Work alongside impoverished communities and be involved in educational activities, construction work, sustainable livelihood projects, and conservation research; from activities such as building wells and schools, to teaching English and planting trees - live, work and travel amongst some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Madagascar!
Madagascar Sustainable Development Project Anosy, south east Madagascar
Running for over 10 years, this project involves working on a variety of sustainable development projects, while gaining first-hand experience of the resource needs of impoverished communities and how these impact on conservation efforts. Based around Fort Dauphin in southeast Madagascar, you will be living and working in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of the island and camping within rural, isolated communities.
This program gives you the unique opportunity to gain an understanding of development projects working on the ground in some of the poorest communities in the world, whilst working alongside Malagasy experts and local people on a variety of tasks. Working with an award winning development and conservation charity, the specific projects you will work on are diverse and will vary according to the present needs of specific communities. Rest assured whatever you are working on will be invaluable to the local people and there is something for everyone on this project!
This project is open to all and is suitable for students, people on gap years, career breaks or retirees. The work and lifestyle can be challenging but is incomparably rewarding. Be prepared for adventurous road journeys, physical work and long walks to reach remote and beautiful project sites. The programme gives you the opportunity to be much more than a tourist, whilst being in a fascinating part of the world.
The local language:
The working language our volunteers use is English however rural communities speak very little English at all and, even in urban areas, few can speak English well. Therefore, in order to facilitate volunteers’ immersion in Malagasy culture, and to enable you to communicate with local people you will be offered daily language classes in Malagasy. How much effort you put in to learning the language is up to you – the more you try, the more you will enjoy your time in Madagascar. As a minimum we expect volunteers to be able to learn the basic greetings so you can be polite. A simple “salama” (hello) or “misaotra” (thank you) will go a long way to help you earn respect in local communities.
This project is also offered as an internship for those wishing to gain experience and/or credit for a college or university course. The major difference between an intern and a volunteer relates to the amount of mentorship and self-evaluation. We feel that there are several factors that are necessary in order to run a successful internship programme:
1. Active participation
2. Full involvement in the organisation’s projects
3. Weekly feedback and discussion with Program Supervisor and NGO Director evaluation at the end of the programme
The project starts in the first week of January, April, July and October each year. Shorter periods from 5 weeks are available upon request (can be arranged as an internship).
6 January - 16 March
4 April - 12 June
4 July - 11 September
3 October - 11 December
What is the minimum stay?
Where exactly is it?
Anosy, south east Madagascar
What will I be doing?
Work with an award winning grassroots development organisation alongside village communities tackling poverty and environmental degradation
- Get a glimpse of life in Madagascar and make a tangible difference in local communities
- Gain teaching experience in schools as you enrich the lives of local children
- Teach English to unemployed adults within the community
- Contribute to community development through projects like constructing a school from digging the foundations to finishing the painting, equipping the school with furniture and seeing the children on their first day of school!
- Work in remote and beautiful areas in Madagascar - visiting lush forests and stunning beaches still undiscovered by tourists
- Throw a party with local villagers and learn Malagasy while dancing under the stars!
- Get a taste of local culture
- Make friends for life with the other international volunteers on the program and the Malagasy staff!
- Project Fee: this entails financing that goes directly back into the project that you are involved with. This project fee facilitates funding for items such as building materials, equipment, supplies, foodstuffs, etc. Project fees are also used to buy vehicles/equipment and for developing new housing for volunteers to provide for the expansion of the project.
- Airport transfer from Fort Dauphin to the project site
- Orientation programme in Madagascar
- Any daily transport that might be required as part of the project during your stay
- Full board and lodging which includes 3 meals a day at project base
- Weekly laundry service during your stay
- Assistance in your projects by various African Impact staff, partners and volunteer coordinators
- Full support from African Impact and your coordinator throughout your time on your Madagascar placement
Project cost Excludes the following:
- Personal travel insurance for the duration of your placement which must include cover for repatriation
- All transport by air to Fort Dauphin in Madagascar
- All items of a personal nature, such as curios, 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
- Transportation that is not related to the project
We feel it is vital that volunteers are fully briefed before heading out to work with local communities and for this reason your first week with us will be spent receiving a comprehensive orientation which will include information about Madagascar, the Anosy region, local customs as well as a thorough introduction to the work you will be doing over the following weeks.
Throughout your stay at your placement in Madagascar, a team of Malagasy staff will travel and work with you at all times, as co-workers they will offer translation and advice on Malagasy culture, facilitating communication and positive interaction with the local communities and they will ensure your safety.
Also travelling with the group is an international volunteer coordinator (usually an ex-volunteer) who will ensure that the group is kept happy, healthy and busy!
The projects English-speaking staff based in Fort Dauphin are also there to ensure that all your questions are answered and problems solved. This ensures that our volunteers have full support and encouragement to understand and appreciate the very different culture and environment that we will take you into.
Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participant's health