Join Pod Volunteer to help the team collecting valuable research in the tropical coastal forest which is home to unique species including lemurs, flying fox bats and chameleons.
How can I help?
Volunteers support the local team of researchers and conservation staff with their ongoing conservation work and your role will depend on the current research aims. Activities may include population, distribution and behaviour studies on:
• Lemurs – Southern Woolly Lemur, Brown Collared Lemur, Fat Tailed Dwarf Lemur and the Mouse Lemur which is endemic to the surrounding forest
• Flying fox bats
• Reptiles – including brookesia chameleons, leaf tailed geckos and many of other snakes, geckos, chameleons and lizards
• Birds – there are over 70 species in the local bird population, including the Madagascar pygmy kingfisher
• Amphibians – including frogs found only in the local area
In addition volunteers will help the conservation team on tasks including:
• Habitat mapping and data collection
• Plant studies, including monitoring and planting of endangered palms and fruit trees which are vital for lemurs
• Sustainable lobster fishery data collection (during lobster season)
• Long term reforestation projects – seed collection and planting
• Environmental education sessions for the community
• English language club
• Alternative livelihood community projects
When can I join?
On start dates throughout the year for 2-10 weeks.
Where will I be living?
Throughout the placement you will be predominantly based at the rural campsite, but after the initial 5 days you will also stay a few days at a homestay. The rural camp is located near deserted beaches and tropical forests teeming with wildlife.
Based in a tropical forest and surrounded by coastal fishing community, volunteers often spend their free time at the beach, walking to local markets or (electricity permitting) enjoying a film night on the team’s projector.
Volunteer placements start from £845 for 1 week. This includes accommodation, all main meals, airport pick up and transfer to the project and an afternoon visit to a local National Park + planning your trip support from the Pod team.
To learn more about the Madagascar Conservation project and the next steps on how to apply you can visit our website: https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects/conservation-madagascar
Pod Volunteer has a range of opportunities from 1-12 weeks at animal, conservation, child care support, education and teaching, building and community volunteering projects in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. You can see the full range projects that are available for your Gold Residential Award here: https://www.podvolunteer.org/projects#comboFilters[who]=.who-dofe
You can get in touch with the Pod Volunteer team by email [email protected] or give them call on 01242 241 181.