Trip Details

Come along and explore the beautiful island nation of Madagascar, while helping the local community through construction and renovation projects. Work alongside the local people to build, renovate and improve their public buildings, parks, schools and libraries which will improve the quality of life for everybody living there.
A perfect project for creative types, put your imagination to good use and help to find constructive ways to use local resources, and create a more beautiful, and functional, living landscape for the local village.
The Construction and Renovation project on Nosy Be works to support small communities around the island in building and renovating those buildings that are essential for the development and growth of the local communities. We work to improve the living conditions for local families and to support the community by increasing the overall quality of life.
During your time on this project, you will work with a local coordinator, who will provide you with all the training and guidance you need. In addition, you will work alongside other volunteers and members of the local community. An incredible experience to learn first-hand about the culture and make life-long friends.

Aims & Objectives
To renovate, build, and beautify the schools to create an aesthetic institution which will add value to the quality of education of the children. To nurture your latent talent towards creative usage of local resources in providing a better landscape for the local community.

Trip Itinerary

You will begin this project by meeting with the coordinator and discussing what is required during your stay at the project.  There is a focus on light construction work and you will be expected to help paint the school buildings, make tables & chairs, construct and renovate the playground, make pathways, build toilets, repair the school wall and help build the new classrooms. Construction and renovation work is available in more places when required in the local area. You need to be flexible and understand that your work on arrival will reflect the current needs of the local area.
The project involves hard physical and manual labor, as you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, water proofing, laying tiles, landscaping/gardening, as well as, improving community hygiene & sanitation facilities.
The specific day-to-day schedule will depend primarily on your placement location and the needs as well as operating hours of that particular project. Once you have met with the project coordinator, you will work together to create your schedule.

To participate in this program, it’s important to have creative skills, be an active person who is capable of physical labor, have a cheerful disposition, be friendly and polite with local villagers, have clear plans and be able to organize the daily program with our coordinators.
It’s crucial that you are a positive team member who can be cooperative with local coordinators and other participants!

Trip Accommodation

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

In our centre, 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.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 4 -6
  • Mosquito protection

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.

Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends

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.

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.

Please note that in Madagascar, the cyclone season is from January until April

Trip Country Info

Madagascar

Population: 25,054,000
Capital: Antànanarivo
Language: Malagasy (official) and 17 dialects apart from the official Malagasy language and French.
Currency: Ariary (Ar or MGA)
Time zone: UTC +3:00

Because of its isolation from the major continents, Madagascar is considered as a jewel in biodiversity terms, an exotic country with a high concentration of endemic species. Madagascar’s flagship species are 100% endemic with 101 lemur species. Of 285 bird species recorded 105 are unique to the country. Three fourths of Madagascar’s 860 orchid species are endemic to the island and 6 of the world’s 8 baobab species are found nowhere else in the world. But, human presence constantly threatens these wonders. Over 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic and cannot be seen wild anywhere else on earth.

Madagascar’s cultural richness differs from one ethnic group to another. And, 18 ethnic groups form the Malagasy population whose culture is based on the respect of the ancestors and the unity of the living.

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. It is one of the richest countries for biodiversity, but economically one of the poorest nations. 75.3% of Malagasy live under the poverty line, and the gap between the rich and poor is widening day by day. Despite dire poverty, Malagasy society remains open-hearted to everyone who takes time to discover and enjoy its natural and cultural heritage. This land of smiles and contrasts is ready to take you on your next adventure whether helping out in local communities or just exploring. This island located at the crossroads of the African and Asian worlds will surely amaze your senses. Madagascar will certainly shift the way you see the world.

Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth, this is due to the isolation of the country.  In Madagascar the locals are kind and friendly, you will receive a warm welcome, despite the country not being one of wealth, the people are proud, and are proud of what they have.

If you want to move it move it in Madagascar get involved in one of our volunteering projects here.  You will be spending your gap year in a destination that offers a kind of hospitality from the Malagasy that you would get nowhere else.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Under 18's Parental Consent
Criminal Background Check

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa