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Madagascar - Diving and Marine Research

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity posted by: GoEco - Volunteer Abroad

Posted on: November 20, 2013

Volunteer Opportunity description

Come to Madagascar's island of Nosy Be to help protect its ecosystems while exploring some of the world's best scuba diving and snorkeling sites!


As the fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is a country with varied landscapes and is home to thousands of flora and fauna species not found anywhere else! Unfortunately, many of the rainforests are disappearing and the population increase has a damaging impact on the island's ecology.

We aim to provide local communities, governments and international conservation agencies with the information needed to design and implement management plans to protect the area's ecosystems. Participants undergo extensive training in order to be qualified in surveying techniques. We recommend that volunteers stay for a minimum of 6 weeks as time can limit your involvement.


Volunteer work consists of:

  • MANGROVE MAPPING – study biodiversity of mangroves - a vital part of coastal ecosystems which serve as a safeguard against cyclones
  • HABITAT MAPPING –note the areas where coral, sea grass, rock and other substances are present to produce an all-inclusive underwater map
  • CORAL DISEASE – study areas where disease is present to find if areas are affected by various environmental factors
  • CETACEANS – note whale and dolphin sightings to help design long-term research plans
  • FISHERY STUDIES – study fish behavior and asses composition and catch levels to provide an idea of fishery health levels and provide insight for long-term changes

Project Highlights

  • Take a stroll down the Avenue of the Baobabs.
  • Visit one of Madagascar's many national parks such as Isalo, Ranomafana and Masoala to name a few.
  • Meet locals and other like-minded international volunteers on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!


Project Duration

3 - 20 weeks

Participant Requirements

  • Ages 16 – 50
  • Good English
  • Immunizations
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Required diving courses (if not certified upon arrival): PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water

Project Fees Include

  • Pre-Departure Kit
  • Airport transfers included on day of arrival (if before noon on the first Monday of the month)
  • Orientation and all necessary training upon arrival
  • Full room and board (shared tent or hut accommodations and 3 meals daily)
  • Local staff and 24 hour emergency support


How to apply

For more information and to apply, visit our Madagascar - Diving and Marine Research page, or email us at