Newsletter Cybelle eco-volunteering

In this newsletter:

  • Exceptional opportunity in primary forest
  • More eco-volunteers for more elephants
  • Double your eco-volunteering experience in Thailand
  • Positive results for marine turtles in Thailand
  • Cetacean and biodiversity expedition in the Mediterranean Sea
  • Fund your mission by launching a fundraiser on the internet
  • Testimonials from ecovolunteers

Exceptional opportunity in primary forest

Amazonian forest in Peru

Amazonian Forest Mission PeruOctober / November 2015: Exceptional opening of a primary forest reserve area. The ecovolunteers present will be able to participate in the research that will take place there.

The main objective of the “Amazonian Forest in Peru” mission proposed by Cybelle Planète is to study the biodiversity and the regeneration capacity of the forest. The research takes place mainly in the Manu reserve, an area which has been exploited in the past and which now has the status of Nature Reserve, well known for its lush environment.

Still as part of its research activities, the project will explore in October and November a new area, in the middle of primary forest, practically untouched by any human impact. Scientists and ecovolunteers will, during this short period, collect information on animal and plant species, and their environment: butterflies, amphibians, birds, mammals, vegetation. The data thus collected will serve as a “zero point” for research on forest degradation and regeneration. This opportunity is a unique chance to explore one of the most diverse rainforest areas in the world.

Possible arrival dates: October 19 and November 16, 2015 (other dates are available throughout the year)

“Donation” mission (after tax deduction): 2 weeks € 546 - 4 weeks € 755


More eco-volunteers for more elephants

The elephant refuge in Thailand is growing

Elephant Refuge Mission Thailand

The elephant refuge in Thailand is increasing its capacity to a maximum of 28 eco-volunteers to take care of resident elephants.

The refuge has taken in 4 new elephants since the start of the year, and now houses a total of 15 elephants, including an 8 month old baby. The new arrivals required the addition of a 7 hectare enclosure reserved in particular for males when they are in a “musth” state and therefore particularly aggressive.

The financial contribution of ecovolunteers allows the refuge to develop new projects, an elephant hospital is currently in contrustion.

Recall that in Thailand, the population of wild elephants, estimated at less than 2000 individuals, is seriously endangered. Domesticated elephants (around 4000) are most often exploited in difficult living conditions. The Elephant Refuge is an oasis of peace for the few specimens collected. They will have the chance to live a good life as a pachyderm, thanks in particular to the eco-volunteers.

Date of participation: all year

“Donation” mission (after tax deduction): 165 € per week.


Double your eco-volunteering experience in Thailand

Combination of Wildlife and Elephant missions

 Mission Wildlife ThailandIn order to improve the field experience of ecovolunteers and to optimize their presence in the field, a special formula combining the Wild Fauna Refuge and Elephant Refuge missions is proposed. For a minimum of two weeks, this option allows ecovolunteers to take part in the care given to several wild species (macaques, gibbons, big cats, bears, etc.) and also to devote special time to elephants, a particularly endearing species.

Date of participation: all year


“Donation” mission (after tax deduction): 248 € for 1 week at the wildlife refuge and one week at the elephant refuge.



Positive results for marine turtles in Thailand

The 2015-2016 season starts in December

Mission turtles Thailand

After a busy 2014-2015 season, with 14 participating ecovolunteers from Cybelle Planète, 7 protected turtle spawns that arrived safely, 7 green turtles saved and released at sea, 86 turtles observed at sea… The 2015-2016 season begins December 05, 2015 for 3 months.

The ecovolunteers are involved in the various projects, in close collaboration with the local population: monitoring and protection of marine, freshwater or land turtles, monitoring of the seagrass, environmental education for village children, etc. In an island located 200 km north of Phuket, very little disturbed by tourism.

Date of participation: From December 05, 2015 to March 25, 2016

"Donation" mission (after tax deduction): 270 € for 2 weeks


Cetacean and biodiversity expedition in the Mediterranean Sea

First 2015 balance

Mission Cetaceans Cybelle Planet

The sailing expeditions, organized every year by Cybelle Planète in the Mediterranean Sea, aim to study animal populations living at sea. In 2015, we were able to carry out 15 weeks of mission on the Avocet of Ryme sailboat. 92 eco-volunteers joined the Avocet crew, accompanied by one of the 5 volunteer eco-guides (Céline A., Céline J., Margaux, Caroline, and Stéphanie), and 1 of the two boat managers (Antoine and Jo). Before we can give you a more detailed assessment, here are a few figures the first results of this 2015 expedition: the Avocet of Ryme sailboat, between June 16 and September 29, 2015, crossed the path of 35 fin whales, 1 minke, 11 sperm whales, 460 blue and white dolphins, 138 unidentified dolphins, 8 risso dolphins, 184 pilot whales, and 2 bottlenose dolphins.

Add to this nearly 1000 sightings of shearwaters, more than 50 tuna hunts, 6 swordfish, 12 sea devils, and 2 sea turtles. Finally, around thirty “fried egg” jellyfish, a species endemic to the Mediterranean.


Cetacean whale mission

A beautiful demonstration of the richness of the Mediterranean Sea!

The animals were all counted, their behavior recorded in detail, and where possible, we photo-identified them. All scientific data is now analyzed by our scientific partners at EcoOcéan Institut. We will not fail to keep you informed of the results of this monitoring which has been carried out for 10 years now!

In the meantime you can read the logbooks of the ecovolunteers written for each of the 15 weeks of navigation.

The entire Cybelle Planète team would like to thank the eco-volunteers for their invaluable contribution to this program. Thank you also to the eco-guides and to the boat managers who led their boat in all conditions and 24 hours a day.

Soon the 2016 programs will be published, great news awaits you!


Fund your mission by launching a fundraiser on the internet

finance its eco-volunteering mission

Emilie's story

Emilie has set up a one-year eco-volunteering travel project based on the principle: 1 month, 1 country, 1 mission. To help her finance her project, she used Crowdfunding, via the HelloAsso site. Once her fundraising campaign started, she raised more than 1000 euros in one month. Thus, Emilie was able to leave and is currently following her journey. She has already carried out a first eco-volunteering mission within the Przewalski Horses reintroduction program in Mongolia. Her testimony tells us a lot about the personal enrichment she will have acquired at the end of her project: "I really enjoyed this experience and it corresponded perfectly to my expectations ... I realized on the spot that my mission had more meaning and value than I initially imagined. I am happy to have been able to help them, a little, in their long term project of reintroducing horses to the wild… ”

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How to start a fundraiser?

You too, just like Emilie, can use Crowdfunding to make your travel dream come true. Crowdfunding for a participatory trip! Cybelle Planète is listed on the HelloAsso collection site. From our dedicated page, select the Create a fundraising link, then follow the steps to create your page personalized to your image and your project and include photos and your motivations. Finally, pass the information through your networks and wait….

Each person who has made a donation of more than € 50 for your fundraising will receive, upon your return from a mission, a tax receipt *.

* giving right, for taxable persons, to a tax deduction of 66% of the amount of the donation within the limit of 20% of the taxable income (article 200 of the CGI).

Testimonials from ecovolunteers

Mission Otter Brazil Cybelle Planet

Audrey took part in the long-tailed otter study mission in Brazil in September 2015

“This trip exceeded my expectations. The scientists responsible for this mission are attentive and present with the ecovolunteer. The work is fun and the setting is incredible. The rooms and amenities made available to ecovolunteers (bathroom, kitchen) are clean and everything is done to make the ecovolunteer feel good….

What I remember: The discovery of eco-volunteering that I did not know. The discovery of an important problem in Brazil: the protection of endangered otters. More in-depth knowledge of Brazilian culture and exchange with the locals and scientists of the mission… ”

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USA Feline Sanctuary Mission

Christelle participated in the Sanctuary of Felines in the USA in August 2015

“… The change of scenery is total, the environment magnificent. Staying in the heart of a sanctuary has given me a lot more. The "feeding" of the felines is a great time, we can feed them pieces of meat through the bars using a long tongs .... there are few places where we can do that. Jim and Salvina are very welcoming and we are quickly empowered. They also organize small outings for us on the WE, and nice evenings! ...

What I retain : Confirmation that I would love to work alongside animals. And a total disconnection for my holidays! ... "


Mission Nicaragua turtles

Héloïse participated in the "sea turtles" mission in Nicaragua in July 2015

"... What I retain : This mission has given me a lot. I would say that first of all, spending 2 weeks in Nicaragua opened my eyes. In all Western countries we are truly "spoiled rotten" and yet most of us are seldom happy. In Nicaragua many are those who have only the minimum subsistence and still ... however their joy of life, generosity, and happiness radiates all the time. I hope I understood how you have to appreciate what you have.

My assets : I think I will pay a lot more attention to seas and oceans in general because I have realized how essential they are all over the world, whether for flora and fauna or for humans. "

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Mission Cetaceans Cybelle Planet

Sylviane participated in the cetaceans and biodiversity mission in France in July 2015

"... My expectations : After a second experience (Gulf of the Lion), I discovered a new and equally rewarding adventure in Pelagos. Discovery of my first whales (mother and teenager) superb emotion sequence. First and foremost, a very good overview from Céline on marine biodiversity in this area, fascinating! The magic of the sea and its inhabitants conquered me ..... and thank you to our skipper for allowing us to approach them, without disturbing them!

My advice : Go for it, it's unique and it combines the useful with the pleasant ... We learn a lot about the fragility of our mother nature ... and the fragility of our ecosystem! In addition, the encounters are beautiful (animals and crew). Live this experience, it enriches us and makes us aware .....

What I retain : Respect, solidarity, awareness of our fragility in the face of nature, and the desire to continue to make myself useful to defend life quite simply .....

My assets : Make those around me aware that if we do not respect nature, the earth, animals, people, we will be the next victims of an ecosystem that risks disappearing ..... So respect, civility and thank you Cybelle Planet ..... "

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Thank you to the ecovolunteers for these testimonials… ..