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We believe that with the right knowledge and means, developing coastal communities can live in harmony with their marine environment. We are committed to supporting our partner communities to develop the skills they need to diversify their livelihoods and manage their natural resources sustainably. From school scholarships and environmental education through to conservation research courses for local graduates, our team works tirelessly to deliver training at all levels.

School scholarships

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We provide children in coastal southwest Madagascar with the educational opportunities they need to create paths out of poverty and support marine conservation within their communities.

Only 1 in 3 children in the Velondriake area go to school. Most do not make it beyond primary level and girls drop out far more often than boys. We send 200 children to school each year thanks to the generous donations and fundraising efforts of our supporters. 

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Engaging youth in conservation

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We are supporting youth people to develop leadership and critical thinking skills, and to play an active role in marine conservation and community development.

Our integrated education programme includes a variety of locally led initiatives, from classroom workshops and youth club sessions to village outreach tours and radio broadcasts.

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Velondriake community scholarships

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Each year we grant scholarships for community members from the Velondriake area to undertake an intensive six-week training course in marine science and conservation research alongside our international expedition volunteers.

This programme focuses on learning to scuba dive, conduct ecological surveys and identify key species.

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Samba-Getty university scholarships

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Mr Roger Samba, President of the Velondriake Association, established the Samba-Getty university scholarship fund after winning the J. Paul Getty Award for outstanding leadership in conservation.  

Aspiring young marine conservationists from the Velondriake area and other parts of Madagascar can apply for a Samba-Getty scholarship to fund their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

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Western Indian Ocean scholarships

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Each year we award scholarships for university students from the Western Indian Ocean region to undertake a residential six-week training course in marine science and conservation research alongside our international expedition volunteers in Velondriake.

This programme focuses on learning to scuba dive, conduct ecological surveys and identify key species.

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Corozol, Belize

We are working with higher education institutions in Belize as part of our commitement to building national capacity in marine and coastal research and conservation.

Since 2011 we have worked closely with applied science college Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College (CEMJC), supporting sutdents with project planning, field survey skills, data management and analysis, and scientific reporting. Students are hostend annually at our marine research site at Bacalar Chico marine reserve. For many students, this is their first experience of snorkelling and visiting the marine ecosystems they have studied at CEMJC. We have also been developing internship and work experience opportunities for young graduates since 2013.