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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

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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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

Restoration of primate habitat in the Mono Valley, Benin This mission immerses you in an eco-development program in Benin. The project aims to set up a ...
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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

This mission is for those who like to observe birds! You participate in the development of an eco-development program in Benin focused on the bird fauna of wetlands. You...
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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

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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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.

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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ROMAN 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

Counting marine species and birds with availability on 24H. if navigation nuit.Mener out maintenance tasks, meal preparation ...

My expectations

Oh yes ! and all the ecovolunteers were very ... willing to share the work to be done. And then the reward, apart from the pleasure of sailing: dolphins, whales, sperm whales and other turtles ...

My advice

Do not fear to meet people you do not know, we'll be on board all in the same "galley" and this necessarily creates links and everyone "rowing" in the same direction!

What I retain

A good sunburn! More seriously, the pleasure of opening to another, discover the world of sailing and the sea in general

My assets

The confirmation that our planet is fragile and in danger and that everyone on our scale must reduce our impact on the 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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Mathieu Latour participated (e) Monitoring mission of Wildlife, South Africa

Mission in August 2016
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My participation

I went to Zululand Rhino Reserve. With a group of 10 ecovolunteers (5 by car) we were responsible for finding, GPS telemetry, a pack of wild dogs 5, a herd of about thirty elephants and lions (but they had no collar ). We were leaving early in the morning (5h for wild dogs and 6h for elephants and lions) and we returned to 9h30-10h. In the evening we went to all 15h30 and we returned to 19h. During our free time we spent the day at the camp and once we went to a supermarket to fill the stock of food (because we we were eating ourselves) .The Saturday we were looking camera traps and Sunday we spent the morning working on species taken by pièges.Durant outputs we should also stop if we passed us a rare animal (rhino, cheetah, vulture, leopard) .Once during the stay, washing cars is required.

My expectations

This trip was extraordinary for me and corresponded even better to what I had hoped. The weather was TOP and we could see an incredible amount of species. I was lucky enough to be able to see a lycaon baby, wild dogs eating an impala, my first cheetahs and even a leopardThe camp is great, the rooms clean, and warthogs came in from time to time in this one. With the guides that framed us was extra. They were very funny and liked to share their knowledge with us as well as their experience while becoming familiar with the group. The atmosphere of the group was great, it is also nice to be in the company of people as passionate about nature as me. Every day we had more incredible encounters with each other which made the atmosphere magical and captivating.

My advice

Here is a list of CAPITAL councils if you want to go there: -The most important take warm clothes because there, in June-August, it is winter and it is very cold in the morning (6 degree sometimes ). So equip yourself warmly if you want to make the most of your stay-take repellents against ticks because they are numerous and on the return safaris, look everywhere on your body (especially the tops of feet) to see if you have any no-Take a book or music to distract you during free time -Finally, take a great camera because there it is essential

What I retain

A great experience with African wildlife, an autonomy to travel alone and manage in an English speaking country, and good times with people sharing the same passion as me

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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Daval participated (e) mission Reintroduction Program of Przewalski horses, Mongolia

Mission in July 2016
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My participation

times 7h-11h + hours some afternoons work: to collect and observe a harem

My expectations

yes very relaxing and resourcing

What I retain

knowledge of Mongolian culture

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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Guillaume participated (e) mission Reintroduction Program of Przewalski horses, Mongolia

Mission in August 2016
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My participation

Early work mainly between 7h and 11h, for observation of wild horses. Ability to work as the afternoon if you want: falls videos traps, aid to other scientific projects on site (for me, botany project).

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, it completely corresponded to my expectations. The team on site is very nice, friendly, involved and concerned with our expectations. The work of observation is quite the descriptions of the website: one follows the horses all morning making geographical and meteorological readings. I had the opportunity to participate in another project during my stay, a botanist to help to carry out his project. Other activities are available for the afternoon: meeting the traps pictures, help capture or sorting data collected. relaxation activities are also proposed to fill the afternoon of rest, in addition to reading a book, lazing in the middle of the steppes or walks in the area: horse riding, archery, ...

My advice

Enjoy.

What I retain

The discovery of the steppes, Mongolian landscape and its wildlife. Meet local power and discuss, share, laugh with them.

My assets

Freedom

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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