Volunteer in Madagascar
- Location: Andasibe
- Accommodation: Host families, guesthouses
- Local languages: Malagasy, French
Madagascar is an island nation filled with worthwhile opportunities for volunteers looking to give back and help others. Whether you are volunteering as part of a gap year, career break, or vacation, traveling with Projects Abroad is a great way to experience a unique culture firsthand and make a difference in communities abroad.
Located off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is known for its extraordinary wildlife (including lemurs and chameleons), lush rainforest, and extensive coastline. Although tourism and agriculture are both major sources of growth, at least 69% of the population lives below the national poverty line.
Volunteer assistance is vital in Madagascar and you could find yourself helping to improve literacy levels in schools as a teacher, caring for children and contributing to their educational development in care centers, or helping preserve one of the most exceptional ecosystems in the world on our Conservation program.
Where You Will Live in Madagascar with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is based in the town of Andasibe, which has a population of 12,000 people. The town is located four hours east of the capital, Antananarivo, and is close to three conservation areas. Our volunteer projects are all located in Andasibe. When you arrive in Madagascar, you will fly into Ivato airport near the country’s capital city of Antanarivo and travel to Andasibe.
During your time in Madagascar, you will live with a local host family or at a guesthouse. This is a fantastic opportunity for cross-cultural exchange and you will find yourself learning a great deal about the local culture. You could even pick up some of the local languages, such as Malagasy and French, while volunteering on a Care or Teaching placement, and practice your new skills with locals around you!
Travel and Sightseeing Opportunities in Madagascar
Did you know? Lemurs are only found on Madagascar, and are sacred to many. They also have a role in local folk tales—they are thought of as protectors.
As a volunteer living and working in Madagascar, you will have plenty of chances to explore the stunning landscape around you, both on the weekends or after finishing your placement. Living in Madagascar, you will be able to view thousands of plant and animal species that are found nowhere else in the world, as well as discover the island’s fascinating culture and history.
If you choose to travel on the weekends you could relax on one of island’s beautiful beaches, visit Tsingy de Bemaraha (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or learn more about Madagascar at the well-known Museum of the Gendarmerie.