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steph and fab participated in the study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission of 10 days, performed in February 2020
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My participation

Caring for animals in the sanctuary
Small maintenance and DIY jobs.
8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 14 p.m. to 17 p.m. when we were in the center.
Otherwise half day trip for visits to wild habitat.

My expectations

Very good stay. Very warm welcome within a small team. Location in a beautiful setting with quality accommodation. At the sanctuary, actions aimed at the well-being of animals and welcoming the public to raise awareness of the protection of species are put forward in relation to the "research project" dimension indicated in the documents.

My advice

Provide used clothing for small jobs. We took the liberty of "cuddling" certain non-dangerous boarding animals, without being invited, but we do not regret it because the animals loved it and so did we.

What I retain

Fun, serenity and a lot of joie de vivre within the attentive team.

My assets

Progress in the practice of English. Knowledge of the behaviors, diet and environments of these species. A sharing of the way of life of the people of the Brazilian team.

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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Yolène participated in the study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission of 22 days, performed in January 2020
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My participation

We usually start around 8am in the morning.
We start by preparing food for the animals. Then we clean their enclosures. The rest of the morning, we arrange, improve, the enclosure of the animals in order to make them play, entertain them, and make them feel better in their enclosures.
From noon to 12 p.m. we have a break.
Then we start again, sometimes we go hiking, sometimes kayaking, we still develop enclosures, DIY, gardening.
And at 17 p.m. we give food again.
The day ends around 18 p.m.

My expectations

I absolutely loved this trip to Brazil. I was very well received. The center is a little slice of paradise, everyone who works on the project is great, and the proximity to the animals is very enriching.

My advice

Better to stay at least a month. Don't forget to wear good walking shoes. Get by in Portuguese. And bring lots of mosquito repellent and sunscreen !!

What I retain

I learned to adapt to a country which is totally different from mine. I learned some things about the otter, which is a very interesting animal to watch. I learned a lot of things about this wonderful country that is Brazil.

My assets

Adaptation in another country. Reach out to others even if you don't speak the same language at all.

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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Alain participated in the Wildlife Monitoring mission, South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in December 2019
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My participation

The working sessions consisted of monitoring animals at risk with the monitors. During the period when I intervened, we followed wild dogs, cheetahs and lions. We used a scanner to locate the animals by their collar. The volunteers were installed at the back of the 4x4, outside to regularly carry out measurements then to note the state and the situation of spotted animals. We started at 4 am with a break from 10 a.m. to 16 p.m. then stop at 19 p.m.

My expectations

The mission was what I expected except the weather. It rained for the vast majority of the time which seems normal for the rainy season, but what I had underestimated was that it was relatively cold (14 degrees). It is therefore necessary to plan the clothes accordingly. I was very pleasantly surprised by the richness of the park, especially by the black and white rhinos.

My advice

Plan to work on your English before leaving, the monitors spoke quickly with an accent close to English but without paying much attention to our level, otherwise they were rather attentive to us.

What I retain

She reassured me about the rhino situation which seems to me to be under control in South Africa. I appreciated the isolation within the park and the relationship with the animals. They are not afraid of the presence of man and we were able to approach them closely

My assets

The tranquility and serenity shown by the animals which allows us to put into perspective our permanent activity and our daily race after time.

The mission Wild, South Africa

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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Pauline SR participated in the Protection and Study of Primates mission in Benin

Mission 10 days, conducted in November 2019

My participation

My missions consisted in monitoring and studying Mona and Vervet monkeys on 2 forest sites as well as ecological monitoring in the Bouche du Roy reserve. The days took place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 15 p.m. to 17 p.m. most often.

My expectations

The mission went very well. The supervision was impeccable, the guides always attentive to needs and expectations.

My advice

Let the team guide you on site.

What I retain

Discovery of the country and complete immersion in local life.

My assets

I have not really acquired any skill except to discover the local animal species. However, the immersion in local life and the joy of the population allow us to learn to put into perspective our western life.

The Primates Mission, South Benin

Restoration of primate habitat in the Mono valley, Benin This mission immerses you in an eco-development program in Benin. The project aims to set up a ...
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Mimi participated in the Wildlife Monitoring mission, South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in November 2019
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My participation

Monitoring - Help in the camp to develop a fence.
4 / 4:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. / 9 a.m.
Sometimes: 11 a.m. - 13 p.m. (Monitoring Elephants at Tembe Elephant Park)
16h - 19h30

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay despite waking up very early in the morning ... The flora, the fauna, the investment of the monitors of this NGO are extraordinary.

My advice

Take a break from your daily life, appreciate the wilderness, observe and dedicate yourself completely to this mission with the other volunteers and the instructors. Good humor and sharing.

What I retain

This mission makes me want to go back ... on a mission. I have new friends from all over. I finally know what has always animated me, animal protection.

My assets

Communication, patience, determination, commitment, joie de vivre.

The mission Wild, South Africa

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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lolo participated in the Horse Reintroduction Program mission in Przewalski, Mongolia

Mission of 10 days, carried out in October 2019
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My participation

Counting of Prewalsky's horses on their territory in full Mongolian steppes from 09h00 to 12h30

My expectations

I greatly appreciated this day, for the professionalism of the reception and supervision teams, for the operations site, the type of mission that offered a total change of scenery and a typical yurt life.

My advice

A mission period of one week seems interesting to me. (Note that this mission is for a minimum duration of 10 days, Cybelle Planete). The repetition of the counting phases could seem long beyond 15 days.

What I retain

The discovery of a new country like Mongolia, life in a yurt, contact with a species such as the horses of Prewalsky, as well as local people, who are very very friendly, all in an exceptional natural setting of calm beauty which allows an absolute resourcing.

My assets

Some local recipes. Present in my friendly, family and associative circles this country and this organization of Cybelle planet

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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Audrey participated in the expeditions mission in 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Emilio participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 bringing less business: - Find out if you will need white soled shoes to get around the boat. For the stay at the end of July 2019, we were simply barefoot throughout the mission. You may therefore not need to bring specific shoes to stay on board - Bring your own pair of binoculars is not necessary as you will be provided with one for observations, otherwise provided with a compass to determine the heading - No need to bring a sheet or cover in addition to your sleeping bag. The cabin mattresses 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

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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Claire Eloy participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 offshore trips for cetacean 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 is quite large but it gets full quickly! Tell yourself that at sea, the weather is king, and that nothing is guaranteed. No one is in control of whether or not cetaceans come into 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 (renewed) attention to the management of our waste. A wider view of 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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