Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving
(Snorkelling only project available)
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’.
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.
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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