Volunteer in Madagascar
Volunteering in Madagascar is not to be overlooked. Those who chose to volunteer on this island are in for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience. You will get to know the locals, reconnect with Mother Nature all while making a difference in people’s lives. Once you know a bit more about the lay of the land you will understand why this place is so magical - but, it’s not until you visit that you find what the real magic is.
As we said earlier, Madagascar is dynamic in many aspects, one of which is its ever-changing terrain. In the north resides the highest peak of Maromokotro, in the west, miles and miles of grassy planes, in the south, deserts and forests abound, and in the east, stunning lakes. The capital city is Antananarivo, and although it’s not the country’s largest city, it’s the center of economic happenings. It’s an understatement when we say there is a lot of exploring to do.
The climate in Madagascar is starkly divided into two parts. From May until October the temperature is cool and dry. This is the best time to travel here. The other half, from November until April, is the hot season riddled with typhoons and heavy rainfalls. This is a unique and beautiful time to be on the island, however if you do not like rain be wary of traveling here during this time.
Madagascar is rich in culture. About 90 percent of the Malagasy population consists of aboriginal groups. There are about 20 ethnic sub-groups who all contribute their own traditions, histories and stories to the Malagasy culture as a whole. The two national languages are Malagasy and French. Malagasy originates from Indonesia and actually contains English-letter characters. The French language became nationalized when the French government colonized the island. Today it is widely spoken amongst the highly educated.
In terms of volunteering, there are many program providers who offer opportunities in Madagascar. Due to the island’s rich ecology and ocean life the majority of volunteer projects are related to the environment: think wildlife conservation and sustainable development. Other opportunities are in healthcare and teaching, specifically teaching English. The city in which you reside will depend on the type of work you want to do. Typically placements are in cities like Nosy Be, For Dauphin and Andavadoaka. No prior knowledge or career path is required - only the will to do good for the world and a curious and adventurous sense of travel! read more close
It was interesting to be a volunteer in Madagascar. I think this experience was full of change and pleasure. My project was Wildlife Research and Conservation and when I arrived at the camp, everyone said hello to me with big smile and enthusiasm. It made me feel like home; like we were family.