Volunteer with Blue Ventures in our remote research and expedition camp in Madagascar and assist surveying one of the most spectacular ecosystems of the Indian Ocean.
Based in the remote fishing village of Andavadoaka on Madagascar’s southwest coast, our dive expeditions offer volunteers from around the world a unique opportunity to get involved with Blue Ventures’ marine research and community conservation work.
Whether a dive novice, experienced SCUBA diver, budding scientist or newcomer to the field of marine conservation you are welcome and able to support and contribute to our marine research and conservation work.
During the first two to four weeks of every expedition our field scientists take you through a well-structured and intensive science training, which provides you with the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out research dives. The training involves numerous snorkelling and diving excursions as well as informal lectures, small group discussions and practical exercises on coral and fish species identification. Depending on your dive level when joining us, during the science training you can also learn how to dive and if you wish, advance your diving skills by completing further dive certifications..
During underwater research dives you collect critical marine inventory data, which feed into published reports and scientific papers about the state of Madagascar’s coral reefs. This research helps inform local communities, non-governmental organisations and marine institutes towards implementing and maintaining sustainable local environmental management plans. Thereby you will contribute to the further development of Blue Ventures’ efforts to support coastal communities in marine conservation.
“It was a great experience to witness first-hand the enormous impact BV has on the local community here and a privileged to contribute. I learnt a great deal on this expedition and it is an experience I will never forget” – Amol Lotlikar, 2017 Madagascar volunteer.
Expedition volunteers are at the heart of everything we do and we’d love to have you join us!
Images © Blue Ventures (1-3) & Louise Jasper (1) & Ben Honey (3)