- What is the accommodation like?
Your accommodation at Nosy Komba Island on the northern west coast of Madagascar will be your home during the project. You will share a bungalow with up to eight other participants. The bungalows are quite modern and offer enough space for all of you.
- Is it possible to get placed with a partner or friend?
It is possible to get placed with your friend, but it always depends on the current booking occupancy. Let us know if you want to get placed with a partner before applying.
- How is the food provided?
During the project you will be provided with three balanced meals a day. The food will be prepared by a local cook. You will be able to purchase additional snacks and beverages at the cafeteria.
- Is it possible to receive vegetarian meals?
Yes, the cafeteria has a wide variety of food and allows you to realize a balanced vegetarian diet. A vegan or gluten free diet is not as easily to fulfill. Please inform us about your diet beforehand.
- How are work time and free time divided?
There will be a fixed working schedule that can be influenced by weather conditions from time to time. Training session will be hold for three hours between 09:00 – 17:00. The rest of the time will be used for research content. When working on the forest conservation division you will work from 06:30 – 10:00 (sometimes until 13.00). Your working schedule for the marine conservation is 06:30 until 16:30. The afternoons and weekends are off and leave you some time to rest.
- How can I spend my free time?
During your spare time you can discover the spectacular nature, go for a swim or take a boat to Nosy Be Island. You can also visit Hellville and enjoy some food from local restaurants.
- Do I have a contact person on site?
On site you will be working with a team of volunteers and project leaders. The supervisors will be responsible for you and may help you with your problems.
- What kind of cost do I have to expect during the project? Can I withdraw cash on site and do I have to pay in local currency?
In general you don’t need a lot of money during the project. You might spend money for additional snacks, beverages or free time activities, as well as extra transfers outside of the project or cost for certain diving lessons. You can exchange and withdraw money easily at the airport. There are ATMs in the bigger cities. Inform yourself about the current exchange rate before leaving your country.
- How can I contact family and friends at home?
There will be good reception all over the island but no internet access. You might want to think about getting a local prepaid card to make phone calls. You can also share an internet dongle with other volunteers to connect to the internet, visit internet cafés in the area or visit Hellville.
- What’s the weather like?
The weather is quite unpredictable. Due to the central high plateau every region has different weather conditions. In general the weather is tropical and most of the time warm with high temperatures and a lot of humidity. The further you go towards the high plateau the milder the weather gets. The eastern Madagascar is warm and tropical all year around with high amounts of rainfall. The South gets very small amount of rain. The North has high temperatures all year around.
- Do I have to expect any risks?
Some poisonous or dangerous animals like spiders, scorpions, frogs or other insects live in Madagascar. You don’t have to be scared but you should always pay attention to your surroundings and listen to the security instructions.