Spend a week familiarising yourself with this lush, exotic country. Full of rich customs, culture, and breathtaking surroundings, you will spend this week getting to know the beauty of Madagascar through market tours, island day trips and hiking through spectacular tropical forests.
The perfect way to arrive into Madagascar before beginning any further projects, this program is designed to introduce you to the country and local customs as well as providing some lessons on planning sessions in your next project.
During this introduction week, you will learn all about the culture, history, language and traditions of a new and exotic country. You’ll taste the local delicacies and visit archaeological remains, Indian burial grounds, and hidden villages. Your inner explorer will be well and truly sated with visits to mountain peaks, sacred trees, and volcanic craters.
You will have the opportunity to learn more about the rich Malagasy culture through culture and language lessons, and outings to see the traditional dance, dress, and traditions of the local villagers. Nature lovers will get the experience of a lifetime, spotting chameleons, crocodiles, and 200-year-old giant banyan trees, all the while exploring through forests, mountains, and mangroves.
Introduction to the country of Madagascar and a Culture Presentation. Exposure to the code of conduct, house rules, liability waiver, evaluation forms and other important administration.
Tour of Hell Ville, where you will experience local culture, food, and exciting local markets to explore.
Visit Nosy Sakatia Island, a beautiful and relaxing island which is only 10 minutes by boat from Nosy Be where you will explore soft, sandy beaches and enchanting waters.
After lunch you will be introduced to our different programs and objectives, you will participate in planning lessons that will help you in teaching and delivering effective sessions.
Today you will explore a few kilometers from Hell-Ville, you will discover the legend of a giant, sacred banyan tree (Ficus Religiosa). That grows down past the mangroves.
This afternoon you will visit Mont Passot, the highest point of Nosy Be. Look out across its peaks toward amazing views of ancient volcanic craters which became spectacular blue lakes. Don’t forget the camera!
For this day we will take a visit to the village of Marodoka Rich. In the morning we will guide you around the village, ending with a tasting of Sakalava cuisine for lunch and dances, traditional hairstyles or makeup. Afterwards, we will visit Lemur Island, Animal and Botanical Reserve
Spend the last day of the introduction week in the second most important after the island of Nosy Be, Nosy Komba is located in the south of Nosy Be. You will have lunch at Nosy Komba. This island paradise has hidden villages and lush and abundant forest, offering a striking contrast to the clear blue ocean. Idyllic and wild land, enjoy exploring amidst lemurs and stunning natural scenery.