Coral reef eco diver

Project name:

Reef Doctor (1)

Project purpose:

Coral reef eco diver (marine research, education in conservation, support and fund our social development initiatives)

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

520

Marine

Madagascar

Africa

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credits

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

huts or dormitory

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, drop toilets, cold shower, bucket shower, local town, local shops, electricity, refillable water, wifi, tea and coffee

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

  • Fluency in English

  • Fit enough to dive

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

cheaper rates if you are already qualified diver, or stay longer periods of time!

  • PADI dive training.

  • Learn about the marine biology and ecology of one of the most extensive barrier reef systems in the world and its associated marine habitats (seagrass and mangroves).

  • Marine species identification. We train you in the underwater identification of commercially important reef species and coral reef health indicator species (fish, benthic life, and invertebrates)

  • Training in basic marine habitat surveying skills, with the opportunity to participate in our core research for any fast learners on a 4–5 week expedition.

  • Experience life living alongside a traditional Malagasy fishing community and gain insight into the unique Vezo culture.

  • Gain first-hand experience of the workings of a marine conservation NGO.

  • Make a lasting connection and impact with local children by participating in our local environmental education initiatives Kids Club and Junior Reef Doctors.

  • Assist our team in their core research, management and conservation projects (e.g., coral gardening, aquaculture, artificial reefs, turtle tagging/release, fisheries monitoring, reforestation).

  • Help our staff undertake English classes for adults.

  • Take part in our weekly Malagasy classes to help you interact with local communities.

  • Enjoy exploring the local area; the popular beach resort, the Spiny Forest, or visit one of the regional National Parks (in your free time, at your own expense).

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