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Project Blogs - Madagascar


The highlight of my trip so far has probably been the visit to Tanikelly, a remote island off Nosy be. Here I got the chance to snorkel amongst the reefs and see lots of different colourful fish, some larger than I expected. I also came to the realisation that I’m not a fan of jellyfish and seeing them heading towards you in the water is less than ideal. The highlight of my day was getting up close and personal with a turtle which is something I’ve always wanted to do!

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This month I started my new contract as the Teaching and Community Project Coordinator. Having been the Assistant Teaching and Community Project Coordinator for 6 months last year, I was somewhat aware of what to expect, but also knew there would be differences to be expected.

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The aim of the Frontier Madagascar Marine (MGM) Conservation Research Program is to research the health of the tropical marine ecosystems in the Nosy Vorona Passage, whilst also providing training to volunteers and staff in the scientific methods necessary to conduct surveys.

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I’ve got one week left doing marine conservation in Nosy Be, Madagascar. Throughout my time here I have achieved my advanced open water, been able to learn territorial and schooling fish, and even start to be able to take part in surveys.

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Having been a part of the Madagascan Marine Dream Team for only 3 weeks now, the list of experiences island life has offered me are amazing!

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A week in the Marine project on camp is relaxed, but usually includes plenty of time in the water. Our work is generally split into three sections.

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If you choose to work on a community project, you are more than likely to visit Stella Marie at Manga be. This beautiful place is an orphanage / care home for children with a range of disabilities in the lower body.

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The highlight of my stay so far has definitely been the whale and shark excursion

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As my time working with Frontier in Madagascar draws to a close and I near the start of my next adventure, I’m taking some time to reflect on the last 12 months I have spent here. Looking back on some amazing memories, great friends and everything I’ve been able to be a part of.

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The first weeks I have been here on camp have been really good...

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