Volunteer in Madagascar with Volunteering Solutions and be a part of an experience worth cherishing for a lifetime. The country beholds a diverse range of flora & fauna which is rarely found in any other part of the world. As the Lonely Planet puts it, "Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking, and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions." No matter whether you choose to be a volunteer for the Teaching program or the Sea Turtle Conservation or maybe the Construction program - you'll get ample scope to explore the wilderness and contribute meaningfully towards protecting nature and it's resources, as well as bring change in the lives of the people.
All the volunteering programs in Madagascar are located in Nosy Komba and offers a chance to soak in the authentic island lifestyle. Perfectly meant for high school & college students as well as for backpackers and gap year travelers, this is surely the most adventurous means of exploring Madagascar.
Madagascar, undoubtedly, is an enchanting country and there's so much to do that you might just fall short of time. The volunteering project location is extremely beautiful in itself, and you can simply walk along the beaches or just go for a swim on the weekends. But in case you are enthusiastic enough to head out and explore, here are a few options that you can choose from!
Walk around the avenue of Baobabs - Needless to say, this is the place of which you have seen innumerable photographs - and it's also the most favorite place of the travelers. As its name suggests, the Avenue of the Baobabs is a stretch of giant baobab trees believed to be up to 800 years old, located near the Kirindy Mitea National Park, which sits along Madagascar's west coast. This natural wonder will surely take your breath away!
Explore Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve - Marked as a UNESCO Heritage Site for being home to impressive geological structures and a variety of endangered species, you'll get to spot the towering gray limestone pinnacles, which stand up to 328 feet tall and wonder how nature can be so creative! You'll also get to spot various species of Lemurs, reptiles, and birds.
Hike through the Isalo National Park - Described by many as one of the best National Parks of Madagascar, you can go for a hike in the Isalo National Park and cool yourself down at one of the many natural swimming pools! A tropical paradise, this would definitely be the adventurous world you are seeking to explore.
The CDC recommended the following vaccinations for travelers visiting Madagascar: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia, and influenza.
Well, we believe you need no reason to be a part of something incredibly meaningful, such as volunteering in Madagascar. However, in case you are still wondering why you should be a part of this journey, here are a few reasons that would possibly convince you to join us.
It'll be a golden opportunity for you to take a closer look at nature and understand how the flora & fauna of this island has evolved over time, disconnecting from the rest of the world.
You'll get to work with professionals and gain some valuable surveying skills.
In case you join the Marine Conservation Program, you'll get a PADI certificate that'll benefit you in the days ahead as well.
You'll get to meet some amazing people from different parts of the world, and experience an amazing exchange of skills and thoughts.
If you are keen to learn and experience something new, then there can be nothing better than this!
As we have limited spots available in our programs and we serve on a first come first basis, it is strongly recommended to apply for the program and reserve your spot in the program well in advance. You can book your spot in the program by filling an online form and pay the application fee.
Once you complete your application, your individual 'My Account' will be active in which you will receive your placement confirmation after which you can pay the program fees. You can pay the program fees later as well in installments, but 45 days before the program starts.
After you complete your application, your personalized ‘My Account’ will be active. You will need to upload your CV/Resume along with your photo in the same. Our backend team and the placement site takes around 10-12 days to review your application. After we review your CV and documents, your booking is confirmed and booking confirmation is updated in your ‘My Account’.
Yes, you are welcome to take part in the Programs in Madagascar as part of a group. We welcome families, friends, high school students, college/university and corporate groups to volunteer in Madagascar programs together.
Yes, most definitely you can as we believe every participant brings something new to the project. If you do not have previous experience, we offer you the opportunity to have a great start with us. We make international volunteering easy – not only are our Volunteer Abroad opportunities rooted in offering you extensive support, but they are also very affordable.
Yes, we will provide you with the Certificate after successful completion of your program. The certificate is provided on request.
The in-country coordinator will guide & assist you reach the program location, on the first day of the program.
Volunteers may fly directly into Nosy Be Fascene International Airport (airport code NOS), or into the capital city, Antananarivo (Tana for short; airport code TNR). If you fly into Tana, you can take a domestic flight from Tana to Nosy Be, or travel overland via Taxi Brousse or private car to Nosy Be. We can help arrange your overland transport if needed.
All visitors require visas and a one to two-month single entry visa may be obtained on arrival at the airport. This may be extended to in-country to a maximum of three months. We do recommend you check with the Consulate General as visa requirements can change at any time. A passport valid for 6 months after the date of return is required. Please ensure you have at least two blank pages available in your passport before the commencement of travel.
We encourage volunteers to get in touch with former Volunteering Solutions participants and also other program participants joining our projects. You are recommended to join the Volunteering Solutions Facebook Page or Facebook Group to communicate with other participants.
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer page on our website.