Volunteer Holidays Comoros is a unique opportunity arranged by Go Volunteer Africa to explore the lesser visited islands of the Indian Ocean. Comoros is a delightful set of tropical islands which define the very essence of off the beaten track – with very few other tourists.
Our our Comoros guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages are the best way to get the best out of these islands. Go Volunteer Africa offers volunteer holidays, Comoros tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips.
The Comoros is a volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, in the warm Indian Ocean waters of the Mozambique Channel. The nation state’s largest island, Grande Comore (Ngazidja) is ringed by beaches and old lava from active Mt. Karthala volcano. Around the port and medina in the capital, Moroni, are carved doors and a white colonnaded mosque, the Ancienne Mosquée du Vendredi, recalling the islands’ Arab heritage.
The Comoros islands, their name meaning “moon” in Arabic, are a little known chain of tropical islands in the Indian Ocean. From their pristine beaches and active volcanoes. Small cruise tours are the best way to see the islands, as ferries and flights are inconsistent. Despite the incredible beauty and ecology, there is a need for volunteers like you to lend a hand in areas such as community development, conservation, teaching, and much more beyond the beaches and resorts.
If you want to drop off the face of the Earth for a bit or if you want outrageous locals to pass the time with then book your placement now with our volunteer holidays Comoros. Those who make it here will tell you it lives up to the paradise hype: banana and palm trees, ylang-ylang, and the scent of cloves on the air.
As a volunteer with Go Volunteer Africa in the Comoros Islands, you’ll help youth on education, health and social services projects and conservation. Lending a hand and expertise to local entrepreneurs can help them build a sustainable income and provide for their families.
Teaching English, sports, and life skills to children can ensure that they have a bright future ahead. Studying coral reefs and the marine life that inhabits them can make a difference in oceanic conservation for years to come – there’s no shortage of amazing projects that you can be a part of while also enjoying your time in the sun and the sand.
Combining a Comoros island vacation with volunteering Comoros opportunity is the perfect way to travel with meaning and experience life beyond the resort walls. As a volunteer in Comoros on our volunteer holidays Comoros projects, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and volunteer alongside local people, while supporting important community and conservation projects, including Teaching English, Marine Conservation, Construction and Renovation, and Turtle Conservation.
EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
The Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is an island country in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique, the French region of Mayotte, and northwestern Madagascar. The capital and largest city in Comoros is Moroni. The religion of the majority of the population is Sunni Islam.
At 1,660 km2 (640 sq mi), excluding the contested island of Mayotte, the Comoros is the fourth-smallest African nation by area. The population, excluding Mayotte, is estimated at 795, 601. As a nation formed at a crossroads of different civilizations, the archipelago is noted for its diverse culture and history. The archipelago was first inhabited by Bantu speakers who came from East Africa, supplemented by Arab and Austronesian immigration.
The sovereign state is an archipelago consisting of three major islands and numerous smaller islands, all in the volcanic Comoro Islands. The major islands are commonly known by their French names: northwestern-most Grande Comore (Ngazidja), Mohéli (Mwali), and Anjouan (Nzwani). In addition, the country has a claim on a fourth major island, southeastern-most Mayotte (Maore), though Mayotte voted against independence from France in 1974, has never been administered by an independent Comoros government, and continues to be administered by France (currently as an overseas department). France has vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that would affirm Comorian sovereignty over the island. In addition, Mayotte became an overseas department and a region of France in 2011 following a referendum passed overwhelmingly.
The volcanic islands of the Comorian archipelago have been called the “perfumed islands” for their fragrant plant life and are known for their great scenic beauty. The four main islands of the archipelago—“four small effervescent stones, wedged between the nearby large red island [Madagascar] and the Mozambican coast,” in the words of the Comorian writer Sitti Saïd Youssouf—combine African, Arabic, Malagasy, and French influences and were once important in the significant Indian Ocean trade between East Africa and Asian ports such as India and Japan.
Capital: Moroni (Population: 60,000)
Currency: Comorian franc (KMF) $1 = 450 KMF / £1 = 550KMF (2019)
Population: 850,886 (approx)
Official languages: Comorian, French, Arabic (Swahili)
Area: 2,612 sq km
International Calling Code: +269
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
The little known Indian Ocean islands of the Comoros are well off the tourist trail – and that’s what makes them so special. Our private and group volunteer holidays tours explore all three islands – Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan to give you a real insight into one of the world’s least known nations.
Wander through the old quarter of the capital, Moroni, with its narrow lanes and exquisitely carved wooden doors, and meet a people who rarely come into contact with tourists. Relax on beautiful beaches, explore small villages or search for marine wildlife such as turtles, whales and dolphins. Or, if you fancy something a little more energetic, climb the imposing volcano of Mt Karthala for a spectacular sunrise over this island paradise. And best of all, you’re likely to have it all to yourself.
In addition to volunteer holidays we offer a unique private trip and the opportunity to explore the lesser visited islands of the Indian Ocean. On this tour we avoid the main tourist destinations of the Seychelles and Mauritius and get off the beaten track in Reunion, the Comoros and Mayotte.
Our volunteer projects are located at the Grande Comore island which is the largest and loftiest island. It rises near its southern end in an active volcano, Mount Karthala, which, at 7,746 feet (2,361 metres), is the country’s highest point. Karthala has erupted more than a dozen times in the past two centuries. The capital, Moroni, lies in the shadow of the volcano along the island’s west coast; the town of Mitsamiouli lies on the north coast. North of Mount Karthala is a wide plateau averaging 2,000 feet (600 metres) in elevation. The surface is generally rocky and the soils shallow. There are no perennial streams, and the coast, without large inlets, is ill suited for shipping.
We also run a few projects at the Mohéli island which is the smallest island of the group. Composed largely of a plateau that averages about 1,000 feet (300 metres) in elevation, the island ends in the west in a ridge reaching more than 2,600 feet (790 metres) above sea level. The valleys are generally fertile, and the hillsides are covered with thick forests. A strong sea swell hampers shipping. Mohéli’s chief towns are Fomboni on the northern coast and Nioumachoua in the southwest.
Anjouan is a triangular island rising centrally in a volcanic massif (Mount Ntingui) that reaches an elevation of about 5,200 feet (1,580 metres). Although the soil cover is good, much erosion has occurred, and many areas are no longer arable. There are no good natural harbours. Moutsamoudou, on the northwest coast, is the chief town; its port facilities were modernized in the mid-1980s.
Southeast of Anjouan lies Mayotte, the oldest of the four islands. It is claimed by Comoros (a claim recognized by the United Nations General Assembly), but its status is unsettled, and it continues to be administered by France.
VOLUNTEERING IN COMOROS QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 4 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Grande Comore & Mohéli islands
- Accommodation available at the beautiful guesthouses overlooking the ocean
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
We provide local, guided, safe, insured, comfortable, and amazing Island holidays in the Comoros Islands. From voyaging up volcanoes, to marine tours in Moheli and original Comoros Safaris. Travel to the archipelago and see lemurs, tribes and traditions, lost kingdoms, and ancient culture. This is real and exhilarating island Africa, and its most remote beaches and beautiful alien landscapes. Come see it all safely and affordably with volunteer holidays Comoros.
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VOLUNTEER TOURISTS REQUIREMENTS
Participants need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless visiting with a parent or guardian. All participants are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful beaches, wildlife and culture. There is a lot to see and do in Comoros.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
COMOROS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport in Moroni. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Comoros will meet you on arrival and take you to the guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. This airport services numerous international carriers. Comoros has good connections to destinations throughout Europe and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN COMOROS
Participants in our programs and tours in Comoros are provided accommodation in a nice well organized guesthouses managed by the local coordinating team on the islands of Grand Comore and Mohéli. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday. Life at the accommodation facility is simple, unsophisticated and fun, perfect for unwinding from a busy day!
The accommodation is neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteer tourists on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The facility has western style toilet and shower facilities are shared between 4 or 10 people.
The accommodation is very close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 - 30 minutes from the accommodation. Its equipped with a lounge, TV, Kitchen, hand washing facilities and spare electricity sockets.
The accommodation has a private beach and organize lots of activities during the day, so you can do things like go diving, snorkeling, swim with humpback whales (in season), go on a hike, see the Livingstone’s fruit bats, and wake up early to see sea turtles laying their eggs.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Flights: Flights are not included in our program costs. However, GVA has partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteer travelers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travelers.
Visas: All visitors to Comoros, must have a visa. Nationals of any country can obtain a visa on arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.