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Chris U participated in the Study and Conservation of the Long-tailed Otter, Brazil mission

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

Wake up at 8:30 am to feed the otters and some other animals in the center. Trekking trips on Lake Peri by kayak and hikes in different magnificent places of the island of Santa Catarina in order to find traces (faeces) of wild otters, which will allow their composition to be studied in the laboratory. A few trips to a university to carry out scientific research methods to determine the presence or not of parasites in what is harvested in the field. The ends of the days vary, but overall are around 17 p.m. Noon breaks are always respected.The work in the center itself is variable, and often involves the implementation of facilities (enclosures, barriers, etc.), or the sanitary maintenance of the premises. set up "trap-cameras" which record the movement of each animal passing through natural shelters, proving the frequentation of species.

My expectations

I was an ecovolunteer for 3 months, from the beginning of May to the end of July, that is to say in winter. Apart from a few very cold nights, the days were very pleasant in terms of temperature. The staff are very nice and always try to help. Other than Portuguese, they speak English, sometimes Spanish (at different levels but we understand each other), so if you are afraid of not knowing how to express yourself, do not worry. With sign language it's often even easier: p I learned some interesting things about otters as well as about Brazil itself. The trekking tours are pleasant and allow us to see beautiful places. I met a lot of people like me who came and then left. It also made great memories, and teaches us to live in a community (shared bathroom, shared kitchen, sometimes shared bedroom). It was a good experience that met my expectations.

My advice

If you want to feel useful during this internship, being little seems necessary to me. So maybe I would advise avoiding the month of July, even if in France it is the holidays for many. But if you come with the goal of also meeting lots of people, you will be well served during this period (there were mainly French among the ecovolunteers). If you like to walk (sometimes a lot) and discover beautiful landscapes, you should like . Bringing boots and walking shoes is a plus. 

What I retain

The desire to travel even more, to learn Portuguese, that understanding in community is not easy especially when everyone does not put their own, but since that is above all the subject, knowledge interesting on otters and other animals in the center.

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

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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!

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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Simon participated in the study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

The work within the Lontra project can be divided into two parts: * a part related to animals in captivity For this part, it is mainly a question of feeding the otters and other animals of the camp (cutting of fish and fruits) and of take care of their enclosures (collection of excrement). During my stay there were 6 eco-volunteers so the work went relatively quickly. We had to start the preparation at 8:30 am and we had to be finished by 10 am-10:30am. In the evening, we only fed the animals since we had prepared the food in the morning, we started around 17 p.m. and we had for a maximum of 30 minutes taking our time. * A part related to the work on the camp and research in outside Between 11:00 a.m. and 17:00 p.m., we could have one-off tasks to do (rearranging the enclosures, cleaning the camp ...) but most of the time we left the camp on an expedition to look for traces and excrement of wild otters which led to trekking on the island of Floripa or canoeing on Lake Peri. 

My expectations

The stay was wonderful and very intense, we went 3 weeks and I felt like I was going 3 days. There is no time to be bored at all and it is absolutely not repetitive since in 3 weeks of stay we have never done the same trip twice. The team members were all lovely and very welcoming. Special dedication to Marcelo for his kindness, patience, good humor and great sense of humor. Otters are very cute and it was a real pleasure to be able to feed and train them. During our weekends, we were able to travel to Rio de Janeiro and to the Iguacu Falls on the border with Argentina.

My advice

We left in May, during the winter. Even if it is around 20 degrees during the day, the night is a whole different story since it could go down to 5 degrees so bring some warm clothes, otherwise you will catch a bad cold like me. As essential, I would say that you have to equip yourself with a pair of boots because in the enclosures there is often slush and a swimsuit for canoe expeditions. Mosquito repellent can be a plus even if I didn't really find it useful because in winter there aren't that many mosquitoes. Bring clothes with you that are not new or sensitive because there is plenty of opportunity to damage them during the stay. If you speak Portuguese or Spanish it can be a big plus but most of the camp members do very well in English. 

What I retain

A great experience that made me aware of the environmental issues of the island of Floripa and the importance of otters in this ecosystem. A discovery of this paradise island that is Florianopolis as well as the fabulous otters which are all very endearing. A unique human adventure with great encounters. This mission also makes it possible to understand Brazil from the inside, to live like Brazilians in their midst, to open up to a culture that is sometimes different on certain aspects of ours. 

My assets

Recycling, respect for nature, sharing and mutual aid.

Otter mission long tail, Brazil

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Valérie participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, Portugal

Mission in June 2016
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My participation

During the 15 days, the work consisted of preparing food for the wolves, distributing them, ensuring their water supply (generally twice a day, three in case of heat), brush clearing work on the center outside the enclosures. At the start of the mission, watchtowers (including at night) in groups of two were set up to monitor the behavior of the wolves following the change of enclosure of one of the wolves. The sixteen "boarding" wolves of the Iberian Wolf Conservation Center and participation in the maintenance work of the center gives a lot of occupation but nevertheless leaves time for personal observations.

My expectations

I appreciated the contact with the wolves and the fact of being a little responsible (to the extent of my small contribution) of these animals which for various reasons were no longer able to provide for themselves in their natural environment. (because having known too much captivity). I also appreciated the tranquility of the place and the group life. For weekends of relaxation, the possibilities are numerous: Mafra animal park, visit of the town of Sintra (typical and historical), the beach. For Lisbon, plan instead to extend the stay before or after the mission.

My advice

Provide clothing that does not fear the dirty (already said by other volunteers but it is not too much to remind). There is a washing machine (handy). Bring pants rather than shorts (dense and thorny vegetation in places). less to come with your vehicle) Manage your refueling well!

What I retain

In addition to what has already been said previously, a parenthesis in my Parisian life allowing me to recharge my batteries. Being able to get closer to this fascinating species that is the wolf and which I had heard a lot about before.

The mission Iberian Wolf Sanctuary, Portugal

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PARENT participated (e) Monitoring mission of Wildlife, South Africa

Mission in May 2016
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My participation

I was able to help locate the animals studied using VHF antennas. I also helped set up and maintain photo traps; I entered the data collected during the day on the computer. My schedules varied depending on the reserve I was in. In the first, I worked from 4 a.m. to 30 a.m. and from 10 p.m. to 15 p.m. (month of May) and in the second it was from 30 a.m. (or 18 a.m.) to 30 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 30 p.m. knowing that these schedules vary a lot depending on the period during which we participate in the mission, monitors who accompany us and animals studied.

My expectations

Yes I really enjoyed my stay because I was able to discover another culture, I really improved in English thanks to all the volunteers and the monitors who surrounded me and all the animals that I discovered are super interesting to discover.

My advice

I advise future volunteers to always bring a lot of warm clothes but all easily removable (vest and pullover style) because even if it is rather hot (around 10 degrees in the morning and 25 degrees in the afternoon) as we are constantly on a 4X4 we are almost always cold when we drive (which happens most of the time). In fact, to find the animals, you can drive for an hour without stopping.

What I retain

Of etiquette, a considerable knowledge of the South African animal biology, progress in English

My assets

All those I mentioned previously, especially because I am studying Biology.

The mission Wild, South Africa

By joining this project, you will participate in the monitoring of wildlife in South Africa. The welcome project is dedicated to the preservation of the wild fauna of the bush and more particularly ...
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Lo participated (e) mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys in South Africa

Mission in May 2016

My participation

The work is divided into several tasks, a schedule is made every day and we can do different things during the same day. Work begins at 7 a.m. The main tasks are the preparation of bottles of milk for the babies, the preparation of the plates of fruits and vegetables in the morning, filling the basins of water, collecting and giving the boreholes to the various troops, taking care of the babies. The day usually ends around 16-17 p.m. (depending on the number of volunteers present). There is also a night shift during the baby period (November-May)

My expectations

I really enjoyed my volunteering at the Vervet Monkey Foundation. The volunteers are very well taken care of, everything is very well explained so that we integrate the group quickly. We see that this system has been working for a long time there and suddenly everything is running like clockwork. It is very appreciable. My stay corresponded well to my expectations. It was also very rewarding to work with animals all day. The staff is doing a remarkable job to preserve these monkeys, it's great.  

My advice

From May it is winter and it is very cold. Take some hot stuff! It's a wonderful association that deserves our attention. There time flies by and we always leave thinking we would have stayed a little longer. 

What I retain

I discovered eco-volunteering and working with animals for the first time. This experience made me aware of the world we live in, the preservation of our ecosystem. The vegan culture was also new and it allowed me to ask myself questions about my lifestyle. Great encounters with people of many nationalities, also the opportunity to speak English. 

The mission Sanctuary vervet monkeys, South Africa

This eco-volunteering mission consists in helping a program of safeguarding the ...
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Iona participated in the Iberian Wolf Rescue Center mission, Portugal

Mission in April 2016
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My participation

The hours were very correct, around 9 am-17pm except in exceptional cases, but the work, as advertised in the brochures, could have been quite difficult physically. However, the advantages make up for that: being in a beautiful environment, surrounded by wolves, quiet hours and free weekends to visit! We fed the wolves (the top), helped with the maintenance of the center (brush clearing, digging a ditch, planting trees) and we also had afternoons watching wolves following an injury to a wolf.

My expectations

I loved my stay there. At a time of upheaval, reconnecting with real life, spending evenings in this chalet in the hills accompanied by wolf songs, feeling that we are working to help people who really need it, that does a lot of good. The light schedules allow you to spend a lot of time walking between the enclosures, trying to observe them in the morning and in the evening. The people working for the association who accompanied us were all very kind and loving nature, it was really very pleasant. It was a real pleasure, a stay that I would definitely do again.

My advice

Take dirty clothes, really. Otherwise, they will quickly get dirty. Waterproof shoes are also a big plus, especially in winter and mid-season. Prepare to be very tired in the evening after a day's work. And above all, sign up, or you will miss out on an experience. formidable!

What I retain

A lot of serenity, calm, life, all at the same time. We come home with a heavy heart, but our head full of great moments, and we have the impression of hearing wolves singing on every street corner. More down to earth, obviously, a lot of knowledge about the behavior of the wolf, which is a fascinating animal!

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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Khalil participated in the expeditions mission in the Pelagos sanctuary: study of Cetaceans and Biodiversity, France

Mission in June 2015
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My participation

Observation data taken on mammals, seabirds and maritime traffic.

My expectations

The stay was great and totally fit my expectations.

My advice

Do not be afraid of seasickness it will pass. Otherwise a cracker when feeling foggy and feeling better :)

What I retain

A genius human experience that is to be done and done again, it's not every day that we can attend whale jumps within 100m it's much better than on TV and we can really realize how beautiful and majestic these animals are.

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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Raphaelle participated in the study and conservation of the long-tailed otter, Brazil

Mission in April 2016
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My participation

The hours were around 8:15 am-18pm with a 2 hour lunch break. The weekends are days off, we can help at the center or go and discover the surroundings, we do as we want! No day is completely alike. In the morning, there is preparation / distribution of meals for the animals then cleaning of the enclosures. Around 17 p.m., there is also the feeding of the animals. After the days were organized according to needs, I had to make "enrichment toys" for the animals, some maintenance work, cleaning of the animal kitchen, welcoming visitors, behavioral observations, meeting with the animals. members of the staff but also several expeditions whether by kayak or on foot in order to look for traces of the presence of otters!

My expectations

Simply unforgettable experience :) It fully meets my expectations, everything was perfect. Discoveries of magnificent landscapes, great biodiversity, diversity of activities. The staff and the other ecovolunteers were brilliant, always ready to help you, your opinion counts and if you have an idea it is taken with great enthusiasm! a lot of freedom at the time. Great encounters with memorable days and evenings :) 

My advice

Do this mission, it is unforgettable! I left in April, most of the time the weather was fine but I also had a few rainy and cold days so remember to take boots / kayaw and at least a big sweater! Anti-mosquito products essential with long clothing especially at the end of the evening to avoid bites! I needed an adapter for some of my electronic equipment (unfortunately the center had it for me because I had not taken any). The first days I was the only eco-volunteer, the night arriving at 1 p.m. the evenings can be long so plan to take care of things although there is wifi and TV (netflix) Provide cash as there is no ATM nearby Do not forget your swimsuit bath and have good walking shoes!   

What I retain

Superb experience, it allowed me to improve my English, to be able to observe and take care of great otters, to discover a new culture, new landscapes and species and above all to meet exceptional people :)

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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