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Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife & Diving Course Credit Internship

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Madagascar Teaching, Wildlife & Diving Course Credit Internship

Embarking on an internship abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable practical skills and course credit in one’s field of study while experiencing full immersion in a novel culture.

Prices from $1,845

A magical landscape punctuated by forest canopies filled with unknown species and unique creatures such as the minute mouse lemur with its round lamp like eyes, skimming kingfishers catching tiny fish from the limpid forest pools, and the curiously coloured tenrec, amongst thousands of other endemic animals. An ocean that teems with an abundance of marine life, providing the perfect environment to discover diving under the glorious warmth of the Madagascan sunshine. Hospitable communities where you will find a culture that evokes the exotic aura of Africa with a distinctly French European flavour.

All this and more is waiting to be discovered within this unique island located in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. With this project you will experience the best that Madagascar has to offer, with an unforgettable teaching experience in a developing community, a breathtaking trek through the prolific forests stuffed full of flora and fauna, and scuba diving over the reef-scapes of one of the best diving spots in the world. Join this project for a varied and exhilarating journey through this most tempting of travel destinations!

A multitude of Frontier volunteers and interns are university or college students undertaking academic study. Why not make the most of your time abroad by adding volunteer experience to your resume as well as gaining academic credit in your field of study? This internship will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience that will not only distinguish you to prospective employers but will also save you time and money; after all, a minimum of 4 weeks spent volunteering during your summer vacation works out a lot cheaper than another semester at College!

So how does it work? Volunteers can arrange with their academic institution to gain transferable course credit by participating in our field programmes. Both the research team in our London headquarters and the overseas field staff will liaise with your academic course supervisors on your behalf to ensure that your participation contributes to your academic performance and confers course credits. Further to this, we are able to sign supporting documentation, verify your participation and provide mentoring and in country support. To sum up, Frontier will be there for you every step of the way!

  

  


  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • We will tailor your internship to fulfill university/college requirements for independent study or academic credit for your field of study 
  • 24/7 supervision and mentoring 
  • Direct liaison between your mentor and university or college tutor
  • Your mentor can also provide a college reference at the end of your internship
  • Help to monitor & conserve coral reefs and observe rare African marine wildlife
  • Work on data from some of the world's best dive sites
  • Extend your experience of tropical marine and coastal zone conservation field work

It is possible to gain academic credit in the following fields of study:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Coaching 
  • Coral Reef Conservation 
  • Community Health
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Healthcare
  • Health Education
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Medical Placements
  • Teaching
  • Tropical Forest Conservation 
  • Tropical Wildlife Conservation 
  • Wildlife Management

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate level of English
  • Introduction to your course supervisor

FAST FACTS

Location Madagascar
Activities Helping to teach excited and lively local kids
Assemble innovative & effective lesson plans
Explore the local forests and learn to survey small mammals, vegetation and amphibeans
Learn about the elusive lemurs of Madagascar
PADI Scuba Diving training from the idyllic beach camp (extra cost applies)
Explore the mangrove forests, dense seagrass beds & productive intertidal areas
Swim and snorkel on the reefs of Nosy Be to study the marine life living on the coral reefs
Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, additional £35 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Transfer to town centre and beach camp from Nosy Be Airport weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible
Accommodation Communal mixed sex bandas

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation 
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)
In-ountry

Food
Accommodation
Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, additional $60 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Transfer to town centre and beach camp from Nosy Be Airport weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible 

Local orientation and training

Dive training PADI Open Water (2 week+) available at extra cost $595 
Dive training PADI Advanced Open Water (4 weeks+) available at extra cost $561
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Dive training courses run monthly starting on the first Monday of the month. Dive training to PADI Open Water or PADI Advanced Open Water (depending on the duration of your stay) price includes PIC cards, PADI membership, and use of Frontier project equipment and diving eqipment including tanks, regs, BCDs, weights, compressor etc.
Discounted further dive courses: PADI Emergency First Response ($221), PADI Rescue Diver ($595), and PADI Divemaster qualifications ($1,275)

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Madagascar's Lemurs (MGF)

Madagascar has been isolated for over 165 million years, creating a biodiversity resource of global significance, with over 80% of species found nowhere else on earth, including the black lemur, Hawk's sportive lemur and Claire's mouse lemur found on Nosy Be. Sadly these beautiful creatures are threatened – which is why programmes such as this are so vital.

Other interesting creatures found here include an abundance of reptiles such as tortoises, snakes, iguanas and 6 species of chameleon. There is spectacular bird life and over three-quarters of the flora are endemic, with many palms and more orchids than in all of mainland Africa.

This incredible flora and fauna, unique in its ability to resist the region's aridity, has led naturalists to describe Madagascar's forests as "the eighth wonder of the world".

Protecting Marine Wildlife (MGM)

Madagascar's human population has doubled since 1960, leading to increased deforestation and overgrazing, which in turn has caused massive soil erosion and desertification and damage to the marine ecosystems as a result of pollution and runoff.

Through marine SCUBA and snorkel surveys you will map coral, identify reef and commercial fish and record marine species, including fish, dolphins and turtles. Diving under the supervision of a professional dive officer, you will become confident and comfortable underwater. Your results will determine the biodiversity of these waters and help formulate management plans.

Other activities include surveying mangroves, a vital buffer against elements such as tsunamis, and also documenting coastal bird and reptile populations, an important part of the coastal ecosystem.

*For volunteers on the marine project for up to 2 weeks you have the opportunity to complete your PADI Open Water training. For volunteers on the project for more than two weeks you'll need to complete the PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water training in order to take part in the marine surveys. 

Lack of Foreign Language Teachers (MGT)

The majority of primary school age children and 36% of secondary school age children attend school. However, schools are severely under funded and there is an unequal distribution of educational resources across the country, with poor and rural communities only being able to attend seriously disadvantaged public schools. Depending on the time of year, for example during the long summer holidays, you may be teaching adults lessons to members of the village, held either at camp or in the church.

The vast majority of the population speaks only Malagasy, and there is a lack of foreign anguage teachers. Your help can give children and adults a sense of confidence, encourage their enthusiasm and ambition and even improve their opportunities for the future. To teach, you will need to be patient, flexible, a confident communicator and able to use your initiative and imagination. It would be helpful to have beginner's level French, but you will have plenty of opportunities to learn! Lessons will be fun and interactive, developing the pupil's confidence and conversational skills.

Students will be interested in life where you come from and you may be able to get involved teaching other activities such as sports, music or science, if you are interested and have the relevant skills. There will also be the possibility of working with our field conservation programmes to arrange collaborations in environmental education.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Sample Itinerary

This is a specimen itinerary for a 3 week project and the order and duration of the project components is subject to change. The 6, 9 and 12 week project option will mean more time on each project component. Timing of Marine, Teaching and Forest phases may vary depending on the time of year you depart.

The 2 week project option allows you to take part in your choice of 2 projects from those listed above, each for 1 week. 

Day 1 & 2: Orientation

Arrive in Nosy Be and receive orientation and briefing by the Frontier staff on the beach camp.

Week 1: Diving and marine conservation

The camp is the sociable hub of Frontier-Madagascar, and is perfect for relaxing and enjoying spending time with your group at the end of a busy day of diving. Whilst completing this project, you will be able to gain your PADI Open Water diving qualification ($595 extra), an internationally recognised certification. The research programme within the bay is a very exciting and dynamic. The priority for this phase will be BSP (Baseline Survey Protocol) although other activities will be included: Rapid Assessment Protocol (RAP), collaborating and adding to underwater species lists, sediment traps – setting and analysing algae/coral quadrats to monitor phase shifts, benthic surveys to assess the extent of pink line syndrome, nutrient water testing across the bay, mangrove survey work and various socio-economic work, such as village workshops for PADI Aware, interviewing of local fishermen and trips to the fish markets. With such a wide array of activities on-going you are unlikely to be able to do everything, especially with dive training to fit in, so please be realistic. Diving regularly in the waters of the Indian Ocean over perfect coral reefs amid spectacular fish, turtles and rays is an experience you will never forget.

Week 2: Forest conservation

You will have the chance to explore the forest of Nosy Be and maybe even further afield on the mainland or local islands on a challenging satellite camp. You will experience a truly remote environment, spotting rarely seen wildlife along the way. You may have the chance to carry out opportunistic wildlife spotting as you travel.

This may allow you to take part in the following sampling:

  • Vegetation surveying
  • Small mammal and lemur sampling
  • Reptile and amphibian sampling
  • Butterfly trapping
  • Bird-watching
  • Opportunistic observation of birds, reptiles and mammals

Week 3: Teaching English

Your work schedule will cover a comprehensive, varied and enjoyable teaching programme which will engage you fully with your pupils and will awaken your creativity and initiative. You may be helping a local teacher at the school as well as being required to take control of your own lessons, which will encourage you to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. You may be involved with activities such as marking pupil's work and producing an inspiring teaching strategy including preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.

As well as this you will have the opportunity to help with lots of extracurricular activities which will vary extensively depending on your personal skills and interests – whether it is helping organise a school show or playing football with the super competitive and highly skilled local kids. You may even get the chance to join the Frontier marine or forest camps for their regular Friday night themed parties, depending on the requirements of the overall work programme. The teaching programme is demanding but thoroughly rewarding and is excellent preparation for anyone looking at a career in teaching or who is just keen to get exposure to this worthwhile field of work. Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these communities, whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.

Day 21 Travel to the airport and prepare for departure

You will be dropped off at the airport in time for your return flight.

If this is your first time doing conservation work, don't worry! It will only take a short while for you to feel totally at home on camp and confident with the science work. Although the work is intense you'll find that living in such a beautiful and inaccessible environment alongside friends who share your passion for conservation will be the experience of a lifetime!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Volunteers arriving weekly on a Monday will be welcomed by a Frontier representative at Nosy Be airport. From here it's a short taxi or minibus ride from the airport to the centre of the vibrant town of Hellville. If you arrive before noon, you will transfer to your project site and be introduced to the Frontier-Madagascar programme on the same day. If you arrive later in the day, you will stay overnight at the Frontier volunteer house in town and transfer to your project site the following day.

Independent travellers arriving on dates other than weekly on a Monday can arrange a separate airport collection at an extra cost of $60 by contacting the camp staff.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Your accommodation on the project will vary. During the teaching phase you will be housed in a simple, comfortable volunteer house in Hellville where our staff and volunteers are all based. Whilst on the wildlife and diving phases you will be staying in our beach Frontier camp, which is on the shores of the Indian Ocean, near to primary rainforest and which is the perfect location for socialising and relaxing after an active day of scuba diving or trekking.

Check out our Camp Tour video! 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Whilst on the project, you will be provided with three meals a day. Your meals will generally be basic, with beans and rice providing the basis for most meals. Madagascan cuisine is flavoursome but simple; some dishes to look out for include Malagache lobster with rice, Malagache prawn and chicken curry, and a Madagascan speciality called "Sakay". For vegetarians Malagache vegetable soup is delicious and extremely good for you!

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COSTS

2 weeks $1,845

3 weeks $2,195

6 weeks $3,095

9 weeks $3,845

12 weeks $4,645

Extra non-diving week $345

Extra diving week $445

PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water training $1,156 PADI Advanced Open Water training $561 (at least PADI Advanced Open Water training necessary for marine surveying)

 

DEPARTURE DATES

First Monday of the month throughout the year.

Alternative dates available on request.

Ideally flights to Madagascar and connections to Nosy Be (Fascene) should be arranged for this arrival date.

DURATION

You can join this project for a minimum of 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

School holidays dates 2016/2017

 

24 December 2016 - 8 January 2017

8 April 2017 - 23 April 2017

School ends on1st July 2017

During school holidays a modified programme will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country

  • Dive training PADI Open Water (2 week+) available at extra cost $595 
  • Dive training PADI Advanced Open Water (4 weeks+) available at extra cost $561
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • Vocational qualification diploma or certificate in Tropical Habitat Conservation available
  • Dive training courses run monthly starting on the first Monday of the month. Dive training to PADI Open Water or PADI
  • Advanced Open Water (depending on the duration of your stay) price includes PIC cards, PADI membership, and use of Frontier project equipment and diving equipment, including tanks, regs, BCDs, weights, compressor etc
  • Discounted further dive courses: PADI Emergency First Response ($221), PADI Rescue Diver ($595), and PADI Divemaster ($1,275) qualifications

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nossi-Be (NOS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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