Volunteer to survey and conserve coral reefs on Nosy Be, Madagascar.


Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving

(Snorkelling only project available)

Who: Frontier

Where: Ambalahonko Village, Nosy Be Island, Madagascar

Focus: Coral reef surveying and local community education.

When: All year round

Duration: 1-20 weeks. Recommended min. length of stay is 4 weeks in order to get fully involved in all the different surveys.

Suitability: Over 18s. Group bookings available.

NGO Internships: Available for a min. 2 month stay.

Cost: The price gets cheaper the longer you stay – available here.

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Help to preserve Madagascar’s marine and coastal biodiversity.
  • Gather vital information on the Madagascan coastline to enable the sustainable management of natural resources in the region and the protection of the marine wildlife.
  • Learn to survey the health of coral reefs by recording coral and algal cover, coral bleaching, fish populations, invertebrates and other intertidal creatures.
  • Record observations of the feeding habits and behaviour patterns of a wide range of marine life, and possibly spot whale sharks.
  • Explore and survey mangrove forests and seagrass areas.
  • Learn how artisanal fishing communities live and about which groups of marine creatures are being harvested sustainably and which are being over exploited or hunted to extinction.
  • Study the impact of the marine-curio trade and destructive fishing methods on endangered marine invertebrates.
  • Work alongside Malagasy people to gain an insight into their culture.
  • Take part in environmental education days in the local schools and community groups, and teach conversational English.
  • Receive a vocational qualification diploma or certificate in ‘Tropical Habitat Conservation’.

Scuba Diving

Dive Training: Volunteers must be at least PADI Advanced Open Water (or equivalent) to take part in some of the surveys. Full training is provided in-country for an additional fee.

PADI Certifications: Open Water, Advanced Open Water, EFR, Rescue, Divemaster.

Divemaster Internship: Available for min. 3 month stay.

Equipment: All dive equipment is included for dive trainees.

Fun dives: Recreational, night and speciality dives available at extra cost.

The Base

Accommodation: Volunteers stay at Frontier’s beach camp made up of simple, communal ‘bandas’ (local style dwellings). Showers are a jug or a bucket of water.

Sleeping: Mats on the floor with mosquito nets. Occasionally, volunteers journey to remote beach  at a ‘satellite camp’ which will be a basic mosquito net pitched on the beach.

Food: 3 healthy meals a day cooked over an open campfire. Volunteers share the cooking duties on a rotational basis.

Support: 24-hour in-country volunteer support; International HQ emergency support and back-up; UK residential briefing weekend available.

Transport: Transfer to town centre and beach camp from Nosy Be Airport on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

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