Tamana is managed by Brooke and Marcelo. Brooke is from Charlottesville, VA USA and Marcelo is from grew up in Paraguay and then moved to the US in highschool. We fell in love with Madagascar and moved back here after finishing our Peace Corps Service here to start a small hostel. We are located in the center of town in Nosy Be and we have been open since November 2018. Our goal as a hostel/bar/community center is to create a place where everyone is welcome and feels that they can explore/ learn new things. We want to be an asset to the community and provide things for young people to do and opportunities that will make their lives more fulfilling. We also want to be a model for eco-sustainable tourism and responsible tourism here in Madagascar. We want to continue improving our goals of being as eco-friendly as possible and promoting this spirit in the community.
We love Madagascar, Malagasy people and Malagasy culture and we want to share that with other travelers. Madagascar really is a special place and we want to help people discover that in an authentic and positive way.
Help with Eco project
We are centered in the middle of a bustling and lovely town on an island off of Madagascar. Volunteers would have opportunities to work with us and our local staff while exploring the beautiful community that we live in. Volunteers would also likely be involved in projects/trainings where they would be interacting with local youth.
We are a small hostel in Nosy Be, Madagascar looking for some help with several projects including: yoga teaching, english teaching, composting, biogas project, and art projects with potential to teach a workshop. We also welcome other kinds of sustainable projects if someone happens to have a certain skill or speciality that they would like to share with us, we are open to new ideas.
The volunteer will stay in the hostel either in one of the dorm rooms or a private room depending on the length of stay, needs of the volunteer, and availability of the hostel. Food will be provided as breakfast at the restaurant in the morning and lunch and dinner will be the food that is provided for the staff (traditional Malagasy food which is rice and a yummy side dish.) Also a great way to learn the food culture!
There is so much to do and see in Nosy Be. We have beautiful beaches, national parks to hike in, islands to visit, snorkeling, diving, and landscapes to experience. Madagascar has unique wildlife and culture that is fascinating and fun to explore. We own the hostel and live about a 5 minute walk away from it but can almost always be found working or hanging out at the hostel. We strive to create a family-like community with our staff at the hostel and a volunteer would likely become a part of that. We also try to be a positive and safe place in our community that is welcoming to all kinds of people. We would hope that a volunteer would feel at home with us and feel independent to explore the community on their own a bit. We expect that volunteers with interact with staff and feel familiar with them and find a place for themselves within our Tamana community. Of course it is important to us that any volunteers would respect the local culture and embrace the opportunity to learn another lifestyle and way of thinking. Overall, we would hope that the volunteer would add their own bit of love and kindness to the community that we are already creating here.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week