Location
  • Madagascar
    • Nosy Komba
Length
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Language
English
Timeframe
Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Lodge
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
500
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $500 for 1 week - this includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Meals
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance Visa
May 03, 2023
Nov 08, 2023
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About Program

Trusted by 125,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Madagascar and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 5 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Madagascar.

Our affordable projects start from $41/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-12 weeks. Choose from 6 projects, ranging from Marine Conservation, Turtle Conservation, Forest Conservation, Teaching and Community Development Nosy Komba, Nosy Be, Ampoagna Beach and more. Plus, you’ll stay with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $41/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-12 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Madagascar volunteering with IVHQ

Love scuba diving and being in the ocean? Madagascar is home to some of the most stunning coastal areas and marine ecosystems in the world, however they are at risk due to the effects of humans and climate change. This is an opportunity to help with local conservation efforts - tasks include reef surveying, turtle monitoring, beach cleans and reef regeneration. You'll take part in four scuba dives per week as part of this program.

Madagascar volunteering with IVHQ

As a Community Development Volunteer, you help with ongoing construction-related projects to uplift local economies and communities. You’ll volunteer on projects in small village schools, where our Teaching volunteers work. You can help with a range of general maintenance and building, including on ablution blocks, painting, small construction tasks and repairs.

Volunteering in Madagascar with IVHQ

As a Forest Conservation volunteer, you’ll help with research projects that are used to study and monitor the diversity and population of different animal species on Nosy Komba. The research enables the identification of changes in forest dynamics, populations, habitat health, and potential localized threats, all of which is invaluable in contributing to the protection of the highly threatened Sambirano forests found in Northwest Madagascar.

Volunteer in Madagascar with IVHQ

As a Teaching volunteer in Madagascar, you’ll teach English to children and adults in small village schools on the islands of Nosy Be or Nosy Komba, or to staff members at the Oceanographic Research Institute on Nosy Be.

Volunteer in Madagascar with IVHQ

As a Turtle Conservation volunteer, you'll play a pivotal role in helping preserve native turtle populations. You’ll spend your time split between Turtle Cove base camp on Nosy Komba island, and the mainland village of Ampoagna, where a safe turtle nesting zone has been identified. Volunteering with turtles is not only a great way to help the animals, it’s also a unique opportunity to get up close to some of the world’s most-loved creatures.

Program Reviews

4.79 Rating
based on 34 reviews
  • 5 rating 88.24%
  • 4 rating 8.82%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 2.94%
  • Impact 4.65
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.7
  • Value 4.6
  • Safety 4.6
Showing 1 - 8 of 34 reviews
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Harry
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unreal Experience

Whatever your reason for going you’ll end up having the best time of your life and crave more and more the moment you’re home. I’m already planning my next trip, volunteering is a good way to meet people and provides a lot of structure that can sometimes not be easy when travelling on your own.

Doing something worthwhile is so fulfilling and you’ll find different aspects of life you haven’t encountered before.

It can all only serve to make you a better person with more skills and more people that you know around the world. Can’t ask for much more than that

Pros
  • Culture
  • Friends
  • Adventure
28 people found this review helpful.
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Toni
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Enlightening experience

Eye opening experience at the most beautiful destination. The wide range of offerings in locations and programme types allows one to find its place to be. The fast communication between the local team and IVHQ made it very easy to onboard. The experience was fantastic! The colleagues I found there constitued a very diverse group of indiviuduals with very different backgrounds. Nevertheless, all the community memebers try to make all newcomers be engaged and feel safe and at home. That includes the local staf, which brings you closer to the traditions and culture of the country of destination.

Pros
  • Beautiful
  • Fulfilling
Cons
  • Expensive
38 people found this review helpful.
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Meilyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Madagascar

This was a unique experience, as we were a young group of college students going to volunteer and we had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. But we were so fortunate to experience this volunteer program. The people we worked with were amazing with communication. They knew what they were doing and it made the trip unforgettable. At the local village we volunteered with, the people were so welcoming to us as a group and they made us feel like family. It was something I could never be more thankful for.

Pros
  • The people
  • The food
  • Location
Cons
  • None
42 people found this review helpful.
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Kasia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ-affordable and reliable!

IVHQ is a great volunteer program! This was my first time volunteering with any program and I’m glad I chose them. They are affordable compared to others, and they prepare you very well before your trip. All of the thousands of questions I had I was able to find & they provide thorough detail of what to expect with every program, and it was exactly how it was said! I had no idea what to expect when going to Madagascar and doing this program, but I know it exceeded any expectations by 1000x! It was truly incredible and I hope to do another volunteer trip with IVHQ again in the future :)

Pros
  • Experiencing new culture
  • Meeting new people
  • Great communication
Cons
  • Extra fees
  • no con
  • no con
42 people found this review helpful.
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Kira
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!!!

I have 0 complaints about my time with IVHQ! I went to Madagascar and volunteered with their teaching program. From start to finish, the experience was incredible and that is largely due to all of the staff who work so hard to make the process so smooth. As soon as I registered/was accepted into the program communications started coming in from Jen, the program manager about what to expect and what I needed to do in order to ensure I had a smooth experience. She ensured that I had accommodations upon my arrival, that my vaccines were in order, and sent me all the necessary information I would need prior to arriving in Madagascar.

Once I was at camp she communicated to see how things were going (missed that email though since I didn’t really use my phone all that much) and if there was anything that I needed.

When I arrived at the camp, everyone there was so kind and friendly. I cannot say enough good things about each and every one of them. Camp was so clean and well-maintained. The entire week the staff made sure that we knew they were there should we have any questions!

The teaching portion of the experience as life-changing. IVHQ really made sure we were truly immersed into the culture and into the classrooms during our time there! Each day we knew where we were going to be teaching and which class we would teach. They also reviewed what we would be teaching with us.

Overall I would recommend this experience with IVHQ to ANYONE. It is unreal and totally life-changing.

41 people found this review helpful.
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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The experience of a lifetime

If you are looking for a volunteering experience overseas and are interested in engaging in conservation efforts that help restore our sacred marine ecosystems, Madagascar is the perfect place for you. I spent the most amazing six weeks of my life on a beautiful island off the north west coast of Madagascar, participating in the marine conservation program. I loved everything about the project, especially the fact that I felt like I was doing something meaningful reinforced with a very academic and scientific approach. We did tons of sea grass surveys in order to protect an otherwise overlooked but nonetheless extremely important habitat, we participated in beach cleans to collect waste and we used the plastic to make Ecobricks that helped the development of the local community. We had daily rounds of turtle watch which consisted in observing and analyzing the turtle activity on our MPA (Marine Protected Area) and my favorite part of it all was of course getting to dive in our beautiful reef almost everyday of the week, studying and learning the species and being able to survey them.

Apart from the immense gratification that I got from volunteering, I now have very close friends that live all over the world and with whom I share memories that will last forever. Honestly, one of the best things about this whole experience was getting to know so many people from different backgrounds, getting to form this diverse family in such a short period of time and sharing every laugh and every single moment with them. Madagascar was much more than a journey for me, it was the experience of a lifetime.

108 people found this review helpful.
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Sophie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Marine Conservation in Madagascar

If you are looking for a volunteering experience overseas and are interested in engaging in conservation efforts that help restore our sacred marine ecosystems, Madagascar is the perfect place for you. I spent the most amazing six weeks of my life on a beautiful island off the north west coast of Madagascar, participating in the marine conservation program. I loved everything about the project, especially the fact that I felt like I was doing something meaningful reinforced with a very academic and scientific approach. We did tons of sea grass surveys in order to protect an otherwise overlooked but nonetheless extremely important habitat, we participated in beach cleans to collect waste and we used the plastic to make Ecobricks used for the development of the local community, we had daily rounds of turtle watch which consisted in observing and analyzing the turtle activity on our MPA (Marine Protected Area) and my favorite part of it all was of course getting to dive in our beautiful reef almost everyday of the week, studying and learning the species and being able to survey them.
Apart from the immense gratification that I got from volunteering, I now have very close friends that live all over the world and with whom I share memories that will last forever. Honestly, one of the best things about this whole experience was getting to know so many people from different backgrounds, getting to form this diverse family in such a short period of time and sharing every laugh and every single moment with them. Madagascar was much more than a journey for me, it was the experience of a lifetime.

100 people found this review helpful.
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Hannah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Travel with IVHQ

This was my first experience volunteering through IVHQ and I have nothing but amazing things to say about my entire experience. I received constant support from the IVHQ staff throughout planning the trip, during my trip and when I came returned.

The trip and experience itself was incredible, the staff on site were supportive, encouraging, and overall, amazing. I learned so much in just two weeks, and was able to make lasting memories ad friendships with the staff, other volunteers, and community.

Overall I would highly recommend going on a trip through IVHQ, it was an incredible experience and I plan on scheduling another volunteer trip with them again!

What was your funniest moment?
In the Sea Turtle Conservation Program we complete multiple beach clean ups almost every day and the garbage is the cleaned and organized into hard and soft plastics. Once this is completed we save the garbage so that is isn't burned or left in the environment and then we complete an activity called "Ecobricks". This activity consists of washing all of the plastics, drying each piece and then tightly stuffing the plastic into used water bottles which then are used for support in buildings that the organization builds around camp.

On one of my last days we were working on ecobricks and we had laid a tarp down to prevent the plastics from getting dusty and we used some random shoes to keep the tarp down. one of the volunteers didn't realize that these shoes were actually someone and she ended up cutting up a different volunteers shoe by accident.

We hysterically laughed, and the one shoe that was destroyed now hangs up on a wall to remind everyone of the story.
103 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

No! Every year we place thousands of volunteers abroad and around 15 percent of these volunteers are aged 30 years and older. While the opportunity to volunteer abroad is popular among young travelers, an increasing number of senior travelers are choosing to volunteer with IVHQ each year, delivering a great deal of value to the communities in which we work. Jordan McFadyen IVHQ Community Manager

The weather in December was generally pretty good. Generally in the high 80s for the temperature and varying clouds and sun. It is the transition period into the rainy season though, so towards the end of the December expect a bit more rain especially at night.