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.
For the purposes of this volunteer project, you will mainly be put to work on the island of Nosy Komba off the North-West coast of Madagascar. Nosy Komba is a gorgeous volcanic island, far off the beaten track of mass tourism, which has no paved roads and can only be navigated by dirt tracks. The island of Nosy Be, lying immediately to the North, is home to the Lokobe National Park, which also falls within the remit of the project’s research and activities. The highpoint of your visit will be a 10-day eco-journey by boat, through Madagascar’s secluded islands and other destinations. This trip will give you the opportunity to get to know the country’s culture and wildlife in all of its aspects. You will discover magnificent tropical islands; you will have the chance to swim or snorkel from idyllic beaches and bays; you will be able to unwind in the midst of spellbinding landscapes.
You don’t need any special qualifications or expertise to participate in our conservation project in Madagascar. You should be at least 18 years of age, be sufficiently fit to cope with long hikes or dives and of course be interested in environmental and wildlife protection. To participate in our marine conservation project you must possess an internationally recognised diving certificate for open water. If you don’t have this, it is possible to complete a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving course on location in advance of starting the project. We are offering the Open water diving course for free. The student will only need to pay his PADI certificate fee which is (about 60 USD) and will need to bring along the required PADI Open Water manual and the specified diving equipment on our list.
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. Our volunteer programmes in Madagascar combine work, training, and wildlife experiences. In the course of our professionally run projects in conservation and wildlife protection, you will gain practical experience and skills in conservation, whilst simultaneously finding your way to some of the country’s most beautiful locations. 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. With its extraordinary biodiversity, the island is a unique natural environment and is the habitat of countless plants and animals. These plants and animals are monitored by various conservation programmes, which study variations in their development, population size and health. 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.
Core tasks of your voluntarywork in the forest conservation project:
The voluntary work in this project focuses on the conservation of the marine ecosystems on and around the coasts of the island of Nosy Komba. With impressive coral reefs and fantastic underwater worlds, this island is home to countless sea creatures. 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. A diving certificate is required for participation in this project. Volunteers participating on the marine conservation project must have an Open Water Dive Certification as well as a Advanced Open Water Dive Certification. If you are applying for the marine conservation project in Madagascar, please specify whether you require any dive training. PADI diving courses can be completed with us in Madagascar at a Diving School.
Core tasks of your voluntary work in the project:
This boat journey will definitely be a highpoint of your time in Madagascar. 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. The stops on the eco-journey are: Ankify, Nosy Mamoko Island, Russian Bay, Nosy Iranja, Ankazoberavina Marine Reserve, Baramahamay River, Nosy Antsoha and Nosy Tanikely. And what’s more you will have lots of time to enjoy Madagascar’s wild and colourful natural environment, to go swimming or snorkelling and to get to know lots of new people. A real adventure – Go NATUCATE.
Core Tasks of your voluntary work in the island hopping eco-journey:
The project’s start dates are the first and third Monday of every month and you can book a visit of 4, 6 or 10 weeks. You will also be able to extend your visit on a week-by-week basis at any time. To allow us to plan your journey as well as possible, you should get in touch with us at least one or two months before you intend to arrive.
Your accommodation is located on the island of Nosy Komba of the North-West 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.
Everybody interested in volunteering abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.
Alongside your voluntary work you will have plenty of time for your own activities and you can explore your home-island of Nosy Komba for yourself. And 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. The 10-day journey by catamaran is by no means a leisure activity, but there is no denying that it is a project that will take you to fantastic destinations along the magnificent islands of Madagascar, so you will get to the most beautiful sides of Madagascar.