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Centaurea participated (e) in the mission Study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission of 14 days, performed in February 2019

My participation

The work consists mainly of looking after the animals housed in the center. In the morning to 8h-8h30 the pens are cleaned and the animals are fed (up to 9h30-10h30 depending on the number of volunteers present). Then 2 possibilities: either we work on the site (fetch sand, take care of the compost, paint, rake ...) with meal break from 11h30 to 14h or we start to find traces of otters life wild on the shores of the lake or on the coast: the opportunity to discover the surroundings with meals on site. In the evening we feed the animals from 16h30. The job ends maximum at 18h. The weekend is free: it is then possible to go cruising the island, or to stay enjoy the serenity of the place.

My expectations

I loved this mission, the people at the center are adorable and passionate. The researcher of the center gives us a topo of the problems related to otters and everyone is at our disposal in case of need or problem. Animals, including otters, are very endearing. The site is very beautiful and green, the lake do Peri within reach is sumptuous. The ocean is accessible by foot in about 20 minutes, as well as all the amenities. The comfort is quite adequate. Unfortunately, no or few traces of wild otters ...

My advice

Provide rain gear and occupations because we have a few days of good tropical rain. They put boots available.

What I retain

Having already done some missions, the tasks related to this mission were not a discovery, they corresponded to my expectations. I learned more about the otter and the need to preserve it. And always rewarding human experiences ...

My assets

An example of more species endangered by the consequences of human activities: always pay more attention to my impact on the environment (even if I flew to achieve this mission, and that is already contradictory .. .), and pass on this knowledge to those around me and to my students.

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

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Jessica took part in the Vervets Monkeys Sanctuary mission to South Africa

Mission of 30 days, carried out in May 2018

My participation

The work was quite varied and was divided between the following tasks:
-preparation of the meal for some monkeys in the morning
- turn sections to check the water, give them fresh food (herbs, leaves ...) and make sure that the monkeys are going well
- monitoring / surveillance observation of monkeys, either for a particular problem or for integration into a troop (baby in particular)
- monitor baby monkeys and monitor their integration
- milk preparation and distribution for babies
- various specific care tasks for sick monkeys
- occasionally preparing the meal for the team

The working day starts at 7h and ends between 16h30 and 18h with a pause of 30 minutes in the morning, an 1h lunch break usually

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed this stay. I got to know more about the behavior and life of these monkeys who are all survivors. The goal is to release those who can but unfortunately the injuries of some are sometimes too important to treat and release them. The sanctuary has a beautiful space for them and the goal is to create a forest for them, to buy 1000 hectares of forest to release the troops built up over time. I invite you to watch the movie Vervet forest. Being vegan, this sanctuary was perfect for me considering the values ​​it carries. Being a senior manager, my duties have changed a lot from what I used to do but it was only enriching.The proximity of Kruger Park is a real plus, if only for one weekend.

My advice

The accommodation is very basic and at night it can be cold. Good down is required depending on the time of year. Do not be dismissive of vegean meals and vegan lifestyle. Some ecovolunteers had a very negative attitude in this regard. Admittedly, it is difficult to open your eyes and change your behavior but it is necessary for the future of all.

What I retain

A new essential field experience to better understand the various issues facing a sanctuary.

My assets

Acquired more transposable in a work related to animals Need for defense and protect our environment

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Linda, Loïc, Kilian, Estéban, Loan participated on the mission Study and Conservation of the Long-tailed Otter, Brazil

Mission 15 days, conducted in December 2018

My participation

During these 15 days, we fed the animals, cleaned the enclosures, arranged them to preserve their wild instinct (search for food in leaves, height, games to climb, jump, ...). We prepared meal trays from 8h and to 16h, and then distributed them to the animals. The cleaning of the pens was done in the morning. Some of us went to the farm to clean up the horse dung and feed them and the cow. We also participated in the setting up of an 2ème garden band (digging, weeding, ...). We weeded the visitors' alley around the paddocks, caught fish for the otters. The assigned tasks were based on the abilities of each. We were advancing at our pace, but always in a good mood!
In the afternoon, we also trekking, kayaking, to find traces of otters in their hiding places. We were always accompanied by a person from the center.
The weekend was free. We visited the city center. We liked to feed the animals on weekends, even if it was not obligatory!
We bathed at the ocean and lake and did the shopping on our free time.

My expectations

We realized this project to discover another culture, and so that our children realize the importance of the command of the English, are aware of the environment, that they feel useful and have the taste of the work , mutual help, but also that they spend a beautiful holiday, in a beautiful and sober place, and make Christmas in summer, with new friends. The staff of the center has taught us a lot: they are all extremely generous, human, passionate and passionate people who have made us think a lot about our daily lives (sorting of waste, recycling, preservation of water and the environment, ...). The other eco-volunteers were also great! Spend Christmas and New Year with this beautiful team, in summer, around a barbecue are extraordinary and unforgettable moments! This trip is our best Christmas present! It corresponds exactly to our expectations! Many thanks to Cybelle Planète and all the staff of the center!

My advice

If you need to contact us, you can reach us via the following address: lololiline@gmail.com 2 videos we made, including one for Projeto Lontra: https://vimeo.com/311241588 https: // vimeo .com / 311225412

What I retain

Enormously on the human and environmental level, and the certainty that it is the holidays we were looking for and that correspond to us!

My assets

Linda is a school teacher and has exchanged a lot with Alessandra, the head of the center, on the importance of children's education in particular. She gave him coloring, little otter masks for his kindergarten students. Despite their young age, they were extremely touched by this gesture. A project around biodiversity and otter protection will be set up in its class. Loïc, videographer and pilot of drone, and Estéban, future videographer, took a lot of pleasure to film the animals and the environment. Estéban did his internship with his father and in Brazil! He had an unusual subject to present on his return! Kilian who passes the bac this year, has improved his English, as his 2 brothers. Loan, in CM2, flourished, loved the Brazilian culture and expanded his circle of friends! Everyone is now a little more, according to the hummingbird legend. And as we have heard so much "and you, what do you do? ". It became our reference phrase!

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

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Alison participated to the mission Study and Conservation of the Long-tailed Otter, Brazil

Mission 9 days, conducted in December 2018
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My participation

The job was to take care of the animals in the sanctuary. To do this, feeding morning and evening, cleaning pens in the morning and creating enrichments. The work is pleasant but can be very physical especially with the heat. For example, I cut bamboos under 35 degrees. But we must know that we take part in the work that we want, the people at the center are at your disposal.

My expectations

I found my stay great, a real change of scenery. Still today, I am very sad to leave Brazil, his good mood, his landscapes, his animals but also all staff and eco-volunteers. Junior, Alessandra, Ricardo, Marcelo, Guilhermet are lovely and warm people. Thanks a thousand times to them.

My advice

I advise anyone who is attracted by eco-volunteering to achieve this mission. For my part, I was stressed because it was my first flight abroad and going to Brazil alone as a girl scared me and I think it important to emphasize it. But the refuge is perfectly located, there is no delinquency, it is beautiful and we welcome you to the airport. You work weekdays but have your evening and your weekend to visit everything you want. For my part, I know that I will come back, above all for the animals because I want to work in the animal protection but also to see the staff that I already miss. However I advise if possible to stay at least 3 weeks, just to see everything.

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot, it was certainly very short, but we are so disoriented that we can learn through it. It was my 1ere mission of eco-volunteering and not the last I can assure it. I learned a lot from the people there, who live in joy and good mood, but also sharing. I also learned to kayak, a first for me and with a splendid landscape! During my stay there I felt refreshed and fulfilled, away from the worries of everyday life.

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

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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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Lola participated to the mission Vervets Monkey Sanctuary in South Africa

Mission of 30 days, carried out in October 2018

My participation

Horaire:
- Beginning of the day at 7h
- End of the day according to the mission, about 16h / 16h30, later for the baby shifts and integration of the monkeys (18h)
- Possibility of night shifts with babies

Job :
- Give water and enrichment to monkeys
- Give the milk via the cages to the babies adopted by troops and thus having no contact with the man
- Prepare food in the morning
- Help the workers (cut fruits, wash plates, prepare bowls, distribute food
- Monitor the integration of monkeys from one cage to another or in a troop
- Participate in the overall maintenance throughout the refuge
- Cook for volunteers
- Take care of babies and their integration

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, it matched my expectations perfectly.

My advice

The toilets and showers are outside, not in the rooms, and the toilets are dry with a lot of midges / smells, you have to have it in mind.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Lucie participated (e) Mission monitoring Wildlife, South Africa

Mission 14 days, conducted in November 2018
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My participation

The missions are GPS tracking of animals, and counts of animals (wild dogs, lions, vultures, etc.).
We must also note if some animals have problems, if there is a change in behavior.
In the morning, departure to 4h30, return to camp to 10h. In the afternoon, we left between 15h30 and 16h30 depending on the heat, and back to camp between 19h and 20h.

My expectations

Beautiful Park (Hluhluwe), the monos very nice, a very nice experience

My advice

Beware, it's very cold in the morning! Make the onion, and take enough to remove the thickness as the day. The weather changes very quickly, take raincoats (impers pants too)

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Tina participated (e) Mission monitoring Wildlife, South Africa

Mission in August 2018

My participation

My experiences with this project have been absolutely amazing and unforgettable - experiences that will stay with me forever. It was a childhood dream to be able to visit Africa and see the wildlife in its natural home, specifically elephants. Each time I visit South Africa, I leave a little piece of my heart behind. I can not wait to return for my next experience with this project; I would go back tomorrow if I could!

With each project you get to be part of real conservation, learning from amazingly dedicated and knowledgeable wildlife monitors, being part of a small team of international volunteers who are quickly getting to know the wildlife. There is nothing like having an African elephant walk directly on the road towards you, seeing a lion's nest, and spotting an African Wild Dog pack. These are experiences that most people will never have.

Though you can not find the animals you are looking for, there is no shortage of things to see. There is amazing bird life, plants and trees, all around the reserves. You will quickly learn the difference between a nyala and an impala! There are a lot of opportunities in the world, and just being in South Africa and taking care of the natural surroundings is enough.

While not all of the work is easy or pretty, you know what you are doing is actually making a difference to the conservation and future of these animals and the reserves.

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Tolga participated (e) Mission Wildlife Monitoring, South Africa

Mission in September 2018

My participation

For a first time in South Africa, you will find that this project goes out of their way to deliver and provide everything that they state in their project descriptions. It is by far Real Africa and Real Conservation from the moment you arrive at your project location. I am so grateful to the wonderful monitors at Somkhanda and Manyoni that made me fall in love with the bush and made me understand the true meaning of wildlife conservation. If you want to monitor and protect the wildlife, then this is the project for you. I will be coming back !!!

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Judith took part in the Wildlife Monitoring Mission, South Africa

Mission in June 2018

My participation

I volunteered with this project for a month in September 2018 at iMfolozi Park and Tembe Elephant Park. This project delivers a real wildlife conservation experience. It's a hands-on experience ethical teaching practices. It's an opportunity to work alongside elephant and lion experts, a chance to meet other volunteers from around the world, and have unforgettable wildlife sightings. Thank you for this truly remarkable experience.

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Erick participated (e) Mission Wildlife Monitoring, South Africa

Mission in March 2018

My participation

An absolutely enriching experience. It is not only about helping animals, it is about getting involved in this problem of conserving endangered animals; about contributing to preserve their habitat; What are the major issues facing conservation and why? And probably a factor of utmost importance: about spreading the word and raising awareness. Species are disappearing from their habitats because of human activity. There are many ways of contributing to wildlife conservation, one of the organizations tackling the many problems facing the endangered species of South Africa.

Being in the field of monitoring various priority species daily, we are exposed to mind-blowing wildlife experiences. The contribution of a volunteer can appear at a glance, however, in this contribution adds up day-by-day, with the help of the monitoring team providing information to help maintain the equilibrium of the entire ecosystem. This includes endangered and non-endangered species, their habitat, and the endangering of the threat of extinction.

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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