Rainforest Conservation in Madagascar
- Placement location: Andasibe
- Role: Species monitoring, research projects, reforestation projects
- Main Research Focus: Biodiversity or environmental impact studies
- Local Environment: Rainforest
- Accommodation: Guesthouse
- Price: From
- What's included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from work where required, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What's not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 1 week
- Start dates: Flexible
You can take part in the Rainforest Conservation project around the forests bordering the Indian Ocean in Madagascar. This is a unique chance to live and work on the world’s fourth largest island, which split from India nearly 90 million years ago.
Madagascar has one of the highest percentages of endemic species on the planet, with over 90% of its animal species and 89% of its plant species found nowhere else in the world. Such uniqueness has led to claims that Madagascar should be considered the eighth continent and it is recognised, justifiably, as a global hotspot for biodiversity.
The island is home to nearly 103 species of lemur, the most endangered group of vertebrates on the planet, 283 species of bird, 346 species of reptile and 238 species of amphibian. The fauna of the island, however, is under threat from the 22 million people who live there and whose main activity is subsistence farming.
It is estimated that 90% of Madagascar’s forest has already been lost, but regardless of this in the last decade scientists have discovered and identified over 600 species new to science. These include 41 species of mammal and 61 species of reptile.
Volunteer Conservation in Madagascar
As a volunteer with Projects Abroad you will have a remarkable opportunity to help preserve one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Projects Abroad works with a local national park that does not have sufficient resources to maintain the park efficiently or carry out their own reports. As such, volunteers are needed to assist in these areas, writing reports on the activities, challenges and successes of the park and taking part in continuous censuses of flora and fauna.
Other volunteer activities include alien plant removal, running educational initiatives in the local communities, rubbish clean-ups, reforestation at a local tree nursery, teaching English to local guides, and building hides so that you will be able to sleep out in the jungle. Through our volunteers' initiatives, we are also aiming to make Andasibe a "greener" village.
You can join the Rainforest Conservation project in Madagascar for one week if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.