Volunteer Abroad Madagascar: Nosy Be Nature Conservation
The voluntary work in our conservation projects in Madagascar provides an amazing opportunity to experience one of the most unique ecosystems on our planet. Taking part in varied research and conservation projects, you will gain deep insights into the life and culture of Madagascar. As part of a team of professional researchers and conservationists, you will work on and around the islands of Nosy Komba and Nosy Be to protect the region’s forests and ocean. In the midst of breathtaking landscapes you will learn all about the work of environmental conservation. A captivating adventure which will make your visit to Madagascar an unforgettable experience.
- Live and work in a true island paradise
- Be part of an international volunteer team
- Help protect Madagascar’s unique nature
- Discover magnificent tropical islands on a boat trip along the Madagascan coast
- Experience the diverse flora and fauna of the island state
Volunteering in Madagascar
As a volunteer on our project in Madagascar you have the chance to become active in nature and wildlife conservation and, at the same time, experience the fascinating animal and plant life of the island state.
Arrival and orientation in Madagascar
As there is no airport on the island of Nosy Komba, you will land on the island of Nosy Be. From there you will be picked up by a small ship and brought to Nosy Komba. Various airlines run regular flights to the airport on Nosy Be, so you can arrive from airports in Europe and the rest of the world without any problem. We are standing by to help you plan your journey to Madagascar (and back), so please get in touch if you would like our help.
Volunteer activities during the conservation project
Depending on the length of your visit, you will spend your remaining time working with a forest conservation project on the islands of Nosy Komba and Nosy Be and, if you are visiting for 10+ weeks, you will also work on a marine conservation project around the coast of Nosy Komba. Your trip will include a 10-day eco-project by catamaran through Madagascar’s innumerable islands.
The work of this research and conservation project mainly takes place on the island of Nosy Komba. It is devoted to the protection of the indigenous forests and their wildlife.
During your time as a volunteer you will take on different roles within these projects. You will learn from professional conservationists how fieldwork is carried out; how wildlife and plant life is identified; and how data is collected and analysed. The voluntary work in the marine conservation project focuses on the conservation of the marine ecosystems on and around the coasts of the island of Nosy Komba. As a volunteer you will work together with oceanographers and other conservationists and you will see firsthand how research projects at sea are planned and carried out. You will gain insight into the world of coral reefs and you will learn different methods for identifying species, monitoring coral reefs and collecting and analysing data.
On this 10-day tour, you and other volunteers with travel on a catamaran along the countless tropical islands of Madagascar’s coasts, discovering remote locations and fantastic landscapes. En route, you will raise awareness of conservation work among the communities you visit, and learn all about Madagascan life and culture firsthand from the locals. You will meander through the islands in the course of the project whilst investigating the development and condition of the indigenous forests and seas.
Accommodation as a volunteer in Madagascar
Your accommodation is located on the island of Nosy Komba off the northwest coast of Madagascar. The project’s research station is also based on this island. You will live in shared accommodation in a bungalow together with other volunteers from around the world. Rooms sleep six to eight people. The house is equipped with all modern conveniences and is very spacious. You must bring your own bed linen. There are three meals a day, prepared by a cook using the local ingredients of the area. You can also buy extra snacks and drinks from the canteen, which is centrally located.
Leisure time during the volunteer project
You will have plenty of time for your own activities and you can explore your home island of Nosy Komba for yourself. There is a regular ferry service to transport you to the island of Nosy Be. You will find restaurants and cafés in the city of Hell-Ville. The island has a public transport network, so you can easily get into the city and to other destinations.
FAQ – Learn more about this trip
Lara spent four unforgettable weeks on North Island and dedicated herself to protecting endangered sea turtles and their habitats. Take a look at some wonderful images:
Gunter took part in our Tracking as well as in our Wildlife Photography course in South Africa. Here you can find some fascinating impressions of his unforgettable time in the midst of wild nature:
“To me, the overall island feeling was beyond words and with it the “isolation from the outside”, animals and nature were unique.”
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1. Nosy Komba
Nosy Komba is a volcanic island, located between Nosy Be and Madagascar's northwest coast, whose almost untouched natural beauty can be experienced at first hand during your time as a volunteer.
Nosy Komba is a habitat for countless plants and animals. This incredible biodiversity makes Nosy Komba a unique natural paradise. Furthermore, the impressive coral reefs and fantastic underwater world off the island’s coast are home to an abundance of fascinating marine animals. During your time as a conservation volunteer, you will immerse yourself in the natural jewel off Africa's southeast coast and get the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to species conservation in this special region of the world.
Purpose of the marine conservation project
With its extraordinary biodiversity, Madagascar’s island of Nosy Komba is a unique natural environment and is the habitat of countless plants and animals. Moreover, the island’s impressive coral reefs and fantastic underwater worlds are home to countless fascinating sea creatures. With the help of dedicated volunteers these plants and animals are monitored by various conservation programmes which study variations in their development, population size and health.
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