Volunteer – Madagascar Fauna Group

MFG

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF VOLUNTEERS?

– minimum of 30 hours of work per week
– maturity and cultural sensitivity

Available Positions:

1. Grant Writer / Marketing Officer: One of MFG’s objectives is to become financially more sustainable and generate more income within country. There are plenty of opportunities still unexplored, such as getting better at making publicity, expand potential of park restaurant and gift shop, approach private sector and other associations to host events at Ivoloina. This position would need someone who is business-minded but flexible enough to adjust his/her vision within reality of local conditions and unexpected situations. Grant research and writing experience a plus!

2. Ecotourism Coordinator: Ivoloina is the main tourism attraction of Tamatave and surroundings, but this site is up to date mainly known for its Zoo although there is so much more to be done and seen (model station, hiking trails, canoe trips, viewpoint, swimming at waterfall, playground, visitor centre, training center). Therefore we would like a volunteer to help promote ALL aspects of the park. In addition, the coordinator would oversee training of park guides.

3. Agroecology / Farm Intern: Get your hands dirty and work alongside our Model Farm Station crew trying new techniques to increase soil fertility and grow more fruits and vegetables on less land. For more information on farming opportunities, contact maya@savethelemur.org

HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?

MFG requires a minimum commitment of 3 months to be able to have a worthwhile input into our program. Shorter stays can be discussed if it involves a very precise terms of reference for a task that can be completed in a shorter time frame.
A tourist visa is granted upon arrival at Ivato International Airport for stays up to 3 months and is not extendable.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS, IF ANY, DO THEY REQUIRE?

– Previous experience traveling/living in developing countries preferred
– Enjoy work in the field and able to live under basic conditions
– Good physical and medical condition
– 20+ years old
– Volunteers are required to bring their own malaria prophylaxis given the high risk of malaria in the region
– Medical insurance required

WILL I NEED TO KNOW ANOTHER LANGUAGE?

– French required
– English useful

HOW DO I GET TO YOUR LOCATION? 

Pick-up can be arranged at the airport in Tamatave (13 km from Ivoloina) or at the “taxi brousse” station in Tamatave

ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED TO VOLUNTEER ?

Click HERE to find out up to date costs and requirements for volunteering with MADAGASCAR FAUNA GROUP.

WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION, MEALS AND FACILITIES CAN I EXPECT TO BE AVAILABLE TO ME?

– Logistics on site in Ivoloina (dormitory, double room with bunk bed, mosquito net, limited electricity, access to kitchen and gas stove, filtered water for drinking, cold-water showers, toilets)
– Volunteers can opt to participate in lunch “canteen” during week days (1,000 Ar per plate)
– Transport to and from town (Tamatave) at least once per week
– Provision for food can mainly be done in town
– Use of MFG material (depending on Terms of Reference (TOR), materials from teams, local phone calls, bicycle if available, access to computers in office)

Useful facts

– No cellphone contact or e-mail is available at Ivoloina, only fixed phone. In Tamatave, yes.
– Electricity supply is minimal (solar panels available for charging laptops)
– December to March is cyclone season, June & July is usually very rainy
– Insects rule! Natural insect repellent can be purchased at the park gift shop or in town.

WHAT WILDLIFE SPECIES ARE THERE?

Lemurs! Varecia variegata, Prolemur simus, Aye aye, Eulemur flavifrons macaco
We also have tortoises, snakes and frogs at the park.

WHAT ATTRACTIONS CAN I EXPERIENCE DURING FREE-TIME?

– visit the port city of Tamatave
– visit the beach town of Foulpointe
– take boat trip on Canal des Pangalenes

IN CONCLUSION

Parc Ivoloina is currently operated by the Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG) under a long-term agreement with the Malagasy government. The MFG is an international consortium of zoos, botanical gardens, universities, and related institutions working together to conserve Madagascar’s lemurs and other spectacular wildlife.
From teaching supplemental school lessons to children in our Environmental Education Center to carrying out research in the nearby Réserve Naturelle Intégrale de Betampona, our projects encompass the full spectrum of conservation.
Founded in 1988 at the request of the Malagasy government, the MFG is a non-governmental organization working in partnership with the Ministry of Water, Forests, and the Environment. The MFG also collaborates with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Chef de Region.
The MFG provides technical help and leadership. We also provide funding for our staff and staff training, veterinary equipment, environmental education, animal care and feeding, and capital improvements.
Through its partnership with the Malagasy government, Parc Ivoloina’s objective to become a regional center for conservation and education is becoming reality. Ecotourism is one of the key components in our success and your visit contributes greatly to our success.

For more information on MADAGASCAR FAUNA GROUP, please visit www.madagascarfaunaflora.org

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