Fly from London Heathrow to Diego Suarez, a charming city nestled in the world's second largest bay.
Arrive in Diego. You'll spend a day here acclimatising, getting to know your Frontier staff, and having briefings on health
and safety as well as the work you will conduct.
Deploy to the northern region of Babaomby. You will enjoy a breathtaking boat trip followed by a trek to the terrestrial research site, using zebu carts to transport equipment and bags.
Trekking & conservation phase in the northern region of Babaomby. This phase will involve challenging treks across a beautiful, unexplored landscape. Madagascar's magnificent mountains and lush valleys hold many species of strange, wonderful animals, unique to the region with over 80% being found nowhere else on earth, and students will be taught all about them by our field staff. You will have fantastic opportunities for wildlife sightings, including endemic birds, a variety of chameleons, snakes (which are non-venomous in Madagascar) and small mammals. The famous lemurs of Madagascar can be glimpsed in the trees. You will spend the first few days getting accustomed to trekking conditions, before launching into the conservation work: learning about Rapid Biodiversity Surveys. You'll finish with a long trek to test your newfound fitness.
Community Work. There will be opportunities to interact with local communities on a development project of your choice, involving education, a small building project, painting a mural, or assisting our Teaching Volunteers with English lessons.
Snorkeling & marine phase in Diego Bay. The waters of the Indian Ocean offer an unrivalled opportunity to experience largely unexplored coral reefs. This environment is home to a huge variety of fish: parrot fish, barracuda, yellow tuna, sharks and stingrays. In season
it is also possible to observe breaching whales. Endangered humphead wrasse and turtles inhabit these waters as well as a number of rare dolphin species.
On land you can explore mangroves, visit seabird nesting sites, look for resident chameleons and other exciting reptiles. After all your hard work and trekking you will have the opportunity to relax on golden beaches. You can also experience Malagasy culture and learn about the various
threats facing the local ecosystems. You may decide to have a football game with members of the local community, which is always great fun!
Fly from Diego to London Heathrow! Home sweet home!