Program Details

Short term volunteers are involved in the monitoring of the reef in the Blue Bay Marine Park and in the Pointe d'Esney Lagoon.The range of projects include:lagoon monitoring, beach and mangrove cleaning and monitoring, building local community support and
Location:
Port Louis, Mauritius
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Animals, Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Become a marine conservation volunteer on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and take part in a coral reef monitoring volunteer programme. Volunteers will have the opportunity to carry out lagoon monitoring (coral reef and fish), beach cleaning, sea turtle research, mangrove planting and monitoring and also working in local community projects on various environmental volunteer projects. Long term internship management positions available for 3-6 month durations. You can volunteer and intern in Mauritius for between 1 week and 6 months in duration, and we have places available throughout 2015. Individuals, groups and students are all welcome. Cost for accommodation, snorkelling equipment, programme materials and training starts from £380.

Short term volunteers are involved in the monitoring of the reef in the Blue Bay Marine Park and in the Pointe d'Esney Lagoon.The range of projects include:lagoon monitoring, beach and mangrove cleaning and monitoring, building local community support and sea turtle research.Volunteers can enhance their marine based knowledge through taking part in this programme. Volunteers will gain a sound understanding of the marine ecosystem and be able to identify various coral, fish and benthic species distributed around the oceans of Mauritius. Training will be given through various theoretical and practical workshops.Volunteers will also have the opportunity to investigate current anthropogenic issues that impact the ecosystem of corals reefs both globally and within the local area of Blue Bay and Mauritius. The programme will then look at current conservation strategies, which can used to manage and control the addressed issues.

Marine conservation volunteers and long term interns will work alongside a Mauritian Non Governmental Organisation whose objectives are to preserve the natural resources from the threat of pollution and destruction due to inconsiderate development and lack of awareness on the island of Mauritius. The Blue Lagoon and Coral Reef Monitoring programme focuses on the protection, preservation and restoration of the marine and coastal environment for the region of Blue Bay and Pointe d’Esny, Mauritius. The main area of study will take place within both the Blue Bay Marine Park and the Pointe d’Esny Lagoon. Both areas offer an exciting array of marine species, with as many as 38 species of coral and 72 species of fish been identified within the marine park. However, decades of neglect from illegal fishing, destructive fishing methods, high amounts of tourism and pollutant run off has put increased pressure on the coral reefs around Mauritius. We need your help in aiding the recovery and sustainability of these beautiful reefs.
Setting Description:
Mauritius is, with La Réunion and Rodrigues, an island in the Mascarene Archipelago, located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean (20 ° / 57,5°E), at approximately 2000 km off the coast of Africa and 900 km from Madagascar. Of a surface of 1865 km2, the island is lined with a magnificent turquoise lagoon on most of its 330km of coast; it includes a vast central plateau surrounded with some mountainous peaks. Set on a breathtaking lagoon, the volunteer project is situated in Pointe d’Esny, near Mahébourg, on the South East coast of Mauritius. Mahébourg is a colorful and lively town, steeped in Mauritian history. Fisherman and shopkeepers ply the streets, adding to the rich and dynamic atmosphere of this coastal treasure. Dark volcanic rock makes for a stark contrast to the bright white coral sand on the long and open beaches of Pointe d’Esny. Tropical fish swim just underneath the peaceful surface of the remarkable brilliant-blue lagoon, which stretches out to a coral reef and open oc
Cost:
The cost for the short term volunteer programme for 1 week is £380, 2 weeks is £600, 3 weeks is £820, 4 weeks is £1040, 6 weeks is £1,480, 8 weeks is £1,920 and 12 weeks is £2,800. Included in this price is accommodation in self catering house with kitchen, research and snorkelling equipment, all activities that form part of the volunteering programme and WorkingAbroad backup and support. For all internship positions, there is a one-off £160 application payment - and you are responsible for a

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