Marine conservation expedition in Madagascar
Blue Ventures (1)
Since 2003 Blue Ventures has been working with volunteers to develop locally led marine conservation initiatives in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies. Alongside their practical conservation work, their aim is to increase awareness and demonstrate that effective marine conservation can be in everyone’s interest. Their award-winning volunteer expeditions are key in collecting reef monitoring data, supporting alternative livelihoods, and integrating themselves into the coastal communities where they work. Their ultimate goal is for volunteers to have a direct and meaningful contribution to locally led marine conservation models.
- habitat restoration/management
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
- cultural integration
- data/statistical skills
field research skills
- gain a qualification or credit
remote scenic location
Noteworthy conservation points:
- contributes to environmental policy
development goals (supporting local community)
- ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
publishes peer-reviewed science
shared rustic eco-cabin accommodation overlooking the beach OR Malagasy family homestay
When does the project run?
accommodation included, food included (three meals a day cooked by local chefs with local ingredients), electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, cold shower, bucket shower, western style toilet. All transport and activities once the expedition has started. Passionate and experienced national and international field staff and a volunteer to staff ratio that never exceeds 3-1.
How long can I stay?
4 weeks minimum, 8 weeks recommended, 12 weeks possible to complete divemaster (Price dependent on length of stay)
- Passion for marine conservation
Details of the day-to-day life on the project:
During the first two to four weeks of every expedition our field scientists take you through a well structured and intensive science training, which provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out research dives. The training involves numerous diving excursions as well as informal lectures, small group discussions and practical exercises on coral and fish species identification.
Depending on your dive level when joining us, you will, during the science training, also learn how to dive or advance your diving skills by completing further dive certifications (up to Divemaster level).
Once you have reached PADI Advanced Open Water level and passed your science training you will carry out one to two dives a day collecting relevant reef data. You will be diving 5 days a week with Saturday’s off for community conservation work and Sunday as a rest day and you can join us year-round for a period of 3 -12 weeks.
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