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CARGEON participated in the Wildlife Monitoring Mission, South Africa

Mission 14 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

- Every 2 day, go to change the batteries of a dozen cameras with automatic trigger and download the photos on USB keys. We went in a pick-up, and every trip was a safari just for us
- All 2 days, sort photos; we were able to observe invisible animals during the day

My expectations

YES

What I retain

Awareness of the dangers threatening elephants, rhinos and leopards

My assets

I learned to cook for 7 with containers not suitable for the stove (lol!)

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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MAndré participated in the mission Iberian wolf conservation center, Portugal

Mission 15 days, conducted in July 2017
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My participation

We started 9 h 30 with big breaks of two hours at noon then we finished up to 17 h. Missions included cutting meat and feeding (3 x weekly), physical work to clear the ground in case of fire, water rounds especially when it is very hot. One-time assignments may be requested depending on the time you are doing your assignment. For example, I helped make badges for the store.

My expectations

Overall I enjoyed my stay, especially the feeding: it is the moment when you can observe the wolves and their behavior, especially that they are more than two in a pen. Each wolf has its specificities and there are therefore different methods to feed them each time. On the other hand, it is necessary to expect a big physical work, of the brushing in particular because they are only three employees for 117 hectares and therefore they need enormous need of the ecovolunteers. So expect sweat! The team is very nice and teaches us a lot about the Iberian wolves. The setting is particularly beautiful, we are in the middle of the forest with the wolves and if you hold your ear, you can hear them screaming during the night!

My advice

Have good physical strength to do some work, be patient to watch some very shy wolves and take a good camera! The best way is to go see them alone or in pairs to see them more easily.

What I retain

I learned a lot of interesting things about wolves and I could observe them as I wished. This has been a very good experience and no doubt that I will carry out other eco-missions!

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

In a sanctuary dedicated to the safeguarding of Iberian wolves, you participate in the daily care provided to the wolves, the behavioral observations and the maintenance of the site which is ...
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Sonia 83 participated in the mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pélagos: study of Cetacea and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 6 days, carried out in August 2017
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My participation

We had to list the cetaceans using the ObsenMer application.

My expectations

Appreciated is for me not strong enough. This mission was a revelation ... I do not want to stop there !! I wish to multiply these stays to acquire experience and why not to become ecoguide. In parallel I have ambition to train me in navigation, to pass my license offshore.

My advice

It has to be done!!! The important thing is to understand that man is so small facing this beauty of nature. Know also that if we are lucky enough to observe these individuals it is just because they have decided. It is they who decide because we are at home. They are full of kindness and kindness. The exchange is so much more beautiful. One must understand that it is so important to fight against these men who by pride or for money think that all their belongs and that they dominate everything! Conclusion: the person who is going to make this step thinking that she is in a giant Marineland, it is absolutely necessary that she be imbued with this natural beauty to leave this mission with another vision of things, or else she stays at home. .

What I retain

That happiness and a new project.

My assets

A knowledge of Mediterranean cetaceans but not yet enough. I want to learn more. Memories full of heads accompanied by chills knowing that I was able to exchange with these individuals a moment of our respective lives ...

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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Ingrid participated in the Wildlife Monitoring Mission, South Africa

Mission 28 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

Monitoring of African wild dogs, elephants, lions. Verification and maintenance of cameras on reserves. Evaluation of the species present in each area of ​​the reserves thanks to the photos of the cameras.

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed the stay, it was perfectly in line with my expectations.

My advice

You must be comfortable in English to fully enjoy the mission.

What I retain

New knowledge on the flora and fauna of South Africa, new encounters.

My assets

English.

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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Charlotte participated in the mission Przewalski Horses Reintroduction Program, Mongolia

Mission 15 days, conducted in July 2017

My participation

With the other eco-volunteers, we would go in groups of two or three people to study the environment of the horses. From 6h to 11h in the morning, at some distance from the animals, we would take notes on the temperature it was doing, our altitude, the time and attitude of the takhis group that we were following.

My expectations

Yes it was a unique experience for me that I will gladly repeat. I chose a 15 days stay for my first mission, to see if the adventure really pleased me and sincerely I would have stayed 15 more days. Even if I advise to take care of afternoon activities without organized activities, this mission has been able to empty my head by these landscapes, this immersion in another culture and the meeting with a different population, but know that the " We also listen to Bruno Mars on the other side of the planet! Do not be afraid of being badly received by the inhabitants of Mongolia as they are really adorable!

My advice

If you want to act for the environment, you are not afraid of adventure and turnarounds, eco-volunteering is for you! Specifically if you want to change your mind, Mongolia will live up to your expectations!

What I retain

Of the maturity, mainly. I decided to go alone to the adventure of the top of my 18 years and it made me grow enormously. Everyone should do a mission like this if they have the means and from the youngest age (even if there is no age to do so). On my return, I was able to confirm to my family that it is this life that pleases me, filled with adventure, reversals, surprises and new landscapes. I will leave for a new mission I am sure.

My assets

I want to work for environmental projects, having worked for the horses of Przewalski will be a great asset for the continuation of my studies as for the world of work. I think I can also be more and more able to talk to others, I am much less shy and I am no longer afraid to dare. In short I'm less afraid of being confronted with new situations!

The mission Przewalski Horse, Mongolia

This mission is interested in Przewalski horses reintroduction program in Mongolia a national park. You will participate in scientific monitoring of reintroduced populations of horses ...
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Alix participated in the mission Przewalski Horses Reintroduction Program, Mongolia

Mission 10 days, conducted in July 2017
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My participation

We worked from Monday to Friday in the park for the monitoring of horses. Every morning we wake up to 5H30 for a departure in the park at 6H. Our coordinator deposited us in our harem and we followed it all morning by raising the temperature, the wind, the GPS coordinates, the activity of the harem.
Great scenery, breakfast in the park, and watching wildlife in its entirety!
We returned to the camp around noon, and one of the groups was busy entering the data into the computers of the research center.
And then free time in the afternoon.

My expectations

This experience has been an incredible experience. I enjoyed the landscapes, the wild life, the connection with nature, the usefulness of our stay, our participation in the project. I really got back on the steppes. The volunteer eco group was top, we shared a lot and laughed!

My advice

I advise eco-volunteers to be proactive, and ask how they can make themselves useful for the project other than by working in the morning. There is the possibility of getting more involved if you wish (trap camera cameras in the park ...). I never got bored, I had taken out books and card games for the afternoons, but we also took advantage of the steppes, horseback riding, hiking between eco volunteers. It's very cool, a real invitation to disconnect and rest! Attention there is no internet, nor network, and the city is located at 2H or more according to traffic. We must be prepared to live far from everything.

What I retain

If I had to summarize in a few words I would say: meeting, sharing, serenity, change of scenery ... Exactly what I was looking for by taking this project.

My assets

English was essential to communicate and I got to speak English again. This allowed me to work again at my level and consider working in English on my return to France. I also took a step back during this journey in relation to the rhythm of life in France, at work ... I hope to keep this state of mind for a while! Patience: the Mongols are never on time, you do not always have the info on the activities ... and it's like that! And we do very well. We let ourselves be carried by the cool life in the steppes!

The mission Przewalski Horse, Mongolia

This mission is interested in Przewalski horses reintroduction program in Mongolia a national park. You will participate in scientific monitoring of reintroduced populations of horses ...
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Furco participated in the mission Iberian wolf conservation center, Portugal

Mission of 14 days, carried out in June 2017

My participation

We were a group of 5 volunteers and various tasks were assigned to us according to the schedule.
It was necessary to feed the wolves (3x per week in general). This task involved taking the meat out of the refrigerator, cutting it into pieces, weighing the proper amount to give to each wolf. Then we had to go around the pens and throw them food. Personally, it was the task that frightened me most when I arrived there, after reading the various testimonies, but it went well. The smell may be odd (it's still dated raw meat) but I did not find it very disturbing. It's a real team effort. Finally it is the moment when you will have the opportunity to see all the wolves! And if it really is beyond your strength, the team is very understanding and will not force you to anything at all. We were also charged with giving the wolves a drink several times a day. You will have the opportunity then to go around all the enclosures and to see the least fierce wolves approach. One could also be observing. It was very interesting to stay hidden to watch them and see the most shy of them closer. We also helped maintain the estate with Virgilio. We had to clear up all the shrubs, bushes, grasses, ... which are dangerous because they can easily ignite and quickly create forest fires. We also collected large pebbles that we then laid on a piece of road that was no longer very accessible. In these cases, we drive with the jeep. We also gathered fruit.
For the schedules, a typical day consisted of getting up to give the wolves a drink early in the morning (not always the same person). Then we worked generally from 9h / 10h to 12h with Virgilio by clearing brush. At the beginning we did this also in the afternoon, but it was too hot towards the end of the stay: we were then charged with more frequent rivers, food, observations.

My expectations

I enjoyed the stay. I admire those people who work there every day, who do this job out of passion. The team is very nice and approachable. They all try to pass on this passion for wolves. I went there to work and I even think I would have liked to have more work. It also depends on how long you go there, I think. With the 40 degrees to which we had the right, it was quite complicated to do very physical work in full sun in the middle of the afternoon.

My advice

Consider bringing work gloves, cap, sunscreen, pants. There is a washing machine out there so do not bother to bring too much. We did not have cars but we ordered Uber when we went out (it does not cost much if you take it to 4). Make water in the morning: you will have more chances to see the wolves. If something is wrong, feel free to say so. Everyone is very understanding.

What I retain

This mission allowed me to be in contact with these wild animals that I find superb. I came alone but I did not stay long. Our group of volunteers was great, we all got along. This is truly the time to meet open-minded and friendly people.

My assets

I am glad I took care of the meat because I did not know how I would react and I now know that it does not bother me. I came to do this mission alone and it enabled me to ensure my autonomy. I could speak English. One works his open-mindedness. My meeting with these wolves was magical.

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

In a sanctuary dedicated to the safeguarding of Iberian wolves, you participate in the daily care provided to the wolves, the behavioral observations and the maintenance of the site which is ...
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