Sainte Luce Reserve volunteers help with sea turtle and lemur conservation programming and research.
The Sainte Luce Reserve Volunteer Experience
Length of volunteerism: 2 weeks to a maximum of 70 days.
Cost: The full 10-week program costs 1750 USD while shorter stays cost less with prices starting at 550 USD for a 2-week stay. More information about the cost of volunteerism can be found here!
Included in cost: Shared accommodation in Fort Dauphin upon arrival and during breaks. All project-related land transport in Fort Dauphin and to-and-from research site, all meals from breakfast on day one to lunch on the last day of your project, basic training sufficient to enable you to participate in the project is provided, multi-lingual staff are there to assist during your entire time with the Sainte Luce Reserve, internet and communications equipment at their office in town for all project-related work, and all funds to realize your project. Camping equipment included.
Not included in cost: Flights from your departure point to Fort Dauphin, alcoholic drinks or bottled water, restaurant meals, private entertainment, insurance, medical costs, medicines or evacuations, and consumables such as batteries.
Type of accommodation: Accommodation is in purpose-built local-style bungalows. Your are supplied with your own little bungalow on the edge of the forest, equipped with a clean mattress with a freshly laundered cover, and a mosquito net. All you need to bring is your own bedding, such a sleeping sheet or a sleeping bag. A pillow case with an item of warm clothing such as a fleece stuffed inside makes a great pillow, or, the organization can purchase a pillow from the market for around $5.
Experience with volunteers: The Sainte Luce Reserve has over ten years experience managing volunteers in this part of Madagascar; safety is their number one priority, and they want you to have a really life-changing, satisfying experience that provides real benefits to conservation too.
Role 1: General Conservation Interns, 2 week to 10 week program.
The reserve is looking for dedicated amateur or professional conservationists to help manage the reserve, living full time at the reserve for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of ten weeks, including orientation at their base in Fort Dauphin. Your busy daily activity will be a mixture of activities including doing twice-daily lemur follows for habituation and gathering location data, monitoring sea turtles on the beach (in season), trail making, planting trees, tending the nursery, tending the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, planting mangroves, etc. Habituation of the reserve’s lemurs is vital work in the lead-up to formal research activity, because it enables scientists to find and study the animals more easily. On occasions, you may also be assisting researchers to collect data. During your time at the reserve, you will encounter lots of different wildlife. Birdlife is abundant, there are five species of lemurs in the forest, and for herp lovers, you will no doubt encounter many beautiful leaf-tailed geckos and other reptiles.
Role 2: Project Development, Sea Turtle Conservation.
The reserve needs the services of a biologist with adequate knowledge of sea turtles to develop a funding bid for an ongoing sea turtles conservation program. Sea turtles nesting on the beach directly in front of the reserve are being hunted and killed, and their eggs stolen. This project is crucial and it needs to be in place before October 2015. Please note this job may be possible to do from anywhere, without visiting the reserve so there may not be any volunteer fees for you to pay.
Role 3: Sea turtle monitors.
Beach monitors are need on a seasonal basis to work at night surveying the beach and helping to protect both nesting turtles and their eggs. Please contact the reserve as they are keen to accept immediate applications. This project is also open from late September 2015 until end February 2016. Reduced rates for this project, please contact the reserve to discuss.