In this exciting program participants will be involved in important work to maintain and preserve Madagascar’s wildlife heritage through mangrove conservation. ESPACE ZENY is a cultural and ecotourism site just a 10 minutes drive from HELL-VILLE and 20 minutes walk thereafter. This site is bordered by a mangrove forest and consists of a center dedicated to train youth – from rural communities in Nosy Be and from the mainland – about professional organic farming. As a conservation participant, you will first learn about the mangrove forest in Nosy Be, its richness, uses and threats. You will first work on designing an environmental teaching manual for children. After this you can begin our community environmental education outreach program, helping to highlight the importance of the mangroves and its sustainability to the local communities and schools.
You will work on a mangrove forest seedbeds. Young plants will firstly be used to reforest a showcase site and living classroom for local children.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
To regenerate a mangrove forest through environmental education and replanting of mangroves and to deal with its sustainable management through ecotourism and bee farming.
Monday to Friday
After meeting with ESPACE ZENY’s team and getting a brief introduction on history and taboos, your main tasks throughout the week will be:
- Working on the mangrove regeneration program.
- Setting up seedbed.
- Drawing sketch about mangrove forest conservation.
- Leading mangrove-oriented environmental education for surrounding children.
- Working on mangrove sustainable exploitation program.
All activities are supported by the local staff who are on hand to assist you with the training you may need.
Daily activities will be planned by our coordinator on-site as per requirements and needs.
Nosy is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist destination. It has an area of 320.02 square kilometers and its population was estimated at 73,010. Nosy Be means “big island” in the Malagasy language. The island was called Assada during the early colonial era of the 17th century.
Here you’ll find volcanic lakes, lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and breathtaking coral reefs that are practically begging to be explored. In May, come to experience the four-day Donia Music Festival. Perfectly located on the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia, Nosy-Be evokes feelings of discovery and adventure, the rich and endemic biodiversity will have begging for more. There are many spots that are perfect for ones who seek a golden opportunity to swim among turtles, stingrays or manta rays.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
In our center, there is a dining room, a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants and a beautiful garden to relax. A balcony and large roof terrace is also available for you to spend some quality time.
Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.
Available Room Types
All meals included
Persons per room
Wifi in public areas
* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
*** At an additional fee
The meals are a mix of Western and Malagasy food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice a week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants at your own expense.
ATM – The closest ATM to the Center is about 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk from the accommodation.
Supermarket – The closest local supermarket is around 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk from the accommodation.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
- Welcome, introduction to Madagascar and the team, House rules, Dos and Don’ts, Code of Conduct and handling of documents
- Introduction about the neighborhood and prices for taxi ,tuk-tuk etc.
- Visit Ambatloka to get SIM Cards and visit market area
- Malagasy Language lesson
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
You can get sundrenched all year-round, and Nosy Be is paradise for aqua activities. Nosy Be offers you a variety of activities which you can engaged in your free time. The golden beaches are the highlights of Nosy be where you can swim, snorkel or even if you want to just sit back and enjoy the sunshine. Some of the beaches are namely,
- Palm Beach
- Andilana Beach
- Ambatoloaka Beach
- Andilana Beach
Nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers certainly find happiness around Nosy Be. Diurnal and nocturnal endemic lemur species, unique bird species, reptiles or indigenous plants and animals can be spotted among these breathtaking landscapes during your Nosy-Be weekend getaways.