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Volunteer in Madagascar

Go off the beaten track with International Volunteer HQ’s Madagascar volunteer abroad program. Choose from a wide range of trusted Madagascar volunteer projects, including Marine Conservation, Turtle Conservation, Forest Conservation, Teaching and Community Development. Volunteers are based on islands off the north west coast of Madagascar, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Be, Ampohana Beach and more. With affordable Program Fees and top rated volunteer projects trusted by over 140,000 travelers, IVHQ is the best volunteer organization in Madagascar.

Highlights:
  • 6 meaningful project options available year-round
  • Program Fees from $500 for 1 week
  • Includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in dormitory-style beach huts and rustic camps

  • Projects based on the islands of Nosy Komba, Nosy Be, Ampohana Beach and surrounding islands

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Key information

Fully hosted experience from $500
Volunteer from 1 - 12 weeks
Ages 18+ and families
Based on islands off Madagascar
Projects align with UN Sustainable Development Goals
Impact driven projects run by locals
B Corporation certified organization
Encounter breathtaking wildlife

Volunteer opportunities in Madagascar

Supports community development

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $500

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based at schools and in communities
  • Volunteers aged 18+, or 16+ accompanied

Help with building and renovation tasks in village schools and surrounding communities. Assist with construction, repairs, maintenance and painting - whatever is required to help projects through to completion.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $500

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based on Nosy Komba
  • Volunteers aged 18+ or 16+ accompanied

Help to conduct valuable research in wild forests, monitoring animal populations and activity and collating data to guide conservation efforts.

Supports community development

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Set Program Fee of $590

  • Set duration of 7 days
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Madagascar
  • Volunteers aged 18+ or 16+ accompanied

A specially designed 7-day tour aboard a 50ft boat, visiting a range of islands and helping with conservation, teaching and community-based volunteer projects.

Conserves the environment

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $2100

  • Duration: 4 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based in Madagascar
  • Volunteers aged 18+, or 16+ accompanied

Use and learn new scuba diving skills to help strengthen local coral reefs and marine life. Assist with research and data collection, help to clean up local beaches and educate locals about conservation efforts.

Increases access to education

3-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $500

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based on Nosy Komba
  • Volunteers aged 18+, or 16+ accompanied

Help to provide in-demand English language classes to children and adults, as well as researchers in a local scientific institute.

Protects animals

4-5 hours volunteering per day

Program Fees from $500

  • Duration: 1 - 12 weeks
  • Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
  • Based around the island of Nosy Be
  • Volunteers aged 18+, or 16+ accompanied

Help with seasonal tasks designed to help to boost local turtle numbers around Madagascar. Assist with nesting, research and education programs, get your hands dirty and make a difference in helping some of the world’s most-loved creatures.

What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Maren Stroup
26 Mar 2024

I gained so much from this program. I would totally recommend to anyone willing to push themselves out of their comfort zone. The Malagasy culture is beautiful and the people are so welcoming and lovely. I made many great friends I still keep in touch with today and want to go back for a longer time.

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Emma Halliday
08 Aug 2023

The teaching program in Nosy Be and Nosy Komba was the most rewarding three weeks. I gained friends for life, both the other volunteers and camp staff, as well as the locals and students who I taught during my time there. Everyone was so kind and happy. It has taught me a lot about the Malagasy culture and way of life, along with things about myself and what I'd like to be doing in the future. My advice to other volunteers would be to absolutely go and enjoy every minute! It is a beautiful part of the world, with an incredible community. The classes are relaxed, and there is enough time to plan lessons during the week. The students are so eager to learn and will ask you any questions they have. There is a teaching book that keeps a record of what the students have learned previously so you have a good understanding of what to revise with them and then what to teach. Be creative with your lessons and take the time to understand where the students need more practice/what works well for them. You will love it!

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Kasia Gasior
18 Jul 2023

One month was too short and I wish I could've stayed for MUCH longer! I hope and plan to return for a longer period one day :)

Ampang has my heart! I went into this program having zero idea what to expect, I just always knew I wanted to teach English in Madagascar. The whole experience exceeded any expectations by 1000x. The staff is awesome, I've made so many close friends there and I loved learning the language and about the culture. Teaching there has made a huge impact on me and I am forever grateful for the experience and opportunity.

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Thomas Sirrell
06 Jul 2023

Everybody I met was amazing and so welcoming to me. I loved talking to people from all over the world and was probably the best part about the experience. The biggest impact the program had on me was discovering what a new culture is like in person. Madagascar was nothing like I’ve ever seen before and has really humbled me about my views of cultures from across the world. It was a step out of comfort zones, but it is insanely worth it!!

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Lucy Morison
21 Jun 2023

Words can not describe how amazing and unforgettable this trip was, I met so many amazing people, learnt the Malagasy language, enjoyed their fast and joyful music taste, tried out lots of different new foods in restaurants and fell in love with the beautiful scenery. My favourite moments involved the incredible wildlife that we got the privilege to see, including lemurs, frogs, chameleons, many species of birds, snakes, turtles, and other sea life. These trips make me feel so fortunate and grateful for what I have and continue to motivate me to want to help and care for the world we live in.

I saw my confidence and independence grow as a person and love the person that I am becoming. I think that volunteering with organisations like IVHQ is an amazing opportunity to travel in a safe environment where you are never truly alone. You will not regret taking that first step and when you do you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!

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