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Marie Alice participated in the mission Mammals and Wildlife of Amazonian Forest in the Tambopata Reserve in Peru

Mission of 28 days, carried out in August 2019
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My participation

Schedules vary according to activities (approximately 7h-18h; 20h for amphibian excursions).
Activities carried out during the stay:
Observations and data collection on spider monkeys in the jungle, and on different animals after reading cameras installed in specific areas of the reserve; surveys of biodiversity over a specific distance (transects); creation and maintenance of a parcel of land; plant phenology; measurements of height and weight then taken pictures of frogs in the field ...
The weekend off at the resort or town in Puerto Maldonado (small + for the Tambopata Hostel).

My expectations

The discovery of Amazonian biodiversity, a disconnect with everyday life. I appreciated contributing to the project, its usefulness, discovery and daily exploration, being in contact with passionate people.

My advice

Be prepared for an out-of-the-ordinary experience at one hour by boat from the city. Provide a sufficient number of light and breathable clothing as permanent moisture. No need for treatment for malaria that is not present in this area. No worries about the quality of the food, prepared by the manager of the resort is excellent (small + for banana, avocado ... reserve), and can be adapted to vegetarians. Be ready to live without a network or internet connection at the reserve.

What I retain

A first glimpse of the Amazon. This mission brought me knowledge about the jungle, the biodiversity, its fragility and the conservation of the species. Patience and observation, it is not always easy to see the animals within the reserve. Small + about the use of a GPS.

My assets

Respect for cultures and the will to act for our biodiversity. A disconnection from everyday life and the development of coping skills. Learning Spanish and exchanges with volunteers, students, Peruvians or foreigners. A big thank you to Raul, the manager of the station who gave me his knowledge.

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Léa SABY has participated in the mission Mammals and Wildlife of the Amazonian Forest in the Tambopata Reserve in Peru

Mission 21 days, conducted in July 2019
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My participation

The activities within the station were very varied. It could be the follow-up of a group of monkeys (its activities, its food ...), transects (survey of the biodiversity on a precise distance), installations of nets for the studies of bats or rats, the creation new paths in the jungle or install / fetch and watch the cameras. The schedules were very variable depending on the activities. Generally we started at 7h30-8h00 up to 12h00 and then 14h00-18h00. We could start earlier (4h00-5h00) when searching for monkeys.

My expectations

My stay at the project has completely exceeded my expectations. Being a student in biology / ecology, I came to volunteer in this biological station to enrich my professional experience. I had the honor to be surrounded by competent but passionate people who have a sense of sharing. I was able, thanks to them, to learn in real conditions, in the field with concrete cases. In addition to a professional experience, this mission was an unforgettable human experience. The mix of culture and knowledge as well as the atmosphere within the resort made me feel so well surrounded.

My advice

As hotels in Puerto Maldonado, I recommend El Fauno or the Tambopata Hostel. You can have a night for really cheap, in dormitories or in more private rooms. They are near the center and have a pool and wifi. Otherwise, mosquitoes are quite ferocious, the best is to take local repellent, it is more effective. Finally, with regard to the network and internet access, the easiest way is to take a local sim card with a Peruvian number. Even if having a network at the station is quite difficult, it will allow you to have a good connection in the city. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Raul, he has always been listening to me and has always taken the time to answer my questions. He is such an inspiring, passionate and intelligent person. He is full of knowledge and thirsty to share his knowledge.

What I retain

This mission brought me a lot of knowledge about the Amazonian fauna and the jungle in general. I was able to go beyond my limits and learn to appreciate each moment. This trip allowed me to be more independent, to go beyond my mental and physical limits but also to discover an incredible culture as well as passionate and caring people.

Mission Primates and Bats, Peru

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Floriane participated in the mission Mammals and Wildlife of the Amazonian Forest in the Tambopata Reserve in Peru

Mission 49 days, conducted in March 2019
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My participation

Our work was varied, mainly monitoring groups of spider monkeys in the jungle to study but also other projects according to the subjects of trainees present on the station. Thus, we went to look for specimens of amphibians or insects, to install nets with birds and bats. There is also a little maintenance in order to keep the paths and the garden in state, armed with a machete it is necessary to clean and thin to be able to move better.
Our days start mostly at 7h and end at 18h. Depending on the missions of the day, I had the opportunity to start the day at 4h30 to look for groups of monkeys, or to finish at 20h during the "Amphibian" excursions.

My expectations

I loved the stay, I was looking for a volunteering immersed in the jungle that brings me new knowledge and a great experience and that's exactly what I found. The cohesion of volunteers from around the world impressed me and I will keep a very good memory of my experience.

My advice

Do not expect a great comfort but there is the minimum and it is totally bearable! Immersion in the jungle of course includes the presence of animals in everyday life, young and old, and so do not forget its repellent, indispensable! Finally, expect to take full eyes and enjoy this human and environmental experience.

What I retain

I discovered that I could easily adapt to a very different environment from the one I'm used to, that the bare minimum of comfort is enough to enjoy the adventure and that community life in the long run I do not have a problem.

My assets

Adaptation to new situations, cohesion within a team, know how to appreciate the transmission of knowledge, the respect of cultures and the will to act for the planet.

Mission Primates and Bats, Peru

In the Amazon rainforest of Peru, you participate in research conducted by a team of local specialists, on biodiversity in general and more specifically on primates and ...
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