Humanitarian projects in Madagascar

About the destination

About madagascar

Madagascar, an island country and the world’s fourth largest island, is found off the southeastern coast of Africa. It boasts incredible ecosystems such as rainforests, deciduous forests and more. Madagascar is home to many plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world, such as various species of lemurs, chameleons and baobab trees. In fact, Madagascar is actually nicknamed the “Land of Lemurs” because of the hundreds of species of lemurs that are only found in Madagascar.

Madagascar also has stunning coasts with beautiful beaches and clear, turquoise waters. Popular sites such as Nosy Be and Île Sainte-Mari are famous for their beaches.

The native languages of Madagascar are Malagasy and French. The people have a rich culture with influences from Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, particularly France as Madagascar was first colonized by the French in the 19th century, only gaining independence in 1960. Madagascar also has an interesting history, having famously been used as a haven for pirates in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Madagascar still faces many issues today, including deforestation, political instability, poverty, and many have limited access to both healthcare and education.

Advice before volunteering in madagascar

Before coming to Madagascar it would be beneficial to learn a bit about the culture and traditions there. In addition, although English is spoken by some, particularly in touristic areas, knowing some basic Malagasy will certainly help you to bond with the community.

Keep an open mind when you come and be prepared to experience cultural differences and get outside your comfort zone.

Take precautions and ensure that your health is a priority on your trip. Check with your doctor and the Pasteur Institute regarding any vaccines or medication you may need.

Is it safe to volunteer in madagascar

All projects are very safe and you will have support and guidance 24/7. Nevertheless, you should always exercise general caution when in an unfamiliar place. Keep an eye on your belongings when in crowded areas. Also make sure to take proper precautions against illnesses such as mosquito borne diseases.

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Requirements to volunteer in madagascar

In order to volunteer in Madagascar, you must be 16+, have at least proficient English, have a valid passport and have travel insurance.

Volunteer opportunities in madagascar

Discover our community projects in Nosy-Be, Madagascar, each offering a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to the local community, whether by building educational infrastructure, teaching pupils or introducing children to English.

Throughout your humanitarian trip to Madagascar, you will be accompanied by a dedicated team who will make your immersion easier and guide you in carrying out your humanitarian projects.

By working with local people, you’ll be helping to improve living conditions while creating lasting links. Offer your skills and energy to make a real difference, while enjoying an unforgettable humanitarian mission in Madagascar.

Experience the wonder of Madagascar while also making a real difference in people’s lives! Join a Freepackers project!

infos pratiques


No visa is required for European nationals.


You can consult the Institut Pasteur's recommendations by destination at this link.


For any international project, Freepackers Care requires the purchase of travel insurance including accident, sickness, repatriation and civil liability in case of third parties.

You can subscribe online with our partner CHAPKA, which offers a 5% discount with  this link. If you take out another insurance, we will ask you to send us a copy of your attestation in English.

For comprehensive coverage for studies and internships abroad, you can purchase Cap Student insurance online by following this link. <nbsp;This insurance also includes civil liability in the context of an activity.