Volunteer in Forest Conservation in Madagascar

Location: Madagascar: Nosy Be

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

Dates: Year Round


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The dense tropical forest of Nosy Komba is home to many of the iconic wildlife species that Madagascar is renowned for and offers a unique environment for volunteers to assist in monitoring the native forest and endemic wildlife on the island. Unfortunately, many endemic species in Madagascar are threatened, predominantly due to habitat destruction.

Volunteers on the Forest Conservation project are involved in studying and monitoring the diversity and abundance of species on Nosy Komba in order to identify changes in forest dynamics, populations and habitat health, and to identify potential localized threats.

The data gathered by volunteers is invaluable in contributing to the protection of the highly threatened Sambirano forests found in Northwest Madagascar. Volunteers will assess the biodiversity of the following wildlife using the relevant field survey techniques:

* Lemurs - species identification, behavior monitoring and population assessments carried out at designated observation sites.

* Small Mammals - catch and release techniques using pitfall and Sherman traps.

* Reptiles and Amphibians - pitfall traps and active forest searches.

* Birds - visual/vocal identification and mist netting.

* Forest Conservation volunteers will receive species identification training and learn how to conduct field surveys, set up equipment, collate data and analyze findings.


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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 are responsible for their own flights, visas, travel insurance and vaccinations (where required).

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Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Environment
  • Conservation
  • Agriculture
Age Range
18 and over
This Program is open to

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