Work For Community Development

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Coordinator | Sahil
Coordinator | Sahil
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High­lights

Contribute towards the development of infrastructures where the entire community in Nosy Komba
Improve the lives and living conditions of the people
Explore the gorgeous islands of Madagascar and indulge in knowing more about this unique African country
Join the Community Development Volunteering Program in Madagascar and contribute effectively towards making lives better for the people living in Nosy Komba. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Join the Community Development and contribute effectively towards making lives better for the people living in Nosy Komba. Our main aim would be to improve the lives and living conditions of the people, by maintaining existing community infrastructures and building much needed new facilities.

Among the various issues that are faced, running water and sanitation issues are among the most crucial ones. These problems are addressed by the team of volunteers as well as awareness is spread among the students about the environment.

Apart from that, transportation is another major issue. The absence of roads and motorized vehicles on Nosy Komba means that the local inhabitants face the daily challenge of crossing near impassable terrain to reach other nearby villages. Rainy season makes many of these routes even more difficult to negotiate. We assist communities by identifying these areas and building pathways and bridges to make these precarious routes easier to navigate. It also helps tourists to reach these interior places with are hidden gems of the island, thus, contributing towards the flourish of tourism.

Volunteers assist not only with the physical labor required to complete the projects but also with initiating additional fundraising campaigns. These fundraising efforts are invaluable, without which we would not be able to achieve our goals. A seemingly small contribution can make a noteworthy difference in the lives of the people living here.

Typical day

Volunteers usually arrive on Sunday and the program will start from Monday.

MONDAY
07:30 Breakfast
08:30 Orientation Presentation
10:00 Health and Safety Presentation
11:00 Complete and sign forms and paperwork
12:00 Lunch
14:00 Walk to the neighboring village of Ampang for a tour led by staff
17:00 Return to camp (walk or by boat at a cost of 2,000 MGA/person)
18:00 Dinner
18:45 Daily Board Briefing

TUESDAY: First official day on project! Generally, you will be doing hands-on activities integrated with staff and other more experienced volunteers. Staff will go over activities and times after dinner on Monday so you know where to go.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:

Each program has morning and afternoon activities. After dinner each day, we have a briefing to go over activities for the following day.
NOTE: Schedule will vary depending on the project, tides, etc.

Sample Schedule:

05:00-07:00 Breakfast on camp
06:00-08:00 Start of morning activities on the project
12:00 Lunch on camp
14:00 Start of afternoon activities on the project
16:00-17:00 Volunteer activities for the day usually conclude
18:00 Dinner on camp
18:45 Board Briefing to go over activities for the following day

Free-time activities

A few popular weekend activities/places to visit are listed below.

  • Lokobe Forest Reserve
  • Discovery SCUBA Dive
  • SCUBA Dive Training
  • Explore different areas of Nosy Komba with a local guide and learn about medicinal plants, the endemic wildlife and more
  • Tanikely Natural Reserve
  • Visit Nosy Iranja or Nosy Sakatia (swimming and snorkeling)
  • Whale Shark Watching (seasonal)
  • Visit the Sacred Tree or Sacred Waterfall on Nosy Be
  • Hike up Mount Passot on Nosy Be
  • Visit Lemur Land park on Nosy Be, or the Lemur Park on Ampang Village on Nosy Komba
  • Ankarana National Park
  • Amber Mountain National Park
  • Visit plantations on the mainland in the city of Ambanja
  • Visit the city of Diego Suarez including the Emerald Sea, the Three Bays, Tsingy Rouge rock formation and more
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Safari/
Zoo
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteers should be highly energetic; have a positive attitude to make a change; possess a certain level of fitness, since the island life is not as easy as it might seem!
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Volunteering Solutions
24 hrs Assistance and support from staff
Comprehensive Pre- Departure Information
Orientation
Sleeping accommodation on camp for the program duration
Three meals per day, seven days per week on camp
Supervision and training by staff
Airport pick-up in Nosy Be
Transportation to program sites
Travel & Medical Insurance (Available at an extra cost)
Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
Airport Pickup at Fascene Airport

Volunteers should arrive on Nosy Be Fascene Airport for pick-up on Sunday before their start date. They will be met at the airport or boat port (if arriving overland) and transferred to the volunteer camp on Nosy Komba. The boat ride from Nosy Be to Nosy Komba takes about 45 minutes with the last boat of the day departing around 15:00. If volunteers do not arrive in time for the last boat to camp, our staff will assist in getting them to their hotel (we can provide hotel recommendations).

Accommodation
We have 2 accommodation facilities in Madagascar. The first one, Turtle Cove, is built into the steep slopes of Nosy Komba, which is a multi-level compound overlooking the spectacular coral reef below. Climb stone stairs up from an idyllic beach to the main house situated above the dive deck and take in the stunning view of the ocean extending far across all the way to Lokobe Forest Reserve on Nosy Be. The main house accommodates senior staff members and serves as a meeting place and hangout for volunteers during the day. Large decks line the front of the main house complete with hammocks, bean bags, and benches.

Volunteers can expect to share a hut with four to six other volunteers and will need to bring their own bedding and towels. The huts have several bathroom facilities equipped with running water, flush toilets and cold water showers. There is also a work area for volunteers as well as lockable storage boxes available for each hut to store small valuables. Volunteers should also bring a padlock to secure personal items in their luggage when not in use.

The second camp is located on mainland Madagascar in the small remote village of Ampohana. Volunteers are accommodated in communal A-Frame bungalow fitted with double bunk beds. Our camps are eco-friendly with solar-powered lighting throughout. There are no charging facilities for electronic devices; volunteers are encouraged to bring a solar panel and battery pack to keep their devices charged. Charging ports are available in the neighboring village of Ampang, about a half-hour hike from camp.
Camping
Food & Beverages
Three meals per day are provided seven days per week. Each meal is prepared by our on-site cooks using traditional Malagasy cooking methods using fresh, locally grown, seasonally available produce. Most meals have a rice base with beans and vegetables on the side (or over rice).

Fruits and vegetables served will change depending on the season and availability of local produce. Some meals will include fish/seafood, beef (zebu), or chicken. Meat, when part of a meal, is typically prepared with a sauce, cut into small pieces, and served over rice. In addition to bananas, breakfast usually consists of either baguettes and jam, eggs or crepes.

There is a vegetarian option for all meals. Due to logistics and the limitations of our remote location, we cannot provide a vegan option. Vegans can help themselves to the vegetable-based foods prepared, but will also need to supplement their diet with foods purchased off camp.  If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know. We will do or best to provide accordingly, however you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home.
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Fascene Airport (NOS) in Nossi-be. We assist you to find cheap flights to Madagascar.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Madagascar provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Madagascar you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Madagascar.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

2020
January  06, 20
February   03, 17
March   02, 16
April   06, 20
May    04, 18
June  01, 15
July    06,  20
August    03, 17
September  07, 21
October  05, 19
November   02, 16
December    07, 21

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$1,045
3 weeks
$1,275
4 weeks
$1,505
5 weeks
$1,735
6 weeks
$1,965
7 weeks
$2,195
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,345
Average fees
$401 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Volunteering Solutions will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Volunteering Solutions during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Work For Community Development

Join the Community Development Volunteering Program in Madagascar and contribute effectively towards making lives better for the people living in Nosy Komba.

$401/week

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