Trip Details

Madagascar is an incredible island that offers an impressive array of biodiversity. On this program you will get involves in the conservation of many endemic species of plants and animals. There aren’t many better places in the world to experience such a precious and unique ecosystem.
Through this program, you will take part in different conservation activities that will allow you to use your own initiative, creativity and research time to make a difference to this stunning country.
Participants will be involved in a range of important work to maintain and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Nosy Be’s. This will be achieved through working with local communities to assist on a variety of beach and wildlife conservation and rehabilitation programs across the area. The beaches of Nosy Be have rubbish on them, and the seas are polluted.  Modern day ways of living are having a global impact on the survival of numerous species. Through the forest and wildlife conservation program you can use your skills and own ideas to really make a difference.
You will also contribute to conservation awareness by participating in awareness drives in local schools, kindergartens, and communities, helping to educate the local community on how to rescue and protect their amazing environment.

Aims & Objectives
To regenerate a mangrove forest through environmental education and replanting of mangroves and to deal with its sustainable management through ecotourism and bee farming.

Trip Itinerary

No two days will be the same on this project, but your day will begin with cleaning of the local beach. After the beach cleaning, we head out on a tree planting drive into the tropical forest where many trees have been culled to make way for rice cultivation. During this time you’ll have many opportunities to learn about this amazing forest and its ecosystem. You’ll also take part in data collection of flora and fauna, as well as providing safe resting zones and living spaces for the native Lemurs.
The daily activities of the program will be planned by the coordinator on-site as per requirements and needs of the participants and local needs at the time.
It is important that you have a good level of English, as well as creative skills, a cheerful disposition, a friendly and polite way with local villages and the ability to work as a team member who cooperates with the coordinators, locals and other participants.
When coming on this project, you’ll be working out in nature and in a tropical climate. Don’t forget to bring hiking shoes, insect repellent and a hat.

Monday to Friday
After meeting with ESPACE ZENY’s team and getting a brief introduction on history and taboos, your main tasks throughout the week will be:

  • Working on the mangrove regeneration program.
  • Setting up seedbed.
  • Drawing sketch about mangrove forest conservation.
  • Leading mangrove-oriented environmental education for surrounding children.

Working on mangrove sustainable exploitation program.
All activities are supported by the local staff who are on hand to assist you with the training you may need.

Daily activities will be planned by our coordinator on-site as per requirements and needs

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

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

Hiking Shoes
Insect Repellent
Hat
Under 18's Parental Consent

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