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Emilie participated (e) mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys in South Africa

Mission in October 2015
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My participation

Include this project is to integrate a team of enthusiasts. It is several volunteers (10 / 15 depending on the period) and is followed by a coordinator: there is a well defined program for an entire working day. Concretely, what have I done? >> Daily: Three round in the day are conducted in enclosures to ensure good living conditions for the apes. We must prepare their food (fruit and vegetables), change their water regularly. It should also gather herbs & plants for monkeys living in cages near the paddock and disinfect cages there. >> General monitoring: The monkeys are free in their pens, nobody enters. We must therefore ensure that all is well. Using seeds, baited monkeys bordering the paddock to see if all these people is healthy. >> Veterinary care: A veterinary college to the Foundation, and the eco-volunteers assist wherever possible. >> Baby-sitting baby monkeys: When the "baby season" between November and March, the Center welcomes those who have lost their mothers (car accident, hunting ...). After being weaned, they are then presented to female monkeys in the Centre troops and choose their foster mother. >> Integration in the troops: Each monkey is different, so the integration protocol varies for each individual. Each monkey has its own history, its acclimatization will depend on his personal history. >> Maintenance: It is important to regularly pens monkeys and the Centre strives to improve constantly. The current project is to enlarge one of the pens. Volunteers are also asked to carry out small jobs.

My expectations

I really enjoyed this experience which allowed me to be in direct contact with the primates, and to be able to concretely participate in their safeguarding. South Africa is also a beautiful country that deserves to be visited. In short, I encourage you to go! For those who want to know more, I have a blog that recounts my adventure: http://emilie-3i7iw3.wixsite.com/1-an-pour-ma-planete/octobre---mission

My advice

The living conditions on site are quite roots. It must therefore be accepted to live well :) Do not forget your mosquito net, a flashlight, your flip-flops (for the common shower), organic products of sunscreen / deo / shower gel ... not to poison the monkeys during possible contacts) Plan a tourism budget because the volunteers have days off which allow to go to explore the surroundings!

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Emilie participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

some particular witness because I did not have time use "classic" a ecovolunteer. The month of May is the start of egg laying turtles (and therefore start of activity with volunteers) and unfortunately this year the turtles are out of the water later than expected. So I had the right to a personalized program during my month there. The team was very accueillante.J'ai participated in patrol sessions in the evening and at night on the beach in search of turtles ready to spawn. I mostly had the chance to go capture turtles in the estuary to the étudier.Par addition I also accompanied the team on their side missions related to living with the local community.

My expectations

I really enjoyed my time there, the place is heavenly. And although I did not see many turtles, I still had the chance to work with and for the benefit of the local people which I liked very much. For more information on my adventure, here is my blog: http://emilie-3i7iw3.wixsite.com/1-an-for-ma-planete/mai-2016

My advice

The living conditions on site are good but do not forget your mosquito repellent :) Take light and long clothes for night patrols, to avoid getting stung. Electricity is limited so you have to be OK to forget his phone and the internet the time of the mission. It is possible to recharge its electrical devices punctually anyway.

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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Navy participated (e) to safeguard Center mission Iberian wolf, Portugal

Mission in July 2016
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My participation

It was to feed the wolves 3 times a week, thaw meat, cut into pieces and distributed. Make rounds to check that they have always water in their pens and make fire round when fire hazard is present. The rest of the time we cleaned the vegetation so that the holly grow properly. We WK free and sometimes we had afternoon also on weekdays when temperatures were too high to work. On the free time you can go to the nearest beach, visit Sintra and the countryside, all by taxi. There is also an animal park to visit on foot. For schedules, it was usually to 9h30 12h and 14h to 17h30 / 18h

My expectations

The stay corresponded perfectly to my expectations. The work can be a little tiring sometimes but we are happy to do it because it is necessary.

My advice

Wearing appropriate clothes and shoes is rocky and we get dirty very quickly.

What I retain

It was a magnificent experience. I realized a child's dream. It was great to be able to watch the wolves and be so close to them. We learn a lot about their behavior. The team answers all our questions and likes to transmit. The landscape is really beautiful, it is very refreshing. It is also a very good way to get back to English because often other volunteers do not necessarily speak French. I'm thinking of coming back.

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

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Chris attended U (e) Mission Study and Conservation of Otter long tail, Brazil

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

Closed at 8h30 to feed the otters and some other animals from the center. Trekking trips on Peri lake kayaking and hiking in various beautiful places of the island of Santa Catarina in order to find traces (feces) of wild otters, which will study their composition in the laboratory. Some outputs in a university in order to perform the methods of scientific research to determine the presence or absence of parasites in what is harvested on days terrain.Les purposes vary but generally are to 17h. Lunch breaks are always respectées.Le work in the center itself is variable, and often involves the establishment of facilities (pens, fence etc.) or health maintenance lieux.On was also set up "trap-camera" that record the movement of each animal passing in natural shelters, proving the attendance of species.

My expectations

I have been ecovolunteer for 3 months, from the beginning of May to the end of July, that is to say winter. Apart from very cold nights, the days were very pleasant in terms of temperature. The staff is very kind and always tries to help. Other than Portuguese, they speak English, sometimes Spanish (at different levels but we understand each other), so if you are afraid of not knowing how to express yourself, do not worry about it. With sign language it's often even easier: p I learned interesting things about otters as about Brazil itself. The treks are nice and allow us to see beautiful places. I met a lot of people, travelers like me who came and went again. It's nice memories too, and teaches us to live in community (common bathroom, common kitchen, sometimes common room). It was a good experience that met my expectations.

My advice

If you want to feel useful during this internship, be little seems to me necessary. So maybe I would advise to avoid the month of July, although in France it is holidays for many. But if you come also with a goal to make many meetings, you will be served at this time (there were mostly French among the ecovolunteers). If you like walking (sometimes a lot) and discover beautiful landscapes, you should like .Previshing boots and walking shoes is a plus.

What I retain

The desire to travel more, to learn Portuguese, the community agreement is not easy especially when everyone does not put his, but since it is mostly that the subject of knowledge interesting about the otters and other animals from the center.

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

Mission in June 2016
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My participation

As a volunteer it is associated with scientific and environmental studies and / or supervised by the Amazon Forest Project: research, conservation, and sustainable development in Peru. The studies are numerous: butterflies, birds, amphibians and reptiles, bats ... The schedule is programmed in advance, every day is different allowing for the chance to participate in everything. Days start with a breakfast in the morning 7H before beginning work to 8H 12H30 up for lunch and a recovery in 14H 16 / 17H. Times vary according to activities (sometimes one can start 4H30 the morning, but in this case we have the morning off). Sunday is free! For more info, I tell more about my blog http://emilie-3i7iw3.wix.com/1-an-pour-ma-planete#!juin-2016/acb0f

My expectations

I loved. I participated in many eco-volunteer projects but this one is my favorite. Beyond the fact that the country is beautiful and being in the Amazon jungle is magical, the work done on site is very interesting and diverse ... and you learn a lot. They put an emphasis on learning, they take the time to train us. They also take trainees for a longer time, and I can only recommend!

My advice

For those who plan to come 2 weeks, know that it takes several days with the return trip from Cusco to the center and the day of acclimatization in Cusco. In short, in the end it is "only" 10 days in the forest which is very little seen all that has to do and see. Privilege stays longer than a month. Even better, the internships of several months! The living conditions on site are at the top for such a remote place. Do not hesitate to come with your favorite sweets, as it is a "rice" diet morning / noon / night. On the other hand, nothing can be done against mosquitoes, spiders, and other biting animals. Be sure you can live with that + with the humidity and warmth of this region. The activities are physical, we walk a lot. Be ready ;)

What I retain

- Better knowledge of the Amazon rainforest and ecological issues that go avec.- Learning the local fauna: different species of birds, butterflies, frogs, snakes ...- And just the feeling of having acted for the good cause

My assets

The preservation of our environment at all levels. For those who have a scientific background / biological / ecological, this mission is for you!

The Amazonian Forest Mission, Manu, Peru

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Simon participated (e) Mission Study and Conservation of Otter long tail, Brazil

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

The work at the Lontra project can be divided into two parts: * a party related to animals in captivitéPour this part, it is mainly to feed the otters and other animals camp (cutting fish and fruit) and s' after their pens (stoop and scoop). During my stay we were 6 eco-volunteers so the work went relatively quickly. We had to start preparing for 8h30 and we had to finish by 10h - 10h30. In the evening, we were just feed the animals since had prepared food in the morning, we started around 17h and had to maximally 30mn taking our time. * A party related to the work on the camp and Research Between 11h00 17h00 outside and we could have specific tasks to perform (redevelopment pens, cleaning camp ...) but most of the time we went out of the expedition camp to look for traces and feces of wild otters which we driving to make treks on the island of Floripa or canoeing on Lake of Peri.

My expectations

The stay was beautiful and very intense, we left 3 weeks and felt like leaving 3 days. We do not have time to be bored at all and it is absolutely not repetitive since in 3 weeks of stay we have never done twice the same treck. The team members were all lovely and very welcoming. Special dedication to Marcelo for his kindness, patience, good humor and great sense of humor. The otters are very cute and it was really a great pleasure to feed and train them. During our weekends, we were able to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Iguacu Falls on the border with Argentina.

My advice

We left in May, during the winter. Even if during the day, it is in the 20 degrees, the night is a whole other pair of sleeves since it could go down to 5 degrees so plan some warm clothes, failing you will catch a big cold like me. In essential, I would say that it is necessary to be equipped with a pair of boots because in the enclosures there is often slush and a swimsuit for the expeditions in canoe. The mosquito repellent can be a plus even if I did not really find it useful because in winter there are not so many mosquitoes. Bring with you clothes that are not new or sensitive because we have plenty of opportunity to damage them during the stay. If you speak Portuguese or Spanish, it can be a big plus, but most camp members do very well in English.

What I retain

A great experience that made me aware of the environmental issues of the island of Floripa and the importance of otters in this ecosystem. A discovery of this island paradise Florianopolis and fabulous otters who are all very endearing. A unique human adventure with beautiful encounters at the key. This mission also allows us to understand Brazil from the inside, to live like Brazilians in their midst, to open up to a culture that is sometimes different in some aspects of our own.

My assets

Recycling, respect for nature, sharing and mutual aid.

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

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Valerie participated (e) to safeguard Center mission Iberian wolf, Portugal

Mission in June 2016
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My participation

During the 15 days, the work was to prepare the food of wolves, their distributed, ensure their water supply (usually 2 times a day, three by heat), the clearing work at the center outside the enclosure. At the beginning of the mission, guard towers (including at night) in pairs have been set up to monitor the behavior of wolves following the pen change in one of louves.Les sixteen wolves "boarders" Iberian Wolf conservation center and participation in the center of the maintenance work quite give occupation but still leave time for personal observations.

My expectations

I enjoyed the contact with wolves and being somewhat responsible (to measure my small contribution) of those animals which for various reasons were no longer able to support only their needs in their natural environment (because having known too captivity). I also enjoyed the tranquility of the place and the life of groupe.Pour relaxing weekend, the possibilities are numerous: Animal Park Mafra, visit the town of Sintra (typical and historical), the beach. In Lisbon, expected rather to extend the stay before or after the mission.

My advice

Provide clothing not fearing dirty (mentioned by other volunteers, but it's not too much to recall). There is a washing machine (helpful) .Prévoir pants rather than shorts (dense and thorny vegetation in places) .Apprécier group life, discussions because no real possibility of distraction or night out (in less than forthcoming with his vehicle) manage your supplies!

What I retain

In addition to what has already been said, a parenthesis in my Parisian life to recharge my batteries. To approach closer this fascinating species that is the wolf, which I had heard much about before.

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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PARENT participated (e) Monitoring mission of Wildlife, South Africa

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

I was able to help identify animals studied through VHF antennas. I also assisted in the establishment and maintenance of traps photos; I took the data collected on the day on the computer. My schedules varied by subject in which I was. In first gr, I worked at 4h30 10h and 15h30 to 18h30 (May) and in the second it was 5h30 (or 6h) bagging to 11h and 15h30 19h to these schedules vary considerably during the period which participates in the mission of the monitors that accompany us and the animals studied.

My expectations

Yes I really enjoyed my stay as I could discover another culture, I really progressed in English thanks to all the volunteers and instructors around me and all the animals that I discovered are super interesting to discover.

My advice

My advice to future volunteers to always provide a lot of warm clothes, but all easily removable (jacket and sweaters style) because even if it is rather hot (about 10degrés 25degrés the morning and afternoon) as we are constantly on a 4X4 was almost always cold when driving (quio this happens most of the time). Indeed to find the animals one hour you can drive well without stopping.

What I retain

Of etiquette, a considerable knowledge of the South African animal biology, progress in English

My assets

All that I mentioned earlier in part because I'm studying Biology.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in monitoring the wildlife of South Africa. The host project is dedicated to the preservation of bush wildlife and more ...
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Lo participated (e) mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys in South Africa

Mission in May 2016

My participation

The work is divided into several tasks, a schedule is made every day and we can do different things in the course of a day. The processing 7h morning. The main tasks are preparing milk bottles for babies, preparing plates of fruit and vegetables in the morning, fill bowls of water, collect and donate drilling different troops, taking care of babies. The day ends around 16h-17h in general (the number of volunteers present). There are also night shift of the period babies (November to May)

My expectations

I really enjoyed my volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Foundation. The volunteers are very well supported, everything is very well explained so that we integrate the group quickly. We can see that this system has been working there for a long time and suddenly everything rolls like clockwork. It is very appreciable.My stay matched my expectations. It was also very rewarding to work with animals all day. The staff is doing a great job to preserve these monkeys, it's great.

My advice

From the month of May it is winter and it is very cold. Take a hot business! It's a great organization that deserves a stop. There time passes at a speed and we always leave thinking we would have stayed a little longer.

What I retain

I discovered eco volunteering and working with animals for the first time. This experience made me aware of the world we live in, the preservation of our eco-system. The vegan culture was also new and it allowed me to ask questions about my way of life. Nice meetings with people of many nationalities, the opportunity also to speak English.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Iona participated (e) to safeguard Center mission Iberian wolf, Portugal

Mission in April 2016
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My participation

The hours were correct, about 9h-17h except in exceptional cases, but work as advertised in brochures, could be quite physically challenging. However, the benefits outweigh it: be in a beautiful environment, surrounded by wolves, the quiet hours and weekends free to visit! We fed the wolves (the top), were helping to maintain the center (slashing, digging a ditch, planting trees) and we also had afternoons observing wolves due to injury of a wolf.

My expectations

I loved my stay there. At a time of upheaval, reconnect with real life, spend evenings in the cottage in the hills accompanied songs wolves feel that works to help people who really need it, it feels great. The schedules allow light to spend a lot of time wandering between the enclosure, trying to observe the morning and evening. People working in the association who accompanied us were all a kindness and a love for the strong nature was really nice. It was a real pleasure, an experience I would do without a doubt.

My advice

Take dirty clothes, really. Otherwise, they will be quickly soiled. Waterproof shoes are also a big plus, especially in winter and mid-saison.Préparez to be very tired in the evening after a day of boulot.Et especially, sign up, or you will miss out on an experience great!

What I retain

Many serenity, calm, life, all at once. We went home with a heavy heart, but head full of great moments and we seem to hear the wolves sing at all street corners. In a more down to earth, obviously, a lot of knowledge on the behavior of the wolf, which is a fascinating animal!

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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