Nutritional Education & Community Support

On this volunteer project with IVI, you will actively engage in the development of the local community, helping to bring about positive change. Educate the local women by teaching them income generating activities and working with them to create a better future. You will also visit surrounding villages, teaching trainees/staff at the local centre about cooking and nutrition. While doing this you will also be helping them with their conversational English.

Program Description

You will be volunteering at a local centre that has been set up as a showcase site for the surrounding villages on Nosy Be island. You will help in setting up this site, as well as teaching the local young people and staff from the centre, about cooking, nutrition and hygiene.

You can also get involved in teaching the trainee youths and staff about the English language, increasing their confidence and conversational skills. This can be of great benefit to them as the tourist industry is quite prominent on the island, which can offer jobs for the local people.

Your valued help on this project will also help the lives of the women there, by educating them on income generating activities. This will greatly assist and help them prepare for a better and promising future. You can be sure that your input and help in the community will have a lasting effect on the lives of the Malagasy people, who will be truly welcoming.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

To teach about locals on nutrition and hygiene, whilst helping them with English language skills. To enable the women to gain confidence in creating income generating activities.



After breakfast, you will have an introduction meeting with the Espace Zeny team and get to learn more about the history and cultural norms of the area. You will also visit the training centre to observe the daily activities there. After a 20 minute break you’ll visit the surrounding village, where you will interact and engage with the women, before having lunch at the centre.

Back at the Espace Zeny centre, you will teach trainees and staff about the English language and help them practice their conservation skills. After a 20 minute break, you will educate the women about a income generating activities and assist with any help they require.

Tuesday- Friday

For the rest of the week you will help in setting up the showcase site with the centres team and trainees. Then you will teach nutrition and hygiene to the centres cook before cooking together with her. After lunch in the centre, you will head to Espace Zeny to teach English language skills to women and children from the surrounding villages.

In the afternoon you will teach them about healthy nutrition and hygiene methods. You will also engage and share ideas with the women about how they can create an income from a variety of different activities. This will not only help them with their confidence and skills but will provide a means to help support their family.


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

Standard Room
All meals includedYes *
Free beveragesYes **
Persons per room4 -6
Wifi in public areasNo
Laundry facilitiesYes ***
Safety boxNo
Lockable roomsYes
Hot showerNo
Private bathroomNo
Bed linenYes
Air conditioningNo
Mosquito protectionYes

* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water
*** At an additional fee

Food Arrangements

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
  • Lunch
  • 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.