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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

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

Mission of 30 days, carried out in October 2017

My participation

Schedules, usually volunteers start the day at 7h until 17h, with a break in the morning from 10h to 10h30 and from 12h to 14h for the meal.
Sometimes you can have 1h working on lunchtime or in the evening.

Every day the schedule changes, but the tasks consist of:
- preparation of meals, cutting fruits and vegetables (helping the team to distribute the bowls)
- maintenance: (cleaning, cleaning of bowls or blankets, storing fruit and vegetable deliveries in boxes, weeding, painting, construction of enclosures or landscaping)
- go around the parks and cages: (give drilling, seeds, water, check the electric fences)
- the observation of a monkey or a baby in his park or his cage, for different reasons: (to watch a health problem, the integration in a troop, the behavior and relation with the others etc).

My expectations

The main objective is that they may be released one day in a forest. So no or little contact with the monkeys. I had the chance twice to be able to spend some time with three vervet babies with the presence of "baby mum's". I enjoyed the end-of-day moments when I walked around the sanctuary to observe monkeys roaming free with their babies (named "bandits"). Photo sessions :)

My advice

Check the numbers of volunteers when coming in. (If possible) Do not expect to take monkeys in your arms or touch them. On the other hand possibility to observe them and to learn to know some of them. Try to organize an outing to Kruger Park (safari)

What I retain

Ability to live in community, living conditions not always easy (example: sanitary or vegan food for non-vegan people), but you get used to it. The exchange between volunteers, the different experiences of travel or volunteering is interesting.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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jeanmariecunin took part in the Protection and Study of Primates mission in Benin

Mission of 14 days, performed in January 2017
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My participation

Browse a small forest to count the monkeys; note their number, activities, travel, etc.
Time (approximately): 9-12h then 14h-17h

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay in Benin, the place, the people, everything is very nice; On the other hand, I am not convinced of the usefulness of a volunteer on such a short stay and with a qualification unrelated to the subject (in my case, a degree in finance). I think I mainly contributed financially, but I doubt I had any impact on primates and their environment.

My advice

Do not bring a white tshirt ...!

What I retain

A first glimpse of Africa, very useful from a pro-personal point of view The main interest of this mission, besides being sensitized to ecotourism, is the possibility to take an interest in the Beninese culture and especially in voodoo. In conclusion, this mission has brought me a lot; on the other hand I am not sure of having brought a lot to the primates, unlike the previous volunteer, graduated in biology who remained 2 or 3 months.

My assets

Knowledge of Africa very useful for me who was looking for a job in Africa. From a pro point of view, this demonstrates a certain ability of resilience and adaptation to live 2 weeks in rural Africa. From a personal point of view, it was exciting!

The Primates Mission, South Benin

Restoration of primate habitat in the Mono Valley, Benin This mission immerses you in an eco-development program in Benin. The project aims to set up a ...
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Bertille participated (e) Mission Dolphin Tracking Italy

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2017
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My participation

The day usually began at 9h with the departure at sea, we began immediately the observation shifts, in pairs, for one hour. It is then necessary to observe each one half of the boat and to raise all the potentially interesting elements. Using software, all observations are recorded. At the same time, hydrophones are permanently in the water, in order to detect sperm whales in particular. When an animal is located, everyone is mobilized to collect as much data as possible. The work required patience and resistance to heat. We usually came back to the port to 19h.

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay, both for the very enriching scientific side and also the human side, the exceptional atmosphere on the boat, the rhythm of life and the Italian cuisine ...

My advice

To be comfortable on a boat, to endure the heat and the sun, to be very patient, to be ready to live in promiscuity. It is also good to have a fairly good level of English (or Italian) in order to fully enjoy exchanges between people! And think about bringing camera to immortalize this great stay.

What I retain

Scientific knowledge that was missing on the methods of observation, improve my English by talking with other volunteers, discovery of the island of Ischia, and of course observe my first sperm whales!

My assets

As a student in oceanography, the mastery of English, knowledge on cetaceans, on the hydrophonic methods, photo identification ... But also learn to live in community!

The Dolphins Mission, Italy

This mission takes place around an island in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. On board a sailboat, you go every day to make offshore observations and collecting data on cetaceans living in the ...
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Evelyne participated in the mission Expeditions in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetacea and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 10 days, carried out in September 2017

My participation

My days were divided into several quarters. There were observation shifts, kitchen shifts, dish quarters, and finally, household quarters. During nights spent at sea, I also made night shifts: stay awake on deck to avoid collisions with other boats. The days lasted from 8h30 in the morning (about) until 18h (about) with quite a bit of time to rest.

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay. I did not think of seeing so many fin whales and dolphins! Life on a sailboat in a small committee suits me as well. The most important thing was I knew more or less what was waiting for me and I was not disappointed!

My advice

I will advise the future volunteers to arm themselves with a patient, you can see nothing but it is the magic of nature. To see nothing is also a given but surely we all prefer to see and I first! Listen to the eco-guide which is a mine of information! Basically, enjoy every moment and "forget" his cell phone!

What I retain

A more in-depth knowledge of cetaceans and in particular those that can be seen in the Mediterranean.

My assets

Better water management and the manufacture of natural cleaning products!

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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Anne participated in the mission Expeditions in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetacea and Biodiversity, France

Mission 7 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

Our work as an ecovolunteer is to observe cetaceans and other marine species. The work is in the form of 2h quarters during which we scan the sea in order to record all our observations in the OBSenMER application. It will then be used by scientists studying marine fauna and their behavior, particularly in relation to human activity.
The schedules of the day are very variable, it depends on the weather. But when all goes well, the days can start very early, 6h of the morning for the first quarters. We stop at 18h with a break at noon. But all this varies, of course, if the animals are there, we quickly forget his plate !! And there are also night shifts when you stay at sea.
But can we talk about schedules and work when we are there to observe the animals in their natural environment?

My expectations

I loved!! It is an extraordinary experience as well human as with respect to encounters with animals in their natural environment. It is magic. It was even better than I imagined. I did not think so much about the maneuvers and I did not know what to expect from the night shifts. That was THE discovery. What a feeling of being on the deck of a sailboat at night, far from any landmark !! So that more than fulfilled my expectations. I even regretted only one week.

My advice

Go there without hesitation!

What I retain

I have always liked to observe the animals, the marine mammals especially that I had had the opportunity to observe during my travels. But now I know that I have infinite patience to observe them relentlessly from morning to night over several days. It makes me want to go on.

My assets

I now know how to make bolognese spaghetti !!! D More seriously, living on a sailboat at 9, teaches us tolerance and listening. Added to this is patience in our observations, nature is unpredictable and can be desired. And then, living on a sailboat, reminded me how precious fresh water is.

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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