[MARMAM] Volunteers needed for marine conservation and research in Mauritius

Imogen Webster jipperim.orca at gmail.com
Mon Aug 20 00:43:29 PDT 2012

The Mauritius Marine Conservation Society (MMCS) is a non-governmental
organization existing for more than 30 years, working actively to promote
awareness and appreciation of the rich marine life around Mauritius.
Educating people to the need for marine conservation, our core objective is
the protection of marine mammals and coral reefs.

One of the objectives of MMCS is to promote the need for marine
conservation in Mauritius through the creation of marine parks. This is
done through ongoing research activities.

In order to continue our work and research we are looking for willing
volunteers who want to gain conservation experience, to come to Mauritius
and work on current projects. This would involve both field based data
collection and office based data entry, equipment maintenance and a variety
of office base activities.

Specifically, you could be involved with:

1.      Monitoring the behavior, ecology and population demographics of the
local cetaceans

2.      The behavior of dolphin watching boats

3.      Turtle monitoring

4.      Cetacean diversity studies

5.      Surveying tourists and operators

6.      Working with schools to promote environmental awareness

7.      Creating educational games and presentations for information
evenings to spread awareness and gain support  for the need for sustainable
marine eco-tourism

8.      Fundraising

Volunteers will be accommodated in a furnished house in Black River (GPS
20°21.77’S, 57°21.48’E). It is a short walk to the supermarket, post
office, pharmacy and beach. Accommodation, bedding and laundry facilities
are all supplied but *food is the volunteers responsibility* (allow
40-60/week). Wifi is available at the house/office so bring a laptop.

*Openings for volunteers are available immediately*. Charges are
GBP£200/€250/Aus$405 per week with an additional £50 to organize airport
transfers. Due to the training involved the minimum stay is 3 weeks and
maximum 8 weeks because of Government stipulation.  Please note the
volunteer programme will not operate over the Christmas/New Year period.

For more information on volunteering and application forms, contact:

Stephanie or Nina via email: info at mmcs-ngo.org
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