Madagascar offers beaches, impressive caves, rainforests, waterfalls and city life. This island is the forth largest Island in the world.
This land of smiles and contrasts is ready to take you on your next adventure whether helping out in local communities or exploring. This land located at the crossroads of the African and Asian worlds will surely amaze your sense. Madagascar will certainly shift the way you see the world.
Volunteer at Madagascar
Project fee from EUR 940
Your role as a volunteer
As a volunteer in Madagascar you can choose between working on several exciting projects! You will work approximately 5-8 hours per day Monday – Friday.
We have six different projects you can choose:
- Kindergarten Teaching
- Construction and Renovation
- Teaching Projects
- Mangrove Forest Conservation
- Community Care
- Lemur Species Rehabilitation Program
The aims & objectives is to help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future as well as creating a global community towards a preferred future.
The kids are right at the start of their school careers and the chance to start learning English since such an early age will prove invaluable for them further on. Like in kindergartens throughout the world, the teaching is informal as the children will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’. However, just by getting them enthused about coming to school, giving them some very Basic English phrases such as simple greetings, you will may well have sown the seeds of a lifelong learning habit. The children will all be excited to see you and exceptionally welcoming, due partly to the natural and genuine friendliness of the people of these villages but also the fact that you will be one of a few foreigners they have met! Up Close!
Monday – Friday
You will leave the center between 9 and 9:30 in the morning depending on the school. Expect to teach for 3 hours. Lunch will be served at the our center. After lunch, you will again travel back to the same school at 14:00 to continue with 2 hours of teaching and interaction with the children.
Construction and Renovation
This project aims to improve the quality of life for underprivileged citizens in and around Mahajanga. The construction projects greatly improve the surroundings of the marginalized sections of communities within the scope of projects available currently.
The Construction and Renovation project on Mahajanga supports small communities in and around the island. It aims to build and renovate buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the local community. We generally work on schools & community centres, playgrounds and public libraries and support local families by improving living conditions. Our project helps in increasing overall quality of life under the stressful conditions that they are living under. You will work under a local coordinator who provides guidance and training alongside local families and other participants along with you. The project involves hard physical and manual labor, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, water proofing, laying tiles, landscaping/gardening, as well as, improving community hygiene & sanitation facilities.
Monday – Friday
You will begin with a meeting with the coordinator, discussing what is required during your stay at the project. There is a focus on light construction work and you will be expected to help paint the school buildings, make tables & chairs, construct and renovate the playground, make pathways, build toilets, repair the school wall and help build the new classrooms. Construction and renovation work is available in more places when required in the local area.
The aim is to help the children grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future.
Most people in Madagascar can’t afford to travel, and in villages like Tsararano Ambony there is little chance of contact with the outside world. Foreign teachers enable students to form relationships with someone from another background and culture, and the teachers can learn different teaching methods and techniques. You will mainly assist the regular school teacher and so you don’t need to have any teaching background.
You will teach and educate children from different age groups and with different learning capacities. You are free to use different methods to teach. You can use the course book as reference or educate children through conversational and spoken English. During your time here you can teach them different subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music, arts and crafts, different educational games, spoken and conversational English, personal development, environment awareness, general health and safety and so on. All higher education in Madagascar is in French and Malagasy. So it’s vitally important to them that children must learn English as Nosy Be is also a famous tourist destination in Madagascar.
Monday – Friday
- Primarily teach English, but also teach drama, games, music, art and foreign languages.
- Encourage children in academic work and promote all round development of the child.
- Assist teachers and other staff.
- Create teaching plans.
Mangrove Forest Conservation
To contribute to the rehabilitation of mangrove forest, through environmental education and replanting of mangroves.
On this exciting program participants will be involved in important work to maintain and preserve Nosy Be’s wildlife heritage, mangrove conservation. As a conservation participant, you will learn first about the mangrove forest in North-Western Madagascar, its richness, its uses, its threats. You will work first on designing an environmental teaching manual for children. After this you can begin our community environmental education outreach program, helping to highlight the importance of the mangroves and its sustainability to the local communities and schools.
You will work on a mangrove forest seedbed. Young plants will firstly be used to reforest as a showcase site and living classroom for local children.
Monday – Friday
Throughout your week, you main tasks would be,
- replanting the mangrove forest
- devolving the showcase of sustainable mangrove practices
- providing environmental educational outreach to local schools and community groups, mainly focusing on the children
All activities are supported by the local staff who are on hand to assist you with the training you may need.
Daily activities will be planned by coordinator on-site as per requirements and needs.
The project aims to give the local communities a good education and basic knowledge of good health and care in order for them to gain a better and secure future.
You will be supporting the locals in two main ways as follows.
This project cares for women and young girls. It contains 10 children and 20 women on an average age between 4 to 40 years old. First and foremost, you will participate in building up a hut, the Women’s shelter. You will teach girls / woman English in fun and interesting ways. They also play games to provide both physical exercise and relaxation as some of them have become demoralized and really relish spending time engaged in activities. The cultural exchange and interaction provides girls / women with much needed confidence and exposure.
Poor villages Outreach Program:
Focus on teaching underprivileged children from poor villages around Center, whose parents cannot afford to send to school. The participants will interact with children using games and activities to teach them, and help them understand the importance of academics in developing other skills.
Monday – Friday
In the morning after breakfast, you will depart to the project location where the women’s shelter is established. At the Shelter, you will:
- Teach English to Women and young children
- Play games with them
- Interact with them and spend time with them
- Help the staff at the Center when required
Then in the afternoon, you will return to the Center to have lunch. After lunch, you will then be leaving to the poor village outreach project. During this time, you will:
- Teach the children English.
- Help them with homework.
- Play with them.
- Build tables and seats.
Lemur Species Rehabilitation Program
To contribute to the rehabilitation of lemur species unscrupulous persons have stolen from their natural habitats.
On this exciting program, participants will be involved in important work to maintain and preserve Nosy Be’s wildlife heritage, by working with a private lemur species rehabilitation center. As a conservation participant, you will learn first about this Madagascar’s flagship species especially the ones which are endemic to this North-Western part of Madagascar, with others representatives of unique fauna like Madagascar fish-eagle and Ploughshare tortoise. Preparing lemur species’ morning and afternoon food and feeding them after. But also cleaning lemur species’ cages. You will take part in construction of larger and more interactive enclosures for all of the lemur species.
Monday – Friday
Your day will begin with preparing morning food to give to lemur species and feeding them. In the afternoon different diet is also prepared before being given to lemur species Cleaning lemur species’ cages by cutting grass or planting trees whose leaves are eaten by lemur species in the wild is also part of your missions and You will work on construction of lemur species’ cages. The aim is to have them larger so that lemur species can enjoy a better and close to wildlife in this rehabilitation center.
Daily activities will be planned by our coordinator on-site as per requirements and needs.
The Project’s Mission
The Volunteer trip to Madagascar gives you a chance to get to know the country at a deeper level. You get to work with people from other parts of the world, which can be a challenge when you are in a new environment. But like all challenges, the person who adopts them gets much in return. The program also gives you new perspective in how you are as a person in the light of a different culture. The aim is to promote a cultural exchange.
These projects are all run in collaboration with a local partner who has extensive experience with hosting volunteers. Thanks to this cooperation, Volunteer Travels can offer its volunteers a well-organized and safe experience for their volunteers.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
When you arrive you will be met by staff from our partner organization at the airport. They will take you to the Volunteer accommodation for introduction, where you will, among other things, get general information about Madagascar, the different projects and about your role as a volunteer. You will have the opportunity to get to know other volunteers. You will also have the opportunity to make trips around the Island.
The first week will be a full week of introduction.
Accommodation and food
In our center, there is a dining room, a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants and a beautiful garden to relax. Balcony and a large roof terrace is also available for you spend some quality time.
Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.
The meals are a mix of Western and Malagasy food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants at your own expense.
Sights & Surroundings
North to Mahajanga lays almost unbroken and sand cover beaches. As long as one goes far from Bombetoka Bay, Mahajanga’s Eastern boundary, and its red-water delta, white sand beaches are waiting those who are looking for sun, sans and sea.
Here is our list of beaches to try during your weekend gateways. And though some of them may seem out of their way, you’ll be glad for the peace and quiet when you get there.
- Petite plage Beach
- Maroala Beach
- Grand Pavois Beach
Nature enthusiast adventure lovers certainly find happiness around Nosy Be. Diurnal and nocturnal endemic lemur species, unique bird species, nowhere else found reptiles or indigenous baobab can be spotted in breathtaking landscapes during your Nosy Be weekend gateways.
Here is list of protected area wildlife games are enjoyed;
- Mariarano Community Forest and around Anjohibe Caves and its waterfall, a forest
- Antrema New Protected Area
- Mahavavy-Kinkony Wetland Complex
- Baie de Baly National Park
- Tsingy de Namoroka National Park
- Ankarafantsika National Park
Last but not the least, don’t miss a 3 month humpback whale watching period off the coast of Antsaniti from July to September. Others whale species have been also met off Antsanitia, like blue whale.
During dry months from May to November, it does not rain at all and temperatures are pleasant, from 20°C to 25°C on average. From December to April, it rains heavily, depending on the area and the year. The warmest months are March and April, November and December, with an average temperature of 30°C or even more.
The best time to go to Madagascar is therefore between the months of April through to mid-December.
January to March is cyclone season, so we would advise against travelling to Madagascar during this time.
Heavy downpours can still be expected in April, May and June, but between these showers the sun will usually shine. Following the rainy season the landscape is lush and green, with wildlife such as lemurs and reptiles often making an appearance.
From July to August is a good time to try spotting humpback whales as they begin to arrive in Ile St Marie. The weather is cool and dry, making this a comfortable time to explore.
In September, the weather is fine and warm. Humpback whales can still be seen in Ile St Marie until the end of the month, while lemurs begin to give birth to young.
In October, temperatures begin to increase around the country and jacarandas are in bloom, displaying their vibrant purple flowers.
From November to December, temperatures continue to increase around the country, although there is a little bit more in the way of rain. Lemurs, reptiles and tenrecs can often be spotted at this time.
You are responsible for your insurance covers, such as sickness, damage and theft while working as a volunteer. You can get the travel insurance from your ticketing agent who will be able to suggest the best options, regarding the type of travel insurance that you need. However, included in the tour price is liability insurance, covering you for times when you as an individual are required to pay for damages, if you have unintentionally hurt someone or damaged someone else’s property.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
Your flight tickets are not included in the tour price. Either you can purchase them from any of your local travel agents or an agent of your choice, or Volunteer Travel partners with Tranas travel agent. When you book your trip you will receive a travel suggestion for a ticket via email. If you are interested in their proposals, get back to them. Remember to book return flights from Antananarivo.
Please book your ticket so that you arrive to Ivato airport in Antananarivo on a Sunday between 4 am and 11 pm. The transfer from the airport to the project takes about 12 hours. If you want to go home right after the end of the project, you should book a trip home from Saturday or Sunday, after the number of weeks you have chosen to work as a volunteer. Your accommodation check out is on a Saturday, so if you go home on a Sunday you have to book and pay for a hotel stay in the capital Antananarivo before your departure. The transfer back to the airport is not inclused and will take about 12 hours.
Be sure to check that the arrival and departure dates on the tickets are right and that your names are spelled correctly. Tell us your arrival time and flight number as soon as you have them.
Please contact your nearest vaccination centre or general doctor regarding questions about vaccinations need to travel to Madagascar. Volunteer Travels recommends that you get Hepatitis A and B, as well as tetanus for traveling abroad.