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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

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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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 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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Maurice participated in the ecological monitoring and surveillance mission in the Bouche du Roy community reserve in Benin

Mission 15 days, conducted in November 2018
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My participation

Ecological monitoring - recording information on threatened flora and fauna - remains very varied: monitoring the mangrove / red mangrove, birds / 5 varieties, search for animal traces and pose of camera, night patrol for the recovery of the eggs of turtles, followed by sea and continental fishing, sensitization of villagers to restrict wood consumption.
Generally I participated in 2 different activities per day 1 from 8 to 13h then 16 to 18 or 22 at midnight. But it is the land that commands, some survey points are 1h30 canoe or the village head is absent and we can not always circulate freely for our mission.
The contribution is not really obvious, the monitoring is still in its infancy and our questioning brings a methodological reflection to a young Beninese team that relies a lot on trainees. But this should evolve by delegating a little more to eco-volunteers in the future.

My expectations

An immersion in a fishing village in an Eco-Lodge allowing to be very close to the population for 15 days and by multiplying the improbable encounters facilitated by the welcome and the smile of the Beninese. Every day had its share of surprises, of discoveries. As a bonus, an exceptional site in the middle of coconut palms in Avlo.

My advice

In terms of equipment, summer dress during the day, light long-sleeved shirts and trousers in the evening. Think about rain gear especially to protect your backpack and camera. Do not be afraid of the canoe and the movement behind the motorcycle. Possibility of swimming in the hotel swimming pool or in the river. Do not hesitate to go to the very rich Eco-Benin site. A detailed program - even if changes are inevitable - will be communicated a few days before departure. The smart guy from Benin

What I retain

15j. awareness of our environment and a lot of exchange with trainees of different nationality

My assets

Reinforcing anti wasting behavior

The ecological monitoring mission, South Benin

Ecological monitoring in a community reserve in South Benin During this mission, you will contribute to ecological monitoring and surveillance at ...
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Marco took part in the study and conservation of the Long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission 15 days, conducted in July 2018
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My participation

more than expected ... The first week no intervention in the center, mainly the hike to discover the island in all its splendor and possible traces of wild otters ...
second week in turn, 8h00 cleaning pens, preparing meals of animals and feeding same thing to 16h30 and meanwhile maintenance work of the center according to the needs and skills of each: fence, weeding, wood, fishing , gravel, etc ... In joy and good mood according to the pace of each ... Todo bem!

My expectations

great welcome and exceptional site a few meters from the Peri lagoon. Environment beyond our expectations of course ... Marmosets, toucans and many exotic hosts for us from the nearby forest Quality reception structure In addition to otters you will have to take care of martens, ferrets and a raccoon ... Soon a couple of giant otters! A top team, nothing but good will never dismantled by the vagaries of the center ... Tranquilo !!

My advice

good physical condition ... Take a few hikes before leaving to keep pace! Perhaps plan a minimum of 3 weeks for more involvement with otters, to know them better and to consider experiences with (toys to make ...) revise your Spanish or learn Portuguese especially for life outside the center

What I retain

Fitness, potatoes and smiles !!! better knowledge of the animal in question

My assets

the chainsaw !!

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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Anouk participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in June 2018
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My participation

The mission is to embark on a sailboat for a few days, far from the land and its daily life, in the company of unknown people and to know, ready to share the same experience. The objective is the cetacean census and the one we all have deep inside us is to spot the animals, not to miss one, to share the emotion of the meeting, to prepare good meals and all that can embellish the life on board. For lovers of the marine environment and fans of new encounters, it's really a great experience.

What I retain

The desire to leave

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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sophie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies 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 participated in the Vervet Monkey Sanctuary mission in 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 French speakers will be able to help you on site (again thank you to them .....), have a good sense of adaptation to community life, enjoy walking (the field of the foundation is extended). The site being isolated, the programming of transport, ancillary activities and menu-shopping is not always easy. No worries if you are not vegan or vegetarian, 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 back on an eco-volunteering mission. Long-time vegetarian, (attempting 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 well and READ the clear and complete instructions of cybelle planet. Provide physiological serum (you work in an outdoor environment, and the air is very dry). It can get very hot and then cold, also plan to wear shoes suitable for working in the rain. Vegan food is fantastic, have no qualms about it, and on your days off you can go to the city ... Speaking of the city, follow the instructions given, South Africa is a country with a lot of inequalities and therefore very poor people who live in the midst of the rich (don't behave like a walking 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

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