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Madagascar is a country famously rich in species of wildlife, however it remains one of the world’s poorest countries and is heavily dependant on foreign aid. Madagascar’s economy is dependent on the exportation of natural resources and the tourism due to many unique species of wildlife. Both require conservation to ensure that they are sustainable.
I am raising money so that I can travel to Madagascar to volunteer for 12 weeks and complete forest and marine conservation as well as teaching English to local students.
I will spend the first 4 weeks protecting Madagascar’s forests which naturalists have described as “the eighth wonder of the world”. Madagascar has been isolated for over 165 million years which has created immense biodiversity. Over 80% of the species in Madagascar can be found nowhere else on earth. Unfortunately, the increase of the human population in Madagascar has led to deforestation so many native species are now at risk. I will spend time working with lemurs, tortoises, snakes, iguanas and chameleons. This project ensures the future of Madagascar’s famous wildlife.
The next 4 weeks will be spent mainly underwater protecting Madagascar’s marine wildlife. I will complete an internationally recognised PADI diving certificate so that I am comfortable and competent underwater. Then I will undertake snorkel and scuba surveys to map coral, identify reef and commercial fish and record marine species (including fish, dolphins and turtles). My results will be used to determine the biodiversity of different areas off the Madagascar coast and formulate a management plan for these waters. I will also monitor the costal ecosystem, such as costal bird and reptile populations.
The last part of my trip will be dedicated to helping underfunded and disadvantaged rural schools. There is a lack of foreign language teachers, so most natives only speak Malagasy. By teaching children english it will improve their opportunities for the future and broaden their career prospects.
My aim for this trip is to help a struggling part of the world. It is so important to protect our wildlife before it is damaged forever, and I am excited to be part of the solution.
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