Learn about conservation and help to protect the marine environment. Blue Ventures offers you a once in a life time trip volunteering in an expedition to remote and beautiful Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. Conservation activitities by Blue Ventures have already had dramatic results here. Help save our natural resources by becoming part of our unique eco-tourism project as a volunteer!
For the past decade, Blue Ventures has pioneered globally-acclaimed approaches to community-based marine conservation. All too often, marine conservation efforts fail because of market economics: and the costs of action far outweigh the perceived benefits of inaction. Our conservation strategy is simple. We focus on innovating scalable economic incentives for marine conservation. Using these market-based tools, we champion a holistic approach to marine conservation, integrating fisheries management, sustainable alternative livelihoods, local capacity building, public health, and social marketing for behaviour change.
Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world, and has been termed a "biodiversity hotspot" by ecologists, as 80% of the plant and animal species are unique to the island - a consequence of its 80 million year isolation. In the tropical seas off the southwest coast of Madagascar lies one of the largest coral reefs in the world and next to it, on the most westerly point of the island, is the Blue Ventures marine expedition site.
Volunteers in our Madagascar location help our experienced and knowledgeable Blue Ventures staff in such jobs as community outreach, for example teaching in our local school in Madagascar, and in identifying and monitoring wildlife. You will learn to dive and gain a diving qualification, help to safeguard the marine environment and have an experience you will never forget!
Blue Ventures do magnificent work, helping local communities and offering extraordinary volunteering opportunities that you'll remember for the rest of your life.
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Testimonials from Blue Ventures expeditions
" I want to thank Blue Ventures for the most spectacular experience of a lifetime. Getting back home was the single most difficult thing to do and adjusting has been tough. You guys do a fantastic thing and it was such a pleasure to be part of it" - Courtney Pike, South African volunteer, March 2011
“As I am coming to expect, BV is a very thoughtful organization with a primary mission to be effective (rather than place volunteers). I am impressed-- again.” - Dr Tracy Ware, American volunteer, 2010
"I was part of a Blue Ventures expedition for my honeymoon back in 2008. Blue Ventures are an inspiration, and it is my hope that someday I can find the time to volunteer again, and go back and visit the wonderful people of Andavadoaka. But in the meantime my experience in Madagascar has led me to challenge what I need from life, and I have now successfully switched careers, leaving London and joining the renewable energy industry (BV's solar stoves were just the start!). Keep up the good work, BV deserve every award coming their way." - Will Turner, British volunteer, 2010
“For a previous non-diver it opened up a whole new world to me where I was getting excited and searching under rocks like a child! As a future Marine Biologist it just increased my passion for what I am about to study. The staff’s enthusiasm and the sea’s wonders was a real motivator and I will remember it forever.” - Cara Daneel, South African volunteer, 2008
If you wish to find out more about our previous volunteers (such as gap year students, university students, career breakers, families, couples & Indian Ocean scholars), please visit Day in the Life.