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Madagascar Wildlife Conservation N.G.O. Internship
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Madagascar Wildlife Conservation N.G.O. Internship

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Social Life

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Work Environment

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Internship Placement

    8

Amazing adventure

The wildlife programme from frontier is a real forest adventure. During the programme you are able to do different things, from looking to lemurs to discover available habitat back to looking for herpetiles. Ofcourse it is also possible to do a project for yourself. The freedom you get during the programme is a big plus. You are able to adventure yourself and explore the island. However it is needed to say that the communication between London and Madagascar had some issues. My tip to deal with this is to stay open minded and just enjoy every aspect. I also recommend to go places in your free time between the surveys. Going to watch the sunrise or venture trough the forest is a great way to spend your time on camp

Overall Rating

3/ 10

  • Social Life

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Work Environment

    7

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Program Administration

    2

  • Internship Placement

    3

Madagascar Internship

I would consider your motives before booking this trip, if you are looking for a serious science programme with long term data sets to contribute to, look elsewhere. If you are looking to see cool things and hang out with nice people in a tropical place this is the project for you! The internship is not a thing and it is the same as just being a volunteer, so do not expect any increased responsibilities or additional roles. There was amazing stuff to see in the forest such as the Pygmy Chameleons and Stumpffi frogs. I would recommend this as a gap year activity but not so much if you are coming from a science background and have previous experience with other more credible organisations other than Frontier. Their fund allocation to the project seemed not to add up considering that the amount volunteers pay and the minimal outgoings that were apparent on camp, basic kit was missing and there were no scientific permits in place to actually conduct the surveys and so the data is not viable for publication.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Internship Placement

    7

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Work Environment

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Wildlife conservation in Nosy Be

The experience was really cool but not worth the money spent on the project. We could have had better food on camp considering the amount the volunteers pay for the project. I think costs that volunteer may pay in country could be clearer eg transport, trips.

That being said, the staff made the whole experience pleasant with their optimism and persistence to give the volunteers the best experience possible on camp. I appreciate that the Beach Camp is located next to a local village because it was so easy to connect with the local people and learn more about the Malagasy culture, this added to my experience here immensely! I really enjoyed the knowledge that the staff have of their various specialisations and they taught me a lot during my time in Madagascar.