Training in an animal shelter in Madagascar
Training in an animal shelter in Madagascar
Training in an animal shelter in Madagascar

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Travel to one of the most environmentally friendly places on the planet, Madagascar, and train to work in an animal sanctuary or nature reserve. Almost all of the species found on this island off the east coast of Africa are concentrated here. The most famous of these is the lemur. Unfortunately, nearly a third of lemur species are threatened with extinction.

NGO Project Coordinator
Animal officer
Animal Protection Investigator / Inspector
Technical and food veterinarian
Animal biologist


Nosy Be


Intermediate English


Description of the program

If you are interested in working in an animal sanctuary, this course focuses on the conservation of several endangered lemur species.

The base camp is located in the Lokobe National Park, the only ancient rainforest on the island of Nosy Be. With specialists, you will conduct studies in the forest, day and night, following the behaviors of lemurs that you can observe directly and monitoring camera traps for evidence of the presence of more shy individuals.

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During your investigations, you'll also record sightings of the frequently poached panther chameleon, as well as one of the world's smallest frogs and one of the world's smallest chameleons, both of which are endangered. It is also common to see the many species of butterflies in the reserve.

Like all of our training to work with animals abroad , this project in Madagascar allows you to benefit from a complete learning while contributing to the preservation of local fauna. At the end of this training, you will be able to work in an animal shelter, manage a team, conduct studies in a nature reserve, manage logistics and many other skills that you can apply in various fields.

This project is part of the so-called career training:

This vocational training program is part of the so-called “career” projects. In addition to the mission that you carry out on site, it allows you to benefit from real support, and to access the position of project coordinator in 6 months. Here you combine theoretical training with practical learning, with online modules to be completed after the end of the mission. At the end of the program, you obtain an international certification recognized and issued by the University of Richmond, in the United States.

The accompaniment is therefore present upstream, on site but also downstream of the project. During the course of the mission, you will also have a remote project to carry out: you will have to solve a problem with other partner organizations in marine conservation, environment, animal protection... A coach will follow you and support you to help you in the best possible way in the resolution of these problems, and at the end of the project you will have access to a platform of job offers in NGO in order to be able to work in a refuge for animals or in a natural reserve.

Remote projects included in professional training will be carried out AFTER having carried out the mission in the field.

If your training lasts 4-11 weeks, you will work on a remote project for a period of 4 weeks after completing the field assignment.
If your training lasts 12 weeks or more, you will work on 2 remote projects for a duration of 8 weeks after completing the field mission.

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Conditions on the job guarantee


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Commitment through the project:

Habitat loss is one of the biggest threats to these species, and you'll also work to restore the rainforest by helping native plants regrow.

During your free time, be sure to visit the protected beach and marine area that border the forest. Here you can swim, snorkel or dive in the warm waters surrounded by corals, tropical fish, sea turtles and dolphins during the training to work in an animal shelter.


Basic life:

The base camp is located on the island of Nosy Be, which, like the rest of Madagascar, is known for its abundant and unique biodiversity found only here. Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language and is located off the northeast coast of Madagascar.

Fieldwork as part of the conservation project may include hiking in the Lokobe Strict Reserve in search of critically endangered lemurs or a wide variety of bird, reptile, animal species. amphibians and butterflies that live in this rainforest. Some forestry surveys are conducted in the morning or at night, which means you may see spectacular sunsets and sunrises over the Indian Ocean. There will be plenty of photo opportunities during your program.

Interns specializing in community development could support English language learning for young students in the mornings and Lokobe rangers and other adults in the evenings.

Host organization

Our local organization is a member of the United Nations International Commission on Sustainable Tourism. They provide training to work in animal shelters or nature reserves.
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All their initiatives and development projects are led by experts in collaboration with the local population and national governments. All projects follow medium and long term objectives defined with local partners and respecting the United Nations sustainable development goals.


Strong points

Contribute to the preservation of lemurs
Living in a tropical forest
Visit many national parks
Learn to work in an animal shelter
Access to Job Board
Support from a Career Coach

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