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alexa participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 14 days, carried out in August 2017

My participation

observation and participation in the daily life aboard the boat, from morning till evening with breaks during the day.

My expectations

I loved the stay on the boat despite the few cetaceans crossed on this part of the Mediterranean. The spaces crossed were splendid, and the life on the boat, which also constitutes a human adventure, makes it possible to approach the seas and the lands in a new and exceptional angle. It is also a different rhythm, relaxing and which allows to "disconnect" from our daily habits. An experience that I will renew, for sure!

My advice

Do not take too much, drop your life for a few days, a little reading will suffice.

What I retain

Some knowledge about the marine environment, human encounters, sumptuous landscapes, and my Mediterranean offered from dawn to dawn, with its dawns and sunsets.

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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lauragt participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission of 7 days, carried out in August 2017

My participation

I was ecovolunteer on the sailboat for watching cetaceans. We did two or three two-hour observation tours, at the bow of the boat, with binoculars, a tablet with the observation software and a camera. Then we had several odd jobs in the week: cleaning, cooking, or washing up, but it was pretty fast and in a good mood. The rest of the time is spent resting, enjoying the weather, swimming, watching the sea for fun, etc. There are also night shifts, if you sleep off: these are two hours to check the trajectory of the boat, under the stars.

My expectations

This stay surpassed my expectations. The team was super friendly, we were well supervised by Camille l'Ecoguide and Antoine the skipper. We saw a lot of cetaceans: whales, sperm whales, dolphins by tens, turtles, moon fish and so on. We were able to observe the marine animals very closely.

My advice

Think of the warm clothes, as the nights off are cool, as are the observation shifts in the morning. Waterproof clothes are also useful (even if you do not take water normally!).

What I retain

I learned a lot about cetaceans and a bit about sailing. The mission has strengthened my desire to work for the protection of the oceans and the sea, both personally and professionally.

My assets

We have learned to use at least water and electricity, to shower in sea water with biodegradable soaps etc. This leads to a rethinking of one's own way of life at home and its impact on nature.

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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies and ...
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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 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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MAndré participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, 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 expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies 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 Horse Reintroduction Program mission in Przewalski, 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, 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 do it again. I chose a 15-day stay for my first mission, in order to see if the adventure really pleased me and sincerely I would have stayed there for 15 more days. Even if I advise to take something to occupy for the afternoons without organized activities, this mission could clear 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 because 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, the fact of having acted for the horses of Przewalski will be a big 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 am 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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