Association FILANA

Come work for conservation in Madagascar!

Tolagnaro, Madagascar, Africa

We are a small nonprofit that engages local people in sustainable income-generating activities around protected forests, and we manage conservation at Sainte Luce Reserve in the southeastern part of Madagascar.

Volunteering Activities

Agriculture Work
Conservation Work

What We Need

Sainte Luce Reserve has a wide range of rewarding projects for helpful volunteers. The specific activities vary based on the season and needs, but all projects contribute to our mission to protect the coastal forest and its inhabitants.

Prior to arrival, volunteers receive a list of projects and goals for their time at the reserve. Your volunteer experience will be tailored personally for you according to your past experience, skills, and the work that needs to be done.

Almost anyone can volunteer at Sainte Luce Reserve and we will make sure that the work you do is appropriate for your level of experience, but don’t think that previous experience or knowledge is necessary. We have welcomed accountants, journalists, politicians, police, students, and free spirits. Everyone is welcome, and we look forward to learning from each other.

When & Who

All year round.
Yes, we require a minimum of 1 Week
Our minimum stay is one week, but, we prefer a minimum of two weeks. There is a maximum of 90 days for the visa, so volunteers can only stay maximum of 80 days. IMPORTANT: Volunteering is from Tuesday to Tuesday so you have to arrive in Fort Dauphin at least by Monday before your volunteering for departure Tuesday morning. You can only return from the reserve on a Tuesday. ONE CAR PER WEEK ONLY ON TUESDAYS.

What we Provide

For the Basic Fee, volunteers must use their own tents and bedding during they stay. There are tents and bungalows for hire for an additional fee. The bungalows include a mattress, mattress cover, sheet, pillowcase, solar light, and solar USB charger. The tent hire does not include bedding.

Three meals per day.

Our Fees


When you volunteer at Sainte Luce Reserve, you can take pride in knowing that your programme fees benefit conservation efforts and local communities.

We are a volunteer-funded, nonprofit organisation and do not receive government funding. Our programme fees enable us to provide safe and positive experiences for our volunteers while preserving natural habitats and empowering local communities.

Costs vary and get a little less expensive the longer you stay.


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More Services we Offer

May have additional fees
Pick Up/Drop Off

Contact Person

Lot IVBL020 Rue Circulaire (BP 319), Tolagnaro 614, Madagascar., Tolagnaro, Madagascar.
75% response rate , 44 hour(s) response time.

Additional Info about Us

5 to 10 people

Sainte Luce Reserve offers the ultimate ecological experience. Located on an island-like peninsula, the reserve is bound by the Indian Ocean and white sand beaches to the east and winding freshwater rivers to the west, with lush coastal forests to the north and south.

The wildlife reserve is situated on one of the last remaining coastal forests in southeast Madagascar and gives volunteers unparalleled access to this picture-perfect environment. Explore the array of habitats within the reserve – from mangroves and wetlands to littoral forests and open grasslands – and discover the incredible plants and animals that share our home.

Our remote location provides a tranquil environment that is perfect for volunteer holidays in Madagascar. The nearest neighbours are located a canoe ride away in the village of Manafiafy or 18km down the beach in Itapera.

Volunteer with Sainte Luce Reserve to experience the beauty of this unspoiled coastal forest paradise and protect it from future development.

What are you waiting for?

We at Association FILANA would love to hear from you!