Is this program very safe?

Posted by Rachael Burke 7 years 2 months ago

Hi! My name is Rachael and I've been looking into the IVHQ program for Madagascar. I just wanted to know if the area where I would be volunteering for the forest conservation is safe. I wanted to know before I made any hasty decisions. I also wanted to know how sanitary everything is around where we are staying as well. Thank you to whoever answers these questions.


For forest conservation you will be trekking through the jungle but it is very safe if you just watch our step over rocks and roots. There is only one dangerous animal on the island and it is the hognose snake, I saw two and both times they fled. The camp is very clean, there are toilets and cold showers, the food is all prepared in the kitchen and no one seemed to have had any issues. Do expect to feel a little off for a short adjustement period in your first week as diet might be different to what you are used to. The only issue I heard of was people getting typhoid from having wounds on their feet and walking in the water of nosy be port at low tide, but as long as you tend immediately to cuts and scrapes and avoid the port water you are set for a great time.