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Chabot participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020
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My participation

The objective of this mission is to list and identify cetaceans as well as their behavior, numbers, etc. (even if of course other marine animals such as rays or turtles for example were also the subject of surveys and observations). This mission is therefore a contribution to scientific databases, which once exploited make it possible to know a little better the marine species observed, while enjoying the great outdoors, great people and an experience at sea.
The days are organized in observation shifts with 3 people per shift (but nothing prevents others from observing too!). During my mission, we generally had 1 to 3 observation shifts per day of 1h30. The observation shifts immediately began quite far from the coast (generally around 8:30 am to 9 am) and ended around 17 pm, but depending on the conditions it is always possible to prolong the pleasure!

The "work" on board is also obviously made up of the various tasks of daily life. An organization in quarters also allows an optimal organization for all that is preparation of meals, dishes and cleaning.

My expectations

The stay met my best expectations. I came to spend a week of eco-volunteering to feel useful, see the landscape, nature (hoping to see lots of marine animals), take "the air" and share moments with other unknown people and I loved it! Everyone has their own experience as a crew, but I came across a crew of only people who came alone: ​​we therefore built a strong bond between all of us very quickly. Life on board in this rather small space that we did not leave the week was very pleasant, but also enriching (knowledge of cetaceans, sharks, the sea, ..). And of course, finally, I hoped to see lots of animals and I was served! (sperm whale, dolphins, risso dolphins, globis, turtles, sea devils ...)

My advice

I would say that, even if observing the marine animals is the objective of the mission and brings an enormous more wonder, one should not be afraid of not seeing anything (or little) to see of the week because the experience in itself constitutes most of the experience and unforgettable moments.

What I retain

First, she brought me the breath of fresh air, sharing and discovery that I wanted and needed at that time. It also brought me new knowledge and new encounters.

My assets

I think this experience was able to strengthen several aspects that can be transposed to my daily life. There is a large dimension of group life (organization, trust, sense of service and sharing) on ​​board for example. Obviously, this also gives a lived experience allowing me to personally support my awareness of ecosystem preservation. Personally, I also draw on the memories of this type of experience (fullness, difficulties overcome and satisfactions, meetings and sharing, positive energy deployed all day ...) when I need dynamism, a boost , or to help me make choices in what I do and want to do.

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Sylvie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in September 2020
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My participation

I participated in observation missions during periods of 1h30 divided between us during the day as well as in daily tasks

My expectations

It was an extraordinary stay, out of time, particularly rich in emotions (especially the joy of living) and deeply human, true. In this difficult period there was like an air bubble, an extraordinary space of renewal both from the point of view of the beauty of the landscapes, the encounters with the animals and the point of view of shared moments.

My advice

Welcome with joy and simplicity all that presents itself in these magical moments!

What I retain

Above all, meetings with wonderful people and a wonder for nature and its living beings ... and the desire to continue in this direction!

My assets

Keep in touch with the girls on the boat of course and continue to feed the proven knowledge now on the marine environment and cetaceans!

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Vickie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020

My participation

observations and reading on digital tablet
2 to 3 times a day for every 2 hours

My expectations

The stay kept all its promises, to note the dedication of the scientific guide Marie and of the captain, always there to transmit their knowledge and to ensure safety. We have been able to observe whales, white blue dolphins, pilot whales and even small loggerhead turtles. The atmosphere on board was very nice, with participants invested and concerned about the well-being of all, an alchemy was thus created and the observations took place with the utmost seriousness, a lot of emotions to hear the singing dolphins at the bow of the boat. An intense week (observations for two hours under a strong sun are not easy) but the reward of hearing the breath of a 25m whale in the silence of the sea is so moving that the efforts are largely rewarded .

What I retain

curiosity

My assets

respect for others and for nature

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Lucile Brunet participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in September 2020
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My participation

We had to make observations from 1:30 to 2:2 approximately twice a day, according to an established schedule.

My expectations

This trip was amazing. Even though the weather was not right, we saw a sperm whale jumping show on the last day at sea, it was worth the wait! In addition, the team was great, we got on really well.

My advice

Don't forget to bring your fins and your mask / snorkel! And QUIET SEA in case of seasickness!

What I retain

Magical moments with cetaceans, very beautiful encounters with passionate and real people.

My assets

Raise awareness about marine wildlife, put into practice the advice following the very interesting discussions we had with the team (learn English to carry out eco-volunteering missions abroad, take swimming lessons , watch more documentaries on the sea, etc.).

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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PMA participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020
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My participation

Monitoring of cetaceans and study of biodiversity in the PELAGOS sanctuary in the western Mediterranean.
More precisely, the work of the ecovolunteer consisted in collecting information on the different species (cetaceans, birds, fish, turtles, jellyfish, etc.) and macro waste observed during navigation, in recording this information via the OBSenMER application, to be taken photos for photo-identification of cetaceans.
As for the schedules, up to six hours per day of observation for each ecovolunteer (per two-hour shift) when the weather conditions were favorable (weak wind, little swell).

My expectations

Yes it was an enriching experience, I enjoyed the exchanges with the other ecovolunteers, with Céline, the director of Cybelle Planète, and with the skipper Pierre. I also liked the navigation at sea aboard a sailboat, in sometimes quite hectic conditions, the anchorages in very beautiful coves of the French Riviera and the good moments of conviviality during the meals taken on board.

My advice

No particular advice, except perhaps having a minimum of the 'sea foot', because the sea conditions can be difficult (strong swell) both at anchor and in navigation and it will be a shame to spend part of the mission with sea ​​sickness.

What I retain

Thanks to Céline, I learned a lot of things about the biology of cetaceans and about biodiversity in the Mediterranean more generally. This mission also gave us the opportunity to progress in sailing thanks to Pierre the skipper.

My assets

None, apart from the need to make daily efforts to preserve our environment, both marine and terrestrial.

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Diane C participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2020
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My participation

The mission was to locate cetaceans, human activity and macro-waste around us throughout the day.
These locations involved measurements from binoculars, taking the data into account precisely on a tablet.
We take turns on an observation shift (every 2 hours), with 3 volunteers and the eco-guide.
Overall, the activity was physical, but exciting.

Life on the boat also required a little discipline: cleaning, cooking. In the same way, rotations are put in place.

My expectations

It was an incredible experience. The eco-guide and the skyper taught us so much! As well life on the boat, the life of cetaceans, biodiversity in the Mediterranean, the use of data for external organizations ...

My advice

- Provide external batteries (if possible solar), because the phone battery recharging capacity on the boat is limited - Binoculars are not necessary, because they are loaned for all the measurements - Do not forget the glasses of dives and snorkels to be able to discover the fish living in the water in the evening

What I retain

The mission was very rich in lessons from all points of view: - first of all from a biodiversity point of view, I learned a lot about the marine species present in the Mediterranean, their behaviors etc ... - Life on a sailboat is formidable. It was also a big first for me - The impact of man on water. This made me more aware of actions to protect the environment (use of vinegar, biodegradable soap ...)

My assets

Achievements: - awareness of environmental protection (sorting waste, use of bio-degradable products and comestics, etc.) - culture of marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Mel L participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2020
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My participation

Observation of cetaceans via an organization in quarters. Each time a trinomial observed the sea while the others rested / did the cooking or cleaning. The shifts took place approximately from 8 a.m. to 18 p.m. with a good lunch break. The day goes by quickly and even when we were not on watch, we were observing the sea. It is not uncommon for volunteers to rest who saw cetaceans first :)

My expectations

The stay corresponded perfectly to my expectations. I was able to participate in the conservation of cetaceans thanks to the ObservenMer app which is very well made and easy to use. We had the chance to go out to sea every day, to spend a night at sea and to make many observations, dolphins, whales including a juvenile and pilot whales by 2 times!

My advice

If you like nature, cetaceans, the sea, go for it! this mission is made for you :) you have to be ready to spend hours observing the blue of the sea but it is for a good cause and when you see a breath or a fin appear it is a pure moment of happiness! I am available if you have any questions :)

What I retain

the mission gave me a better knowledge of the marine world and a lot of serenity. she made me feel useful

My assets

better vigilance for wildlife and better observation skills

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

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Conss participated in the mission Conservation of sea turtles in Nicaragua

Mission 25 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

The main part of the mission was to control the surrounding beaches and to spot one when a hawksbill turtle was going to lay eggs (usually at night) to take care of the eggs afterwards.
Then during the day, we had to watch the turtle nests until hatching. Then we took measurements of the baby turtles and released them into the ocean.
Around this, there is a whole education on the role of turtles in the ecosystem, mangroves, and all the necessary vegetation, with volunteers but also with local populations.
There is also a role to play in the improvement and conservation of the vegetable patch and fruit trees around the house.

My expectations

Yes, the challenge of going alone, meeting the locals and getting involved in a meaningful project made it one of the best trips I've made so far. I am always in contact with the people I met there, French or not. It is a real personal enrichment!

My advice

Bring board games, books, music to share, beach surveillance is sometimes long and you have to be able to keep busy. Have a complete first aid kit, the house is quite isolated. Allow a few more days to discover Nicaragua elsewhere than in the reserve, other volunteers will probably be available to form a group.

What I retain

This comforted me in the choice of my professional project, I now do studies in the environment and always keep in mind that projects such as this one have a real impact alongside public policies which sometimes take a long time to put in place.

My assets

Everything is linked, during each action I try to think about its consequences on the environment throughout its chain of production and life. My ideals are confirmed and I try to convince my loved ones to change their habits with simple solutions.

The mission Turtles, Nicaragua

This mission is taking place on an island on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, in one of the largest nesting sites for marine turtles in the eastern Pacific. You will contribute to the patrols ...
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Maud participated in the Wildlife Monitoring mission, South Africa

Mission of 14 days, performed in January 2020
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My participation

Wake up at sunrise (breathtaking) to count and list crossed wild animals (species of antelope, rhino, lions, vultures, warthogs, elephants etc). Record the GPS data and their activity when they were crossed (if they eat, if they hunt, if they sleep .... Check if they are adults or young, male or female and how much they are move.
Spot the animals with their telemetry collar
Return to the camp around 10h / 11h after a mid-morning breakfast on site.
Departure around 16 p.m. for missions such as checking wild dogs in bauma (fenced areas for animals in the process of reintroduction). Back in the dark

My expectations

Unimaginable and unspeakable experience. Breathtaking landscapes work within a team of passionate and exemplary. Always ready to explain the purpose of the actions, to discover the flora and fauna

My advice

January is not that cold. On the other hand, you still have to remember to take a jacket in the morning when you wake up because you will be in the back of the pick up. Take a flashlight because the country is facing many cuts in electricity Not too many mosquitoes in Hluhluwe but other animals that can become embedded in your bed (for my part I had the visit of a nice scorpion) so you have to take your mosquito net

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot of humility in the face of giants such as elephants and lions, which we obviously imagine impressive, but which we experience with immense respect. Always aware of this type of cause, life directly in this type of mission quickly brings us back to basics. Warm and passionate human contacts, especially around the fire in the evening. Unfortunately, this experience makes us touch with our finger, far from our screens, the reality of the poaching disaster, in particular the disaster on rhinos. Vision and very striking stories which make it possible to sensitize those around them to this type of practice when they return home. These stories and images are still intact in my head several months after this experience and I am relaying them to the height of my possibilities.

My assets

Undeniably, speaking English every day with unfamiliar words (scientific or trade-specific words) allows you to progress clearly. Go back to basics, especially on wasting water (restriction in this country) Go back to your level of requirements with the electrical restrictions and the comfort that you can have at home and which becomes too much when you come back from this type of mission

The mission Wild, South Africa

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By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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MARION participated in the Ecological monitoring and surveillance mission in the Bouche du Roy community reserve in Benin

Mission of 29 days, performed in January 2020

My participation

The mission consists in ecological monitoring of the community reserve. the missions are very varied and exciting. I took care of the 3 hatcheries, fed the baby turtles, released them into the sea. Lots of bird inventories on different sites, monitoring crabs, continental fisheries, monitoring the pressures within the mangrove, raising awareness among residents and primary school children, I also participated in meetings within the community.
The hours are rather light, generally from 8 or 9 a.m. to 12 or 13 p.m. and then in the afternoon from 15 p.m. to 18 or 19 p.m. Depending on the mission of the day, the schedules are very variable with evening missions for night patrols of turtles or very early in the morning for certain inventories of seabirds. I had a few half days without a mission and the Weekends are free.

My expectations

It is the first time that I participated in this kind of mission so I did not really know what to expect but I have an incredible memory of it. The team is great, they have a lot to teach us. Life in the village is timeless and the site absolutely magnificent. As for the project, it is an NGO full of envy and future. They actually work for an ecological concern but also enormously in collaboration with the local populations to enrich and help them.

My advice

I can give you the advice not to hesitate before booking this mission. They need us. Benin is a reassuring country, I traveled alone in several cities without any fear. You have to know how to be independent and not seek luxury. On the other hand, contrary to what he said in the description, the accommodation at the lodge is supplied with electricity thanks to a solar panel and there is drinking water. A personal bathroom in the bedroom and classic toilets outside. The lodge is very clean and well maintained. They are really keen to receive us well and that we are comfortable both in space and in each mission.

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot, both intellectually and emotionally. I learned about the local flora and fauna, about its importance in the reserve. On the importance of associating the populations with each mission. On community life, because honestly this word does not mean anything with us. And on the simplicity of life and the importance of our impact. In addition to your missions, you will have the chance to see impressive sunsets and breathtaking landscapes.

My assets

Everything I have learned will be useful in France and in my daily life. As much as regards our ecological impact, which I want to reduce more than ever, and on my relationship with people. It made me realize that we are moving away from the essential every day

The ecological monitoring mission, South Benin

Ecological monitoring in a community reserve in South Benin During this mission, you will contribute to ecological monitoring and surveillance at ...
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