Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
98% Rating
(5 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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Karl
Male
20 years old
Washington D.C. USA
Georgetown University

My Time at MRCI

10/10

If you want to go to Madagascar this is the program to do. I spent roughly five months at MRCI and didn't have a single problem at all. The staff is amazing. They are very friendly and accomadating but also have a strong passion for what there doing! The Cape sits in a perfect location a short boat ride away from the main town and from the front of the camp its about a 30 second swim to "Turtle Towers Reef" where they do many of there surveys! I also highly recommend doing the 10 day Eco Tour! Going around to remote islands, atoms, and reefs for 10 days what one of the many highlights of my trip. Nosy Be and the Surrounding area is an amazing place and theres no where else in the world like it. I recently went back for the second time and had just as much fun.

If you get the chance to do this program believe me you won't regret it

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Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
Our Forest Conservation volunteer program in Madagascar consists of constant monitoring of the forest and its surroundings on...

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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...

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Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute
Teaching English in underprivileged communities is exceptionally rewarding with many advantages for both the community and st...