Volunteering in Madagascar is exciting, unique and a cultural adventure. For those interested in conservation and protecting the environment, we have an exciting mangrove project to get involved in. You will assist in important work, maintaining and preserving the islands precious wildlife and natural heritage, through conservation of mangrove trees.
Espace Zeny is a cultural and ecotourism reserve, around a 10 minute drive from Hell-Ville. Bordered by mangrove forest, the centre has a space that trains young people from rural communities in Nosy Be and from the mainland, about how to farm organically. As a volunteer you will also learn about the mangrove forest, how it can be used and also what is threatening it.
You will also be designing an environmental teaching manual for local children, before assisting on the community environmental education outreach project. This highlights the importance of the mangroves and explains to the local people how they can keep them sustainable in the future.
There’s also work on planting mangrove forest seedbeds. Young plants are first used to reforest an example site, to make a living classroom for the children to learn first-hand. Your efforts on this project will have a lasting effect on local communities.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
To help in regenerating the mangrove forest, through replanting of mangroves and educating the community on environmental conservation issues. To assist with sustainable farming and other projects on ecotourism and bee farming.
Monday to Friday
After a welcome meeting with the team at Espace Zeny, you will have a brief introduction on local history, customs and what you’ll be working on each week. Your weekly tasks will be:
- Assisting on the mangrove regeneration project.
- Planting mangrove seedbeds.
- Drawing a sketch about mangrove forest conservation.
- Educate local children on the mangrove environmental project.
- Working alongside locals on the sustainable mangrove program.
Local staff will assist with all activities and will be free to help at any time, with any questions you may have, plus any training you may require.
Daily activities will be set by our local coordinator on-site as per the requirements and needs at the time.
Nosy Be (meaning ‘big island’) is an absolutely stunning island off the north-west coast and is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist destination. The population is estimated around 73,010 and the island has an area space of 320.02 square kilometres.
On Nosy Be island you will find volcanic lakes, lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and beautiful coral reefs. There is just so much to explore on this amazing island! In May, you can experience the 4 day Donia Music Festival. Situated on the Indian Ocean, on Nosy-Be island you can relax on the best white sand beaches, take a boat trip through the jungle, go trekking to see lemurs or snorkel alongside turtles and manta rays in the clear waters.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You will stay at our volunteer house, where there is a dining room and lounge area to socialise with fellow volunteers. There is also a beautiful garden to relax in during time off. A balcony and large roof terrace are also available for you to chill out in.
There is a kitchen and refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store any food and drinks you require.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4 -6|
|Wifi in public areas||No|
|Laundry facilities||Yes ***|
* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
*** At an additional fee
Your meals will be a mix of Western and Malagasy food, usually consisting of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish around twice a week. There are kitchen facilities for you to cook your own meals or you can eat out at any of the local restaurants nearby.
There is an ATM and a supermarket around 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk, from the volunteer house.
Mandatory Orientation Day
During your first Monday, you’ll join our orientation day. This is to get familiarised with the local surroundings and to learn about local culture and customs. Your project will continue as usual from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.
- Welcome meeting, introduction to Madagascar and local co-ordinators, general/ house rules, Dos and Don’ts, Code of Conduct, plus handling of documents
- Introduction to local areas, useful information on prices for taxis ,tuk-tuks, etc
- Visit Ambatoloaka to buy SIM cards and visit the market
- Malagasy Language Class
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
The sun shines year-round here, with Nosy Be being a beach and sea lovers paradise, hosting incredible snorkelling and diving. Nosy Be is packed with activities to get up to during your free, the most popular is checking out the paradise beaches. Here are just a few of the stunning beaches you can visit:
- Palm Beach
- Andilana Beach
- Ambatoloaka Beach
- Andilana Beach
Wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts will certainly be at home in Nosy Be too. See if you can spot the diurnal and nocturnal native lemur species, count the unique bird species, see reptiles or indigenous plants, whilst trekking through the lush jungle. There are also scuba diving & snorkelling tours and inland boat trips.