Mangrove conservation

Project name:

Reef Doctor (3)

Project purpose:

Mangrove conservation

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • gain a qualification and/or credits

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

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, local town, local shops, electricity, refillable water, limited access to internet, tea and coffee

How long can I stay?


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

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

  • Mangrove monitoring and data collection.

  • Mangrove planting & nursery trials.

  • Fish catch survey and identification of species present in the mangrove channel.

  • Maintenance work in the plant nursery and planting terrestrial trees around site.

  • Assist with taking care of the garden and the project site in general.

  • Develop material for outreach and educational programmes.

  • Learn Malagasy Vezo language.

  • Assist the women’s association in developing new skills, marketing, and accounting.

  • Visit Reef Doctor’s aquaculture projects in the Bay of Ranobe, assist in a monthly sea cucumber sale.

  • Help the education team involve Reef Doctor Juniors in projects where possible.

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

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

  • 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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