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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

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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

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Martine and Bea participated (e) to safeguard Center mission Iberian wolf, Portugal

Mission in November 2016
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My participation

From early morning to 8h we left to tour the paddock to give water to 16 wolves and observe, this is an area of ​​16 8 ha enclosures, wolves can be alone, to 2 or family .The schedule of the day we were not provided Filipa, the biologist in charge of centre.Nous had to feed the animals 3 weekly (80 kgs of meat cutting, grinding, weighing each registered bucket then start over fences ) .It was necessary to respect the weight assigned to each with great vigilance especially when wolves lived plusieurs.Parfois throwing whole chicken was pretty funny ... it was a moment of observation with biologiste.Suite distribution we had to clean, store equipment and wash découpe.Les of leftover chicken legs were brought foxes or birds of prey, Filipa installed an infrared camera for observation.Nous have been found that the fox had grown well. ..L'essentiel work was then to burn the branches of pine bucked by Virgilio and maintain the park (shrubs size along the water drains, sweeping leaves, cleaning around the cottages).

My expectations

We enjoyed this very refreshing stay near these fascinating animals whose morning screams did not fail to disturb us. We were able to observe these wolves and detect their respective character. We could all recognize them at the end of the mission. Sabor was at the rv every morning.Faia played us a trick catching the pipe that was used to give him water and Malcata was very sneaky even at mealtime.These unusual moments have delighted us.

My advice

The ecovolunteer must be in good enough physical condition, we traveled an average 12km / day.

What I retain

She brought us a lot of happiness and joy, we enjoyed this secluded life in full nature.Nous were able to marvel at these magnificent Iberian wolves as we approached, photographed and filmed.

My assets

It is essential to protect, to sensitize for the conservation of the wildlife. Appreciate each moment in full consciousness in an exceptional place with enthusiasts.

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

Mission in September 2016
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My participation

The day begins at 7h morning for a first job 3h about. Then after a pause, the second part of the morning starts at 10h30. From 12h to 14h dèj break then 14h to 16h30, one makes the tasks of the afternoon. Morning is more tiring because there is a lot of work (preparing plates monkeys, fill the water basins) afternoon we toured his pen then disinfects cages and some did the dishes plates of morning. We can also do other tasks like, feed babies, prepare baby bottles, observe monkeys integrations etc.

My expectations

I loved my stay! The work is tiring in strong heat but the monkeys are exciting. From the negative point of view, I was expecting more variety in tasks and more contact with the monkeys.

My advice

All buildings are clean and functional, but do not be too manic especially for toilets. The food is very good! I am not vegan but the meat did not fail meTake to take a warm down, the temperature falls a lot during the night.

What I retain

I have a more enlightened view on the issues related to animal welfare. I also improved my English

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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Sophie participated (e) mission Protection and study of primates in Benin

Mission in September 2016
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My participation

The mission included two different components: observation Mona monkeys in the forest Kpetou half-days (morning or afternoon) to record the behavior and movements of the group of monkeys at different hours of the day and, Moreover, visiting various sites of the reserve of the King's Mouth to ask people about the presence of groups of monkeys in their environment.

My expectations

The stay has to participate in projects Ecobenin very active association locally on environmental protection and the development of ecotourism.

My advice

Enjoy the free weekend to discover this great country of Benin

The Primates Mission, South Benin

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Valérie Houdain participated (e) mission Study of the birds of the mangroves of the coastal lagoon in Benin

Mission in September 2016
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My participation

The job was to, on behalf of Eco-Benin, the inventory of birds in the mangrove Togbin around the village of Adounko and also the other side of the lake and in the flooded lowlands of around (accompanied by two guides Eco Benin and a local guide). This was also the occasion for villagers from several awareness campaigns related to agriculture and the environment (with the help of a translator). The population is very concerned about the preservation of its environment and to reconcile this with his practice of market gardening and fishing and thus receptive to any information in these domaines.Les schedules to fit with the best times birding (early morning or late afternoon), availability for advocacy and transcription of data on a table, make the workday can be long but with an important break for lunch.

My expectations

I enjoyed the discovery of a rich natural environment bird level, the warm welcome Eco-Benin and supervision in the field, to have shared a little activities of BTA (instead of hosting ecovolunteers Calavi in ​​a training center). This was also an opportunity for me to share my knowledge and improve amateur ornithology.

My advice

2 weeks pass quickly and do not hesitate before the mission to correspond by email to best prepare for what can be done in advocacy. On site, live in African rhythm.

What I retain

Complete change of scenery, share another culture.

The mission Birds mangroves, South Benin

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Leah Daures participated (e) mission Conservation of Marine Turtles in Nicaragua

Mission in August 2016
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My participation

The major part of the work is done by night. Every night we go on patrol to cross the tracks and see if turtles lay ride. These outputs are in duet with a person of the project. When there is an egg was the chance to tailor the turtle as well as recover the eggs to get them to the incubator. The work of eco-volunteer is also to assist at births ie take action on the twists and release. There are also activities the day, as catches of juveniles in mangroves. There were other activities such as rebuilding a sandbag dike and the construction of a small house.

My expectations

I left without waiting particular, apart from the desire to see the turtles. Not only I have not been disappointed on this point, since the meeting are very regular, but I experienced more than I could imagine. However I put 2 weeks to really adapt to the pace of life and language to fully appreciate my experience.

My advice

Have the Spanish bases or at least the desire to learn, to better integrate and discover the great people who work for this project. Expect to be very isolated and no other activity that the project, but the experience is all the more beautiful. The premises may seem remote because of the language barrier, but go to them to discover and you will not regret it.

What I retain

Nicaraguan friends, but especially the desire to improve my spanish and to leave discovering this country.

My assets

Keep this joy of life on a daily basis. Know how to do nothing to then be effective.

The mission Turtles, Nicaragua

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

Mission in August 2016
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My participation

Every day there are quarters observation 2h (5 total in the day). The observation during his (or her) quarters must be careful, in a given field of view. One can argue with the people next to us, but without distracting or turning the head to remain vigilant. If encounters with animals, the data should be collected (binoculars) and entered into the ipad or noted on a form. It is possible to chain 2 observation quarters. The rest of the time, we can stay on the deck watching the sea in a more relaxed way, or take a nap or read a book. In turn, it is also planned for kitchen quarters and dishes. It is then to prepare the meals for the small team and do the dishes. The boat is very well equipped and there are plenty of fresh produce on board for balanced and full of taste meal. There are also quarters of households that consist of a fast boat maintenance (strokes and sponge brushes, mop and shims to remove water dripping there). Hours (day): Observations and 7h 8h start between the morning and end in the evening when we are at anchor (before dark). It pauses for 2 hours to eat lunch and relax. Note: during my session, we have not done any night of observation.

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay. My expectations were to take the time to observe and contemplate the sea all day long, which was the case. I was hoping to have a good time with the crew, which was the case. The common purpose of the mission promotes contact and allows a warm atmosphere. In my expectations, I was also hoping to see a sperm whale, which was not the case. As for encounters with animals, nothing can be guaranteed. As for the weather: it may be that the boat stays in port if the wind blows too much at sea. It is also possible that on an ideal day of weather, no animal appears. Natural parameters are not controllable.

My advice

Tips: - do not arrive with an idea to do everything that could be the stay on the boat, nor with expectations too strong when it comes to meetings with animals. It all depends on the weather and the presence of the animals, and neither can be guaranteed. - not to worry and live the present moment. Regarding the life on the boat, everything is explained to us the first day. The boat is comfortable, there is plenty of food, a skipper is in charge of the navigation, the nights are pleasant, on the deck you do not feel seasick. - Patience and attention for them observations. - do not expect to sail.

What I retain

Privileged moments to observe the sea, the hope to see animals. Knowledge about the marine environment. The desire even stronger to preserve this environment. Beautiful encounters.

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