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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

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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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Marie-jo has participated in the mission Center de sauvegarde du loup Iberian, Portugal

Mission 11 days, conducted in April 2017
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My participation

Feed the wolves, prepare the food, (2a 3 / semaiane) check that it goes well. Give to drink.
Help to keep the wood in good condition: burning, clearing of pits, cleaning of undergrowth. 10h12h30, 14h30 17h30.

My expectations

I loved: the beauty of the landscape. The comfort of chalets. The sympathy of humans ... and wolves, even very discreet!

My advice

No advice! A bit cruel pr who has no more 20 years, but one can work at his own pace, and participate otherwise. Enjoy also the beauty of Portugal!

What I retain

Serenity!

My assets

Be open and curious!

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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Celia participated (e) Mission Study and Conservation of Otter long tail, Brazil

Mission 28 days, conducted in December 2016

My participation

During the week, I took part in cleaning the pens and feeding otters and other species (raccoon, marten, ape) present in the vault. Cleaning is conducting the morning and feeding 3 times a day. On average this took 3-4h. The rest of the time was mainly field trips (hiking and kayaking) to face the camera traps or detect traces of wild otters. There were also other work at the center: public reception or site maintenance.

My expectations

Absolutely. It was totally as I imagined. The hospitality was wonderful and the atmosphere very good. The field trips were tiring but so exotic and wonderfully beautiful. Staying there 4 weeks I was able to explore all areas of the otter monitoring.

My advice

It takes at least stay put 3 weeks. Expect also a real physical work either for maintenance of enclosures or field trips. The addition of this mission is to live with a Brazilian family. It is important to share with those present and participate in their activities.

What I retain

This mission allows you to combine a scientific program in nature and with animals. I also met highly invested and generous people, happy to share their love for otters

My assets

Working in naturalistic biology, I think what I learned out there can help me

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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Cedric participated (e) mission Conservation of marine turtles in Nicaragua

Mission 7 days, conducted in April 2017
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My participation

The work was very diverse. Having arrived very early in the season opener, had to return the site to order so that the house is ready to accommodate future volunteers.
Schedules depended above all, time. For the physical work, it could tackle 6h and resume 17h. The rest was odd jobs.
You could also work at night, either to retrieve the eggs while on patrol, and in turn make the rounds of nights to monitor the incubator.

My expectations

I had a great stay. It was the beginning of the season and it was not sure he could find turtles, and yet ... We went to the estuary where we could find 2, a ringed and the other not. I was able to take steps remove any shells glued to the shell. We built the 1ere incubator of the season and have patrolled the same evening. We discovered a turtle ready to lay eggs. it was an incredible moment to recover while she was laying eggs. In addition, the timing was perfect, since we have ahead of 2min, the "potcheurs" who were looking for eggs to sell at the market. So are 96 eggs that were saved !! It is a beautiful emotion.

My advice

The hardest on climate conditions. I was not in the rainy season but 38 degrees every day with a peak 41 °, knocking him out. And mosquitoes, even with the product, I suffered countless stings. Even if it is very hot, equip you to handle tee-shirt and pants. Be very very careful on the water !! It is not abundant, and believe me you'll learn how to save. For internet, forget, and then is so well without phone. By cons, if you have music, please !!! For the language barrier, it is still necessary to know a little Spanish. Everyone does not speak English.

What I retain

Apart from having the project to help preserve the turtles, I could enjoy the moment, it's a nice breath of fresh air. And then I met wonderful people with whom we have worked, of course, but also laughed, shared, etc ...

My assets

Make water savings !! One evening, the tank was empty and the pump supplying the water from the well was not working. So we went to wash bucket shot at the well. It was not easy, but the experience we shared will remain unforgettable. And pay attention to our waste. If you have stores that sell in bulk at home, do not hesitate, it will save the packaging surplus.

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

Mission 14 days, conducted in March 2017
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My participation

I could not participate in the project for two weeks. Earlier this mission 4 days are planned for the reception of participants (first day), the briefing + visiting Cuzco (second day) and drive to the center (two days). Two days are devoted to training and can participate in various activities (4 hard days training for longer stays).
The missions are dealing with monitoring the regeneration of a jungle strip after human exploitation: laying and reading traps amphibian, reptile, butterfly, day and night walking, tracking the bird population ... Each volunteer has a daily schedule organized on 4 periods: early morning (between 4 and 5h am) after breakfast (8h) after lunch (14h) and after dinner (19h30). The outputs are more or less long, and some meals can be taken in the jungle, in a beautiful setting!
Some animals (amphibians, reptiles, butterflies) are brought to the center to be identified, measured, weighed, before being returned to where they were found.
center working hours are arranged to repair traps, input data in information systems, storage workroom ...
Each volunteer / staff member is also responsible for assisting in the kitchen a whole day (the frequency depends on the number of persons present in the center) and participates in debriefs in Spanish and English to the rest of the center.
Finally working days are planned in the city across the river to help in organic gardens and give English lessons to people.

My expectations

I appreciated it. The entire team is passionate, adorable and always ready to give explanations about his work. The outputs in the jungle are many, and you never said no to me when I wanted to go on outings where I had not been planned (I really wanted to monetize my stay!). Before long I saw many animals and able to participate in activities in the organic gardens. The accommodation was perfect, not too rustic (the center also hosts tourists is probably why) and other volunteers were very friendly and motivated. I enjoyed the evenings of Saturday (Saturday night fun!) During which two people are in charge of organizing activities for the rest of the group and film evenings of Sunday.

My advice

Be aware that this project is physical: you walk a lot, and sometimes long night lit only by a flashlight. I recommend bringing soles to slip into the boots (provided in the center) which limits the damage the long days walking. Bring a good head lamp or two, and spare batteries (one work week I have worn a pair and we really need good light to walk at night in the jungle!). Many mosquito as it is quickly devoured. The program is set for the week but can be pushed around by the time I had to go into a disaster evening 1h morning because we were caught in the rain. The river crossings are sometimes made impossible by rising water levels. Finally, the Spanish is not essential but is certainly a plus because some staff do not speak any English. It should at least be willing to try to speak "Spanglish."

What I retain

I learned a lot about the scientific methods of monitoring the jungle animals and sustainable agriculture. Many books and publications are made available to volunteers which excavates the topics that interest us. I had the impression of being really helpful during my short stay which was much appreciated.

My assets

I was able to improve my English and start learning Spanish, I continue to France since. I could not use animal knowledge I acquired in my work every day but I could climb jurisdiction over the methods of implementation of scientific study and exploitation of results. Finally, we also learn methods of agriculture / sustainable gardening that are always useful for that / wants a garden!

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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Chrystelle participated (e) mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys in South Africa

Mission 15 days, conducted in December 2016

My participation

During my two-week mission I was able to accomplish different missions to vervet monkeys: meal preparation, checking enclosures (water), fodder distribution, 'adoption mom' for babies. The days were dense enough and started and ended between 7h 17h and 19h as assigned missions

My expectations

I loved this mission because I could perform various tasks according to the needs of the foundation, I also have been closer to the baby, I dreamed! As against it must not minimize the environment in which it operates: the heat this season, the little beasts hostile and sometimes difficult hygiene conditions ...

My advice

The season that I have chosen to leave was perfect to discover the amazing connection with the baby monkeys. I regretted not stay a little longer to participate in the reintegration of babies with the troops of vervet adults. 1mois was a perfect length of stay I think!

What I retain

I liked the contact with volunteers from all walks of life, the work was hard but I really feel useful. This mission gave me more confidence in myself!

My assets

Confidence, patience and tolerance

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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