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Mathou participated in the 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 in the Horse Reintroduction Program mission in Przewalski, 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 the staff, quality and diversity of meals. Discovery of the yurt (souvenir from camping) ..... Excellent hygiene I never have too many expectations in relation to this kind of stay. Do not hesitate to buy in the shop of the local crafts center, as well as adopt a horse. This allows them to continue to keep the center alive (with the biologists who research and monitor the horses and all the Flora and Fauna of Hustai Park. This public interest park does not receive any state subsidy! !!!!

My advice

To understand the relevance of these interventions, you must stay at least 3 weeks. I am no longer very young and I have not found any major difficulties.

What I retain

See an important biodiversity that we should be able to keep. Meeting with the rather hard life of nomads. Always a lot of respect for all those people who (fortunately) believe in a very important and vital cause for the future of humanity. Thank you Nara and Uran (couple responsible). You who, you devote and who 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 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

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, I more than liked it, but above all it exceeded my expectations. It has been an incredible week, where I felt really useful. The data collected via the "obsenmer" application is 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 motivated by our eco-guide, supported by a friendly skipper. All of this obviously takes place in a good mood;) It should be noted that in addition to being useful, we enjoy the sea and cetaceans for a week which at the end seems magical. We met dozens of animals that we would never think of seeing like this before his eyes, while having shared the daily lives of wonderful people now friends.

My advice

We can note the slightly different rhythm of life on board, where with sometimes short nights at sea, it is good to take a nap between two observation sessions during the day. Small logistical detail, provide light long sleeves and a good head covering: the sun is strong at sea.

What I retain

First of all, we leave with incredible memories: the image of a magnificent cetacean not far from the boat and moments of laughter in our heads. Then we met some great people, who also wanted 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 essential. We quickly realize our irrational consumption ... We pay more attention on a daily basis when we come home.

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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Léa SABY participated in the Amazonian forest mammals and wildlife mission 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

Like 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 swimming pool as well as wifi. Otherwise, mosquitoes are quite ferocious, the best is to take local repellent, it is more effective. Finally, regarding 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 town. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Raul, he has always listened to me and always took 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 in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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, photograph ... Thanks to our great echoguide (Colin), we learned a lot about marine life in the Mediterranean, and with our skipper on sailboat navigation. A great atmosphere in the team for 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 Mediterranean marine mammals and other animals Learn the concepts of navigation and maneuvering on a sailboat

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Cathie Rouger 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

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 plunge to go alone with people I don't know, to do something I didn't know how to do. Having not had similar experiences before, I had no particular expectations except the meeting with cetaceans. And we were more than spoiled on this point since we were able to follow 16 whales, 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 over the days. The strength of the emotions felt during this week facilitated the forging 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 to let go of some apprehensions 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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Benoît B participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in June 2019

My participation

The days are organized as follows:
Every morning the departure of anchorage is 8h. Then everyone has a schedule to respect. It consists of 3 life tasks on board and the observation mission:
- arrangement / cleaning (max 1 / 2 time)
-cooked
-washing up
-and of course the mission, the viewing quarters of 2h.
Each day is organized differently and each task is executed at 2.
Observation watches are held at 3.
All this seems a little strict said like that but everything is done in the user-friendliness and the good mood.
The day ends at 19h with a good swim at sea before the aperitif. The schedules and the schedule can be jostled and / or adapted according to the observations: the priority to the animals! ... or a seasickness that would make the mission complicated kitchen :)))

My expectations

I loved this stay. It corresponds in all points to my expectations and even more! My main motivation was the mission related to marine mammals. Meeting wild animals in their habitat is always an incredible experience. Especially when it is done with respect for the latter. Thereupon the contract is fulfilled. Now you should always keep in mind that you may not see anything on certain days ... it's the animals, chance and luck that decide. Then, you have to be honest, I was apprehensive about 2 things: promiscuity and seasickness. Well, seasickness is a personal matter, you have sea legs or not and otherwise there is Mercalm. :))) For my part, I felt it a bit on a slightly heavy swell day (for a novice). It's not pleasant, but the Cybelle team is there for you ... and an encounter with dolphins quickly makes you forget your nausea. :) As for promiscuity, the mission is so great that it is the least of your worries, the other participants still have a state of mind close to yours so it works well and at worst there is always a way to isolate yourself if necessary. Afterwards I realize that I really liked the fact of living the present moment, to the rhythm of nature, of being in something concrete and useful ... it makes all your vacations spent so far out of date: )))

My advice

My main advice will be not to hesitate to register! From a more practical point of view ... travel light. Half of my bag was useless. The essential kit of the good ecovolunteer in observation will be: cap, sunglasses and mineral sunscreen ... the white one which makes you look like a zombie but which protects you thoroughly (without destroying the seabed). :)

What I retain

This mission brought me wonderful memories of encounters with the animals but also with the rest of the crew. I learned new things about marine life but also about navigation. And finally this experience confirmed me in renewing this kind of experience!

My assets

The knowledge that can be transposed to my daily life is without hesitation: water management. On a boat, fresh water is very limited so you have to be tricky and turn on the tap sparingly. ... I also bring in my suitcases some good recipes from my teammates' kitchens. :)

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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Floriane participated in the Amazonian forest mammals and wildlife mission in the Tambopata reserve in Peru

Mission 49 days, conducted in March 2019
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My participation

Our work was varied, mainly monitoring groups of spider monkeys in the jungle to study but also other projects according to the subjects of trainees present on the station. Thus, we went to look for specimens of amphibians or insects, to install nets with birds and bats. There is also a little maintenance in order to keep the paths and the garden in state, armed with a machete it is necessary to clean and thin to be able to move better.
Our days start mostly at 7h and end at 18h. Depending on the missions of the day, I had the opportunity to start the day at 4h30 to look for groups of monkeys, or to finish at 20h during the "Amphibian" excursions.

My expectations

I loved the stay, I was looking for a volunteering immersed in the jungle that brings me new knowledge and a great experience and that's exactly what I found. The cohesion of volunteers from around the world impressed me and I will keep a very good memory of my experience.

My advice

Do not expect a great comfort but there is the minimum and it is totally bearable! Immersion in the jungle of course includes the presence of animals in everyday life, young and old, and so do not forget its repellent, indispensable! Finally, expect to take full eyes and enjoy this human and environmental experience.

What I retain

I discovered that I could easily adapt to a very different environment from the one I'm used to, that the bare minimum of comfort is enough to enjoy the adventure and that community life in the long run I do not have a problem.

My assets

Adaptation to new situations, cohesion within a team, know how to appreciate the transmission of knowledge, the respect of cultures and the will to act for the planet.

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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Charlotte participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu reserve in Peru

Mission 33 days, conducted in July 2018
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My participation

At the beginning of each week, a big picture was posted describing the different missions of the week for each one. We had a mission in the morning (8h-12h) and one in the afternoon (14h-16h / 17h). We were divided into groups and the missions were very varied: setting up butterfly traps, research and observation of different monkey species, maintenance of the organic garden, observation of reptiles, etc ... From time to time, there was organized nocturnal walks with some of us. From 21h / 21h30 we left for the forest because it is the night we could observe more reptiles and insects (frogs, spiders, snakes, etc ...).
On Saturday nights there were organized evenings, Sunday was our break day and in the evening it was cinema!

But it was not only that, we often had the opportunity to visit villages around by boat, or to go swimming in the rivers or in the river.

Finally, a last EXCEPTIONAL part of my program: since I spoke a little Spanish, I was offered to go for a week in the village of Boca Manu to build the structure of an organic garden! ... and I said yes of course!
We were 4 women and in 4 days we had everything built! The little schoolgirls did not return and the most macho men in the village even less! We had a good laugh and it was rich experience!

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! I wanted to be disconnected from the world we know, I wanted to find our origins, Mother Earth, the real one. The first and last days were dedicated to visiting the city of Cuzco, which allowed to discover a new landscape and new ways of life. Then the arrival in the jungle… I do not even tell you about it so much it was breathtaking to me! I was coming out of 2 years of preparatory class, I needed to clear my head and evacuate the stress, for a month I had only one reason to take the lead: "What disguise I will choose for the evening of Saturday night? " : p Anyway, lying on a hammock with the forest as far as the eye can see, in a way it relaxes a lot!

My advice

Plan a good number of spare clothes because it is often damp and the laundry has difficulty drying after being washed. Also bring warm clothes for the evening, because with the humidity and when it has just rained downpours it is quite cold. And also a point that is close to my heart! Don't take lots of drugs before you come. Vaccines are still important, but the malaria medication often causes much more serious side effects than the disease itself! Knowing one thing, the forest contains trees which provide natural remedies! When we arrived we were presented with a tree that could cure malaria! YES it's magic!

What I retain

A totally different perspective on our world, that's what it brought me! I learned the different methods to see the state of health of the forest, to see if it manages to regenerate itself after having been destroyed ... And yes life is coming back despite all the harm that may have been done to it, even if it Today does not come out unscathed because of global warming!

My assets

Since my trip, a lot of things have changed in my life, in my state of mind. - I no longer eat palm oil products at all, I boycott them! - I want to do a job where I will work outside. As I am in business school, the office is a fairly common passage but staying locked is not for me! - I no longer treat myself with drugs that only worsen the state of our immune system. Plants and essential oils are much more effective remedies which are more and more part of my daily life. - Finally, today I am making a commitment to protect this Earth which is our one and only home, our only mother to all. I wish to initiate myself to Shamanism in order to be even closer to what saw us being born and where we will return to dust ... I would come back to this country, I would come back to the forest for sure! But this time I want to be able to meet real indigenous peoples and learn their knowledge. BLOG: http://ecovolontariatperou2018.eklablog.com/ (I still haven't started it but photos and videos are coming soon!)

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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Stéphanie participated in the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary mission in South Africa

Mission of 28 days, performed in February 2019

My participation

My name is Stephanie. I am 29 years old and I am currently in 3ème and last year of a Baccalaureat in Agronomy with Animal Technology. As part of my internship, I spent a month (February 2019) at the Vervet Monkey Foundation ... What an incredible adventure!
Fascinated for a long time by the African continent and fascinated by primatology and great apes through the work of people like Jane Goodall, it was a very exciting and especially exciting experience to discover the vervets in their natural environment.

My expectations

The energy of South Africa, the splendid setting of the sanctuary, the seriousness of the project, the kindness and generosity of the people I met, the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, the vegan lifestyle and more that all the meeting with this species of primates highly social and intelligent, all I really liked! I immediately felt comfortable and in tune with the management and philosophy of the rehabilitation and conservation program. Always well supervised by the members of the team on site, I learned a lot while feeling fully involved in this project. As Dave Du Toit, founder and director of the VMF, said, I could see the difference I made in the everyday life of these animals just by looking in their eyes every day.

What I retain

I am very grateful and proud to have been part of this eco-volunteering project! I also hope to have the chance to return one day ... Take care of baby vervets, work hard for their integration with the troops, live among the Bandits (a wild population of vervets that evolve around the pens) and I wish it with all my heart to see these primates integrate the "Vervet Forest".

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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