With no previous experience or qualifications necessary to participate in this program, our Malagasy projects offer people the opportunity to make a lasting and tangible difference to the lives of the vulnerable Malagasy community. In return, our volunteers are provided with a once in a lifetime experience of living and working in the real Africa, meeting a variety of people from different backgrounds as well as gaining a unique opportunity to take a hands on role in conservation, rehabilitation and humanitarian work.
SEED Madagascar (Sustainable Environment, Education & Development) is an award winning British registered charity founded in 2000.
Operating in the south-east of Madagascar, SEED manages a wide range of sustainable development and conservation projects within the town of Fort Dauphin, as well as with numerous rural communities across the Anosy region. Alongside this, the team aims to raise global awareness of Madagascar’s unique needs and build constructive partnerships to aid development.
Volunteers should be prepared for physical work in a hot climate, adventurous road journeys and long walks to reach remote and beautiful project sites, depending on the work you have been assigned.
The work and lifestyle is challenging but incomparably rewarding and should be within the capabilities of any reasonably fit person.
1) The Pioneer Programme:
- Health and sanitation
- Sustainable livelihoods
- Environmental conservation
Projects include school building, health and environmental education, well and latrine construction and tree planting. Working with our superb team of local guides, construction team and other specialists, you’ll be involved in the day-to-day work of the organisation in town and in the bush.
This is a 4-10 week program.
This will typically include a combination of a school build project, conservation project and other type of community project such as a household survey or sanitation project.
8th January – 18th March
2nd April – 10th June
2nd July – 9th September
1st October – 10th December
2) The SEED Madagascar Conservation Programme:
- Researching critically endangered reptiles and amphibians
- Monitoring Lemur behaviour
- Running environmental education sessions
- Lobster conservation
This programme is based in the rural village of Sainte Luce at the conservation campsite. There is not a guaranteed supply of electricity, accommodation is in tents and there are latrine-style toilets and bucket showers. The conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest, You will be combining hands-on conservation fieldwork on endangered species including lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education. The programme runs in 2-week blocks which can be combined so individuals can volunteer for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks.
8-21 Jan, 22 Jan – 4 Feb, 5-18 Feb, 19 Feb – 4 Mar, 5-18 Mar, 2-15 Apr, 16-29 Apr, 30 Apr – 13 May, 14-27 May, 28 May – 10 Jun, 2-15 Jul, 16-29 Jul, 30 Jul – 12 Aug, 13-26 Aug, 27 Aug – 9 Sep, 1-14 Oct, 15-28 Oct, 29 Oct – 11 Nov, 12-25 Nov, 26 Nov – 9 Dec
3) The Short-Term Community Construction Programme:
- Building primary schools, digging and painting classrooms
- Building wells and latrines in rural villages with poor sanitation
- Building classroom furniture
- Educating about the importance of hygiene
As a volunteer on this programme, you may work on community projects such as building schools or building wells and latrines in rural villages. In a group of like-minded international volunteers, with a team of Malagasy guides and an international group co-ordinator, you may get involved in digging a schools foundation and the construction of the walls, all the way through to painting the classrooms and building the classroom furniture. Or you may work on health and sanitation projects building wells and latrines in areas with poor sanitation, increasing access to safe drinking water and educating about the importance of hygiene.
All skills necessary to participate on the programme are taught during the placement so no pre-existing experience is required.
8th January – 28th January
2nd April – 22nd April
2nd July – 22nd July
1st October – 21st October
We also have English Teaching placements on a short term basis for 2-10 weeks. The dates for English teaching are kept as flexible as possible to accommodate for prospective volunteers availability however short term placements will generally be during the Malagasy school term dates.
As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of educational schemes, gaining a valuable insight to the many challenges faced by communities living in and around Fort Dauphin, while making a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet.
Working closely with the dedicated team of long-term volunteers and staff, you will received an all-round experience in the workings of a small but well established international charity, gaining vital skills for a future career in development or teaching, acquiring credit towards college or university course, or simply sharing your time with those in need of it most, and making friends for life.
13-24 weeks (3-6 months)
24-52 weeks (6-12 months)
Operating in the south-east of Madagascar, SEED manages a wide range of sustainable development and conservation projects within the town of Fort Dauphin, as well as with numerous rural communities across the Anosy region.
Accommodation: Bring your own tent!
Camping : Please bring a waterproof tent, preferably with ventilation (with integral insect screens in windows and doors). Please do not bring a one-man tent, you will be living in it for 2-3 weeks and previous volunteers have felt that they are just too small. Ellipse-shaped tents tend to be the best. The Karrimor Beta, MSR Hubba Hubba, and Blacks Cygnus Constellation tents have all been recommended by past volunteers. You should be looking to spend approximately £80-£150 on a tent…any less (unless it is a sale) and it is likely to not be good quality. A sturdy groundsheet and tent repair kit (including duct tape) are also important to consider. If you do not have a tent of your own, you are able to rent a basic tent from SEED Madagascar for £50 for 1-4 weeks or £75 for 4 weeks+.
*Prices are subject to change, please check with project for current prices at time of your placement
With the help of our dedicated volunteers and staff, the foundation continues to work toward an improved Madagascar through the implementation of our four main volunteering programmes which respond to the direct needs of local communities.
Each Programme includes hands-on training for any work undertaken, as well as
- Malagasy lessons
- Detailed orientation covering Malagasy culture and background information
- Professional guide team 24/7
- All your food while with SEED Madagascar
- Support before, during and after your scheme from dedicated people
- A proper adventure
Free time is two days per week (which may or may not be over an actual weekend). Free time whilst based at Sainte Luce can be spent at the beautiful beaches a short walk from the campsite enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
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