Sainte Luce Reserve volunteers help with sea turtle and lemur conservation programming and research.
The Sainte Luce Reserve Volunteer Experience
Would you like to support a small grass-roots registered non-profit that has clear goals, protects rare habitat, protects lemurs, and employs & trains local Malagasy people to take care of their biodiversity?
We hope that, if you are a lover of nature, a lover of lemurs, a lover of Madagascar and a lover of giving solid, life-changing support to young people in the developing world, that you will either come volunteer with us, or if you can’t get to Madagascar, please support our fundraiser here.
We are Association FILANA and we need your help. We take care of five lemur species, from some of the smallest to some of the largest!
The Volunteer Experience
Length of volunteerism: 2 weeks to a maximum of 84 days.
Cost: The full 12-week program costs 2950 USD while shorter stays cost less with prices starting at 800 USD for a 2-week stay. More information about the cost of volunteerism can be found here!
Included in cost: All project-related land transport in Fort Dauphin and to-and-from research site, all meals from breakfast on day one to lunch on the last day of your project, basic training sufficient to enable you to participate in the project is provided, multi-lingual staff are there to assist during your entire time with the Sainte Luce Reserve, internet and communications equipment at their office in town for all project-related work, and all funds to realize your project. Various accommodation options are possible from camping in your own tent, to staying in one of our camping bungalows on the edge of the forest.
Not included in cost: Flights from your departure point to Fort Dauphin, alcoholic drinks or bottled water, restaurant meals, private entertainment, insurance, medical costs, medicines or evacuations, and consumables such as batteries.
Type of accommodation: Accommodation options vary depending on your choice, from camping to staying in purpose-built local-style bungalows. You are supplied with your own little bungalow on the edge of the forest, equipped with a clean mattress with a freshly laundered cover, and a mosquito net.
Experience with volunteers: The Sainte Luce Reserve has over ten years experience managing volunteers in this part of Madagascar; safety is their number one priority, and they want you to have a really life-changing, satisfying experience that provides real benefits to conservation too.
General Conservation Interns, 2 week to 12 week program.
The reserve is looking for dedicated amateur or professional conservationists to help manage the reserve, living full time at the reserve for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of twelve weeks, including orientation at their base in Fort Dauphin. Your busy daily activity will be a mixture of activities including doing twice-daily lemur follows for habituation and gathering location data, monitoring sea turtles on the beach (in season), trail making, planting trees, tending the nursery, tending the vegetable gardens and fruit trees, planting mangroves, etc.
Habituation of the reserve’s lemurs is vital work in the lead-up to formal research activity, because it enables scientists to find and study the animals more easily. On occasions, you may also be assisting researchers to collect data. During your time at the reserve, you will encounter lots of different wildlife. Birdlife is abundant, there are five species of lemurs in the forest, and for herp lovers, you will no doubt encounter many beautiful leaf-tailed geckos, chameleons, and other reptiles.
All volunteers also assist us in developing community conservation initiatives with the local community and there is always an exchange of skills between volunteers and locals, in terms of language, as a minimum.
We have a great mix of activities for people of all ages and all walks of life and our happy staff are there to help you acclimatise and achieve your maximum potential during your stay.