Orientation Week

The best way to become familiarized with customs, surroundings, atmosphere and more of this rich and colourful country. You will dive into the local culture and learn the Malagasy language. Discover the charm of the city, visit colourful markets, explore the city and taste exotic and cosmopolitan cuisines. Walk around the foot of Mont Passot and hike to its peak, tour in Hell - Ville and much more.

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Program Description

Nosy Be introduction week gives you an original experience of the Malagasy lifestyle in Nosy Be. Your week will be filled with trips to various cultural and natural hotspots in Nosy Be.

Program Duration & Availability

Min duration (weeks):1

Max duration (weeks):1

Aims & Objectives

The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Malagasy society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings, helping you feel right at home in this warm and friendly community.

Schedule

Monday

You will have an introduction to our staff in Madagascar- Exposure to our Code of Conduct, House Rules, Liability Waiver and Evaluation Forms. Also, you will get to know about Madagascar and Nosy Be, the country and its culture. After having lunch you will walk around the foot Mont Passot and hike to its peak for sunset.

Tuesday

After breakfast, you will walk from AMBATOZAVAVY to MARODOKA across NOSY BE’s rural areas. You will enjoy a picnic lunch and join a local dance and have pastry class afterward. In the evening join the Malagasy language lessons and learn some basics to make you feel comfortable to communicate with the locals.

Wednesday

On Wednesday morning, you will visit a place where a banyan tree grows. It’s where people from NOSY BE and even the mainland make sacrifices to the ancestors to ask for blessings. When their “prayers” are answered, they come back to this Sacred Tree to wrap it with red and white linen.

In the afternoon, you will walk through Hell-Ville. Visiting the marketplace, discovering the old part of the town where the King lives, enjoying the colonial architecture of the houses at Court de Hell.

Thursday

In the morning, join a painting class with a local traditional painter who will guide you. After lunch, you will continue your language lessons through the afternoon.

Friday

On Friday morning, you will join Ampasipohy by car and by pirogue after. Once there, you will walk to the LOKOBE Community Forest’s entrance spotting lemur species, birds and reptiles in a lowland rainforest.

After lunch, you will go either to fish with a local fisherman or to the field. As for the former, you will discover the local way of fishing. For the latter, you will work in vanilla, pepper or pineapple fields.

 

Location

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

Standard Room

All meals included

Yes *

Free beverages

Yes **

Persons per room

4 -6

Wifi in public areas

No

Laundry facilities

Yes ***

Safety box

No

Lockable rooms

Yes

Hot shower

No

Private bathroom

No

Bed linen

Yes

Towels

No

Air conditioning

No

Fan

Yes

Mosquito protection

Yes

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

Food Arrangements

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.

Facilities

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.

Schedule

  • 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
  • Lunch
  • 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.

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