Volunteering Madagascar! Go Volunteer Africa, the leading and largest volunteer travel organization welcomes you to Madagascar. Previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa across the Mozambique Channel.
Go Volunteer Africa’s volunteering Madagascar program gives you an opportunity to play an important role in development of Madagascar by working alongside the local team committed to the development this beautiful island country.
Volunteering Madagascar is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need in a way not possible when just travelling through a country as a regular tourist. By joining our Madagascar volunteer work, you are able to completely immerse yourself and learn about a new country and culture, and experiencing a completely a different adventure.
VOLUNTEERING MADAGASCAR PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
- Coach sports and games
- Enjoy Isalo National Park
- Explore the Andasibe-Mantadia
- Visit the Masoala National Park
- Visit the gorgeous little Nosy Be
- Explore the Tsingy de Bemaraha
- Visit the Ranomafana National Park
- Explore the Zahamena National Park
- Work with childcare & medical projects
- Work with our arts and culture projects
- Work with women empowerment projects
- Visit the beautiful Ifaty & Mangily villages
- Get involved in our environment conservation project
- Visit the Nosy Mangabe is a real must for any wildlife lovers
- Visit the numerous historic and geological sites of the region
As a volunteer in Madagascar, you can join a conservation project to make a real difference in the effort to preserve the unique fauna of Madagascar. Volunteers are based on islands off the north west coast of Madagascar, including Nosy Komba, Nosy Be, Ampohana Beach and more. Looking for a meaningful adventure? Join our volunteer programs and immerse yourself in the Malagasy culture while contributing to our impactful projects.
MAGASCAR FAST FACTS
Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, at 592,800 square kilometers (228,900 sq mi) Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country, after Indonesia. The nation consists of the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world) and numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is endemic.
In the Malagasy language, the island of Madagascar is called Madagasikara and its people are referred to as Malagasy. The island’s appellation “Madagascar” is not of local origin but rather was popularized in the Middle Ages by Europeans. The name Madageiscar was first recorded in the memoirs of 13th-century Venetian explorer Marco Polo as a corrupted transliteration of the name Mogadishu, the Somali port with which Marco Polo had confused the island.
WHY VOLUNTEER IN MADAGASCAR
Just the very mention of the name Madagascar evokes images of the exotic and the tropical. A land of colossal, bulbous baobab trees from centuries gone by, of bug-eyed lemurs and of swinging indri indris, it’s got all the elegance of a onetime French colony; all the wildernesses of East Africa; all the warmth and sparkling sands of the Indian Ocean; all the traditions of a place disconnected and alone and steeped in tribal histories.
The huge island – the fourth biggest in the world, in fact – is a magnet for a whole host of different travelers. Beach lovers can flock to the shining shores of the west coast to snorkel with rays and spot whales. Adventurers can take to the jungle paths, or rattle in the cages of 4X4s to far-flung rainforests in the hills. History buffs can see UNESCO spots that showcase the regal past of the native islanders. Yep, there really is something for everyone in this jewel of the south!
Madagascar belongs to the group of least developed countries, according to the United Nations. Malagasy and French are both official languages of the state. The majority of the population adheres to Christianity, traditional beliefs, or an amalgamation of the two. Ecotourism and agriculture, paired with greater investments in education, health, and private enterprise, are key elements of Madagascar’s development strategy.
MADAGASCAR VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
There are currently no openings for volunteering in Madagascar. New volunteer projects will be announced here when available. We are not accepting volunteers at the moment for this destination and it’s not available as choice in our volunteer application form.
If you have any questions about volunteering in Madagascar, simply Make an inquiry here and we will guide! If you are running, know or involved with a meaningful development project in Madagascar that needs volunteers’ support, then Go Volunteer Africa is here to help them, visit our host volunteers page.