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):



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

Wild Sun Rescue Center


huts or dormitory

When does the project run?


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?


  • 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).

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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