Nosy Be, Madagascar

Volunteer in Nosy Be | Community

Discover, teach, and learn on the edge of paradise.

Our hub in Madagascar is located on Nosy Be, an island with striking natural splendour and precious ecological significance. While exploring tropical seas and unique forests found nowhere else on earth, you will work to assist local communities expand responsible ecotourism operations and achieve their sustainable conservation and economic goals. 

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Learn from the world’s most unique and significant cultures, in breathtaking remote locations.

Nosy Be volunteer projects

Overview

We work with a number of communities surrounding our location to increase their English language literacy, a skill that can assist them with furthering their personal goals. Our team partners with primary school teachers, conservationists and nature guides as well as other adults looking to increase their professional skills.

Madagascar is home to a great diversity of distinct communities. However, most citizens of Madagascar identify as ‘Malagasy’, a population known to be related to communities in Africa and Asia. The most widely spoken language in the country is also known as ‘Malagasy’ and has many different dialects. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the Sakalava dialect of Malagasy, the main community of people on the island of Nosy Be. You could also stand a chance to learn a little about key aspects of Sakalava culture.

Due to the influence of French colonialism, French is also widely spoken in Madagascar and on the island of Nosy Be. It’s important to acknowledge the many ways in which Madagascar and the island of Nosy Be were impacted by colonialism, the Euro-American enslavement and trafficking of people mostly from the African continent and the other forms of forced labour. These persisted for many centuries and the impact must not be underestimated as it influences the country and the island to this day.

Our base is situated just at the edge of Lokobe National Park, a rainforest habitat sheltering endangered species, including three species of lemur. Part of our work here involves supporting the English language literacy of park rangers. During this work, you’ll be able to see some of what Lokobe has to offer, but you’re also welcome to visit the park during your free time to see if you can spot some of the tiniest animals of their species, including primates, frogs and chameleons, that make their home here.

You can also take the opportunity to see the rest that the island has to offer. Stroll along the long stretches of white-sanded beaches, snorkel, dive or surf in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or hike up to the summit of an ancient volcano where you’ll be able to see the scenic Mozambique Channel in all its glory. If you have more time on your hands, take a trip to some of the many smaller islands nearby or visit the mainland for additional cultural experiences and adventures in nature.

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New and Exclusive: GVI Experiences

A locally curated selection of extra activities are now included across our programs.

Learn to cook Malagasy cuisine

Handcraft your own canoes

Forage for local medicinal plants

Visit the island of the lemurs

Snorkel in a marine wonderland

Gaze and wonder at the southern constellations

Watch the sunset at Banyan tree

Sleepover on a remote volcanic archipelago