This is a fantastic volunteer opportunity for those short on time but keen to make a significant difference with a hands-on, outdoor community building support. Working with a local Malagasy teams building schools, wells or latrines, alongside likeminded international volunteers, in a stunningly beautiful and remote part of Madagascar.
Community Building And Construction Project Rural areas of Madagascar
As a short-term Community Construction volunteer you will have the opportunity to take a very hands-on role on community-led projects in remote and incredibly poor rural areas. Our construction initiatives are wholly participatory and vital in supporting impoverished communities in one of the poorest countries in the world.
You will be immersed in the Malgasy culture throughout your visit and will work alongside a local team with 24 hour support. Whether you are helping to build a school, well, or latrine - digging foundations, painting classrooms, constructing furniture or building wells - your involvement will make a lasting difference to education, safe drinking water and sanitation.
2 weeks: £595
3 weeks: £795
13 Jan - 27 Jan / 3 Feb
11 Apr - 25 Apr / 2 May
11 July - 25 July / 1 Aug
You will be based in the Anosy region of Madagascar; a remarkably beautiful and remote part in the south east of this vast country - either in the stunning coastal town of Fort Dauphin, or a rural village. Camping with an international group of volunteers who will very quickly become like a small family unit, you will work hard together but also have a lot of fun and plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding landscape.
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Rural areas of Madagascar
What will I be doing?
Building rural schools in isolated and beautiful Malagasy villages
- Help make a lasting difference to some of the poorest communities in the world
- Learn new skills - such as building furniture or even walls!
- See the impact you make as a school grows, or a well is built
- Work alongside Malagasy experts and local people as part of a team
- Get a taste of the local Malagasy culture; learn to speak some Malagasy
- Camp and work in some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Madagascar
- Make friends for life, with both our international volunteers and with the Malagasy staff
- Enhance your CV or resume! Your volunteering experience will stand out to future employer
- Airport transfer from Fort Dauphin to project site
- Orientation program
- Any daily transport that might be required as part of the project during your stay
- Tented accommodation and basic camping facilities as well as all food during your stay
- Assistance in your projects by various African Impact support staff and volunteer coordinators
- Full support from African Impact and your project coordinator throughout your time on your Madagascar placement
- All international travel and flights to Fort Dauphin in Madagascar
- Travel insurance for the duration of your placement
- Medical expenses prior to departure
- All items of a personal nature, such as gifts, clothing (work and other)
- Email/Internet and telephone calls
- Soft drinks, wines and spirits
- All visas for border crossings
- Any excursions over and above your planned itinerary in Madagascar
Experience is not needed, but always welcomed. All volunteers receive a comprehensive orientation which will include information about Madagascar as well as an introduction to the work you will be doing over the following weeks. This will give you a thorough understanding of the work of the charity, as well as an opportunity to learn more about Madagascar itself, its fascinating culture and some of the local Malagasy language.
A team of Malagasy staff will travel and work with you at all times as co-workers to offer translation and advice on Malagasy culture, facilitating communication and positive interaction with the local communities and to ensure your safety. Also traveling with the group is the international project co-coordinator who will ensure that the group is kept happy, healthy and busy!
Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participant's health.