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Marine Conservation Expedition in Madagascar

Pays d’action: Madagascar, Afrique
Type d’activité: Ecovolontariat, Expéditions
Volunteer in our remote research and expedition camp in Madagascar and assist our international team of marine biologists, field scientists and sociologists surveying one of the most spectacular ecosystems of the Indian Ocean.

Description du projet et du rôle des volontaires

Are you passionate about marine conservation and scuba diving or want to learn? Have you always wanted to travel to an extremely culturally rich and remote region of the world and assist with community development work? Then this project could be perfect for you!

Your role as marine conservation volunteer
As a marine conservation volunteer in this unique project you will be immersed in the full breadth of the organisation’s innovative and integrated approaches to marine conservation. Your main responsibility will be to collect marine data on the extensive coral reefs of the Indian Ocean during research dives, but you will also be involved in community related projects in Andavadoaka and surrounding villages.

Activities may include:
- Scuba diving training up to Divemaster level
- Marine science and conservation training provided by field scientists
- Research diving (1-2 times a day, five days a week)
- Marine data collection on coral reefs and other habitats, such as mangroves
- Marine conservation outreach activities at local schools or other community events
- Language exchange sessions with local staff members to build their capacity in the English language and volunteer’s understanding of Malagasy
- Assisting English lessons in local schools
- Overland Tour from the north to the south of Madagascar through some of the most iconic National Parks in Africa with the chance to see lemurs and some other charismatic flora and fauna (tour is optional and takes place before and after each project as a means to get to the meeting point)
Project Goals and how you contribute

The organisation’s camp is located in Andavadoaka at the South West tip of Madagascar, one of the most remote and dry regions of the island. The village is surrounded by a coral reef supporting diverse fish species, which provides a vital source of income and food for local fishermen and the community. Due to a drastic decline in fish stocks, the organisation has established a series of conservation programmes such as the biggest Locally Managed Marine Area in the Indian Ocean to try and counteract this phenomenon. Volunteers contribute to the consistent surveys of the reefs which provide the basis for evaluating current conservation efforts and the development of effective future marine management plans.

L’organisation de volontariat se présente

A science-led social enterprise which runs volunteering expeditions to nurture their marine conservation charity with additional man power and to provide alternative sources of income to the communities they work with.
The organisation works where the ocean is vital to people, cultures and economies, and where there is a need to support human development. They develop transformative approaches for preserving marine biodiversity and livelihoods that benefit people everywhere.

The impact of COVID-19 on our expedition
Our priority during this challenging period has been taking all necessary steps to protect the safety and well-being of our expedition volunteers, staff, and the host communities we strive to support.
We have been closely following advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and have made the difficult decision to cancel all our marine conservation expeditions until it is safe to consider returning international volunteers to our host communities.
The financial and logistical impact this will have on our conservation programmes and ongoing expedition operations will be significant, with large losses now inevitable which place the very existence of this programme in jeopardy. We are doing all we can to mitigate this impact and we appreciate your understanding and support during this time.
What does this mean for the future of our expeditions programme?
As a UK-based international tour operator, we are unable to take further expedition bookings until the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) guidance against overseas travel for UK citizens is removed. Recommencement of business will then take place subject to country-specific travel and public health guidance, as well as adequate logistical and insurance cover for our operations to proceed safely.
When are the expeditions likely to be back up and running?
We are not currently able to offer an accurate timeline on when this might be but this is now unlikely to be in 2020.
Our expeditions will now enter a period of reflection and strategic planning but we will endeavour to keep everyone updated with our progress across our social media channels and on our website.
You can still register your interest for future expeditions below and we’ll email updates as and when we have them.
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Fiche technique de la mission

Pays d’action :
Madagascar, Afrique
Type d'activité :
Durée de la mission :
Minimum: 2 semaines
Maximum: 3 mois
Frais de participation à la mission :
(contacter l’organisation pour une liste de prix complète)
4 semaines/1 mois : 2460 €
8 semaines/2 mois : 3500 €
3 mois : 4800 €
Pourquoi payer pour faire du volontariat ?

* Toutes les indications de prix sont fournies par l’organisation de volontariat sans garantie. Si l’organisation ne facture pas en Euros, les prix réels peuvent varier en fonction du cours de change.
Disponibilité de la mission :
A tout moment
Age minimum :
17 ans
Age maximum :
pas d'âge maximum
Placement individuelle ou en groupe ?
Maîtrise de langues :
Participants must have a good understanding of both written and spoken English as all the necessary preparation and training is carried out in English.
Qualifications particulières :
Anyone can join an expedition providing they are in a reasonable state of fitness; we demand that volunteers are checked physically by a Doctor prior to departure, to ensure a good level of health and you will need to complete medical forms that your Doctor must sign. Volunteers must also be comfortable in the water and able to swim 400m confidently and tread water for 2 minutes unaided.
Hébergement & repas :
Accommodation is in self-contained wooden eco-cabins situated on a coral outcrop overlooking white sandy beaches and the blue lagoon beyond. Each sleep a maximum of four and contain a shower and toilet. Private accommodation is available at an additional cost. Three meals a day are prepared for you by local chefs using locally sourced ingredients and coffee and tea is available throughout the day.

Obtenir plus d’informations gratuitement

  • Recevez immédiatement un e-mail avec le site web et le n° de téléphone de l’organisation de volontariat
  • Recevez gratuitement notre guide avec une check-list à imprimer
  • Un guide de conversation en cadeau, si vous vous inscrivez plus tard
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