VOLUNTEERING IN Madagascar

AFRICA

Madagascar is the world’s fourth biggest island and is home to 5% of the known animal and plant species including the infamous lemurs, aye-ayes and geckos. Most people will only see the magic and mystery of Madagascar through a David Attenborough nature documentary, those with the opportunity to visit will see the full glory of the country.

Building

Building

Madagascar

Join a team of charity staff, builders and volunteers to assist in building schools and toilets. These building projects are urgently needed to help improve the standard of living and providing access to safe water, clean toilets and local education.

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Community, Building and Conservation

Community, Building and Conservation

Madagascar

Work alongside charity staff to support a diverse range of community work including building, education and conservation development projects.

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Conservation

Conservation

Madagascar

Join a team helping to conserve the endangered habit through research and community environmental schemes. Work with the research team to collect biodiversity data to help protect the endangered habitat which is home to many unique species, including lemurs.

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Teaching English

Teaching English

Madagascar

Teach in schools and run sessions with the community to help improve their English skills. The project builds confidence in English communication which helps to increase job opportunities within the growing eco-tourism sector.

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Top 5 reasons to visit and volunteer in Madagascar

  • Lemurs - Madagascar is known the world over for its lemurs; there are roughly 60 different species and sub-species on the island. The lemurs are fascinating creatures displaying a huge range of captivating behaviours such as singing like a whale!

  • Alley of the Baobabs - usually solitary, the trees in this region are found lining a dirt track, clustered together to form an avenue effect. They are roughly 30m in height and perfectly equipped to deal with dry hostile environments. The powerful sight of these gentle giants towering over the vast landscape is a must see.

  • Reef exploration - Madagascar boasts 450km of barrier reef and 250 islands to explore. Take a trip whale watching or explore the many nearby islands for stunning scenery and unique views. Alternatively, dive below the ocean and discover the wonders of the corals, fish, sharks and shipwrecks.

  • Local music - music and dancing are a big part of Madagascan culture, with salegy (a traditional form of music using many instruments and powerful voices) taking precedent. Take a walk through the streets to hear the vibrant and energetic sound of salegy and immerse yourself in true Madagascan life.

  • Mofo street food - Madagascar boasts some of the tastiest street food in the world. From cakes to fritters to sweetened bread collectively known as ‘mofo’. The foods are cooked on the street over charcoal or are deep fried and often include a variety of fruits such as pineapple and bananas. Delicious!

Madagascar children

Madagascar children

Madagascar countryside

Madagascar countryside

Madagascar countryside and animals

Madagascar countryside and animals

Madagascar volunteer at top of hill

Madagascar volunteer at top of hill

Madagascar canoeing on river

Madagascar canoeing on river

Madagascar traditional dance

Madagascar traditional dance

Madagascar locals carring wood

Madagascar locals carring wood

Madagascar boat and beach

Madagascar boat and beach

Madagascar volunteers by the beach

Madagascar volunteers by the beach

Madagascar wildlife

Madagascar wildlife

Madagascar countryside and hills

Madagascar countryside and hills

Madagascar wildlife

Madagascar wildlife

We are driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable volunteering projects that have lasting and positive impact on the local community.

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Year Out Group
  • Sunday Times
  • the independent
  • theguardian
  • DOFE
  • Right Tourism
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Tourism Concern

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