Volunteering abroad in Madagascar

“Join local people and volunteers in Madagascar and gain hands on building, teaching and conservation experience whilst staying on a campsite and working 5/6 days a week.”


Work alongside local team | practical building, teaching and conservation skills | Malagasy language lesson | travel advice and assistance | all main meals included | on-site support team | 24/7 emergency back up | variety of tasks and activities |

Description of Volunteering abroad in Madagascar

If you’re thinking about volunteering aboard in Madagascar then this four week + construction, community health and conservation project is definitely worth investigating further.

Split into three stages: building, community health and conservation, you’ll be undertaking a series of different activities alongside dedicated local teams to ensure hard work is rewarded with a fresh set of skills as well as first-hand experiences of what it’s like to make a difference in Madagascar.

Stage one - building

Supporting a local team of builders you’ll be working on construction projects currently in progress which could be anything from building a school to constructing a well or a toilet.

Building projects include:

Digging foundations
Cement mixing/laying
Painting and plastering
Woodwork (e.g. classroom benches)
General maintenance and repair
Upkeep of previous building work
You’ll also have the chance to teach English language lessons (vocab and pronunciation etc.) in a classroom of about twenty students.

Stage two – community health

The community health section of this four to ten week volunteering project in Madagascar finds you working in the charity office in town, right at the heart of the local communities that need the most help. No two days will ever be quite the same however, in the main, you’ll be working on the following tasks:

Quantitative and qualitative research initiatives, such as: questionnaires, community surveys and face to face interviews.

Workshops that help to educate and inform local people about the importance of hygiene and preventing diseases.

Updating charity staff records, including: detailing developments, categorising changes and highlighting achievements, changes of circumstances etc.

Stage three - conservation

There is a good variety of conservation projects taking place throughout the year. Volunteers will be asked to take part in current conservation initiatives including:

Mammal, bird, amphibian and insect research and behavioural studies, includes: fruit bats and lemurs
Collect information on wildlife habitats
Study flora as well as monitoring endangered plant species
Collect data from the local lobster fishery
Maintain and develop reforestation projects including planting and looking after young trees
Community lessons in environmental studies and sustainability
English language lessons
Alternative livelihood initiatives.

An average working week for volunteers in Madagascar

Work for five or six days per week, roughly from eight in the morning to five in the afternoon with a 30 minute break for lunch.

Groups consist of between two to five volunteers for each of the stages mentioned above i.e. community, building and conservation. This will be in addition to the local participants and other volunteers in Madagascar. Total group size will be no more than 24 participants.

What’s included?

Information document and support before you leave for Madagascar
Tips, advice and travel recommendations
Airport pick up and transfer from Fort Dauphin
Campsite accommodation
Induction and orientation meeting, including cultural advice
Local language lesson
Training plan
On-site support and advice network
UK support via phone and email
All main meals included
Round the clock emergency back up.

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2019: 2 Jul, 1 Oct

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Responsible tourism: Volunteering abroad in Madagascar


Through this project volunteers will be contributing to the preservation and enhancement of the local bio-diverse environment. Volunteers will work alongside the local building team and charity staff to complete locally requested community construction projects. Local sourced materials and techniques will are used to ensure that any buildings fits into the cultural landscape.

The charity works in various project locations ensuring to support all the local environments and communities. The project works to ensure that health needs are met working hard on projects to evaluate the need and prioritise the building of new toilets; thus having a direct impact on the sanitation of the environment.

Together with the local government the team are helping to provide the community with access to clean water through new wells, which is vital for the local community.

The project has also worked hard and over the last few years reforested 80 hectares of barren land and established tree nurseries in the local, rural environment. They have also set up schemes in rural schools working alongside teachers, parents and students to create school gardens and tree nurseries in an agricultural development programme.

The project also teaches practical skills in the local schools focused on the importance of hygiene, conservation and environmental issues within the local community. The project's long term community based conservation initiatives integrate poverty reduction schemes, sustainable conservation efforts and scientific research.


The project is committed to creating sustainable projects that enhance the provisions for the community. Building new schools which are beneficial to the local community is one of the ways the charity does this; this increases the children's accessibility to their vital education.

The community also benefits from sanitation projects building toilets and working to increase the access to clean water through building new wells.

The project is committed to creating sustainable projects that enhance the provisions for the community. Building new schools which are beneficial to the local community is one of the ways the charity does this; this increases the children's accessibility to their vital education.

Volunteers are encouraged to buy from the local shops and markets and practice fair bargaining. Volunteers help local businesses by buying souvenirs from a local women's social initiative and pay for their washing to be done in the local village.

Volunteers follow our responsible volunteering code of conduct.

Education schemes are also run with the local community in the schools to work to educate individuals on both agricultural development and environment protection, as well as the importance of hygiene.

The project also runs poverty reductions schemes to benefit the local community such as running educational conservation clubs for the local children and empowering local women by teaching embroidery, English lessons and business skills.

1 Reviews of Volunteering abroad in Madagascar

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2017 by

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

Getting to work up close to the animals

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

Be open minded and prepared to work hard.

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

Supported conservation.

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

It was a very good experience

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