1 independent reviews for Madagascar charity volunteer programme

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review 9 Jan 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Wow, where do you start? That first lemur you spot after trekking for miles through a remote forest. The warm welcome from the local people and all the kids waving to you every day. Having so many laughs each day. Meeting so many different and interesting people and feeling like you have a second family by the end of it. The sense of achievement as you see the school you're building start to take shape. The food is so good, the scenery is breathtaking, the sun rises stunning, star gazing the perfect way to end a day. And much much more.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

I'm really glad I went for the full 10 weeks and would advise others to do the same if at all possible as being there right until the end is an amazing experience. Be ready to embrace the Madagascar way of life and take things as they come, leave your hurried lifestyle at home. I wish I had taken a solar battery charger and a portable mini projector might be welcome if you have any films on your phone. The operator gives great advice on what you'll need before you go so you shouldn't find yourself missing anything.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely! The great thing about this programme is that you are working alongside local people on a daily basis so you have a very close relationship with the local community. It's clear from talking to them how much the contribution helps. The other great thing is that you are involved in a range of activities so where other operators might be focussed on one single aspect, while on this programme we contributed to construction, health, conservation, tourism and teaching. This is important because all these issues are linked and you can't solve anyone of them in isolation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was the best thing I've ever done in my life. I was nervous before I booked it but I am so glad I did. It sounds like a cliche but this can really change you as a person and also give you a spark to bring back to your regular life. The biggest problem of this trip is having to leave and come home!

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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