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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

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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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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Léa took part in the Expéditions mission in the Pelagos Sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

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

The primary mission is to identify cetaceans and other marine species in the Pelagos sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea. We take turns in two-hour increments throughout the day, and each participates in between four and six hours of observation.
Then you have to help life on board the boat, with meals, dishes and a little cleaning.

My expectations

Yes, it more than pleased me, but above all exceeded my expectations. It has been an amazing week, where I felt really useful. The data that is collected via the "obsenmer" application are directly used by the scientific community. In addition, we spend a week in the company of ecovolunteers with the same desire to help, while being framed with motivation by our eco-guide, supported by a friendly skipper. All this is obviously in good humor;) It should be noted that in addition to being useful, we enjoy the sea and cetaceans for a week that in the end seems magical. We met dozens of animals that we would never think so see under his eyes, while sharing the daily lives of wonderful people now friends.

My advice

We can note the pace of life a little different on board, where with sometimes short nights at sea, it is good to take a nap between two observation sessions during the day. Small logistics detail, provide light long sleeves and a good headgear: the sun beats hard at sea.

What I retain

First we leave with incredible memories: the image of beautiful cetacean not far from the boat and moments of laughter in the head. Then we met great people, who also want to act for our planet. Finally, the mission ends with the feeling of having been useful.

My assets

On a boat, the control of fresh water and the management of food is crucial. We quickly realize our irrational consumption ... We pay more attention to the daily when returning.

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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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.

Mission Primates and Bats, 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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