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Reviews for Lemur conservation project in Madagascar

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review 6 Feb 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The very first morning at Saint Luce, we were up pre-dawn and walked down to the estuary. There several pirogues took us across the lagoon to the mangrove waterways and then back again. The round trip was about 3 hours, initially mainly silent except for bird identification, the sunrise added to the atmosphere. Part of the mystery and beauty of Madagascar was revealed on that memorable morning.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Read every bit of information sent out by the agent about ten times and be sure to follow that advice. Be prepared physically, fitnes is important (I wrote tips specifically for the older traveller while I was in Fort Dauphin and left copies for people). Remember to be tolerant, to be kind and to be respectful of all peoples. Your contribution is important but it is not about you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes on all counts but with some limititations. I'd expected to contribute more while at St Luce and was surprised that 2 weeks of volunteer work was only 6 days in the field. Back in the Fort further volunteer work wasn't expected but I eventually was given some useful tasks. Overall, nearly as much energy was expended on my 'training' as I returned in conservation work. I doubt if 2 weeks is an effective period (apart from the donation) for a volunteer holidaay.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I really do have loads of wonderful memories, especially of the local people, and even more specially of the local people employed by the agent. The agent stands high in ethical standards and takes care of the traveller/volunteer. Its projects are clearly focussed on local people and their environment.

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