Volunteer Experience | Community Development

Madagascar: Construction and Renovation Project

Mahajanga, Madagascar


Location: Mahajanga, Madagascar

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Placements start each Monday

Cost: €275 EUR per week – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Help with local construction projects working alongside staff and other volunteers
  • Ideal for those studying community development, construction, renovation or anyone with a keen interest in getting their hands dirty helping out!.
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The Construction and Renovation project aims to build and renovate buildings that are important for the growth and development of the small local communities in Nosy Be. You will get an opportunity to work alongside the local people on renovating, building and beautifying schools and community centres, public libraries and playgrounds. Your creative talents will contribute to a more aesthetic environment for the local community and improve the surroundings of the marginalized and underprivileged sections of the island’s communities.

Working together with a local coordinator who will guide you and train you, you will join the local families and other participants in laying bricks, doing carpentry, painting, water proofing, laying tiles, landscaping/gardening and improving the community’s hygienic and sanitation facilities.

Explore this beautiful island nation while adding value to the quality of life of the local adults and children through construction and renovation.

Daily Life

Your first day will start with a meeting with your coordinator to discuss the requirements of the project and your contribution. You will participate in light construction work and will be expected to assist with painting school buildings, constructing and renovating playgrounds, making tables and chairs, making pathways, building toilets, repairing school walls and building new classrooms. There will be work needed in more than one place in the local area and it may be affected by the weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

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Travel and Accommodation

You will be staying in single-gender shared rooms which accommodate 4-6 people. There is a private bathroom and hot showers. Bed linens are provided however, you need to bring your own towels. The rooms are lockable and there are safety boxes available for any valuables you would like to keep stored.

In the centre you can relax in the mini library, the dining room and lounge area as well as the beautiful garden where you can interact with the other participants. There is WiFi available throughout the centre though it may be slow at times.

A refrigerator is available for you to store food and beverages if you wish.

Three meals a day on the weekdays and two meals on the weekends are provided. The food is a mix of Western and Malagasy dishes mainly including vegetarian dishes such as rice and vegetables. About twice a week there will be chicken served. There are local restaurants which you can explore or you can use the kitchen facilities to prepare food by yourself. Supermarkets are located around the project centre and are easily accessible.

Many ATMs are available in and around Hell-Ville. There are hospitals and pharmacies nearby.

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  • Minimum age 18.
  • Minimum 2 weeks commitment (Introductory week included)
  • You should be an active person with creative skills.
  • Have a cheerful disposition and be friendly & polite with local villagers.
  • Have clear plans and be able to organize the daily program with our coordinators.
  • Be a team member and be cooperative with local coordinators and other participants.
  • Necessary vaccinations, flight & visas.
  • Full travel & medical insurance. Full assistance will be provided in getting everything you will need ready if you choose our Placement Support Package.
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€275 Euros per week

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** All payments incur a 5% bank transfer fee
*** Placements are confirmed with a 1 week deposit

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes food, accommodation, airport pickup (from Mahanga airport), orientation, in-country support and project activities.

Private rooms are available for an additional €100 per week.

If you need picking up from Antananarivo International Airport there is a €100 surcharge.

What’s not included:

Flights, insurance, visas (if applicable) and vaccinations. Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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We understand there’s a great deal to plan and organise for your trip. When booking a Placement, many of our participants choose to purchase our Premium Support Upgrade to benefit from the expertise, knowledge and experience of our Project Coordinators.

We can provide the personal advice you need to ensure your trip is organised with excellence and planned with efficiency; ensuring the very best experience possible. Read more about how we can help you.

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