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What to expect in Madagascar

As the world’s fourth largest island Madagascar’s cultural richness differs from one ethnic group to another, with 18 ethnic groups forming the Malagasy population. 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.

Where do we operate programs in Madagascar

What type of programs can you do in Madagascar

VOLUNTEER ABROAD IN MADAGASCAR

The World Endeavors Volunteer in Madagascar program is located on the northwest island of Nosy Be

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Our Madagascar Programs

Shown below are all of our program options for this country. If you can’t find a suitable program then please use the main program finder to continue your search.

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Madagascar

Nosy Be Culture Week Volunteer in Madagascar

Start your program in Madagascar with a week full of adventures - sightseeing, classes to learn more about the culture and local traditions, and meeting new friends from all over the world!

Nosy Be Culture Week Volunteer in Madagascar

Start your program in Madagascar with a week full of adventures – sightseeing, classes to learn more about the culture and local traditions, and meeting new friends from all over the world!

CULTURE WEEK SCHEDULE
– Monday: Orientation, meet the team and get to know your fellow volunteers, then hike to the summit of Nosy Be’s highest point, Mont Passot, for stunning sunset views
– Tuesday: Walking tour of Nosy Be’s lovely rural landscapes from Ambatozavary to the old village of Marodoka for a picnic, local dance class and pastry class, and Malagasy language lessons
– Wednesday: Visit the sacred banyan tree where locals and mainlanders make offerings and ask for blessings, walk through Hell-Vil

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Madagascar

Teaching Volunteer Project in Madagascar

Most people in Madagascar can't afford to travel, and in villages like Tsararano Ambony there is little chance of contact with the outside world. You, as a foreign teacher, enable the students to form a relationship with someone from a different background and culture.

Teaching Volunteer Project in Madagascar

Most people in Madagascar can’t afford to travel, and in villages like Tsararano Ambony there is little chance of contact with the outside world. You, as a foreign teacher, enable the students to form a relationship with someone from a different background and culture. On the other hand, the local teachers can also learn new and up to date teaching methods and techniques from you. You will mainly assist the regular school teachers in the school and therefore even without a formal teaching background you can participate in this project.

You will teach children from different age groups with different learning capacities. You are free to use your own teaching materials and methods in teaching.

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Madagascar

Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Madagascar

The Construction and Renovation project at Nosy Be supports small communities in and around the island. It aims to build and renovate school buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the children along with the local community.

Construction and Renovation Volunteer in Madagascar

The Construction and Renovation project at Nosy Be supports small communities in and around the island. It aims to build and renovate school buildings that are essential for the growth and development of the children along with the local community. You will work under a local coordinator who will provide you guidance and training to work alongside the local families and other participants. The project involves hard physical and manual labor since you will be laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, waterproofing, laying tiles, landscaping/gardening, as well as, improving the community’s hygiene and sanitation facilities.

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Madagascar

Kindergarten Teaching Volunteer in Madagascar

The kids at the kindergarten are right at the start of their school careers and the chance to start learning English at such an early age will prove invaluable for them further on. Like in kindergartens throughout the world, the teaching is informal as the children will want to play with you more than be taught.

Kindergarten Teaching Volunteer in Madagascar

The kids at the kindergarten are right at the start of their school careers and the chance to start learning English at such an early age will prove invaluable for them further on. Like in kindergartens throughout the world, the teaching is informal as the children will want to play with you more than be taught. However, just by getting them enthused about coming to school, giving them some very basic English phrases such as simple greetings, you may as well have sown the seeds of a lifelong learning habit. The children will all be excited to see you and welcome you exceptionally, partly due to the natural and genuine friendliness of the people of these villages but also due to the fact that

Every World Endeavors Program Includes

Our international programs are intentionally curated to be comprehensive, and include all that you need to succeed and stay safe abroad.

YOUR PROGRAM

  • Customized to match your interests and goals
  • Year-round program availability and start dates
  • Flexible durations

ACCOMMODATION

  • Variety of options depending on program type – host family, shared apartment/house, student residence
  • Vetted and hand-selected with quality and safety in mind

TEAM OF EXPERTS

  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator

PEACE OF MIND

  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance

PREPARATION AND SUPPORT

  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support

RE-ENTRY AND CAREER INTEGRATION

  • Re-entry handbook and support
  • Assistance with resume updates
  • World Endeavors Alumni Network

HEALTH & SAFETY

When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.

WHAT TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME IN MADAGASCAR

In your spare time in Madagascar, there are plenty of enjoyable activities and experiences to pursue. Here are some suggestions:

  • Explore Nature & Wildlife: Visit national parks like Andasibe-Mantadia, Isalo, or Ranomafana to witness lemurs, chameleons, and other endemic species in their natural habitats.
  • Experience Local Culture: Engage with the friendly Malagasy people, visit local markets, and attend traditional dance performances to immerse yourself in Madagascar’s rich heritage.
  • Snorkel Along Coral Reefs: Madagascar’s coastal regions offer excellent opportunities for snorkeling or diving to explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life.
  • Try Malagasy Cuisine: Sample traditional Malagasy dishes like romazava (beef stew), ravitoto (cassava leaves with meat), and zebu steak, along with tropical fruits like lychee and mango.

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Madagascar FAQs

Is Madagascar Part of Africa?

Yes, Madagascar is an island off the coast of East Africa. It is considered part of the African continent because it is located in the Indian Ocean, part of the African tectonic plate.

What are People from Madagascar Called?

Malagasy and Madagascan have emerged in literature as English terms to refer to the people and the culture of Madagascar.

What is the Official Language of Madagascar?

The official languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French. Malagasy is spoken by most of the population, while French is the language of government, education, and business.

What Does it Look Like in Madagascar?

Madagascar is an island nation off the east coast of Africa and home to various flora and fauna. The landscape is diverse, ranging from rainforests to deserts, with multiple mountain ranges and stunning coastal beaches. The country is known for its unique wildlife, including lemurs, chameleons, and various endemic species of plants and birds, making it one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

What is the Climate Like in Madagascar?

Madagascar has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a warm, wet season from November to April and a cooler, dry season from May to October. Most of the country experiences hot temperatures year-round, with some areas of the highlands experiencing cooler temperatures.

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