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Yves participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission of 42 days, carried out in May 2019
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My participation

Assistance with the rehabilitation of the "Biogardens" used by the poorest families of the "Salvacion" community.
Field survey, in Amazonian forest on fauna, flora, fungi (mushrooms). Enter data collected in the databases.
Outputs in drill 8H30-12H and 14H-17H, sometimes 5H-9H or also 19H-23H.

My expectations

Yes completely. After a few days adaptation and daily training spread over more than a week, (including security in the Amazonian forest), I was able to join the working groups that collect the information on the ground, to raise the memory cards of " camera-trap 'scattered in the forest I saw monkeys before they woke, insects of all kinds, plants, frogs, butterflies, snakes, tapirs, cheetah and cougar footprints ... The environment is multicultural (Australia, Germany, Canada, Netherlands, ..), and multi-age (from 18 to 60ans and +, which gives a great richness to the exchanges that we have between ecovolunteers and with the staff , coordinators, and researchers who are studying 6 months in their field.

My advice

Yes, prepare your material as indicated in the list, learn a little Spanish language. Keep an open mind and positive

What I retain

I understand what biodiversity means. I know that the reconstruction of the rainforest is possible everywhere on earth. It's a big positive message for the planet.

My assets

The knowledge of animals, plants, "fungi" and the balance they give for life on earth. We have only one planet, we must preserve it, preserve it.

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Charlotte participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission 33 days, conducted in July 2018
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My participation

At the beginning of each week, a big picture was posted describing the different missions of the week for each one. We had a mission in the morning (8h-12h) and one in the afternoon (14h-16h / 17h). We were divided into groups and the missions were very varied: setting up butterfly traps, research and observation of different monkey species, maintenance of the organic garden, observation of reptiles, etc ... From time to time, there was organized nocturnal walks with some of us. From 21h / 21h30 we left for the forest because it is the night we could observe more reptiles and insects (frogs, spiders, snakes, etc ...).
On Saturday nights there were organized evenings, Sunday was our break day and in the evening it was cinema!

But it was not only that, we often had the opportunity to visit villages around by boat, or to go swimming in the rivers or in the river.

Finally, a last EXCEPTIONAL part of my program: since I spoke a little Spanish, I was offered to go for a week in the village of Boca Manu to build the structure of an organic garden! ... and I said yes of course!
We were 4 women and in 4 days we had everything built! The little schoolgirls did not return and the most macho men in the village even less! We had a good laugh and it was rich experience!

My expectations

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! I wanted to be disconnected from the world that we know, I wanted to find our origins, mother Earth, the real one. The first and last days were devoted to the visit of the city of Cuzco, which allowed to discover a new landscape and new ways of life. Then the arrival in the jungle ... I do not even talk about it so it was amazing to me! I was leaving 2 years of preparatory class, I needed to clear my head and evacuate stress, for a month I had only one reason to take my head: "What disguise I will choose for the evening of Saturday night? " : p Anyway, lying on a hammock with the forest as far as the eye can see, in a way it relaxes a lot!

My advice

Plan a lot of spare clothes because it is often wet and the clothes are hard to dry after being washed. Plan warm clothes for the evening too, because with the humidity and when it has just been raining, it is quite cold. And also a point that is close to my heart! Do not take lots of drugs before coming. Vaccines remain important but the drug for malaria often causes side effects far more serious than the disease itself! Knowing one thing, the forest contains trees that bring natural remedies! When we arrived, we were presented with a tree that could heal the palu! YES it's magic!

What I retain

A totally different look on our world, that's what it brought me! I learned the different methods to see the state of health of the forest, to see if it manages to regenerate itself after having been destroyed ... And yes life returns despite all the harm that one can have done to him, even if it does not come out unscathed today because of global warming!

My assets

Since my trip, many things have changed in my life, in my state of mind. - I do not eat any more palm oil products, I boycott them! - I want to do a job where I work outdoors. As I am in business school, the office is a fairly common passage but staying locked up is not for me! - I no longer look after drugs that only worsen the state of our immune system. Plants, essential oils are much more effective remedies that are increasingly part of my daily life. - Finally, today I pledge to protect this Earth which is our only home, our only mother to all. I wish to learn about Shamanism in order to be even closer to what we saw born and where we will return dust ... I would come back to this country, I would come back in the forest it is sure and certain! But this time I want to be able to meet real indigenous people and learn their knowledge. BLOG: http://ecovolontariatperou2018.eklablog.com/ (I still have not started but photos and videos are coming!)

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Pierre participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission of 33 days, carried out in October 2016
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My participation

I participated in the various activities proposed for the mission.
Schedules were variable depending on the activity. Sometimes we get up very early in the morning, for example to observe and count the birds. Sometimes we end up late at night for nocturnal observation studies. But the sequence of days is well thought out.
Sunday is the day of rest, well deserved.

My expectations

I just loved it. This was beyond my expectations.

My advice

2 weeks is enough if you want to change air but a bit short if you really want to invest. 4 weeks is good. More is even better. Feel free to take some photo material with you. Need more advice? Do not hesitate to write to me.

What I retain

Many images and sounds will remain in memory. I also met some really great people with whom I keep contact. Whether it is among the other volunteers that people from the staff. I felt close to nature. This wealth impressed me. It makes you want to preserve it. I can not wait to return to.

My assets

It is a very rewarding experience from both a scientific and a human point of view. I felt useful for the conservation of biodiversity, even at my small level.

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Camille participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission 14 days, conducted in March 2017
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My participation

I could not participate in the project for two weeks. Earlier this mission 4 days are planned for the reception of participants (first day), the briefing + visiting Cuzco (second day) and drive to the center (two days). Two days are devoted to training and can participate in various activities (4 hard days training for longer stays).
The missions are dealing with monitoring the regeneration of a jungle strip after human exploitation: laying and reading traps amphibian, reptile, butterfly, day and night walking, tracking the bird population ... Each volunteer has a daily schedule organized on 4 periods: early morning (between 4 and 5h am) after breakfast (8h) after lunch (14h) and after dinner (19h30). The outputs are more or less long, and some meals can be taken in the jungle, in a beautiful setting!
Some animals (amphibians, reptiles, butterflies) are brought to the center to be identified, measured, weighed, before being returned to where they were found.
center working hours are arranged to repair traps, input data in information systems, storage workroom ...
Each volunteer / staff member is also responsible for assisting in the kitchen a whole day (the frequency depends on the number of persons present in the center) and participates in debriefs in Spanish and English to the rest of the center.
Finally working days are planned in the city across the river to help in organic gardens and give English lessons to people.

My expectations

I appreciated it. The entire team is passionate, adorable and always ready to give explanations about his work. The outputs in the jungle are many, and you never said no to me when I wanted to go on outings where I had not been planned (I really wanted to monetize my stay!). Before long I saw many animals and able to participate in activities in the organic gardens. The accommodation was perfect, not too rustic (the center also hosts tourists is probably why) and other volunteers were very friendly and motivated. I enjoyed the evenings of Saturday (Saturday night fun!) During which two people are in charge of organizing activities for the rest of the group and film evenings of Sunday.

My advice

Be aware that this project is physical: you walk a lot, and sometimes long night lit only by a flashlight. I recommend bringing soles to slip into the boots (provided in the center) which limits the damage the long days walking. Bring a good head lamp or two, and spare batteries (one work week I have worn a pair and we really need good light to walk at night in the jungle!). Many mosquito as it is quickly devoured. The program is set for the week but can be pushed around by the time I had to go into a disaster evening 1h morning because we were caught in the rain. The river crossings are sometimes made impossible by rising water levels. Finally, the Spanish is not essential but is certainly a plus because some staff do not speak any English. It should at least be willing to try to speak "Spanglish."

What I retain

I learned a lot about the scientific methods of monitoring the jungle animals and sustainable agriculture. Many books and publications are made available to volunteers which excavates the topics that interest us. I had the impression of being really helpful during my short stay which was much appreciated.

My assets

I was able to improve my English and start learning Spanish, I continue to France since. I could not use animal knowledge I acquired in my work every day but I could climb jurisdiction over the methods of implementation of scientific study and exploitation of results. Finally, we also learn methods of agriculture / sustainable gardening that are always useful for that / wants a garden!

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Emilie participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission in June 2016
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My participation

As a volunteer it is associated with scientific and environmental studies and / or supervised by the Amazon Forest Project: research, conservation, and sustainable development in Peru. The studies are numerous: butterflies, birds, amphibians and reptiles, bats ... The schedule is programmed in advance, every day is different allowing for the chance to participate in everything. Days start with a breakfast in the morning 7H before beginning work to 8H 12H30 up for lunch and a recovery in 14H 16 / 17H. Times vary according to activities (sometimes one can start 4H30 the morning, but in this case we have the morning off). Sunday is free! For more info, I tell more about my blog http://emilie-3i7iw3.wix.com/1-an-pour-ma-planete#!juin-2016/acb0f

My expectations

I loved. I participated in many eco-volunteer projects but this one is my favorite. Beyond the fact that the country is beautiful and being in the Amazon jungle is magical, the work done on site is very interesting and diverse ... and you learn a lot. They put an emphasis on learning, they take the time to train us. They also take trainees for a longer time, and I can only recommend!

My advice

For those who plan to come 2 weeks, know that it takes several days with the return trip from Cusco to the center and the day of acclimatization in Cusco. In short, in the end it is "only" 10 days in the forest which is very little seen all that has to do and see. Privilege stays longer than a month. Even better, the internships of several months! The living conditions on site are at the top for such a remote place. Do not hesitate to come with your favorite sweets, as it is a "rice" diet morning / noon / night. On the other hand, nothing can be done against mosquitoes, spiders, and other biting animals. Be sure you can live with that + with the humidity and warmth of this region. The activities are physical, we walk a lot. Be ready ;)

What I retain

- Better knowledge of the Amazon rainforest and ecological issues that go avec.- Learning the local fauna: different species of birds, butterflies, frogs, snakes ...- And just the feeling of having acted for the good cause

My assets

The preservation of our environment at all levels. For those who have a scientific background / biological / ecological, this mission is for you!

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stéphanie participated in the mission Amazon Rainforest: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu Reserve in Peru

Mission in December 2014
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My participation

Once at the center Manu, near the forest, we have participated in various ongoing projects. The projects are coordinated by employees of the center and / or volunteers 6 months. There are many ongoing projects, and each week a program is implemented by the Centre to determine who participates in any project every day (between 2 and 4 volunteers per project per day). It is therefore involved in a different project every day of the week 2ème. Ongoing projects depend on the period, the weather conditions ... For schedules, it is depending on the project, sometimes 5h before breakfast, usually 8h the morning and return to 12h or 15h / 17h for projects in the day. Sometimes night drives to 20h. In December, I was able to participate in the following projects: - counting and observing parrots: the sunrise, we settle along the river, and we expect, note and observe the parrots that come on the cliff (2h) .- identifying butterflies in nets suspended 2m, 5m 10m and we caught butterflies, their wings were measuring and size of their bodies, identify them, marquions wing and relâchions (the day in the forest). - Frogs catch frogs near the wetland (20h at night); then the next morning, identification and measurement of different species harvested. Frogs are particularly sensitive to the quality of the environment, they are a good indicator of improvement or degradation of water quality and air.- vegetable garden: it was installed in the center to to experiment with then transpose the village. As this was not the planting season, we did the interview (before breakfast in the morning, then break for hot weather and resumed in mid afternoon) .- observation traces of felines: follow the trails, observe the traces (we found 19 2 of different animals!) and prepare loose soil areas to try to have beautiful trees traces.- measure: after drawing a line in the middle of 50m the forest, we measured all trees over 10 cm in circumference, harvested some leaves, estimated the height ... While participating in these projects, we spend time in the forest, and can therefore have the chance observe many animals: signs (every day), lazy (outstanding!), insects, frogs, birds ...

My expectations

The stay was great participation in various projects, spend hours in the Amazon forest, was for me the realization of a dream. Exotic, friendly, informative ... The activities are varied: the staff members allow us to participate in different projects every day 2ème week to have an overview of what is done there. Just frustrating not really participate that 4 days in the projects. And 15 jous, difficult to see the true scope of the data collected. The atmosphere is very friendly, between volunteers and members of the staff. These are mainly young (average age 25 / 30 years), links are created naturally and simply.

My advice

2 weeks of eco-volunteering is really too short to make the most of this experience. The first week, between the day of arrival, the travel time to the center (1.5 day), presentation time and training, we have only a short walk in the forest. This is the 2ème week we could really participate in the projects, only 4 full days and then had to take the road back to Cusco. Stay 1 months or more, allows more participation in various projets.La most volunteers and all members of the staff speak English (native). it is therefore expected to make intensive English !!! In any case, you understand very well the instructions, and this is not an obstacle, except to make better know the other volunteers.

What I retain

Discover the Amazon forest, see many animals, participate in ongoing projects, this is a unique experience. However, 15 1 days or even months or 2, we can only bring our willingness to ongoing projects. Do not expect to develop new projects or influence those in progress.

My assets

Continue to respect nature and behave responsibly in the actions of every day, especially with respect to our consumption patterns. The consumer society, packaging everything goes, palm oil in industrial products, burgers burgers ... all have a common point on the other side of the planet: deforestation! HERE we can act to protect the forest out there!

The Amazonian Forest Mission, Manu, Peru

It is in the Amazonian forest of Peru, in the Manu reserve, that you can participate in a complete program of conservation, scientific research, and development support ...
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