Rainforest Conservation & Community in Madagascar
- Placement location: Andasibe
- Types of placement: Biodiversity studies in the rainforest, community buildings
- Accommodation: Host family
- Age Requirements: 15-18 years old
Madagascar is renowned for its rich environmental biodioversity; in particular, its lush rainforests which are home to one of the highest percentages of endemic species on the planet. Our Conservation & Community High School Special is the perfect opportunity to combine both environmental activities and hands-on work which will benefit the local people.
Your days will be split between the different Conservation & Community activities. The environmental work takes place at a local national park where our Conservation placement is based. Your efforts will contribute to important ongoing biodiversity and environmental impact studies. Activities include helping at an endangered plant nursery; removing alien plants; bird, amphibian, reptile and lemur censuses; maintenance of park trails and creating materials for environmental awareness campaigns. You will also get to take part in Conservation workshops with a local guide.
The community aspect of the project involves renovation work in Andasibe, which may include painting walls of local buildings and educational murals at schools, setting up a playground or creating a vegetable garden.
Volunteers live with a local host family, which is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the local culture. You will get to take part in different social and cultural events in your time off, organised by Projects Abroad. These may include games night, a visit to the national park, picnics and dance lessons.
We also arrange exciting weekend trips to Lake Rasoabe, the UNESCO site at Ambohimanga, and the capital Antananarivo, where volunteers can explore the local markets and restaurants.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.