Madagascar Research and Conservation Institutes Marine Conservation, Forest Conservation and Teaching programs affords volunteers the opportunity to experience Madagascars vibrant culture and unique wildlife while making a worthy contribution in preserving one of the worlds most bio-diverse hotspots through the collection of vital raw data, monitoring and educating.
Madagascar boasts an array of distinct ecosystems and unique wildlife. Approximately 92% of its mammals, 95% of its reptiles, 89% of its flora and 60% of its birds are found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar is also home to many incredibly coral rich and species diverse marine areas.
Madagascar's 103 species of lemur are almost all classed as rare, vulnerable or endangered. Sadly they face dangers primarily from habitat destruction. It is thought that since man first arrived on the shores of Madagascar at least 17 species of lemur have already become extinct.
Join the MRCI team and experience the many wonders that Madagascar has to offer while helping to conserve this majestic bio-diverse environment.
MRCI programs include:
Marine Conservation :-
MRCI's marine programs involves a variety of projects focussed on the protection of the marine ecosystems surrounding our Nosy Komba Turtle Cove Research Centre. Our marine studies include: Coral Reef Survey Program; ORI Fish Tagging Project; Marlin and Sailfish Fin Sampling Program; Water Sampling Program and our Turtle Monitoring program. To participate, a dive certification is required. Dive training and certification is available with MRCI at an additional fee.
Forest Conservation :-
MRCI's forest program involves the constant monitoring of the forest and wildlife surrounding us on Nosy Komba Island. Diversity and abundance of species are studied to identify changes in forest dynamics, populations, habitat health and to identify potential localised threats.
Teaching Program :-
MRCI's teaching program places English grammar and English conversational teachers within the local schools and communities. Teaching English in Madagascar is an exceptionally rewarding experience with many advantages for the community and students alike. Volunteers are not required to have teaching diplomas, the only requirement is that volunteers are fluent in English.