Volunteers spot a chameleon during their Conservation Projects in Madagascar for high school students

Rainforest Conservation & Community Work in Madagascar for Teens

Live in a local village and help protect rainforest species and do community work

Join our Rainforest Conservation programme in Madagascar for teenagers and spend your summer living and working in a village surrounded by the jungle. As you watch lemurs scamper by, you’ll focus on doing conservation work, and helping the local community.  


You’ll work with a group of teenagers your own age. We’ll divide your time between working at a national park, and helping out people in the community. This is a great opportunity to learn and gain new skills. You’ll learn directly from conservationists, and build your teamwork skills within the group.  


The volunteer work you do in Madagascar is critical. The animals that live in the rainforests here can’t be found anywhere else in the world. The village also needs help becoming more environmentally friendly.  


You’ll be based in the rural village of Andasibe, where you’ll live at a guesthouse. Our staff are also with you every step of the way, making sure you have the time of your life!

When you apply you only pay AUD$495, which comes off the total price.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1300 132 831 to see if we can offer a discount.

Project Overview

Start Dates:

Fixed dates during school holidays

Minimum Duration:

Two Weeks

Placement Location:

Andasibe (Read More)

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation Read More

Requirements :

This project is only for 15-18 year olds

What's included in the price?
  • Accommodation

  • Food (three meals a day)

  • Travel and medical insurance

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off

  • Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival

  • Transport to and from your work placement

  • In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff

  • Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team

  • Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources

  • Training and workshops from our experienced local staff

  • Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns

  • Access to our local office with internet connection

  • Certification of project completion

  • Access to our alumni services and discounts

  • Visa support and advice

  • Fundraising support, including your own personalised fundraising website

  • Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor

  • Personalised MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination

  • A free cultural awareness course

  • Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch

  • Organised weekend tourism trips

  • Dedicated full-time staff members with you 24 hours a day

What's not included?
  • Flights

  • Visa costs (where applicable)

Is volunteer Conservation work in Madagascar for teenagers right for me?

If you’re adventurous, love spending time outdoors, and are curious about other cultures, you’ll enjoy doing rainforest conservation work in Madagascar for teenagers.


You don’t need any experience to join. All you need is loads of energy and a willingness to get your hands dirty!


You should be prepared to experience things you never have before. You’ll wake up to the sounds of the rainforest, and watch lemurs scamper past as you plant seedlings in the park nursery. Our staff will be there to help guide you through the programme at all times. 


This is a High School Special, which means you’ll live and work with teenagers your own age. Each trip takes place over fixed dates, so pick the ones that best fit your schedule. 

Projects Abroad volunteers prepare for their conservation work in Madagascar on our placement for high school students

What Rainforest Conservation work will I do in Madagascar as a teenager?

Volunteer conservation work in Madagascar for teenagers focuses on helping to protect the rainforests around Andasibe, and doing community work in the village. Your days are split between these activities:


  • Support the work of local national parks
  • Protect rainforest habitats and animal and plant species
  • Help the village of Andasibe become more environmentally friendly
  • Explore Madagascar and learn about the culture

Your work will focus on the following areas:


Support the work of local national parks


You will work in several national parks. All of these national parks protect rainforest environments. Many of the animals and plants found here can’t be found anywhere else in the world.


Your tasks here will include bird, amphibian, reptile, and lemur censuses. These censuses are important as they help conservationists keep track of the number of species found in each of the parks.


You will work closely with environmental experts, and you’ll also take part in a conservation workshop given by a local guide.


Protect rainforest habitats and animal and plant species


Alien plant species are a big problem in Madagascar. They destroy endemic plants that provide a habitat for local wildlife. You’ll help remove these plants, and work in our nursery to plant and care for the seedlings of local plants.


You’ll also help us clear and maintain park trails to make sure visitors don’t wander off the dedicated paths. This helps protect indigenous plants.


Help the village of Andasibe become more environmentally-friendly


The community work you’ll do in the village is closely related to your conservation work. You’ll help raise awareness of the importance of protecting the rainforest by creating posters and leaflets. We’ll use these in workshops to share knowledge about conservation.  


Your group will also take local students on supervised walks through the national parks. Our volunteers love doing this with the kids, and it’s fun to show them different animals and plants. We also encourage you to share your passion for protecting the rainforest with them!


In addition to this work, you’ll also get involved in more physical activities. These include getting your hands dirty planting a vegetable garden or doing a cleanup.


Explore Madagascar and learn about the culture


Madagascar is like nowhere else on earth. So we can say with complete confidence that this is an incredibly unique opportunity!


You’ll live and work with other teenagers, our staff, and the local people. You’ll learn about different cultures, and share stories about your own.


When you’re not working, our staff have plenty planned for you, from arts and crafts, to traditional storytelling sessions. We’ll also take you on a trip over the weekend, where you can have fun in the sun at the beach, and explore bustlings markets.

Where will I be working?

Andasibe

There is only one dirt road going through Andasibe. It gets quite muddy at times! You can expect rain all year round. Bring warm clothes for in the evenings and good sturdy shoes you don't mind getting dirty.


Madagascar is home to a huge array of wildlife that can be found nowhere else in the world. In fact, 80% of Madagascar’s species are endemic to the area. This means that Madagascar is the only place you’ll ever get to see them in the wild!  

AIRPORT PICKUP, FLIGHTS AND VISAS

When you arrive at your respective airport, a member of Projects Abroad staff will be there to meet you. You can find more detailed information on arrival airports, orientation, and visas on our Madagascar Arrival Procedures page.

What are the aims and impacts of this project?

The main aim of this project is to help preserve and protect the rainforests of Madagascar. We also work to help villages become more aware and environmentally friendly.


Nearly 80% of the animal species that live in Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world. There are nearly 100 species of lemurs alone! Unfortunately, as the human population grows, more and more of the rainforest is eaten up by houses, livestock, and farms. Between 70 and 80% of the rainforest has already been destroyed. 


As a teenage volunteer, you can become part of our long-term efforts to protect rainforests in Madagascar. Previous volunteers on High School Specials have been able to do a lot. In 2017, teenage volunteers helped us plant 3,000 trees in our endangered tree nursery. This had a significant impact on our work.


Join us today to protect rainforests in Madagascar and stop them from disappearing forever.

High school student volunteers help local farmers plant rice and promote rainforest conservation in Madagascar

Management Plans

We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.


Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.

Measuring Our Impact

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.


We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.

FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION

You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers during your stay in Andasibe. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your time together.


On our High School Specials, we will always try to have you share a room with at least one volunteer or intern of the same sex and approximate age. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.


Your programme fees include three meals a day.


Find out more about our accommodation.

SAFETY AND STAFF SUPPORT

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


Find out more about safety and backup.

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