Marine Conservation Volunteering with IVHQ in Madagascar

Location: Madagascar: Nosy Be

Program Duration: 2-4 Weeks, 5-8 Weeks, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

99 Devon Street West New Plymouth, Taranaki 4342 New Zealand

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Phone: +64 6 758 7949 (International) 1-877-342-6588 (USA/Canada Call Free) 0-808-234-1621 (UK Call Free) 1-800-557-380 (Australia Call Free)

Fax: +64 6 7587949


Volunteers on the Marine Conservation project have the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in Madagascar and fish populations worldwide.

Volunteers work in collaboration with and on behalf of a number of oceanographic organizations to gather vital raw data through a number of initiatives, including Reef Surveying Fish Tagging, Marlin and Sailfish Fin Sampling, Water Sampling and Turtle Monitoring.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training to prepare for carrying out research-based activities at sea. This involves identification training for marine wildlife, including turtles, fish, corals and invertebrates. Volunteers are also taught the methodology of a coral baseline surveying, a key skill in marine conservation, as a universal approach to monitoring the state of coral reefs. Volunteers wishing to participate on the Marine Conservation project must have Open Water Dive certification. Volunteers who do not have this certification can complete a course in the first couple of weeks of their program.


7 Great Reasons You Need To Volunteer With IVHQ:

* Most Affordable Fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we're able to keep our fees low by working with local organizations to support meaningful community projects and local employment.

* Superior Support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local teams will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.

* Responsible Projects - we're dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly-run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.

* Online Training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you're well prepared for your program.

* Safety-First - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.

* New Friendships - as an IVHQer, you'll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.

* Epic Weekend Adventures - you'll have your weekends free to explore with your new-found friends.

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Volunteers pay a registration fee of US$299 which covers 24/7 support from an IVHQ program manager, online volunteer training, a comprehensive program guide, and access to deals on flights and travel insurance.

They then pay a program fee, dependent on the duration of their volunteer program, which covers accommodation and meals during volunteer placement period, airport pick up, orientation, program supervision, In-country 24/7 volunteer support and In-country administration costs. Volunteers wishing to participate on the Marine Conservation project must have Open Water Dive certification. For volunteers joining the project for 4 weeks or more, a PADI Open Water Dive course is included in the program and for volunteers who already have the certification, a PADI Advanced Open Water Dive Course can be completed instead. Volunteers are required to pay for a PADI Crew Pack to take part in the course, which costs approximately US$121 for the Open Water Dive Course, or US$107 for the Advanced Open Water Dive Course, which must be paid to the local team on arrival in Madagascar. Volunteers are responsible for their own flights, visas, travel insurance and vaccinations (where required).

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Volunteer Types
  • Conservation
  • Marine Conservation
Age Range
Aged 18 +
This Program is open to

European, American, Canadian, Australian, Asian, Worldwide, South African, Kiwi Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Dormitory
  • Group living

Participants Travel to Madagascar

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Written Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded