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Audrey took part in the Expeditions expedition to the Pelagos Sanctuary: Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 6 days, carried out in August 2019

My participation

Our daily tasks were distributed as follows:
- wake up because the sun
- surveillance and census watch towers for cetaceans and other marine animals
- wonder at the sperm whales, dolphins and other turtles
- cleaning the boat
- kitchen for all members
- well deserved rest
- jokes and moments of relaxation
- swimming with mola mola
- dancing on the bridge
- night under the shooting stars

My expectations

Great stay! Very good atmosphere, animal and human encounters of great quality!

My advice

Sunscreen, music playlist and hat not to forget!

What I retain

Magical moments under the stars and at sunrise on the Mediterranean, beautiful encounters

My assets

As a Bio Diver, the knowledge gained will be passed on to my students

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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Emilio 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

Groups of three people were formed each day to carry out observation shifts. A quarter lasted 1H30 (duration initially planned at 2H, but reduced to 1H30 given the concentration effort that this could represent). Each ecovolunteer made about 3 per day. The groups were not fixed and changed every quarter so that we all worked together. We were equipped with binoculars equipped with a compass to measure the course, and had a tablet with ObsEnMer software to collect observation data.

These data came from meetings with cetaceans - that each participant was waiting with a mixture of hope and impatience! - but also the census of human activities (boats around) and possible waste. The ObsEnMer application is well designed and easy to use. You would nevertheless be wrong to consider this task as boring, because as soon as cetaceans are reported, the boat begins a change of course to go cautiously to meet them, but in a great effervescence where everyone uses the means at their disposal to take photos and videos. In these moments we became children amazed by animals that some of us had never seen closely (as was my case).

Apart from the observations strictly speaking, we were involved in housework as well as in the preparation of meals. I feel very lucky because among the participants were several blue cords: we were even entitled during our stay to a risotto (thank you Stephanie and Nicole), a tartiflette (thank you Frédéric) and an excellent chocolate cake (thank you Karine)!

My expectations

I really enjoyed my eco-volunteering week for this first cetacean observation mission. In addition to these unique encounters with animals, the experience of navigation is very interesting in itself: to move and live on the boat, to observe the swell and to read the sea, to understand the maneuvers adds to the interest of the mission . The organization on board the boat was very well orchestrated

My advice

Some tips for getting less business: - Find out if you will need white-soled shoes to get around the boat. For the end of July 2019, we were simply barefoot throughout the mission. You may not need to bring specific shoes to stay on board - bringing your own pair of binoculars is not necessary because you will be provided with one for the observations, also provided with a compass to determine the course - No need to bring a sheet or cover in addition to your sleeping bag. The mattresses of the cabins are already protected by a cover

What I retain

This mission made me live an exceptional experience: contact with marine animals that I had never approached. Staying on a boat day and night for a week is a rewarding experience. The landscapes are splendid, like the sunlight at its zenith giving birth to countless reflections glittering on the waves, sunset and sunrise, the stars after dark, beautiful coastal landscapes, and of course solidarity and conviviality on board despite a certain promiscuity

My assets

This eco-volunteering mission with Cybelle Planète is meaningful for anyone trying to commit to a more environmentally friendly way of life. The beauty of this experience motivates me to commit to daily zero waste and limit my own consumption of water and energy. Behaviors that are naturally required when on board the boat

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

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

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

Do quarters, observations, meals, housework, dishes ....
The alarm clock was often to 7h morning (but not required) which allows to appreciate the sunrise! The early departures allow to appreciate on longer time slots the outings for the cetaceans observation. And sometimes take advantage of short exit windows if the weather is bad during the day ...
The departure times are decided the day before or during the night by the captain, always according to the weather.

My expectations

The week was very rich, on the one hand because you have to share a small space with people that you do not always know and on the other hand because sailing provides an immense feeling of freedom. In addition, we are all driven by the same thing: finding cetaceans. The bad weather that we sometimes had allows to sail (for those who like it!) And to spend moments meeting each other, sheltered in the saloon, to exchange knowledge about sailing. , weather, animals, cooking, ect ...

My advice

Traveling light, the boat and big enough but it is quickly filled! To say that at sea, the weather is queen, and that nothing is assured. Nobody is master of the arrival or not of cetaceans in our field of vision. And take advantage !!!

What I retain

In-depth knowledge of the marine environment, beautiful encounters, with other eco-volunteers, the ecoguide and the skipper.

My assets

Great attention (renewed) on the management of our waste. An expanded look at the sea, and a better way to talk about it around me.

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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Mary participated (e) mission Expeditions in the Pelagos Sanctuary: A Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2019

My participation

What is expected of ecovolunteers is to perform the observation protocol every day (the protocol lasts 2h and is repeated several times a day). We observe the horizon at 3 at the front of the boat and we rotate with the other members by "quarters" and all day. The desire to see animals makes us quickly addicted to observations and finally we can not help but to scan the horizon even if it is not our quarter :) We participated of course in daily tasks such as cleaning and cooking.These moments are actually very friendly.The schedule of the week is organized by the eco -guide which is searchable from the beginning of the stay.Everyone knows what he has to do and it creates a good group dynamics.

My expectations

This stay was above my expectations. I imagined the very mechanical side of observations and everyday life on the boat. Finally, even if the protocols require rigor, they give way to feelings of fullness facing the horizon. I was taken by all the wonderful sensations that comes from meeting marine animals (whales, sperm whales, dolphins, rays, moonfish ...). There are also very strong links with each member of the group. Help, listen, share, laugh. A group cohesion that is warm to the heart! This stay will mark me for life that's for sure.

My advice

Do not hesitate to get started!

What I retain

This mission has given me wings for the continuation of my studies that lead me to the protection of marine ecosystems. The eco-guide and the skipper gave us a lot of knowledge. This trip also brought me a lot humanly.

My assets

It made me very aware of the amount of waste present in the oceans. At each beach where I go now I know that I always pick up all the garbage I see. Otherwise the knowledge I have acquired about the species serves me a lot for my studies.

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

Mission of 28 days, carried out in August 2019
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My participation

Schedules vary according to activities (approximately 7h-18h; 20h for amphibian excursions).
Activities carried out during the stay:
Observations and data collection on spider monkeys in the jungle, and on different animals after reading cameras installed in specific areas of the reserve; surveys of biodiversity over a specific distance (transects); creation and maintenance of a parcel of land; plant phenology; measurements of height and weight then taken pictures of frogs in the field ...
The weekend off at the resort or town in Puerto Maldonado (small + for the Tambopata Hostel).

My expectations

The discovery of Amazonian biodiversity, a disconnect with everyday life. I appreciated contributing to the project, its usefulness, discovery and daily exploration, being in contact with passionate people.

My advice

Be prepared for an out-of-the-ordinary experience at one hour by boat from the city. Provide a sufficient number of light and breathable clothing as permanent moisture. No need for treatment for malaria that is not present in this area. No worries about the quality of the food, prepared by the manager of the resort is excellent (small + for banana, avocado ... reserve), and can be adapted to vegetarians. Be ready to live without a network or internet connection at the reserve.

What I retain

A first glimpse of the Amazon. This mission brought me knowledge about the jungle, the biodiversity, its fragility and the conservation of the species. Patience and observation, it is not always easy to see the animals within the reserve. Small + about the use of a GPS.

My assets

Respect for cultures and the will to act for our biodiversity. A disconnection from everyday life and the development of coping skills. Learning Spanish and exchanges with volunteers, students, Peruvians or foreigners. A big thank you to Raul, the manager of the station who gave me his knowledge.

Mission Primates and Bats, Peru

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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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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

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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

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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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