What will I be doing?
Split into three stages: building, community health and conservation, volunteers undertake a series of different activities alongside dedicated local teams to ensure hard work is rewarded with a fresh set of skills as well as first-hand experiences of what it’s like to make a difference in Madagascar. Depending on how long you are there for and the needs of the local community, activities and tasks may include:
- Getting involved in all stages of building wells, school buildings and constructing toilets
- Running health and environmental educational sessions
- Assisting on an agricultural development scheme
- Conducting sanitation and medicinal plant research
- Planting tree nurseries
- Assisting with conservation research and monitoring of endangered plant species, lemurs, frogs and lizards
Not all tasks will be undertaken during your placement. There is a good variety of projects taking place throughout the year and no two days are the same!
How will I make a difference?
Volunteers support the charity’s front line development and conservation work. Volunteers assist in initiatives which empower local communities, raise awareness and protect the forest long term. Alongside this, their support is helping the communities have access to safe drinking water, increased sanitation and education about the importance of hygiene.
Volunteers’ time and work is not only valuable for the Malagasy communities, but also for the conservation of endangered species. The project’s long term community based conservation initiatives integrate poverty reduction schemes, sustainable conservation efforts and scientific research.