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EDGE of AFRICA

Lemur Research & Biodiversity Monitoring

Experience the famous Madagascan wildlife through field work which involves trekking for lemurs and discovering the species that inhabit the island!

About the Program


Deforestation is an ongoing problem in Madagascar due to international developments and local charcoal production. This causes a huge threat to the natural habitat of both the lemur species and all the other species that inhabit the forest


You can make a lasting contribution to the ever decreasing habitat in South East Madagascar by monitoring valuable and high profile species such as lemurs. Due to Madagascar’s long isolation from neighbouring continents, this island is home to an abundance of plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth – in fact around 90 % of all plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic!


Through our research, we aim to determine the size, behaviour and territories of existing populations of umbrella species such as lemurs, as well as other rarer species that exist in some of the last forests of the area. This information will be used to make informed decisions on the further development of the natural habitat.


Comfort level - Adventurer

You will not have access to most amenities like indoor plumbing, electricity, well-stocked shops or banks, except on town days

This is only recommended for those who have experienced volunteering or travelling in a developing country and are up for the challenge of living outside their comfort zone.

Location
  • The town is very run down but full of character, giving volunteers plenty to explore and an ideal introduction to island life, as it is surrounded by beautiful beaches and some interesting architecture 
  • Madagascar is a much desired holiday destination because of the beautiful coastline and tropical forests, ideal for relaxing weekends off
  • The area is famous for hosting unique and sometimes extremely endangered insect, reptile and mammal species – a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness
  • The quaint villages surrounding the town are an amazing reminder of how simple life should be, with very few amenities, but happy smiling children to welcome you to their home 
  • You can fly into Antananarivo, and spend a few nights exploring the incredible French Architecture, interspersed with fresh fruit and fish markets and a colourful array of woven products
  • You can combine any of our Fort Dauphin programs and have a full, unique volunteering experience

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

Typical day

This schedule may vary because of your time of arrival and time of year, but a typical week would look like this: 
  • Saturday: Arrival & Orientation 
  • Sunday: Time off to explore the area 
  • Monday: Travel to Analapatsy, Orientation/Training & Tree Nursery Management 
  • Tuesday: Lemur Research/Biodiversity Monitoring 
  • Wednesday: Lemur Research/Biodiversity Monitoring 
  • Thursday: Research/Monitoring & Nocturnal Walk 
  • Friday: Tree Nursery Management & Travel to Fort Dauphin 
  • Saturday Optional Excursion

Lemur Research & Biodiversity Monitoring Ring-tailed lemurs Volunteer & Lemur Lemur Research Jumping lemur Volunteer Accomodation Lemur climbing

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Specific qualifications are not required for
this project, although volunteers will need to
have a love for the environment and be
comfortable in nature.
If you have experience, or interest in Field
Work, then this placement is for you! We
also accept independent researchers, so
please send us a proposal if you would like to
conduct your research through us.
Volunteers need to be confident with
speaking English and knowledge of French is
very beneficial but not essential. Good health.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 07:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at EDGE of AFRICA are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

When you arrive in Fort Dauphin, EDGE of AFRICA has some great opportunities lined up for your stay including: Andohahela National Park - located in southeastern Madagascar and uniquely characterized by two extreme ecosystems: endemic dry spiny forest and tropical rainforest, where you can spot 12 species of lemurs, 129 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 50 species of amphibians, and more than 1,000 species of plants, making it one of Madagascar's most biodiverse parks! Nahampoana Reserve - a scenic drive from Fort Dauphin will take you to this small reserve ideal for lemur spotting and is home to every lemur species native to the south of Madagascar; and Saint-Luce - approximately a 2.5 hour, very bumpy drive from Fort Dauphin, a beautiful coastal area, with a postcard perfect rural village to boast, the environmental reserve extends the expanse of the white beaches and a beach hike or just lazing in the sun are great ways to spend an afternoon.

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Riding

Services

What's included?

  • All project operating costs, equipment, tools and resources
  • Pick up & drop off from Fort Dauphin Airport
  • 24/7 emergency support
  • Orientation & Training
  • Accommodation
  • 3 Meals a day
  • Project Related Transport
  • Project T­shirts
  • Dedicated coordinators to assist you daily
  • Project support and feedback sessions throughout your stay
  • Assistance with optional activities and tours
  • Assistance obtaining a local SIM Card for your phone
  • Additional cultural and outdoor activities on Friday afternoons (and some evenings)
  • Post-­project involvement, and an exclusive return volunteer discount

What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

EDGE of AFRICA has a global travel services partner that can assist with all your travel plans!International flights into Madagascar with few exceptions land in the capital Antananarivo (Airport code TNR) which is the central highlands of Madagascar. We are based at Fort-Dauphin or Tolagnaro (Airport code FTU) so you need to ensure that your international flight arrival leaves sufficient time for you to catch an on-going flight to Fort-Dauphin. Unless your international flight arrives in the morning early, it is usual that you will need to stay in Antananarivo overnight to wait for your connection and sometimes it might be preferable for you to do so.


There are a number of carriers flying into Madagascar, but only one domestic carrier, Air Madagascar.


Fort Dauphin, on some maps is called Tolagnaro or Taolagnaro or Tolanaro. We most often stick to using Fort-Dauphin. From Antananarivo you can reach Fort-Dauphin by road, or by air.


Although there is a worthwhile and adventurous trip by road to Fort-Dauphin from Antananarivo, it requires a 4x4 vehicle and for first time visitors we recommend flying. If you would like to do the road trip, please contact us for advice.


On departure, your project coordinator will transport you to the airport and/ or assist with any further travel arrangements. If you are travelling further through Africa we are more than happy to provide any advice or support in planning your onward journey.


We will provide you with a comprehensive Pre-Travel Advice pack when you confirm your booking with us that will outline all our recommendations for flights, packing and in-country advice.

Accommodation

During the week, you will be Camping in tents. There is no running water, or access to hot water and very little access to solar power. You can expect to use long-drop toilets. We will be providing you with fresh drinking and washing water. On some weekends, you may be staying in Fort Dauphin. 

Facilities in Fort Dauphin include: 

  • showers
  • electricity
  • communal kitchen
  • communal lounge area
  • dorm style sleeping arrangements

Food & Beverages

We provide 3 meals a day. Volunteers should expect to be eating local cuisine. however we are happy to cater for specific dietary requirements as best we can!

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,295.00
4 weeks
$2,495.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$7,255.00

You can volunteer at the project site in Tolanaro/Madagascar between 2 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. EDGE of AFRICA will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$626/week
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with EDGE of AFRICA during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Madagascar

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Madagascar. Please check the visa regulations for Madagascar.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Madagascar and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Madagascar.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Madagascar.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Ivato International Airport (TNR) in Antananarivo. We assist you to find cheap flights to Madagascar.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Madagascar provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Madagascar you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Madagascar.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Madagascar while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
Tolanaro, Tolanaro, Madagascar

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