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Alix participated in the Horse Reintroduction Program mission in Przewalski, Mongolia

Mission 10 days, conducted in July 2017
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My participation

We worked from Monday to Friday in the park for the monitoring of horses. Every morning we wake up to 5H30 for a departure in the park at 6H. Our coordinator deposited us in our harem and we followed it all morning by raising the temperature, the wind, the GPS coordinates, the activity of the harem.
Great scenery, breakfast in the park, and watching wildlife in its entirety!
We returned to the camp around noon, and one of the groups was busy entering the data into the computers of the research center.
And then free time in the afternoon.

My expectations

It was an incredible experience. I really appreciated the landscapes, the wild life, the connection with nature, the usefulness of our stay, our participation in the project. I really rejuvenated in the steppes. The eco-volunteer group was great, we shared a lot and laughed!

My advice

I advise eco-volunteers to be pro-active, and ask how they can help the project other than through work in the morning. There is the possibility of getting more involved if you wish (survey of camera traps in the park ...). I was never bored, I had taken books and card games for the afternoons, but we also took advantage of the steppes, horseback riding, hiking between eco volunteers. It's very cool, a real invitation to disconnect and rest! Please note that there is no internet or network, and the city is 2 hours or more depending on traffic. You have to be prepared to live far from it all.

What I retain

If I had to sum up in a few words I would say: meeting, sharing, serenity, change of scenery ... Exactly what I was looking for by taking part in this project.

My assets

English was essential for communication and I had a blast speaking English again. This allowed me to work on my level again and consider working in English when I return to France. I also took a lot of distance during this trip from the rhythm of life in France, at work ... I hope to keep this state of mind for a while! Patience: Mongolians are never on time, you don't always have information on activities ... and that's it! and we get used to it very well. We let ourselves be carried away by the cool life in the steppes!

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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Furco participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, Portugal

Mission of 14 days, carried out in June 2017

My participation

We were a group of 5 volunteers and various tasks were assigned to us according to the schedule.
It was necessary to feed the wolves (3x per week in general). This task consisted of taking the meat out of the refrigerator, cutting it into pieces, weighing the right amount to give to each wolf. Then you had to go around the enclosures to throw food at them. Personally, it was the task that scared me the most when I arrived there, after reading the various testimonies, but it went well. The smell can be weird (it's still raw meat dated) but I did not find it very disturbing. It's a real team work. Finally this is the moment where you will have the opportunity to see all the wolves! And if it really is beyond your strength, the team is very understanding and will not force you to anything at all. We were also responsible for giving the wolves drinks several times a day. You will then have the opportunity to go around all the enclosures and see the less ferocious wolves approaching. We could also be observing. It was very interesting to stay in hiding to watch them and see the shy ones of them more closely. We also helped maintain the estate with Virgilio. It was necessary to brush and get rid of all shrubs, bushes, grasses, ... that are dangerous because they can ignite easily and quickly create wildfires. We also collected large pebbles that we then put on a piece of road that was not very accessible. We drive in these cases with the jeep. We also picked fruits.
For the schedules, a typical day consisted of getting up to give the wolves a drink early in the morning (not always the same person). Then we worked generally from 9h / 10h to 12h with Virgilio by clearing brush. At the beginning we did this also in the afternoon, but it was too hot towards the end of the stay: we were then charged with more frequent rivers, food, observations.

My expectations

I enjoyed the stay. I admire those people who work there every day, who do this job out of passion. The team is very nice and approachable. They all try to pass on this passion for wolves. I went there to work and I even think I would have liked to have more work. It also depends on how long you go there, I think. With the 40 degrees to which we had the right, it was quite complicated to do very physical work in full sun in the middle of the afternoon.

My advice

Remember to bring work gloves, cap, sunscreen, pants. There is a washing machine there so no need to bring too much. We didn't have cars but we ordered Uber when we went out (it doesn't cost much if you take it at 4). Make water in the morning: you will have more chances to see the wolves. If something is wrong, please speak up. Everyone is very understanding.

What I retain

This mission allowed me to be in contact with these wild animals that I find superb. I came alone but I did not stay long. Our group of volunteers was great, we all got along. This is truly the time to meet open-minded and friendly people.

My assets

I am glad I took care of the meat because I did not know how I would react and I now know that it does not bother me. I came to do this mission alone and it enabled me to ensure my autonomy. I could speak English. One works his open-mindedness. My meeting with these wolves was magical.

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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Captain Ruciak participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: 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 for a reminder that you have to do the housework, the dishes, or get ready to go on watch. Be in the anticipation and in the action. Prepare for seasickness because it even happens to regulars even if I personally did not have to suffer from it, I did have 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 sanctuary of marine mammals. The crew identifies 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 begin at 7h (occasionally at 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 in which I was a volunteer, I was able to reach many different tasks: sections (check water, drill, check integrations, disinfect fences); milk (prepare and bring bottles to babies, bottles are to change every 4h, it should also note how much they drink); integrations (nice job to sit and observe the behavior of monkeys, often it is a baby that we try to integrate with an adoptive mother, but it can also be an adult monkey that we integrate in a "troop"); babies (it was not the baby season when I did my volunteer work but I still had the chance to watch over Theo, little vervet baby of 5 months who was separated from his adoptive mother because he He was sick, I had to watch him and write down everything he ate and drank, and as he spent time with him, he felt confident 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 a lot more about this way of life, I could understand how the animals are mistreated all that only for human consumption! For the Vervets, considered to be vermin, taking care of them and working alongside them has been very rewarding and we really have the feelings of doing something good and useful !!

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

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

Delighted with my stay and the meeting with people from the communities. Very good human experience and good supervision by the people responsible for the project on site. My stay partially met my expectations in the sense that unfortunately we could not attend the birth of the baby turtles (too early, but we did not know).

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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valérie participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, 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 participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, 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 little exhausting pr who is no longer 20 years old, but you can work at your own pace, and participate differently. Also enjoy 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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Célia participated in the study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission 28 days, conducted in December 2016

My participation

During the week, I participated in the cleaning of the enclosures and the feeding of otters and other species (raccoon, marten, monkey) present at the rescue center. Cleaning was done in the morning and feeding 3 times a day. On average this job took 3-4h. The rest of the time was mainly out of the field (hiking or kayaking) to identify the traps or photographic traces of wild otters. There was also other work at the center: reception of the public or maintenance of the site.

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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Cédric participated in the Conservation of marine turtles mission 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 very good stay. It was the start of the season and it wasn't sure if I could find any turtles, and yet ... We went to the estuary where we were able to find 2, one ringed and the other not. I was able to take the measurements, remove the shells stuck to the shell. We built the 1st incubator of the season and patrolled the same evening. We discovered a turtle ready to lay eggs. it was an amazing time to collect the eggs while she was laying. In addition, the timing was perfect, since we were 2min ahead of the "potcheurs" who were looking for eggs to sell them on the market. So 96 eggs were saved !! It is a beautiful emotion.

My advice

The hardest part concerns the climatic conditions. I was not in the rainy season but 38 ° degrees every day with a peak of 41 °, it's boring. And then, mosquitoes, even with the product, I suffered countless bites. Even if it's very hot, equip yourself with long-sleeved t-shirts and pants. Be very very vigilant on the water !! It is not plentiful, and believe me you will learn how to save it. For the internet, forget it, and then we are so good without a phone. On the other hand, if you have music, don't hesitate !!! For the language barrier, it is still necessary to know a little Spanish. Not everyone speaks English.

What I retain

Apart from helping the project to preserve turtles, I was able to appreciate the present moment, it's a nice breath of fresh air. And then, I was able to meet great people, with whom we worked of course but also laughed, shared, etc ...

My assets

Save water !! One evening, the tank was empty and the pump bringing water from the well was no longer working. So we went to wash with a bucket at the well. It was not easy, but this experience that we shared will remain unforgettable. And then, pay attention to our waste. If you have stores that sell in bulk at your place, do not hesitate, this will avoid excess packaging.

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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