Pioneer Volunteer & Internships

Cause Areas


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Fort DauphinFort Dauphin, B.P. 318MG


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 10 weeks (or less by arrangement) and runs four times a year starting in January, April, July and October. Anyone over 18 can apply.

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 donation of $2,500 (£1,995) and must also cover pre-project costs such as flights and insurance. Advice and guidance on fundraising is provided by SEED Madagascar staff.


Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • 4 - 10 weeks

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