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Marie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Marie Alice participated in the Amazonian Forest Mammals and Wildlife Mission 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 ready for an extraordinary experience an hour by boat from the city. Provide a sufficient number of light and breathable clothing because of permanent humidity. No need for treatment for malaria which is not present in this area. No worry about the quality of the food which, prepared by the manager of the resort, is excellent (a little extra for bananas, avocados ... from the reserve), and can be adapted to vegetarians. Be prepared to live without a network or internet connection at the reserve.

What I retain

A first glimpse of the Amazon. This mission gave me knowledge about the jungle, biodiversity, its fragility and the conservation of species. Patience and observation, it is not always easy to see the animals within the reserve. Small + concerning 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 adaptation capacities. Learning Spanish and interacting with volunteers, students, Peruvians or foreigners. A big thank you to Raul, the manager of the station who passed on his knowledge to me.

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 in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 backgrounds, 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 beads visible in suspension in the water when the sea is calm that strongly affected and worried me. While some do not believe in a human cause for climate change, there is no room for doubt about the dispersion of waste in the environment. At home, the war on plastic packaging had already been 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 participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, 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

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Lydie participated in the expeditions 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

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 combined the useful: by collecting scientific data that will be used by scientists to protect our planet; to the pleasant by the setting, the possibility of seeing 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

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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Yves participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: 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 an adaptation of a few days and daily trainings spread over more than a week, (including security in the Amazon forest), I was able to join the working groups which collect information in the field, collect memory cards from " camera-trap ”scattered in the forest I was able to observe monkeys before they woke up, insects of all kinds, plants, frogs, butterflies, snakes, tapirs, cheetah and puma prints ... The environment is multicultural (Australia, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, ..), and multi-age (from 18 to 60 years old and +, which gives a great wealth to the exchanges that we have between ecovolunteers and with the staff , coordinators, and researchers who do 6-month studies in their field.

My advice

Yes, prepare your material well as indicated in the list, learn some Spanish language. Keep an open and positive mind

What I retain

I understand what biodiversity means. I know that rebuilding the rainforest is possible everywhere on earth. This is a big positive message for the planet.

My assets

Knowledge of animals, plants, "fungi" and the balance they give for life on earth. We only have one planet, we must conserve 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 in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, 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

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yann participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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

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Anaïs participated in the Dolphin Tracking mission in 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 wings of the sailboat (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

Going to sea on a sailboat is a rewarding experience. There is the pleasure of sailing on a beautiful vessel, and also the satisfaction of doing so in a way that respects the environment and marine animals. The Dolphins mission is an eco-responsible way of approaching cetaceans. Sharing the love of the planet and the fascination of cetaceans with a whole group for a week is something that is motivating! I had already taken part 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 the two missions. Expectations don't have to be the same to avoid disappointment.

My advice

Do not have the same expectations as for missions leaving from Hyères. Speak English. Have facilities for sleeping anywhere (heat, noise and lights from the port). Get used to the idea of ​​potentially not seeing any animals.

What I retain

- Notions of acoustics. Use of the hydrophone. - International context (cultural exchanges) - Good 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

For 30 years this mission has been taking place around Ischia, an island in the Gulf of Naples in Italy. On board a sailboat, you go every day to make observations at sea and collect data on ...
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Justine participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, 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. 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 then go 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 an excellent stay, the two weeks went by very quickly, it's a mission that I absolutely recommend, especially as a first mission. Managers really adapt to the capacities of volunteers. The timetables allow you to have free time to rest or to walk around the center. The weekends are free and the Uber for the surroundings (Lisbon, Cascais, Sintra, Mafra) affordable so it is very pleasant to leave the center for a day or two to make visits with the other volunteers. I really enjoyed all the new encounters I made at the center. My group was made up of a few French speakers, English women, an American and an Italian. Conversations are therefore mainly in English which allows you to work well on your English in a benevolent atmosphere of curious people eager to discover new cultures and anecdotes around meals or card games. The stay exceeded my expectations and Cybelle Planète offers good support and precise and fair 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

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