- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Madagascar
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Credit Awarded: None
- Program Length: Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Semester, Quarter, Other, Five Weeks
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Environmental Conservation
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins
- Financial Aid: Not Available
- Minimum Cost: $1,000 - $2,999
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institutes Marine Conservation Program affords volunteers the opportunity to experience Madagascars unique and bio-diverse marine life whilst make a worthwhile contribution to conserve it.
Each volunteer on the Marine Conservation project has the opportunity to join a variety of conservation efforts focused on the protection of the marine ecosystem in Madagascar.
Volunteers work in collaboration with and on behalf of a number of oceanographic organisations to gather vital raw data through a number of initiatives, including Nudibranch Research, Turtle Monitoring, Reef Surveying, and more!
Volunteers receive comprehensive training to prepare them to undertake 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 coral baseline surveying, a key skill in marine conservation as a universal approach to monitoring the state of coral reefs.
Volunteers participating on the Marine Conservation project must have an Open Water Dive Certification as well as an Advanced Open Water Dive Certification to survey. If you are applying for the Marine Conservation project in Madagascar, please specify whether you require any dive training. Visit our MRCI Diving School page for more information on our PADI diving courses.
Please note, this project has a minimum duration of 4 weeks to allow sufficient time to complete the dive and marine research training required to participate on the project.