Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute

Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute

About

We are a Government Approved Institute undertaking environmental research for our partners, which includes the Malagasy Government

Our Volunteer Programs include forest conservation, marine conservation and teaching English at local schools, as well as to staff of the National Oceanographic Research Centre (CNRO).

Our Turtle Cove research centre is ideally located next to the beach allowing easy access to the wider surrounding waters, as well as being directly opposite the Lokobe Forest Reserve and CNRO.

Reviews

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Kristen
10/10

My 10 weeks on the forest conservation project in Madagascar were full of hiking, wildlife, new friends, and beautiful scenery. The accommodations turned out to be better than I expected and I enjoyed spending weekends exploring other parts of Madagascar with other volunteers. You'll meet people from all over the world who share a similar passion for travel, volunteering, conservation, and community development. You'll have the opportunity to learn the local language, Malagasy, and to immerse yourself in Malagasy culture by talking with people, trying traditional Malagasy cuisine, and exploring the country. As one of the world's poorest countries, you'll see firsthand the effects of poverty on people's lives, but you'll also spend your days volunteering in ways that will improve people's lives, which can be very rewarding. In addition to the forest project, I also had the opportunity to teach English classes in the afternoons and to go on several construction trips to a rural village on the main island where MRCI volunteers are building a medical clinic for the village. It was rewarding to help in as many different ways as possible, and I made life-long friends from all over the world. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in conservation, community development, experiencing new cultures, or simply making a difference in someone's life.

Yes, I recommend this program
Tom
10/10

I have just completed my 8 week volunteer adventure on the Marine Conservation Program with MRCI. It was a life changing experience to say the least, from the food provided on camp, to being professionally guided throughout all my diving qualifications. The staff of MRCI are nothing shy of excellent, they are always there to help with any issue large or small. In addition to this, MRCI also offer malagasy language classes throughout the week, if you are interested on fully immersing yourself in the local culture and environment.
The Marine Conservation Program especially was excellent. If you do not already have your Open Water and Advanced Open Water diving qualifications, the local staff are skilled and excellent in helping you master your underwater experience. Highlights of the program would have to include, aiding in the construction of an underwater artificial reef, being qualified for the active swimmers survey team as well as having the ability to go diving almost every day of the week.
I would recommend to any future volunteers that are looking to aid the community or wildlife in Madagascar, try and go there with no expectations. It is a environment like no other, a life changing experience and a highlight of my life.

How can this program be improved?
I would try and introduce more variations of the types of meals that are provided on camp.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Camilla
10/10

I volunteered for teaching during 2 months. Definitely, it was one of the best times of my life! As a teacher I had students all ages, from 3-4 to 50 years old. Classes in different villages, with several levels of English. This was a big challenge! A challenge I would love to deal with again and definitely for more than 2 months. There is so much to do!
Camp and it’s life style is amazing. The acomodations are really good with very good views to Nosy Be. Staff members and local people are very welcoming and friendly, creating a very good atmosphere to live.
My experience with other volunteers was really really good. I met awesome people. I learnt plenty of them and I had my small family back on camp. This made my experience even better. During weekends we did some trips to other islands, national parks and other turistic places, which I recommend 100%.
But volunteering is not only about teaching. It starts from the moment you arrive to Madagascar, see the people, other volunteers, camp, everything. All of it, It was an amazing experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Josh
10/10

I worked on the Community development program for 2 weeks in February, and had the chance to do some English teaching in the schools on Nosy Komba and Nosy Be. The best thing about my time teaching was how appreciative the kids and teachers are of you teaching, and the chance to work with students of all ages. You don't need any prior experience teaching, a good understanding of English is the most important asset, and the local staff you work with are always there to help out. I will never forget the experience I had teaching in Madagascar, and I look forward to doing it again very soon.

Yes, I recommend this program
Pradeepta
9/10

1. The “Local Experience”: Stayed in a campsite located in the middle of the forest, atleast 30 minutes away from the nearest village, a life without mobiles and tablets, woken up at dawn everyday by the pet rooster; enjoyed the local diet of rice and zebu(local cattle) meat; hiked daily among the mountains, passing by charming always smiling local villagers scampering by.
2. Expanded my knowledge database exponentially: I am originally from a Biology background, and I have been able to gain so much more knowledge about the endemic species of Madagascar and the ecology.
3. Accumulated valuable Survey Skills: Performed surveys in the forests of Nosy Komba. This was also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me to observe the endemic species of Madagascar in their undisturbed natural habitat.
4. Met people from…everywhere!- From Canada to Australia, Iceland to Columbia!
5. Fun Fun Fun: This volunteering trip has been possibly the best experience of my life till now.
A big thank you to MRCI :D

How can this program be improved?
The volunteers could be provided with more information about where and how the surveyed data was going to be used. This would help in give a better picture of the impact our work is having on the local communities.
Yes, I recommend this program

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