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Project Blogs - Madagascar


My three weeks in the Frontier camp in Madagascar are already coming to an end, so I am writing some of my experiences down.

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The mid-point of my time arrived and formed a strong, mixed feeling in my heart of sadness and immense happiness. The sadness would be better described as a melancholic thought of only having half of the time left (three weeks) in this beautiful island. The happiness is pure and satisfactory from all the accomplishments, personal and professional, I have achieved so far.

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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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Frontier Madagascar, where work is rewarding, staff are family, and your boss is your friend. Being responsible for the livelihoods of volunteers, young and old, on weekdays and weekends, may sound to some as a tiresome and never-ending task.

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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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