Group Rainforest Conservation Project in Madagascar
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where? Andasibe, near Moramanga
As a group you will get the amazing opportunity to work in one of the most unique and biodiverse areas on Earth; the tropical forests on the eastern edge of 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 truly is one of Earth’s wonders. With 90% of its animal species and 89% of its plant species being endemic to the fourth largest island on Earth, it is recognised as a global hotspot for biodiversity. Such uniqueness has even led to some considering it to be the world’s eighth continent.
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.
Group Volunteer Conservation in Madagascar
As a group with Projects Abroad you will all get the remarkable opportunity to help preserve one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet.
Arriving at Ivato Airport near the country’s capital, Antananarivo, you will travel from the central highlands towards the forests bordering the majestic Indian Ocean. Once there, your group will work under the supervision of Projects Abroad staff and contribute to important ongoing biodiversity and environmental impact studies. You will also get involved in species monitoring and jungle reforestation projects to protect the ever diminishing jungle. This work is perfect for students with an interest in the environment; you will be able to learn a great deal about conservation approaches from our local staff and project scientists.
During your time in Madagascar, you will live in a hostel or hotel and will be introduced to Madagascan life and culture. You might even be able to pick up some French or the local language, Malagasy! Over the weekend and in the evenings, our local staff will organise trips and social activities for you and the other volunteers.
This placement can be offered as a 1-week add-on to one of our Care or Teaching projects.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.