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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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Clarisse B participated (e) mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys in South Africa

Mission 21 days, conducted in July 2016
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My participation

There are several time slots on a day: from 7 to 9h to 9 to 10h to 10h30 to 12h to 12 to 13h sometimes of 13h to 14h to 14h to 17h and sometimes 17h to 18h. Once the work is completed on these hours (when there are many volunteers), we can take breaks, eat, drink, take a shower, do his laundry, ... it is completely free.
The work depends on the time slots and changes every day: give water, food, disinfect pens, prepare the milk for babies, watch the integration of youth in groups of semi-wild monkeys ... D ' other operations may be performed as needed: cleaning the site for example.

My expectations

I fully appreciated, even loved: working together, in good spirits, we meet people from around the world, progress in English, we discover the vegan diet that made many reflect on our daily consumption ... we rub monkeys and we follow them in their growth and integration in wild groups.

My advice

Take warm clothes as cold: this period (winter), he 30 ° C during the day and between 3 and 10 ° C at night! Although hedge night, take blankets, make shorts for days, solar creams, goggles to work out. Do not forget the required / minimum toilet, for the life of every day. Take plenty to do during breaks (books, phones for wifi, ...) even if it is much better and interesting to talk and take breaks with others.

What I retain

The journey, the discovery of a conservation center, community life with people from the world, the use of English to get by, usability around the fire at night, exchange, learn to cook for many, eat differently, adapt. See what is good for monkeys, for their wildlife. It participates in a true ecological project while enjoying new things. It is very enriching.

My assets

Without doubt get by in English.

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Beauvais Cristale participated (e) mission Expeditions in the Pelagos Sanctuary: A Study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission in September 2016
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My participation

At the time of the mission (there are three months) I worked in a veterinary clinic as big animal health technician (Nurse equivalent) for about 1 year and a half. I have always been passionate about animals, I did not see myself working in anything else. My hours were irregular enough, I often worked on Saturday and evening quite late, but it's part of the trade.

My expectations

I have not enjoyed the stay ... I loved it !!! It was magic, and quite honestly I knew I was getting a great adventure even before arriving on site. I have always been passionate about marine animals, since very small. It's a passion, see a fascination for me. I knew that whatever the conditions, I was going enjoyed every moment.

My advice

I do not really have advice except to say that this adventure is really worth being lived, we're really lucky to approach these wonders of nature and that we must remain very serious because c 'is above all a work, a draft scientific study that must not be taken lightly: the professionals rely on us!

What I retain

This mission has brought me a lot. Firstly from a scientific point of view, I learned a lot about these animals that I admire so much. Céline (ecoguide our) control really good about it and shares his knowledge with great enthusiasm, it's always a pleasure to listen, she knows so much! On the ground of course, the animals we discover another angle, it's amazing. But the mission also brought me a lot of a human point of view, indeed we learn to live in a small space in 8 7 days during 24h / 24 and it helps to know better, develop coping skills to different situations, and above all to create strong links with other eco-volunteers and the crew of the boat. It is very enriching ! Cybelle Planète thank you!

My assets

I think that this experience makes you aware of the beauty, the importance of the sea, the ocean and the entire ecosystem it contains, and allows you to open your eyes from an ecological point of view. See all this waste in the middle of a sea so pure, so beautiful, it is a shock and makes it possible to realize that we must take care of our environment, limit waste and consume differently. On the other hand, community life makes it possible to learn to take on oneself in certain situations, and this obviously serves in everyday life.

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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Apprentice store participated (e) Monitoring mission of Wildlife, South Africa

Mission in November 2016
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My participation

Athletic almost 55 years and used to traveling, I'd give you my impressions of my two-week stay at the Zululand Rhino Reserve. The work of our group (composed of volunteers 5) was essentially seek the pack of wild dogs 5 monitored very carefully because it is a species endangered. We had to make maps for specific missions: a lioness for a transfer to another reserve, herd of elephants by helicopter to inject contraceptives to female and "last but not least", a white rhino for "dehorning". Indeed, this operation prevents their killing by poachers who gets the horns sold for high prices in Asian markets. The camp was starting early morning and fluctuated between 3h30 and 5h00. We also were dealing camera traps (battery change, recovery SD, displacement due to river overflow ...). In fact, the most important was the participation in community life management.

My expectations

What I was looking for, in addition to my financial participation in conservation projects for endangered species, was to live in the heart of a reserve under the same conditions as summary rangers. On this point I have not been disappointed.

My advice

Take warm, waterproof clothes because, even in this late spring / early summer period, we had a lot of rain. No anti-malarial treatment necessary because no mosquito in this period. Take all the same repellents body and clothes. If you have binoculars and a good camera do not hesitate to take them even if the driver-guide-supervisor does not stop often and the mission takes precedence over the photo safari. Take reading because the periods of inactivity are numerous (8h30 - 15h in general). If you have the opportunity to spend two days in St. Lucia do yourself a favor to change the camp routine. I recommend the boat ride to see the hippos and visit the Zulu village.

What I retain

The magic of Africa and immersion in wild life. Adaptation to the different ways of "roommates" (vegetarian, no lunch for the British, cooking depending on the content of the fridge ...).

My assets

Through my testimony, I try to raise my entourage (friends, family, colleagues) the need to protect endangered species and preserve animal and plant diversity. It is a philosophy to pass on to younger generations, living in the field, can manage to convince to commit to this path.

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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