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Pauline SR participated in the Protection and study of primates mission in Benin

Mission 10 days, conducted in November 2019

My participation

My missions consisted in monitoring and studying Mona and Vervet monkeys on 2 forest sites as well as ecological monitoring in the Bouche du Roy reserve. The days took place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 15 p.m. to 17 p.m. most often.

My expectations

The mission went very well. The supervision was impeccable, the guides always attentive to needs and expectations.

My advice

Let the team guide you on site.

What I retain

Discovery of the country and complete immersion in local life.

My assets

I have not really acquired any skill except to discover the local animal species. However, the immersion in local life and the joy of the population allow us to learn to put into perspective our western life.

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jeanmariecunin took part in the Protection and Study of Primates mission in Benin

Mission of 14 days, performed in January 2017
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My participation

Browse a small forest to count the monkeys; note their number, activities, travel, etc.
Time (approximately): 9-12h then 14h-17h

My expectations

I really enjoyed my stay in Benin, the place, the people, everything is very nice; On the other hand, I am not convinced of the usefulness of a volunteer on such a short stay and with a qualification unrelated to the subject (in my case, a degree in finance). I think I mainly contributed financially, but I doubt I had any impact on primates and their environment.

My advice

Do not bring a white tshirt ...!

What I retain

A first glimpse of Africa, very useful from a pro-personal point of view The main interest of this mission, besides being sensitized to ecotourism, is the possibility to take an interest in the Beninese culture and especially in voodoo. In conclusion, this mission has brought me a lot; on the other hand I am not sure of having brought a lot to the primates, unlike the previous volunteer, graduated in biology who remained 2 or 3 months.

My assets

Knowledge of Africa very useful for me who was looking for a job in Africa. From a pro point of view, this demonstrates a certain ability of resilience and adaptation to live 2 weeks in rural Africa. From a personal point of view, it was exciting!

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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

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

Mission in August 2013
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My participation

My job was to observe the monkeys monos present in the sacred forest to establish a actogram (distribution of monkeys in the forest, type of observed behavior, census, type of power etc ... Beyond this aspect, the work awareness among residents is also important to protect the environment and the economy related to eco-tourism that results. the working hours are flexible. It is voluntary to organize his work. in the morning appears to favor the comments ...

My expectations

I enjoyed this unique experience. The reception of persons working in the Eco Benin was warm and I received special attention during the entire stay. It is accompanied from beginning to end! This trip allowed me to discover a culture, another way of living and thinking. We have the privilege of being immersed with locals who are always ready to discuss, pass on their culture. The discovery of ethological observations was also rewarding for me, that does not know anything about this area. That said, I think one of 15 days stay is not enough to really advance our knowledge of the monos Apes Kpétou.Ce stay was beyond my expectations for these reasons.

My advice

The clothes worn should be rather the colors of the forest to be the most discreet possible (brown, green, black ... and so no light colors). Beware of mosquitoes in the forest, consider taking a light jacket with long sleeves for early morning and soir.Pensez binoculars, a camera high zoom is also a plus because the monkeys never approach too ready .. .Chaussures closed in the forest, open shoes in the village. Also think of a flashlight! In August / September the boots were not helpful ...

What I retain

Personal enrichment, head full of memories and the desire to leave for new adventures!

My assets

I can not see the water as before. I understand the wealth it could have in our lives. So I try to waste less ... This experience mainly in perspective! With little you can live happy! I hope to have more responsible consumption before ... I also believe that eco-tourism is really a nice way to travel. If you want to go sightseeing in Benin, you will not be disappointed by the quality of services.

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stephanie took part in the Protection and Study of Primates mission in Benin

Mission in August 2012
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My participation

During my time job was to observe a population of Monas living in a small forest, to note their behavior, educate residents of a village near the forest and has planted mangrove lake Ahémé. A day of work began in General 9h and finished to 18h.

My expectations

I enjoyed my stay, eco-guides are very nice, interesting, very caring with ecovolunteers and involved in their work. By cons I found that it is not active enough in restoring the habitat of these monkeys, though this is the title of this mission and I find it very unfortunate. It is also unfortunate that the ideas, which for some of the reports of eco-volunteers were regularly submitted, is not exploited because of the limited resources given to eco-guides.

My advice

For future ecovolunteers, do not hesitate to ask to change activities and to take the lead if you think you have a good idea.

What I retain

This mission allowed me to discover a culture I did not know and appreciate the simplicity, authenticity and its hard but reality. She mostly confirmed my desire to get involved in the protection of nature It was a rewarding experience that I do it again without hesitation.

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

Mission in September 2012
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My participation

Within the association Benin Ecotourism Concern (Eco-Benin), a nongovernmental organization founded in Benin 1999 working for the promotion of eco-tourism projects and local development through Benin, I:
- Participated in the observation of Monas (rating movements, behaviors) usually at 9 18 h poses every quarter of an hour and involved in improving their habitat by conducting a bamboo nursery replant outside the forest to enlarge considering increasing the number of Monas. It is also making them less fearful to support their observation by tourists;
- Participated in the production of compost in a village where women have created a vegetable to increase their vegetable production and sale in the markets, thus avoiding the use of fertilizers;
- Lively discussions about the information environment to the environment Club bringing together many young people aware of the protection of nature and taught introductory computer.

My expectations

I tried it because I wanted to be helpful to the animals while involving the discovery of a culture and a country. This goal was fully achieved by my presence in the forest and my participation in local life and meet the team of eco-Benin and guides are all very involved and sharing.

My advice

Read the minutes of eco-volunteers to understand the expectation of the "field" and better relay for there to be continuity in the actions already undertaken Providing environmentally related documentation information (the consequences of pollution, methods of pollution control) of all that little improve their lives through simple means.

What I retain

Meetings with highly motivated people with the desire to know their culture, concerned about their environment and the lives of people eager for knowledge. I felt a real joy to watch them in their natural environment Monas are beautiful monkeys. The welcome was great. The desire to return with projects.

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VAVA67 has joined the mission Protection and study of primates in Benin

Mission in November 2011
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My advice

Advise to take plastic boots for the forest rather than a tent and a sleeping bag as indicated in the general document.

What I retain

After this experience I would like to emphasize: the importance of the continuity of the club, even without voluntary! Continue to regularly observe the Monas to familiarize ...... in order that the tourists do not expect 2 just hours before seeing a shadow in a tree !!!! Regularly maintain the forest to get people used to the cleanliness. Motivate and regularly visit the eco-guides. I find motivated volunteers but not encouraged (by this I did not see anyone during my stay, but perhaps this is unusual!)

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

Mission in August 2011
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My participation

Purpose of the mission: restoring the primate habitat in the Mono Valley, Southwest Bénin.Travail made: - planting trees for the restoration and expansion of the sacred forest where monkeys live the monastic census , watching monkeys monastic awareness of the village youth to safeguard the environment working hours: 8h00 -12h30 / 13h and 15h-19h

My expectations

Yes I enjoyed the experience and it matched my expectations.

My advice

The census monkeys will be easier if you are 2 this mission.Munissez you binoculars.

What I retain

This mission allowed me to better understand the lifestyle of local people and their relationship to the environment. This allows to better understand the issues that people face.

My assets

Better understanding of environmental issues in West Africa.

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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