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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 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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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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Captain Ruciak participated (e) mission Expeditions in the sanctuary Pelagos: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 10 days, carried out in June 2017
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My participation

The days to see the nights are divided into quarter. There are observation shifts, but also dishes, housekeeping etc ... The most important in the day being the observation quarters in order to scrutinize the sea / ocean in search of life! In general, we are lying towards 22h to see a little more, it depends on whether we are night shift or not (active night watching by binomial or trinomial)

My expectations

I really enjoyed it, it was a real dream for me. 10 days on a boat away from my daily watching cetaceans. It totally met my expectations.

My advice

To be active. Do not wait to be reminded that you have to do the housework, the dishes, or prepare to go to watch. Being in anticipation and in action. Prepare for sea sickness because it even happens to regulars even if I did not have to suffer from it I had on the other hand the earth sickness ...

What I retain

A lot of things, a questioning about myself, what I really expect from my life, it has strengthened me in my passion for the sea and marine life. And a pause, a period of appeasement for me that is a ball of nerves.

My assets

A lot of knowledge about the marine environment.

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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Claire participated in the Mission Sanctuary of the Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

Mission of 30 days, carried out in May 2017

My participation

The work at the VMF is quite physical (7km to walk per day on average) but the sanctuary is so beautiful and the work is taking so we really do not realize.
Days start at 7h (occasionally 6h for integrations) and end at 16h30, 17h or 18h30.
During the infant season, some are doing night shifts from 18h30 to 7h. They take care of the babies and prepare the feeding bottles and give them.

During the month I was a volunteer, I was able to touch on many different tasks: the sections (checking the water, drilling, checking the integrations, disinfecting the fences); The milk (to prepare and bring the bottles to the babies, the bottles are to change all the 4h, it is also necessary to note how much they drink); Integrations (a rather nice job of sitting and observing the behavior of the monkeys, often it is a baby who is trying to integrate with an adoptive mother, but it can also be an adult monkey, We integrate in a "troop"); Babies (it was not the baby's season when I volunteered but I still had the chance to watch over Theo, little baby vervet of 5 month that was separated from his adoptive mother because he Was sick, I had to watch him and note everything he ate and drank, and over the time he spent with me, he trusted me and climbed on my shoulders!
There are also other more casual tasks such as: grooming monkeys, doing maintenance, cleaning the cottage or sickbay ...

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay at the sanctuary although the 1 week was quite difficult in terms of food, living conditions, etc. But in the end, we get used to it very easily!

My advice

If you go in winter (ie summer for us), take a sleeping bag VERY hot! I got cold every night ... Also think about taking warm sweaters for the evening (night falls at 17h30) and in the morning!

What I retain

I realized that the animal condition is worse than I thought, the camp being vegan I was able to learn much more about this way of life, I was able to understand to what extent the animals are mistreated all that only For human consumption! For the Vervets, regarded as vermin, taking care of them and working alongside them has been very rewarding and one really has the feelings of doing something good and useful !!

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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Sosovoyage participated in the conservation of marine turtles in Nicaragua

Mission of 8 days, carried out in May 2017
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My participation

Having remained only a week, it was above all observation and learning. We have assisted in a general way and participated in the daily life on the site. We also participated in the construction of the "vivero" where turtle eggs are kept. We did beach cleaning, night patrols to eventually collect turtle eggs.

My expectations

Enjoyed my stay and the meeting with the people of the communities. Very nice human experience and good supervision by the persons responsible for the project on site. My stay partially met my expectations in the sense or unfortunately we could not witness the birth of the baby turtles (too early, but we did not know it).

My advice

I highly recommend staying at least 15 days and most importantly to learn about the best time. I think that from the beginning of June you will have more chances to witness the birth of the turtles.

What I retain

A good learning about the turtles thanks to the biologist present on the site and to the person in charge of the project. The discovery of a new country and a new environment. Also an opportunity to disconnect.

My assets

Hard to say. But I get better knowledge of turtles and a better sensitivity to the environment.

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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Valerie has participated in the mission Center de sauvegarde du loup Iberian, Portugal

Mission 14 days, conducted in April 2017
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My participation

From 9h00 to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 18h with some variables depending on the tasks to be performed.
Very flexible schedules and a very light workload always in a good mood!

My expectations

This stay exceeded my expectations: first of all the place is peaceful and beautiful, indicated for lovers of silence and nature. The accommodation superb and very well located, equipped, etc .... The team is professional and very friendly; When the wolves were a real discovery!

My advice

Having a vehicle is a plus.

What I retain

The discovery of wolves, hear them sing, better know them.

My assets

Management of the forest environment.

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

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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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