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Forestry and Wildlife Conservation

Mahajanga, Madagascar show on map

Agency | Global Nomadic

Work on various environmental conservation projects, such as lemur protection, beach cleanups and awareness campaigns and get to know the amazing island of Madagascar.

The country

Madagascar is a rich and colourful country, it was one of the last major landmasses on Earth to be colonized by humans. The island has undergone different evolutionary processes due to a cataclysmic earthquake which separated Madagascar from Africa and allowed for many life forms to change little if at all over the course of millions of years. The first settlers found plentiful resources of food, almost no predators and an abundance of wildlife when they first arrived on the island. Even though many species have disappeared since, the dense rainforests are still home to over 100 exotic species of animals which are unique to Madagascar including lemurs, dwarf hippos, giant tortoises, ten-feet tall elephant birds and many more. Settlers from Indonesia, Arab and Persian traders and migrants from Africa arrived at different times and although they lived in tribes, they avoided segregation. Their coexistence and fusion have produced a beautiful and remarkably uniform society which is a unique synthesis of race, language, religion, and traditions.

The Project

The Nosy Be Archipelago is located off the north-west coast of Madagascar. A magnificent location with many islands and unique beaches, it offers stunning snorkelling and diving opportunities. Nosy Be is not overly touristic and rather relaxed with its sugar cane and vanilla plantations, rum distilleries, ylang ylang bushes and lounging lemurs. You can visit the colorful markets, take a boat journey to the islands, go for a hike in the tropical forests and explore the Malagasy culture. Many restaurants offer a variety of cuisines and are awaiting you for an exotic gastronomic experience. Nosy Be is a charming location worth discovering!

This project aims to maintain and preserve Nosy Be’s cultural and natural beach heritage through wildlife conservation and rehabilitation activities. You will have a unique opportunity to contribute to conserving this beautiful island’s precious ecosystem. As a participant in this exciting project, you will work together with the local communities to reverse the negative impact on the local flora and fauna and to restore the vibrant health of the ecosystem. What is currently observed is increasing pollution in the sea, rubbish on the beaches and the prevalence of plastic - bags, bottles, cotton bud sticks etc., which pose a threat to the life of the marine ecosystem and its inhabitants. You can join the efforts to drive awareness in schools, kindergartens and local communities as well as other marine and terrestrial conservation opportunities. You can translate your concern for the environment into action and use your own ideas, initiative, research and time to make a difference.

Typical day

After breakfast each day, there are many different options for what you may do. Your main tasks could be:
  • heading to the beach to participate in cleaning activities 
  • planting trees in the tropical forest 
  • take part in data collection on different species of flora and fauna
  • create safe resting zones and living space for lemurs
Depending on the requirements and needs at the specific moment and location, the coordinators will get you involved in different activities.

Details on Arrival

Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday.

Free-time activities

Madagascar has many things to offer. Go for a hike and trekking tour to discover new areas or visit one of the many beaches nearby to go for a swim or to explore the domestic marine life

Water Sports
Swimming
Diving/Snorkling
Hiking

Program 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)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
You should be an active person with creative skills.
Being friendly and polite with the local villagers.
Be a team member and be cooperative with local coordinators and other participants.
Necessary vaccinations, flight & visas.
Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
Time Commitment
Regular working hours are hardly predicable. It mainly depends on the work force. Get in touch with Global Nomadic straight ahead to get more infos about current to dos and objectives.

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Global Nomadic
  • food
  • accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • orientation
  • in-country support
  • project activities
Airport Pickup at Antananarivo Airport

We will pick you up from Antananarivo Air Port

Accommodation

The shared rooms where you will be staying accommodate 4-6 people and are single-gender. You will have a private bathroom and hot showers. Bed linens are provided however, you need to bring your own towels. The rooms have locks and you can use the safety boxes for any valuables you would like to keep stored.

In the centre you can use the mini library, the dining room and lounge area as well as the beautiful garden to relax and interact with the other participants. There is WiFi available throughout the centre though it may be slow at times.

A refrigerator is available for you to store food and beverages if you wish.

Many ATMs are available in and around Hell-Ville. There are hospitals and pharmacies nearby.

Food & Beverages
There are three meals a day on the weekdays and two meals on the weekends. The food is a mix of Western and Malagasy food which consist predominantly of vegetarian meals such as rice and vegetables. About twice a week there will be chicken served. There are local restaurants which you can explore or you can use the kitchen facilities to prepare food by yourself. Supermarkets are located around the project centre and are easily accessible.
Internet Access
Good 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 Antananarivo Airport (TNR) in Antananarivo. 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$800.00
3 weeks
$1,200.00
4 weeks
$1,600.00
5 weeks
$2,000.00
6 weeks
$2,400.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$9,600.00
Average fees
$400.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Mahajanga/Madagascar between 2 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Nomadic will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Madagascar.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Nomadic during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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