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SEED Madagascar's aim is to help the poorest communities in Madagascar to empower themselves and develop in sustainable ways. A core priority is to conserve the delicate ecosystems of Madagascar through facilitating viable alternatives to deforestation. Our programs are at the frontline of global conservation and development work, emphasizing training, capacity building and education geared towards helping local people to help themselves.
Each Pioneer scheme lasts for 4-10 weeks and runs four times a year starting in January, April, July and October. Anyone over 18 can apply.
Dates for 2018
9th January - 19th March
3rd April - 11th June
3rd July - 10th September
2nd October - 10th December
Dates for 2019
8th January - 18th March
2nd April - 10th June
2nd July - 9th September
1st October - 9th December
Over the course of the Pioneer program, you will have the opportunity to learn how a small NGO operates and the inherent challenges that it faces when working in a developing country. More specifically, you will be working on our projects in the field and gaining an understanding of the resource needs of impoverished village communities and how this impacts on conservation efforts. Some examples of projects that you will be learning about and may work on are:
Active conservation of some of the world's most endangered endemic tree species
Health and sanitation work including building wells and latrines
Raising health and hygiene awareness - typically working with children in rural areas on crucial issues like nutrition, hand-washing and malaria
Building and equipping schools
Environmental education in remote villages
Sustainable income-generating activities such as beekeeping, aquaculture and community vegetable gardens
Development of sustainable agriculture
Bird and lemur monitoring
Community forest conservation
To a large extent, SEED Madagascar depends on the fundraising efforts of its volunteers to carry on its essential work. All volunteers are required to raise a minimum donation with the cost depending on their length of stay ofand must also cover pre-project costs such as flights and insurance. Don't let the donation amoung put you off, advice and guidance on fundraising is provided by the dedicated SEED Madagascar staff.