Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute

Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute's Marine Conservation, Forest Conservation and Teaching programs offer volunteers the opportunity to experience Madagascar's vibrant culture and unique ecosystems and wildlife...

while making a worthy contribution to help conserve this bio-diverse environment through the collection of vital raw data, monitoring and education.

Climate change has had a notable effect on the environment.  With the increasing frequency and severity of cyclones, an increase in temperature and a decrease in rainfall, Madagascar is considered extremely vulnerable to the impact of climate change. Monitoring change and finding ways to prevent long term damage to habitats and ecosystems is therefore vital in protecting and preserving this extraordinary environment.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training in forest data collection protocols and marine coral baseline survey methodology. MRCI also offer volunteers PADI dive training and dive certification.

The MRCI Turtle Cove Research Centre is situated on the Northern side of Nosy Komba Island, commonly known as Lemur Island, in North West Madagascar.

Our eco-friendly facility has a main lodge with a dining and deck area which is used at meal times, for meetings, lectures and general relaxation. There is direct access onto a small private beach and the views extend far across to the Lokobe Nature Reserve. Volunteers are accommodated in communal bungalows adjacent to the main lodge. The ablution facilities are modern with filtered running water and flush toilets.

Volunteers are provided with three meals per day and fresh drinking water.  Additional refreshments can be purchased at our onsite tuckshop.

Join the MRCI team and experience the many wonders that Madagascar has to offer while helping to conserve this majestic bio-diverse environment

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