Madagascar: Island of Diversity (Summer Abroad)
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Madagascar: Island of Diversity (Summer Abroad)

Madagascar: the eighth continent. Stunningly diverse and colossal in size, more than 80% of the plant and animal species in Madagascar are not found anywhere else in the world. The Malagasy people are similarly unique. Over the past 2,000 years, immigrants have paddled dugout canoes across the Indian Ocean and floated rafts across the Mozambique Channel, blending the influences of Southeast Asia and Africa into a distinct Malagasy identity. Over the course of the summer, this summer program for 15-17 year olds will uncover the diverse narratives of the Malagasy people, as well as the diverse species that inhabit this incredible island.

We offer comprehensive, personal home visits so that we can answer your questions in person. One of our expert staff members will present on our program options and share stories from their own formative Where There Be Dragons program. To request a home visit in less than 2 minutes, fill out this form.

  • Take a first-hand look at Madagascar's stunning biological and cultural diversity, focusing on local conservation efforts in parks and coastal areas.
  • Examine how the political situation has affected local development and meet with local conservation and community organizations.
  • Spend six days in a home-stay in a coastal fishing community and five days with a family in a Merina community on the central plateau.
  • Learn to speak basic Malagasy through frequent language lessons and practice your French at any level through immersion and supplementary lessons.
  • Walk through Madagascar's unique landscapes on a 3-4 day trek in Isalo National Park, spend 2 days hiking in Ranomafana National Park, and enjoy day and night hikes in other parts of the country.
Program Type
1-3 Months
Host Family
Age Min.
Starting Price
Price Details
The land cost for Madagascar: Island of Diversity is $7,250 for 6 weeks. Flight costs are estimated at $2,180. Need-based scholarships are available.

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Program Reviews

based on 3 reviews
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  • Fun 10
  • Value 10
  • Safety 10
  • Growth 10
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Finding Where The Dragons Are In Madagascar

Take a moment and ask yourself how many people do you know that have been to Madagascar, let alone can even find it on a map? Your answer is probably close to zero and that’s what makes this course so special. Unlike many of the countries other courses visit, Madagascar is unique because not many people go there. This uniqueness is what made me decide to do this course and it’s a choice I will never regret. On my trip I learned so much about myself through the interactions I had with the Malagasy people. Whether it was trekking through rain forests or rock forests (no joke on my course we actually went through a forest completely made up of rocks), sleeping in a bug bet in the middle of a canyon packed National Park or sleeping in a small bed in a mud brick house with a homestay family, I learned who I really was by interacting with each person I met. On this course there is no shortage of personality forming experiences which is why you shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity and consider Madagascar as a place to call home for a few weeks this year!

How can this program be improved?

More language lessons. The language is beautiful and relatively easy to learn which is why I wish we had more lessons.

Yes, I recommend
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My Dragons Experience with Madagascar: Island of Diversity

My dragons experience was incredible!! Truly! I wouldn't give up my trip for anything, the values I learned and my overall experience means a lot to me. I went to Madagascar when I was sixteen years old in the year 2016, and it was the first time I had ever been to Africa. I grew up so much over my trip and learned a lot about leadership and gratitude, not to mention how much fun we all had. Although I was nervous at first, the nerves soon melted away as I became closer to my new family on the dragons trip. We traveled to multiple national parks where we woke up with the Lemurs and saw them leaping through the trees. We stayed in home stay family where we all bonded with the culture in Madagascar and all got to explore the community life. I recommend this course greatly to those who are looking to explore the island of diversity and learn about the place and about yourself. It was a blast!!

How can this program be improved?

This program could be improved by traveling in a more timely manner, not rushing to get to destinations. That is my only critique.

Yes, I recommend
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The Best Time of my Life

The Madagascar program through Where There Be Dragons was the most transformative and amazing experience EVER!! I am a huge animal and nature fan and that is the reason that I chose Madagascar. Nearly 80% of the species on Madagascar live nowhere else in the world which provides for once in a lifetime wildlife viewing experiences, and they truly are extraordinary experiences. However, the part of the trip that changed me the most was the homestays. They are absolutely the most impactful part of the trip. The people of Madagascar are the happiest, friendliest, and most welcoming people I have ever met. We did 1 week long homestays and within hours it feels as if you have been living there forever. When we did our homestay in Mangily within 30 minutes I was already playing games with my family and their friends. If you care about the environment, human rights, want to learn more about the Malagasy culture, or just go somewhere none of your friends have been (or will likely ever go) the Island of Diversity is the ideal choice for all of those.

How can this program be improved?

Longer so we can go more places throughout all of Madagascar.

Yes, I recommend

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