Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
97% Rating
(6 Reviews)

Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Pradeepta
Female

Top 5 Reasons for Volunteering with MRCI

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.

Default avatar
Jesse
Male
27 years old
ON
Other

Forest Conservative in Madagascar

10/10

The program itself was great, we went out on hikes everyday and if you couldn't hike as was the case for me for a bit they also had something you can do and there was always a way to help out on camp. The accommodation for Madagascar was better then I expected and had most amenities like flushing toilets and good showers. The rooms we stayed in where hostel style with 6 beds in a room but there was more then enough room for everyone. The food was also really good with rice and beans being staples but there was also fish, chicken and beef that served. For the program itself it was very cool and rewarding to see some of these amazing creatures in the wild. With most of them you can only find in Madagascar. The research that you gather exploring the forests in nosy komba is so valuable when it comes to studying these creatures and for someone who wasn't really a reptile person before I left I was in awe of some of the things I saw. So I would highly recommend this trip

How can this program be improved?

One of things I think the program can approve in is that you really need to know alot of of different species in order to identify them on the hikes. Before you arrive it would be nice to be able to study up on some of them before you arrive.

Default avatar
Kristin
Female
34 years old
Jonesborough, TN
East Tennessee State University

Forest Conservation at MRCI in Madagascar

9/10

I spent an amazing 9 weeks at MRCI doing forest conservation and helping with their social media efforts. Nosy Komba, Madagascar is not an easy terrain. The nearest village is a 30-40 minute walk from camp over rocky and beach terrain. The locals walk this island like experts and put all the volunteers to deep shame. The locals are humble though and one time while walking back from the village, I stepped aside to let some young local girls passed. The last one grabbed my hand and showed me where to step easily and it was very sweet and a great bonding experience between me and the locals. They are a wonderful caring people, certainly worth meeting!

How can this program be improved?

As far as forest goes, I would suggest the first week allowing newbies to walk every other day. Perhaps breaking them into 2 groups. On off days, they can do extensive data entry to get them familiar with what were collecting. I think this would do two things: 1) allow people a bit of time to get used to the weather before big walks, and 2) give them a chance to see the data (even out of context) early on, so when they do on walks they have an idea of what they're collecting.

Default avatar
Andrés
Male
20 years old
Mexico

Teaching in Nosy Komba with MRCI

10/10

I think the most rewarding thing about teaching english in Nosy Komba in Madagascar is realizing how much both the kids and the adult students get to appreciate you.
I spent 4 months teaching in different villages in Nosy Komba, and in all of them you'll find amazing people.
Obviously apart from seeing the progress students make, it's an amazing feeling walking into the village and hear the kids yelling your name and running uphill towards the classroom.
Most of the time, teaching is somewhat tiring, because you have to walk certain distances all the way to the villages, and classes themselves are quite energy demanding, but have the kids wave you goodbye and see them laughing throughout the lessons and understanding what we are reviewing is more than any reward.

How can this program be improved?

Having more communication among teachers, planning the classes propperly and keeping an organized record of which class has reviewed wich theme in order to make the best out of the lessons.



Janine
Female
19 years old
Riga, Latvia

Volunteering in Madagascar

10/10

After doing forest conservation for 2 months, I did marine conservation for 2 months. I never went scuba diving before coming here, it was the best experience I have ever had. I can't imagine a place more ideal for scuba diving than Madagascar. Madagascar is definitely the most beautiful and unique place I've ever been too. The staff is very helpful and passionate about what they do. For marine, we did a lot of shore dives and some boat dives. The boat dives were at some spots nearby camp, they were always very fun! I loved that no dive was ever the same, we would always see something really interesting and different on every dive. There is an abundance of beautiful coral and marine life everywhere on the reef. I would recommend to stay as long as possible, you won't want to leave. The only thing I regret is not doing marine for longer. Madagascar had a big impact on me and really changed me. I will never forget all the amazing people I met and the memories made.

How can this program be improved?

NOTHING I LOVED IT

Program Listings

Madagascar
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
Our Forest Conservation volunteer program in Madagascar consists of constant monitoring of the forest and its surroundings on...
Madagascar
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
Our Marine Conservation Program offers a variety of projects to volunteers and also includes the PADI Open Water and Advanced...
Madagascar
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
Teaching English in underprivileged communities is exceptionally rewarding with many advantages for both the community and st...
Madagascar
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
MRCI's Island Outreach Program is truly one of a kind. This immersive program is an amalgamation of the four other programs t...