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Volunteer research assistants in Kianjavato, Madagascar

Organisation: Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

Country: Madagascar

Type: Agriculture & Forestry, Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Volunteer research assistants in Kianjavato, Madagascar

Lemur Monitoring (5 weeks): Volunteers will follow social groups of either the greater bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus) or the black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) within the mountainous terrain of the Kianjavato-Vatovavy landscape. The longterm goal of this project is to offer protection for these two Critically Endangered species while gathering information on habitat usage, population dynamics, and territorial range.

Reforestation (5 weeks): This grassroots reforestation effort reconnects and expands natural habitats over the mountainous terrain around Kianjavato while sustainably benefiting the 14,000 area residents. Through this project we have planted over 2.2 million trees in Madagascar. The overall goal of this project is to restore habitats for wildlife and alternative resources for the local community.   

Qualifications/Experience:  We prefer volunteers with at least a BA or BS in the biological or environmental sciences. Some independent research experience will be an advantage, as will work or travel experience in tropical countries.  A willingness to work in isolated conditions, the ability to solve problems independently, and dedication to a positive and respectful working environment is vital.

2019 Volunteer Cohort Schedule:

  • Jan Cohort (Jan 15 – 17 arrival, April 9-11 departure)
  • March Cohort (March 19 – 21 arrival; June 11 – 13 departure)
  • May Cohort (May 21 – 23 arrival; August 13 – 15 departure)
  • July Cohort (July 23 – August 25 arrival; October 15 – 17 departure)
  • September Cohort (Sept 24 – 26 arrival; December 17 – 19 departure)

2018 costs for participating in the MBP Volunteer program:

  • $250 USD non-refundable deposit
  • $750 USD accommodation fees 
  • between 40-70 USD 90 day tourist Visa

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  • Volunteer research assistants in Kianjavato, Madagascar

    Volunteers will participate in two important conservation efforts: habitat restoration and lemur monitoring. During a 12-week tenure, volunteer cohorts will spend half their time monitoring lemurs and half their time participating in the community-based reforestation effort. 

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