people.

The Mammalian Amazon Forest Mission, Peru

In the Amazon rainforest of Peru, you participate in research conducted by a team of local specialists, on biodiversity in general and more specifically on primates and ...
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JSOUBI participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

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

The mission consisted in the observation and daily counting of our environment in the Mediterranean: mammals (dolphins, whales, sperm whales ..) fish, turtles, jellyfish, birds, waste ... by teams of 3 on quarter periods of 2 hours. Telemetry binoculars and a cellular iPad for live collection of observations. While one part of the team observes, the other has various occupations (preparation meal, dishes, rest, reading, navigation ...)

My expectations

A great experience, every day animals to see, to photograph ... Thanks to our great echoguide (Colin), we learned a lot about the marine life in the Mediterranean, and with our skipper on sailing sailing. A great atmosphere in the team during 1 week

My advice

Think to take anti-seasicky medoc just in case, effective sunglasses, hat, caps, snorkel masks, frontal, portable cigarette lighter charger. Polar and 1 rainwear

What I retain

See and get to know the marine mammals of the Mediterranean and other animals Learn navigation and maneuvers on sailing

My assets

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The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

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

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

The main role of ecovolunteers in this mission is to observe, during 2h and 3 teams' observations, the part of the sea covered by an angle of 60 °.
We look for any movement, color that catches our attention, which can be a breath of whale or more rarely sperm whale, but still skate breaks, dolphins, tuna hunting or just waste.
All these observations are entered and listed in the OBSenMER application and then sent to scientific databases.

The waking time depends on the weather and the observation area chosen by the skipper and the eco-guide, but is close to the 7 / 8h in general.
When it is not our observation tour we can be a shift or meal preparation but also simply take a good nap in the cabin or in the saloon. For the more motivated there is always more space on the deck for a pair of eyes and more to scan the horizon.

My expectations

I more than enjoyed this stay, which was a first for me. I finally dared to take the leap to go alone with people I do not know, to do something that I did not know how to do. Having had no similar experiences before I did not have any particular expectations except the encounter with cetaceans. And we were more than spoiled on this point since we could follow 16 rorquals, a sperm whale, a ray, blue and white dolphins. The atmosphere on board was just incredible, a perfect generational mix allowed, I think, everyone to flourish and open up as the days go by. The strength of the emotions felt during this week facilitated the weaving of links between us!

My advice

Abandon all the concerns of the land at the harbor or even better at home, and let yourself be carried by what the sea can give you, enjoy the moments shared with the people around you for only a short week and fully experience this experience!

What I retain

This mission allowed me to confirm my professional orientation, which has even become a vocation, marine biology and more particularly the study of cetaceans. On a personal level, it allowed me to free myself and be completely myself, and let go of some fears about travel.

My assets

With this experience we really realize that the moments we live are really more important than anything we can have, and I hope to remember that everyday to make the most of each time opportunity to live strong moments presents itself!

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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Benoît B participated (e) in the Expeditions mission in the Pelagos Sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in June 2019

My participation

The days are organized as follows:
Every morning the departure of anchorage is 8h. Then everyone has a schedule to respect. It consists of 3 life tasks on board and the observation mission:
- arrangement / cleaning (max 1 / 2 time)
-cooked
-washing up
-and of course the mission, the viewing quarters of 2h.
Each day is organized differently and each task is executed at 2.
Observation watches are held at 3.
All this seems a little strict said like that but everything is done in the user-friendliness and the good mood.
The day ends at 19h with a good swim at sea before the aperitif. The schedules and the schedule can be jostled and / or adapted according to the observations: the priority to the animals! ... or a seasickness that would make the mission complicated kitchen :)))

My expectations

I loved this stay. It corresponds in all respects to my expectations and even more! My main motivation was the mission related to marine mammals. Going to meet wild animals in their habitat is always an amazing experience. Especially when it is done in respect of these. On it the contract is filled. Now you must always keep in mind that you may not see anything on certain days ... it is animals, chance and luck that decide. Then you have to be honest I dread 2 things: promiscuity and seasickness. Well, seasickness is a personal matter, we have the seafoot or not and if there is Mercalm. :))) For my part, I felt a little a day of swell a little strong (for a novice). It's not nice but the Cybelle team can not do enough for you ... and a meeting with dolphins makes you quickly forget the nausea. :) As for promiscuity, the mission is so great that it is the least of your worries, the other participants still have a state of mind close to yours so it works well and at worst there is always a way to isolate yourself if necessary. Afterwards, I realize that I really liked the fact of living the moment, the rhythm of nature, of being in something concrete and useful ... it makes all your holidays past so far: )))

My advice

My main advice will be to not hesitate to register! From a more practical point of view ... traveling light. Half of my bag was useless. The essential kit of good ecovolunteer observation will be: cap, sunglasses and mineral sunscreen ... the white that makes you look like a zombie but that protects you thoroughly (without destroying the seabed). :)

What I retain

This mission brought me wonderful memories of meetings with the animals but also with the rest of the crew. I learned new things about marine life but also about navigation. And finally this experience has strengthened me in the renewal of this kind of experience!

My assets

The acquis transposable to my daily life is without hesitation: the management of water. On a boat, the fresh water is very limited so you have to trick and open the tap sparingly. ... I also bring some good cooking recipes from my teammates in my suitcases :)

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

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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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Floriane participated in the mission Mammals and Wildlife of the Amazonian Forest in the Tambopata Reserve in Peru

Mission 49 days, conducted in March 2019
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My participation

Our work was varied, mainly monitoring groups of spider monkeys in the jungle to study but also other projects according to the subjects of trainees present on the station. Thus, we went to look for specimens of amphibians or insects, to install nets with birds and bats. There is also a little maintenance in order to keep the paths and the garden in state, armed with a machete it is necessary to clean and thin to be able to move better.
Our days start mostly at 7h and end at 18h. Depending on the missions of the day, I had the opportunity to start the day at 4h30 to look for groups of monkeys, or to finish at 20h during the "Amphibian" excursions.

My expectations

I loved the stay, I was looking for a volunteering immersed in the jungle that brings me new knowledge and a great experience and that's exactly what I found. The cohesion of volunteers from around the world impressed me and I will keep a very good memory of my experience.

My advice

Do not expect a great comfort but there is the minimum and it is totally bearable! Immersion in the jungle of course includes the presence of animals in everyday life, young and old, and so do not forget its repellent, indispensable! Finally, expect to take full eyes and enjoy this human and environmental experience.

What I retain

I discovered that I could easily adapt to a very different environment from the one I'm used to, that the bare minimum of comfort is enough to enjoy the adventure and that community life in the long run I do not have a problem.

My assets

Adaptation to new situations, cohesion within a team, know how to appreciate the transmission of knowledge, the respect of cultures and the will to act for the planet.

The Mammalian Amazon Forest Mission, Peru

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Charlotte participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission 33 days, conducted in July 2018
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My participation

At the beginning of each week, a big picture was posted describing the different missions of the week for each one. We had a mission in the morning (8h-12h) and one in the afternoon (14h-16h / 17h). We were divided into groups and the missions were very varied: setting up butterfly traps, research and observation of different monkey species, maintenance of the organic garden, observation of reptiles, etc ... From time to time, there was organized nocturnal walks with some of us. From 21h / 21h30 we left for the forest because it is the night we could observe more reptiles and insects (frogs, spiders, snakes, etc ...).
On Saturday nights there were organized evenings, Sunday was our break day and in the evening it was cinema!

But it was not only that, we often had the opportunity to visit villages around by boat, or to go swimming in the rivers or in the river.

Finally, a last EXCEPTIONAL part of my program: since I spoke a little Spanish, I was offered to go for a week in the village of Boca Manu to build the structure of an organic garden! ... and I said yes of course!
We were 4 women and in 4 days we had everything built! The little schoolgirls did not return and the most macho men in the village even less! We had a good laugh and it was rich experience!

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! I wanted to be disconnected from the world that we know, I wanted to find our origins, mother Earth, the real one. The first and last days were devoted to the visit of the city of Cuzco, which allowed to discover a new landscape and new ways of life. Then the arrival in the jungle ... I do not even talk about it so it was amazing to me! I was leaving 2 years of preparatory class, I needed to clear my head and evacuate stress, for a month I had only one reason to take my head: "What disguise I will choose for the evening of Saturday night? " : p Anyway, lying on a hammock with the forest as far as the eye can see, in a way it relaxes a lot!

My advice

Plan a lot of spare clothes because it is often wet and the clothes are hard to dry after being washed. Plan warm clothes for the evening too, because with the humidity and when it has just been raining, it is quite cold. And also a point that is close to my heart! Do not take lots of drugs before coming. Vaccines remain important but the drug for malaria often causes side effects far more serious than the disease itself! Knowing one thing, the forest contains trees that bring natural remedies! When we arrived, we were presented with a tree that could heal the palu! YES it's magic!

What I retain

A totally different look on our world, that's what it brought me! I learned the different methods to see the state of health of the forest, to see if it manages to regenerate itself after having been destroyed ... And yes life returns despite all the harm that one can have done to him, even if it does not come out unscathed today because of global warming!

My assets

Since my trip, many things have changed in my life, in my state of mind. - I do not eat any more palm oil products, I boycott them! - I want to do a job where I work outdoors. As I am in business school, the office is a fairly common passage but staying locked up is not for me! - I no longer look after drugs that only worsen the state of our immune system. Plants, essential oils are much more effective remedies that are increasingly part of my daily life. - Finally, today I pledge to protect this Earth which is our only home, our only mother to all. I wish to learn about Shamanism in order to be even closer to what we saw born and where we will return dust ... I would come back to this country, I would come back in the forest it is sure and certain! But this time I want to be able to meet real indigenous people and learn their knowledge. BLOG: http://ecovolontariatperou2018.eklablog.com/ (I still have not started but photos and videos are coming!)

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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Stéphanie has participated to the mission Vervets Monkey Sanctuary in South Africa

Mission of 28 days, performed in February 2019

My participation

My name is Stephanie. I am 29 years old and I am currently in 3ème and last year of a Baccalaureat in Agronomy with Animal Technology. As part of my internship, I spent a month (February 2019) at the Vervet Monkey Foundation ... What an incredible adventure!
Fascinated for a long time by the African continent and fascinated by primatology and great apes through the work of people like Jane Goodall, it was a very exciting and especially exciting experience to discover the vervets in their natural environment.

My expectations

The energy of South Africa, the splendid setting of the sanctuary, the seriousness of the project, the kindness and generosity of the people I met, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the vegan lifestyle and more that all the meeting with this species of primates highly social and intelligent, all I really liked! I immediately felt comfortable and in tune with the management and philosophy of the rehabilitation and conservation program. Always well supervised by the members of the team on site, I learned a lot while feeling fully involved in this project. As Dave Du Toit, founder and director of the VMF, said, I could see the difference I made in the everyday life of these animals just by looking in their eyes every day.

What I retain

I am very grateful and proud to have been part of this eco-volunteering project! I also hope to have the chance to return one day ... Take care of baby vervets, work hard for their integration with the troops, live among the Bandits (a wild population of vervets that evolve around the pens) and I wish it with all my heart to see these primates integrate the "Vervet Forest".

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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philippe annie participated in the mission Przewalski Horses Re-introduction Program, Mongolia

Mission of 14 days, carried out in May 2019
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My participation

We were on the ground at 7H00, so breakfast at 06H30 and then went back to 12h30 for lunch, our goal was to follow in pairs a harem of horses, record the data gps altitude longitude as well as the wind and the temperature we had some changes of program due to the climatic problems wind and among other snow, and yes it can happen to snow again in May !! In this case we went out in the afternoon; 3 mornings we went to locate the wolves so raised at 4h30 and then take care of the tracking of the horses.
In the afternoon we gave French lessons to a young Mongolian who took care of the shop of the camp for tourists, we also helped build the summer yurts. On weekends off and we went to several to Kharkorin to visit Erdenne ZUU, a beautiful temple and ancient capital of Mongolia, there is always something to do.

My expectations

We enjoyed our stay and plan to return to 2020 !! No health concerns and no need for special vaccination because continental climate is a plus.

My advice

We are a couple of 60 and 65 years and have not found any particular difficulty, the center is very well equipped with hot showers, the food is excellent Western or local type, being vegetarian I had no problem on this side the. For those who leave in May, to provide polar and leggins in case of snow, because we went from -5 -10 ° to + 35 ° !!

What I retain

We learned a lot about the local fauna and flora with presentations from local biologists and scientists, and of course about this last breed of wild horses in the world.

My assets

Ecolo and very close to the animal cause, I will recommend to my relatives this mission or any other, respect for the planet is a daily duty. Openness is a must and exchange with other ecovolunteers from Hong Kong and Canada.

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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Jean participated in the mission Study and Conservation of the Long-tailed Otter, Brazil

Mission 28 days, conducted in April 2019
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My participation

It was a question of taking care of the animals of the center, the otters of course but also martens, equally crisp, ferrets and a raccoon. After breakfast, go to the kitchen of the pens to prepare the menus and then distribute the portions to each animal, then we continued with the cleaning of the enclosures and the improvement or the creation of tools of awakening. We had the chance to participate in the total refurbishment of an enclosure (painting, planting, fencing ...), in short, a complete work and taking. The afternoons were devoted either to the maintenance of green spaces around the enclosures, or to outings in order to identify traces of wild otter activities along the beautiful coast of the south of the island, or canoe around the Lago de Peri which adjoins the Center. We returned in the late afternoon to give the animals the evening ration, 17h00, which gives time to take a dip in the lake at sunset.

My expectations

I really enjoyed this mission which was the first, it was a complete break with life in Europe, the site is nestled in a green setting, toucans and monkeys were early in the morning, the dream. If you are sporty become Brazilian, go to 07h00 watching surfers, the beach is 10 mn jogging and the gym site is brand new. And for those who can not unplug the data do not pass but the wifi arrives. The team of the site, César, Marcello, Guilierme and Alexandra were all devoted so that this mission is also a vacation.

My advice

To do all the possible activities count three weeks. Plan clothes depending on the season, sometimes very hot, sometimes a little wet. The evenings are free, do not hesitate to go out on foot, there is no problem of delinquency in Floripa. On weekends you can explore the island, try surfing and why not go to Iguazu to admire the falls. We found ourselves coming from France, England, Canada, students or in the world of work, all relaxed and with a smile.

What I retain

I wanted a contrasting experience with life in Europe, work, everyday, it was up to my wishes.This mission confirmed me that everywhere the wild life is fragile and in danger but that one also finds people of good will to minimize our impact and safeguard what can be.

My assets

Do not worry, be happy.

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

Mission of 14 days, performed in February 2019

My participation

The work consists mainly of looking after the animals housed in the center. In the morning to 8h-8h30 the pens are cleaned and the animals are fed (up to 9h30-10h30 depending on the number of volunteers present). Then 2 possibilities: either we work on the site (fetch sand, take care of the compost, paint, rake ...) with meal break from 11h30 to 14h or we start to find traces of otters life wild on the shores of the lake or on the coast: the opportunity to discover the surroundings with meals on site. In the evening we feed the animals from 16h30. The job ends maximum at 18h. The weekend is free: it is then possible to go cruising the island, or to stay enjoy the serenity of the place.

My expectations

I loved this mission, the people at the center are adorable and passionate. The researcher of the center gives us a topo of the problems related to otters and everyone is at our disposal in case of need or problem. Animals, including otters, are very endearing. The site is very beautiful and green, the lake do Peri within reach is sumptuous. The ocean is accessible by foot in about 20 minutes, as well as all the amenities. The comfort is quite adequate. Unfortunately, no or few traces of wild otters ...

My advice

Provide rain gear and occupations because we have a few days of good tropical rain. They put boots available.

What I retain

Having already done some missions, the tasks related to this mission were not a discovery, they corresponded to my expectations. I learned more about the otter and the need to preserve it. And always rewarding human experiences ...

My assets

An example of more species endangered by the consequences of human activities: always pay more attention to my impact on the environment (even if I flew to achieve this mission, and that is already contradictory .. .), and pass on this knowledge to those around me and to my students.

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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