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Julie participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies 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 rhythm gave me a lot more. Work, rest and a great atmosphere! We even had time to visit the country for 2/3 days. The welcome is great, we fell in love with these people. Not really speaking Spanish, Manuel taught us a lot .. he has the patience of a teacher! There are even cookers and we really enjoyed ourselves. We eat "Gallo pinto" (rice and red beans) at all meals, corn cakes, chicken and the best soup in the world!

My advice

It's a great experience. Go there with your eyes closed, you will love it! We started with 2 it's easier I think because it is a distant and unknown country. Once there, I felt very comfortable and safe. The place where the mission takes place is at the end of the world. It is simply magical. The painful point is the mosquitoes and the damp heat: you feel sticky all day. What is unfortunate is the lack of contact before leaving for the mission… so do not hesitate to contact David, the manager. He speaks very good English. And the cost of transferring to the mission is staggering. By bus it doesn't even cost 10 euros. Contact us by email 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 in the Wildlife Monitoring mission, 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 animal reserves, animal monitoring, change of collar, blood test, data entry on return On the other hand, the human relationship was not in the same vein ....

My advice

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

What I retain

To realize that sharing a room with a stranger is a game of poker ..... Fifteen days of savannah, nature, elephants, giraffes, rhinos, impalas everywhere are nothing but 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 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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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 a minimum. I had worked on it a bit a month before leaving and the patience of my colleagues there did the rest. There were a lot (really a lot) of mosquitoes around the time I left. Take something to protect yourself all day and night. There are mosquito nets on the beds so no problem there.

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 one day be released into a forest. So little or no contact with the monkeys. I had the chance on two occasions to be able to spend a moment with three vervet babies with the presence of the "baby mums". I enjoyed the moments at the end of the day when I walked around the sanctuary, to observe the monkeys in freedom with their babies (called "the bandits"). Photoshoots :)

My advice

Check the number of volunteers when they come. (If possible) Do not expect to hug or touch monkeys. On the other hand, it is possible to observe them and get to know some of them. Try to organize a trip to Kruger Park (safari)

What I retain

Ability to live in a community, living conditions not always easy (example: sanitary facilities 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 of being interested in the Beninese culture and in particular the voodoo. In conclusion, this mission brought me a lot; on the other hand, I am not sure that I brought much to the primates, unlike the previous volunteer, who graduated in biology, who stayed for 2 or 3 months.

My assets

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

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 immediately began 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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