Nosy Be, Madagascar

Volunteer in Nosy Be

Leap into paradise on one of the rarest – and most beautiful – tropical islands on earth.

Our Madagascar hub is located off the east coast of Africa on the island of Nosy Be, surrounded by the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean and the only old-growth rainforest remaining on the island. You will work to conserve Madagascar’s singular set of species – including the charismatic and vulnerable lemurs – most of which cannot be found anywhere else. 

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

Nosy Be volunteer projects

Overview

Among animal lovers, Madagascar is probably best known for its lemurs, and Nosy Be is no exception. Lokobe is home to three species of lemur, all on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. One of them is among the smallest primates in the world. The island is also home to other tiny critters including one of our planet’s tiniest frogs and tiniest chameleons. Speaking of chameleons, some wildlife enthusiasts might also recognise the name of the island as associated with a striking variation of panther chameleon. Bird lovers also stand a chance of seeing several of the location’s 100 species of birds, including the rare and critically endangered Madagascan fish eagle.

In marine conservation communities, the island has also become known for the relatively recent discovery of a population of Omura whales. Its conservation status is unknown as not much is known about it yet. There are many whale watching tours and depending on the season of your visit, Omura whales can be spotted. There are also options to see whale sharks and humpback whales.

But the water is warm here. So why travel over it when you swim in it. There are plenty of opportunities to go snorkelling and diving here and while you’re underwater you’re likely to see an abundance of tropical sea creatures including ornate ghost pipefish and endangered sea turtles. You can also go surfing, kite-surfing and wind-surfing and diving to see hammerhead sharks, but only if you’re highly trained.

On the island itself you can visit its many well-known white-sanded beaches, including Ambatoloaka, Madirokely, Ambondrona and Andilana, or hike up Mount Passot to get scenic views of sunrises and sunsets over the Indian ocean. There are also many tours that depart from the island to the nearby Mitsio archipelago where you can experience a wide variety of wildlife and marine life in well-preserved natural habitats.

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Book by 30 June 2022
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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