Volunteering in Madagascar with Projects Abroad
Located off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is known for its unique and extraordinary wildlife (including lemurs and chameleons), lush rainforest and extensive coastline. Tourism and agriculture are both major sources of growth, however, at least 69% of the diverse population live below the national poverty line.
Volunteers can have a hugely positive impact by helping to improve literacy levels as teachers, caring for children and contributing to their educational development in care centres, or by preserving one of the most exceptional ecosystems in the world on our Conservation programme.
Whether you are on a gap year, career break, or looking for a meaningful experience during a holiday period, volunteering with Projects Abroad gives you the chance to live and work alongside the hospitable and friendly people of Madagascar and discover this amazing island.
Where you will live in Madagascar with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is based in the town of Andasibe, which has a population of 12,000 people. The town is located four hours east of the capital, Antananarivo, and is close to three conservation areas. Our volunteer projects are all located in Andasibe. When you arrive in Madagascar, you will fly into Ivato airport near the country’s capital city of Antanarivo and travel to Andasibe.
During your time in Madagascar, you will live with a local host family or at a guesthouse. This is a fantastic opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and you will find yourself learning a great deal about the local culture. You could even pick up some of the local languages, such as Malagasy and French, while volunteering on a Care or Teaching placement, and practice your new skills with locals around you!
Volunteer Travel and Tourism in Madagascar
As a volunteer living and working in Madagascar, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore the unique landscape around you, both at the weekends or after finishing your placement. Living in Madagascar, you will be able to view thousands of plant and animal species that are found nowhere else in the world, as well as discover the island’s fascinating culture and history.
If you choose to travel at the weekends you could relax on one of island’s beautiful beaches, visit Tsingy de Bemaraha (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) or learn more about Madagascar at the well-known Museum of the Gendarmerie.
Projects available in Madagascar
Volunteer on a Care placement in Madagascar and work with children from impoverished backgrounds. These placements are understaffed and have limited resources, so they are in need of volunteers.
This is a unique chance to work on a Conservation project in Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, which split from India nearly 90 million years ago.
Live in Madagascar and volunteer on a Teaching placement where you can help support, improve literacy levels and give children the skills and education they need to build a sustainable future.
Short-term specials for 16 to 19 year olds available in Madagascar
Help run a summer camp for school children in a disadvantaged community and take part in much-needed community renovation work.
Contribute to important ongoing biodiversity and environmental impact studies in the Madagascan rainforest.
Take part in hands-on environmental activities at a local national park as well as community work which will benefit the local people.