Two days ago, I found out that I have been accepted to participate in a Volunteer Abroad trip through International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) to go to Madagascar and volunteer within the Forest Conservation for a total of eight weeks starting on June 1, 2015! However, I need your help!
There were numerous volunteer options through IVHQ! However, I still chose Madagascar for a few different reasons: One of the reasons is pretty basic – I want to travel the world and experience and learn about as many cultures as possible and the Malagasy culture is fascinating to me after doing research. Secondly, my entire life has been enveloped in the animal world. The opportunity to broaden those horizons in a foreign country on a forest preserve is absolutely one I cannot be passed up. Third, and most important, the educational experience is an exciting, new and a once in a lifetime opportunity!
The program I have chosen is located on the island of Nosy Komba, which is located a few miles from the larger island, Nosy Be. The tropical forest of Nosy Komba is home to a variety of unique species that Madagascar is known for. However, due to habitat destruction, many of these species are threatened with extinction.
I will be involved with studying and monitoring these diverse species in order to identify differences in forest dynamics, populations, habitat health and to identify potential threats to the ecosystem. The data gathered by myself and other volunteers is invaluable in contributing to the protection of the Sambirano forests and to the animals living within.
Some of the projects we will be working on will be species identification, behavior monitoring and population assessments with the many different types of Lemurs. We will catch and release small mammals, reptiles and amphibians using pitfall and Sherman traps in addition to active forest searches. We will also be identifying birds based on visuals and the birds unique vocal calls.
All volunteers receive species identification training and learn how to conduct field surveys, set up equiptment, collate data and analyze all of our findings.
The reason for this post (and my GoFundMe site) is to raise the funds necessary to volunteer with the forest conservation program through IVHQ as well as for my travel expenses. Between the program cost, getting a passport and a visa, vaccinations, insurance and flight costs this trip adds up quickly! I will need all the help I can get to make this dream of mine come true. And with your help YOU can make that possible! IVHQ volunteers have raised over $700,000 for their programs with GoFundMe websites!
Any additional donations will be donated to the program I will be volunteering with in addition to making a donation to animal shelters in my hometown.
So, my fellow WordPress friends, I need your help to raise the funds! Sharing my GoFundMe website, visiting my facebook page, and helping me get the word out will be invaluable to my cause. I hope I can count on you to help me out!