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Sophie has participated (e) mission Expeditions in the Pelagos Sanctuary: A Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 6 days, carried out in June 2018

My participation

standing 2 for hours at the front of the boat (by 3 team) to scan the whales' breath, dolphin jumps, report them to the boat and the skipper for them to take a respectful approach and take pictures. Also inform as the tablet about any event that happens on the water, in the water, in the air in the observation triangle allocated. inform every half hour the tablet on the weather conditions. And this 2 or 3 times not day. to cook; to do the housework; do the dishes in turn

My expectations

it's a job that can seem tedious when nothing happens but that is so exciting as soon as an animal presents itself: It requires concentration that the last half hour is a little difficult to support.

My advice

when we stay 2 still hours we must think that the weather can change. so take on the deck a warm clothing, water, small cakes and especially in the action we do not always think to renew the sunscreen ... also, a light shirt with long sleeve and a light sarong that can to be sarong (for the legs) seems like a good idea.

What I retain

the sharing of strong emotions, the taste of the human, the joy of seeing a school of dolphins turn away from his path to follow the boat for a moment, to hear the breath of the whales during the nights of watch ... what to say: we thank these animals for accepting us in their field

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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Flofeyn participated (e) mission Wildlife Monitoring, South Africa

Mission of 28 days, carried out in May 2018

My participation

I participated in the monitoring of protected species and this experience was exciting. It is a demanding job, with a start from 04h30 or 05h30 in the morning depending on the mission. Behavior of lions, cheetahs, elephants, wild dogs, raptors and many others ... you have to be constantly on the lookout, whether with telemetry, binoculars, or with the naked eye. Spotting animals, changing camera-traps, classifying photos are some of the tasks to be done. We live at another rhythm, that of wildlife! I discovered that I was ready to spend hours behind my binoculars to see a cheetah for a few moments. We learn patience and we are rewarded.

My expectations

My stay exceeded my expectations because I learned a lot about the South African flora and fauna in contact with the instructors. I was lucky to see many striking scenes of wildlife. And I feel I have helped the instructors who dedicate their lives to the preservation of endangered species.

My advice

My advice to future volunteers is to be flexible with other volunteers, to review their English, to put a broad-spectrum antibiotic in their medicine kit. Also provide warm clothes, a raincoat.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Valérie took part in the Vervets Monkeys Sanctuary mission to South Africa

Mission 21 days, conducted in April 2018

My participation

The work I did consisted mainly of monitoring (monitor the young vervet monkeys being rehabilitated on the interactions with other adult and young monkeys, their diet .... and note their behavior), go around the " sections "sheltering monkeys rehabilitated to provide water and" forage ", prepare / cut fruit for monkeys' food and clean containers, help cooking for the whole small community .... The work is actually varied and everyone can find their place and contribute to the proper functioning of the foundation that needs much reinforcement.

My expectations

I really appreciated the diversity of ecovolunteers' origins and their motivations for this experience (but having in common a certain taste for the preservation of the environment), the contact with the monkeys (endearing but also mischievous!) And to live during 3 weeks in this corner of nature, returning to the essential (but quite sufficient) regarding the living conditions.

My advice

Have a good level in English even if Francophones can help you on the spot (thanks again to them .....), have a good sense of the adaptation to the life in community, well to like the walk (the ground of the foundation is extended). The site is isolated, transport programming, ancillary activities and menu-shopping is not always easy. No worries if you are not vegan or vegetarian in advance, the food is excellent!

What I retain

Contribute, at my small level, to the rehabilitation of a species unfairly considered as "vermin" but suffering in fact from the disappearance of the forests constituting its natural habitat and the development of road infrastructures (collisions).

My assets

Want to go on an eco-volunteering mission. Long-time vegetarian, (try to) switch to a vegan diet.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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Audrey participated (e) mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys in South Africa

Mission 13 days, conducted in December 2017

My participation

Maintenance and repair of cages, preparation of food, observations and care of juveniles, observations and distribution of food in the troops.

My expectations

I will go back to this center. This trip (too short), ideally provide 1 months; brought me a lot on a personal level and allowed me to express all my love for wild animals in a very respectful and informative setting. I refocused on my little place to be human and in the eyes of the Vervets I saw the expression of the soul of the living. I was very touched and moved by this meeting! The management team will take care of you with as much attention as for the monkeys. The schedule is very well done. The pace of the day is well balanced.

My advice

Remember to equip yourself and READ the clear and complete instructions of cybelle planet. Plan saline (we work in an outdoor environment, and the air is very dry). It can be very hot and cold, so plan shoes suitable for work in the rain. The vegan food is fantastic, have no apprehension with it, and on your rest days you can go to town ... Speaking of the city respect the instructions given, South Africa is a country with a lot of inequalities and therefore very poor people who live in the middle of the rich (do not behave as a wallet!).

My assets

Each of these missions opens a little more my consciousness and gives meaning to my life in this civilization where I do not understand everything ... and do not recognize me.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Julie participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2017

My expectations

This stay at sea with Cybelle Planète, as part of an eco-friendly holiday, for the observation and protection of cetaceans in the Sanctuary of Pelagos is an unforgettable memory. In addition to days at sea and all the animals that we could cross and observe (whales, dolphins, moonfish, rays, turtles), we were lucky enough to spend a night at sea. dawn with a whale and visit (again!) a ray.

What I retain

This mission was my first time at sea. I discovered (and loved) life aboard a boat. And I was happy to be able to observe the animals knowing that the data collected would be useful for their protection.

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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Ysa & Johanna participated (e) mission Conservation of sea turtles in Nicaragua

Mission of 15 days, carried out in August 2017
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My participation

The work is mostly patrols at night on the beach to find turtles shooting or nests. In general, 2 teams take turns all night long. The teams are made up of a local and a volunteer. The goal then is to bring the eggs back to the "vivero" to protect them from predators. We did not encounter turtles during our patrols in late August early September, it was the end of the season for the turtles "carey" but we attended many births. Babies are measured, weighed, we take a piece of skin for analysis and finally we can release them to the sea.
During the day, we participated in a whole lot of activity: repainting the interior of the house, planting mangroves, making signs for the trail, looking for seashells, etc.
There is also plenty of free time to rest, go to the beach (either the estuary or the Pacific) or play "no te enojes"!
Everyone gets up when he wants .. with jet lag we get up early easily and we can enjoy all day.
On site there are several locals, volunteers from the country and we were 3 coming from Europe.

My expectations

We loved our stay. It was very exotic and the pace has me much more. Work, rest and a great atmosphere! We even had time to visit the country during 2 / 3 days. The reception is great, we had a big crush for these people. Not really speaking Spanish, Manuel taught us a lot .. he has the patience of a teacher! There are even cooks and we enjoyed ourselves. We eat "Gallo pinto" (rice and red bean) at every meal, corn cakes, chicken and the best soup in the world!

My advice

It's a great experience. Go there with eyes closed, you will love! We went to 2 it's easier I think because it is a distant and unknown country. Once there, I felt very good and safe. The place where the mission takes place is a little at the end of the world. It's just magic. The hard point is the mosquitoes and the wet heat: it feels sticky all day. What is a pity is the lack of contact before departure to the mission ... so, do not hesitate to contact David, the manager. He speaks very good English. And the cost of the transfer to the mission is amazing. By bus it does not even cost 10 euros. Contact us by mail if you want more info, we will be happy to answer you! johanna.31@hotmail.fr titmog@hotmail.fr

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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LaBéa participated (e) Mission monitoring Wildlife, South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in December 2017
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My participation

Departure 4h morning return 11-12 h then 16h return 18h
Scan protected species such as cheetahs, wild dogs, lions, elephants to take the lead to find them
List all animals seen with a GPS fix

My expectations

Very enriching stay on the management of the animal reserves the follow-up of the animals, the change of collar, blood test, the return of the data in return By against the human relation was not with the same sign ....

My advice

Ask to be at least with someone of the same nationality because Thempe they were three to speak French ...... Take warm clothes even in summer and rain clothes ..... Wonderful experience when we love the savannah and wild animals

What I retain

To realize that sharing a room with a stranger is a gamble ..... Fifteen days of savannah, nature, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, impalas everywhere are just happiness

My assets

Being even more active in the defense of animals: their space is shrinking from day to day, they are in permanent danger all over the world. Thank you to all the associations that put so much energy towards them

The mission Wild, South Africa

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Camille took part in the Turtle Conservation in Nicaragua

Mission of 30 days, carried out in June 2017
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My participation

The job is to patrol the night beaches, to spot the turtles that lay or (most of the time) the new nests and to retrieve the eggs to bury them in a protected place (the Vivero). Schedules depend on tides and sunrise / sunset but usually run around 18h to 6h in the morning the next day (in two shifts). When a team does not patrol, she sleeps near the Vivero in hammocks. If you are lucky enough to come across a turtle, you have to measure it and mark it if you have not already done so.
Besides this, we also participate in the protection of the mangrove by collecting seeds and making them sprout in a planter before replanting. School groups come from time to time in the Casa Carey and this work is often done with them. During group visits, turtle capture sessions in the estuary for tagging also take place.

My expectations

I loved my stay at Casa Carey, for the work of course but also for the great team I worked with. In addition to the project manager and local residents who patrol the whole year, there were 3 volunteers Nicaraguans, a couple of travelers who took care of the house and of course a super manager of the house who helped me to improve my spanish. The atmosphere was relaxed and I learned a lot during these four weeks. The start was very difficult!

My advice

Nicaraguans do not speak English at all, so you have to be able to get by with a minimum. I had worked on it a month before leaving and the patience of my colleagues there did the rest. There are a lot (really a lot) of mosquitoes at the time I left. Take care of yourself all day and night. There are mosquito nets on the beds so no problem at this level.

What I retain

I was able to learn a lot about turtles, and the protection of saline ecosystems. I greatly improved my Spanish and met great people.

My assets

Spanish will probably be very useful to me all my life. I was able to develop my adaptation skills and my human relationships.

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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