Marine conservation expedition in Madagascar

Project name:

Blue Ventures (1)

Project purpose:

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.

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management
  • scuba diving

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

550

Marine

Madagascar

Africa

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

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

shared rustic eco-cabin accommodation overlooking the beach OR Malagasy family homestay

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

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)

Requirements:

  • 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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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime