Marine Research and Community Conservation Madagascar Expedition
Who: 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.
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.
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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