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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

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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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Les Varois en Ecovolontariat took part in the Expéditions mission in the Pelagos Sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 10 days, carried out in September 2017

My participation

The work is defined by a schedule set up throughout the 10 days in binomial for the tasks: household, meals, night shifts 2h
as well as trinomials for the quarters 2h OBSERVATION CETACES
The OBS From sunrise 07h00 to sunset 18h / 19h
Night shifts based on departure 20h00 a 07h00

My expectations

The stay was fantastic as the atmosphere was excellent. It met our expectations, just to say they were missing a few cetaceans but unintentionally blame anyone. The PBS was rigorous but there were not many people in the area. Finally I think that during the periods of expectations for bad sea, it is necessary to plan a descent to the port in order to stretch its legs and take a small shower.

My advice

I recommend taking wipes as the shower on our stay was not always possible. Taking a small inflatable buoy quickly proved useful for swimming as well as pool goggles. A windbreak, headlamp, and double sheets even for 1 beds place. Solar Charger.ET Hat

What I retain

This mission brought knowledge in navigation and exploitation marine weather. She brought very friendly Human Relations and especially unforgettable memories

My assets

the asset is that we managed to live at 9 people on a tiny surface.

The Cetaceans mission Pelagos, France

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Pierre participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission of 33 days, carried out in October 2016
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My participation

I participated in the various activities proposed for the mission.
Schedules were variable depending on the activity. Sometimes we get up very early in the morning, for example to observe and count the birds. Sometimes we end up late at night for nocturnal observation studies. But the sequence of days is well thought out.
Sunday is the day of rest, well deserved.

My expectations

I just loved it. This was beyond my expectations.

My advice

2 weeks is enough if you want to change air but a bit short if you really want to invest. 4 weeks is good. More is even better. Feel free to take some photo material with you. Need more advice? Do not hesitate to write to me.

What I retain

Many images and sounds will remain in memory. I also met some really great people with whom I keep contact. Whether it is among the other volunteers that people from the staff. I felt close to nature. This wealth impressed me. It makes you want to preserve it. I can not wait to return to.

My assets

It is a very rewarding experience from both a scientific and a human point of view. I felt useful for the conservation of biodiversity, even at my small level.

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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ILoveCharlieTheSamango participated in the Mission Sanctuary of the Vervets Monkeys in South Africa

Mission 27 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

Workdays started every day at 7h and finished between 11h and 13h in the morning, resumed at 13h or 14h (always with a break of at least 1h to eat), until 16h or 17h, exceptionally 18h.

My expectations

I loved my stay and it was way above my expectations. I could not hope for what I lived.

My advice

If you go there in winter (so in summer in France), take several good sweaters.

What I retain

My stay at the VMF was extremely enriching. I have long been aware of the protection of nature and animals, but spending so much time caring for monkeys has created a strong emotional attachment to monkeys and the sanctuary. It is a place I love especially because of the simplicity of the living environment (sleeping in a wooden cabin, taking a shower in a place where you can see the trees) ... I Found the place to be charming. I was worried about going on food (vegan) because I was afraid to change my diet as drastically (I loved meat and I did not like vegetables ..) but finally I was 100% convinced by this way of life, and I became vegan when I returned. I loved being able to spend as much time watching the monkeys, working with them, getting to know them (in terms of species and more individually). I advise this experience to anyone motivated to put the hand to the pulp to preserve the nature!

My assets

Eating behavior.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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