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Yves participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: 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 an adaptation of a few days and daily trainings spread over more than a week, (including security in the Amazon forest), I was able to join the working groups which collect information in the field, collect memory cards from " camera-trap ”scattered in the forest I was able to observe monkeys before they woke up, insects of all kinds, plants, frogs, butterflies, snakes, tapirs, cheetah and puma prints ... The environment is multicultural (Australia, Germany, Canada, the Netherlands, ..), and multi-age (from 18 to 60 years old and +, which gives a great wealth to the exchanges that we have between ecovolunteers and with the staff , coordinators, and researchers who do 6-month studies in their field.

My advice

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

What I retain

I understand what biodiversity means. I know that rebuilding the rainforest is possible everywhere on earth. This is a big positive message for the planet.

My assets

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

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Charlotte participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: 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 we know, I wanted to find our origins, Mother Earth, the real one. The first and last days were dedicated to visiting 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 tell you about it so much it was breathtaking to me! I was coming out of 2 years of preparatory class, I needed to clear my head and evacuate the stress, for a month I had only one reason to take the lead: "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 good number of spare clothes because it is often damp and the laundry has difficulty drying after being washed. Also bring warm clothes for the evening, because with the humidity and when it has just rained downpours it is quite cold. And also a point that is close to my heart! Don't take lots of drugs before you come. Vaccines are still important, but the malaria medication often causes much more serious side effects than the disease itself! Knowing one thing, the forest contains trees which provide natural remedies! When we arrived we were presented with a tree that could cure malaria! YES it's magic!

What I retain

A totally different perspective 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 is coming back despite all the harm that may have been done to it, even if it Today does not come out unscathed because of global warming!

My assets

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

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Pierre participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: 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. It was beyond my expectations.

My advice

2 weeks is enough if you want a change of scenery but a little short if you really want to invest. 4 weeks is good. More is even better. Don't hesitate to take some photo equipment with you. Need more advice? Do not hesitate to write to me.

What I retain

Many images and sounds will be remembered. I also met some really great people with whom I keep in touch. Whether it is among the other volunteers as well as 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 enriching experience from both a scientific and human point of view. I felt useful for biodiversity conservation, even at my small level.

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Camille participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: 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 back to the center to be identified, measured, weighed, before being brought back 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 loved this stay. The whole team is passionate, adorable and always ready to explain their work. The outings in the jungle are numerous, and no one ever said no to me when I wanted to participate in outings where I had not been planned (I really wanted to make my stay profitable!). In a short time I saw a lot of animals and was able to participate in the activities in the organic gardens. The accommodation was perfect, not too rustic (the center also welcomes tourists, that's probably why) and the other volunteers were very friendly and motivated. I really liked the Saturday night fun! During which two people are in charge of organizing activities for the rest of the group and the Sunday movie nights.

My advice

We must be aware that this project is physical: we walk a lot, for a long time and sometimes at night only lit by a flashlight. I recommend bringing insoles to slip into the boots (provided in the center) which limits the damage on long days of walking. Bring a good headlamp, maybe two, and spare batteries (in just one week of work I used up a pair and you really need a good light to walk in the jungle at night!). Lots of mosquito repellants too, you get eaten up quickly. The program is defined for the week but can be jostled by the weather: I had to return in disaster one evening at 1am because we were surprised by the rain. Crossings of the river are sometimes made impossible by the rise in the water level. Finally, Spanish is not essential but is definitely a plus as some of the staff do not speak English at all. You should at least be prepared to try to speak "Spanglish".

What I retain

I learned a lot about scientific methods of monitoring the jungle, animals and sustainable agriculture. Many books and publications are made available to volunteers which allows us to explore the subjects that interest us. I felt like I was really helpful during my short stay which is very appreciable.

My assets

I was able to improve my English and start learning Spanish, which I have been continuing from France ever since. I could not use the animal knowledge that I acquired in my everyday work, but I was able to gain skills in the methods of setting up scientific studies and using the results. Finally, we also learn sustainable agriculture / gardening methods which are always useful for those who have / wish to have a garden!

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Emilie participated in the Amazonian Forest mission: 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 7H the morning before beginning work to 8H 12H30 up for lunch and a recovery in 14H 16 / 17H. Times vary depending on 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 for 2 weeks, know that it takes several days with the return trip from Cusco to the center as well as the acclimatization day in Cusco. In short, in the end it is “only” 10 days in the forest which is very little seen all that has to see and do. Prefer stays of more than a month. Even better, internships lasting 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, because it is a “rice” diet morning / noon / evening. On the other hand, we can not do anything against mosquitoes, spiders, and other beasts that bite. Be sure that you can live with it + with the humidity and heat in 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 Amazonian Forest mission: research, conservation, and sustainable development in the Manu reserve in Peru

Mission in December 2014
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My participation

Once we arrived at the center in Manu, near the forest, we took part in various ongoing projects. The projects are coordinated by the centre's employees and / or by the 6-month volunteers. There are many ongoing projects, and each week a program is run by the center to determine who is participating in which project each day (between 2 and 4 volunteers per project per day). We therefore participate in a different project every day for the 2nd week. The projects in progress depend on the period, the weather conditions ... For the schedules, it is according to the projects, sometimes 5 hours before breakfast, most often 8 am in the morning, and return at 12 pm or 15 pm / 17 pm for day projects. Sometimes night trips around 20 p.m. In December, I was able to participate in the following projects: - counting and observation of parrots: at sunrise, we settle down by the river, and we count, note and observe the parrots that come on the cliff (2h) .- Butterfly identification: in the nets suspended at 2m, 5m and 10m, we caught the butterflies, measured their wings and the size of their body, identified them, marked a wing and released them (the day in the forest). - frogs: catch frogs near the wetland (20 p.m., at night); then the next morning, identification and measurement of the different species harvested. Since frogs are particularly sensitive to the quality of the environment, they are a good indicator of the improvement or degradation of water and air quality. - vegetable garden: it was installed at the center to carry out tests to then transpose to the village. As it was not the planting period, we did some maintenance (before breakfast, in the morning, then break in the hot weather and resume in the middle of the afternoon). - observation of feline tracks: follow the trails, observe the tracks (we found 19 of 2 different animals!) and prepare areas of loose soil to try to have nice tracks - measurement of the trees: after having drawn a line of 50m in the middle of the forest, we measured all the trees over 10 cm in circumference, collected some leaves, estimated the height ... While participating in these different projects, we spend time in the forest, and can therefore have the chance to '' observe many animals: signs (every day), sloths (exceptional!), insects, frogs, birds ...

My expectations

The stay was great, participating in the various projects, spending hours in the Amazon forest, was for me the realization of a dream. Change of scenery, friendly, informative ... The activities are diversified: the members of the staff allow us to participate in different projects every day the 2nd week to have a global vision of what is done there. Just frustrating to only really participate in the projects for 4 days. And in 15 days, it's difficult to see the real scope of the data collected. The atmosphere is very friendly, between the volunteers and with the members of the staff. They are mainly young people (average age 25/30 years), the 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 journey time to the center (1.5 days), the presentation and training times, we only did a short walk in the forest. This is the 2nd week that we were really able to participate in the projects, that is to say only 4 full days, then we had to take the road back to Cusco. Staying 1 month or more therefore allows you to participate in the various projects. Most of the volunteers and all the staff members speak English (mother tongue). so you have to expect intensive English !!! In any case, you understand the instructions very well, and this is not an obstacle, except to get to know the other volunteers better.

What I retain

Discovering the Amazon rainforest, seeing many animals, participating in current projects, it's a unique experience. However, in 15 days or even 1 month or 2, we can only bring our goodwill to current projects. Do not hope to develop new projects or influence current ones.

My assets

Continue to respect nature, and behave responsibly in everyday actions, especially with regard to our consumption patterns. Consumer society, packaging all the way, palm oil in industrial products, chopped steaks in hamburgers ... all have one thing in common on the other side of the planet: deforestation! We can act HERE, to protect the forest 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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