Volunteer to protect coral reefs in Andavadoaka, Madagascar.

Blue Ventures

Marine Research and Community Conservation Madagascar Expedition

Blue Ventures

Where: Andavadoaka Village, Madagascar (southwest coast)

Focus: Coral reef surveying and community conservation

When: All year round

Duration: Expeditions last for 8 weeks. Shorter or longer stays can be arranged.

Suitability: Divers must be 17+. Volunteers under 17 can participate in non-diving activities (so long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Families are welcome.

Cost: Varies depending on diving qualification and length of stay.

Find out more: Blue Ventures 

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Become part of this remote research and expedition camp and assist the international team of marine biologists, field scientists and sociologists to conduct coral reef surveys.
  • Spend the first week on an overland tour from Antananarivo to Toliara and then 7 weeks at the expedition site in Andavadoaka.
  • Learn to identify soft corals and gorgonian fans, hard corals, and 150+ species of fish.
  • Become a PADI Advanced Open Water diver.
  • Visit Tampolove to learn about aquaculture, and assist farmers in farming and harvesting sea cucumbers and seaweed.
  • Get involved with community conservation.
  • Teach English and IT skills to locals via the ‘Buddy Programme’.
  • Shadow a local in the ‘day in a life’ initiative.
  • Learn Malagasy and experience a richer cultural exchange with locals during homestays.
  • Help out at the Saturday School and teach conservation to kids.
  • Take part in beach clean ups, field trips to local sites of ecological importance, such as mangroves, and environmental awareness sessions in the classroom.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: Full dive training is provided. In order to survey, volunteers must be PADI Advanced Open Water certified (or equivalent).

PADI Certifications: Further dive courses are available including EFR, Rescue and Divemaster.

Divemaster Internships: Available for min. 12 week expedition.

The Base

Accommodation: The Coco Beach hotel/restaurant, right on the beach.

Sleeping: Shared, beach-front eco-cabins with a max. of 4 volunteers per cabin.

Private cabins: Available for an extra fee.

Homestay: 2 nights a week will be spent living with a local Malagasy family.

Food: 3 meals a day prepared by local chefs, with plenty of fresh vegetables and seafood. Specific dietary requirements catered for, particularly vegetarians.

Base size: Small groups. Maximum of 3 per staff member.

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