Reef Data Collection and Marine Research Volunteer

Blue Ventures
March 24, 2020
Andavadoaka, Madagascar
Closing date


Role description:
Volunteer with Blue Ventures in their remote research base in Andavadoaka and you’ll assist an international team of marine biologists and field scientists surveying one of the most spectacular ecosystems of the Indian Ocean. Based in the remote community on the southwest coast of Madagascar, Blue Ventures’ diving expeditions offer volunteers from around the world an exciting opportunity to become a marine conservationist and make meaningful contributions to marine conservation research and coastal community work.

About Blue Ventures:
Since 2003 we have been working with volunteers to develop locally led marine conservation initiatives in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies.

By joining an expedition as a volunteer, you'll help us in collecting key reef monitoring data, supporting alternative livelihoods and gain a deep insight into how Blue Ventures' community conservation projects operate. You'll also be contributing to our impact as we share learning from our locally led marine conservation models and join us as ambassadors of this approach, helping us raise awareness of the urgent need for tropical marine conservation, and a community first approach.

Volunteers are vital to the success of our marine based projects and we are committed to delivering high quality and rewarding expeditions that benefit volunteers, host communities and the fragile marine environments where we work.

Program Highlights

  • Overland tour through the heart of Madagascar taking in mesmerizing national parks and wildlife
  • Marine conservation science training from our team of experienced field scientists
  • Underwater research dives in incredible biodiversity hotspots
  • Connecting with the Vezo community, known as “people of the sea” for their cultural, economic and spiritual ties to the ocean waters
  • Explore the endemic baobab and spiney forests on local excursions
  • Weekend fun dives, community activities, hiking and much more

Who can join an a Blue Ventures expeditions?
Whether you're new to diving, an experienced SCUBA diver, budding scientist or newcomer to the field of marine conservation you are welcome and able to support and contribute to our important marine research and conservation initiatives.

All our volunteers will be trained up to PADI advanced open water certification so you are comfortable and able to conduct underwater dive surveys.
Our team of experienced international and local field scientists will take you through each step and teach you the skills needed to undertake successful underwater research whilst having an incredible experience.

How much does it cost?
We are a non profit marine conservation charity and our main goals are to rebuild tropical fisheries and support affected coastal communities. Our expedition fee covers the costs of your expedition whilst putting money back into communities that need it the most.

The expedition fee covers:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • All required training
  • All diving (2 per day – 6 days per week),
  • Activities and excursions
  • Overland tour
  • The main bulk of your dive gear

8 week marine conservation expedition:
Advanced open water certified: £3425
Open Water certified: £3575
New diver: £3750 (Approximately £465 per week) A four week option is also available – please contact if interested.

How do I apply?
We keep groups small to focus on collecting accurate data and ensure a fantastic experience. To apply simply submit a short application here and we will get back to you ASAP with next steps.

If you have any questions for us please email or chat to us on our Blue Ventures website - we’d be delighted to hear from you.


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