SEED Madagascar

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Our mission is to alleviate poverty and conserve unique and biologically rich but greatly endangered forest environments in south east Madagascar by empowering some of the poorest people to establish sustainable livelihoods for themselves and improve their well-being.

Formerly known as Azafady UK, SEED Madagascar (Sustainable Environment, Education & Development in Madagascar) is an award-winning British registered charity (number 1079121) founded in 2000.

Operating in the south-east of Madagascar, we manage a wide range of sustainable development and conservation projects within the town of Fort Dauphin, as well as with numerous rural communities across the Anosy region. Alongside this, we aim to raise global awareness of Madagascar’s unique needs and build constructive partnerships to aid development. We can proudly state that 92% of all donations go directly to support our charitable aims and we constantly work to ensure that our administrative costs are kept as low as possible.

Our Vision

A resilient network of thriving communities, organisations and ecosystems across Madagascar.

Our Mission

To enhance the capacity of individuals, communities, organisations and governmental bodies in fulfilling sustainable development and conservation goals in southeast Madagascar.

Our Team

Based in London and Madagascar, our team works with local partners to provide support at every stage of the project process, from initial development through to funding, implementation and evaluation. Our integrated approach ensures that all of SEED Madagascar’s projects have the full support of a wide range of people dedicated to ensuring their success, with operational models ranging from community co-management to full independence.

In London, we employ 3 staff members who are responsible for strategic planning, donor liaison, financial management, awareness raising, fundraising, and promoting SEED Madagascar’s international volunteering opportunities.

In Madagascar, we employ 4 international staff members who are responsible for building the capacity of SEED’s partner organisations, coordinating project development and managing SEED's team of international volunteers and specialists. We also employ 4 Malagasy staff and typically work with around 60 local professionals, supported by a team of 15 international specialists who add value in areas including donor relations and compliance.

SEED Madagascar runs a number of different and varied projects, providing a wide range of volunteering experiences.


Pioneer Madagascar

The Pioneer Madagascar programme is a volunteering initiative run by SEED Madagascar since 2001. Volunteers on the programme work on SEED’s projects in the field, gaining an understanding of the resource needs of impoverished village communities and how this impacts on conservation efforts. Camping in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Madagascar, Pioneer volunteers work in three interrelated areas over the course of the programme: sustainable livelihoods, development; health-based infrastructure and education; and habitat conservation.

Typical projects include constructing wells and latrines, building and equipping schools, health and environmental education in rural areas, forest conservation, and sustainable income-generating activities such as bee-keeping and community vegetable gardens.

You will receive an all-round experience in the workings of a small development agency, an excellent background for anyone wanting to pursue a career in development or conservation. Pioneer Madagascar is also offered as an internship for those wishing to gain experience and/or credit for a college or university course. The Pioneer Madagascar programme is designed as a ten-week scheme although shorter periods (from five weeks) may be available by prior arrangement.


Conservation Programme

This exciting and innovative programme is a long-term community-based conservation initiative. Inspired by the Lemur Venture programme and now incorporating a more holistic approach, it integrates conservation research on critically endangered flora and fauna with community initiatives. The programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce which is surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. It integrates practical hands-on conservation research on endangered flora and fauna, in particular lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education; building the understanding of the community about the complex habitats of which they are the stewards.

The volunteer scheme is designed as a 10-week programme starting at the beginning of January, April, July and October each year, but is split into two-week modules; allowing those of you with time constraints still to visit Madagascar and make a valuable contribution to our long-term conservation work. Volunteers can join the programme for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks. However, the work in each two-week block is varied and the programme is designed to combine modules allowing individuals to gain a more in-depth understanding of our integrated approach to conservation. Consequently, volunteers usually stay for longer periods of time ranging from one month to the full ten weeks. Volunteers will gain practical skills and vocational experience which are invaluable for anyone studying biology or conservation or looking to pursue a career in these areas, or anyone looking for a change of pace as part of a sabbatical, career break, or gap year.


Community Construction Programme

The SEED Madagascar Short-Term Community Construction Programme was developed in 2009 after realising that those in employment or with other responsibilities at home, were not in a position to commit themselves to our 5–10 week Pioneer Programme. Whilst our recommendation is always to encourage people to volunteer for the full 10 weeks, our Short-Term programme offers the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a short-space of time (2–3 weeks) by assisting our construction team in all aspects of a locally-requested SEED community construction project.

These short-term placements are a fantastic option for those wanting to contribute to SEED's established construction department in the stunning Anosy region of south east Madagascar and is ideal for motivated volunteers looking for a fitness-building outdoors experience that really makes a difference to the lives of impoverished communities.

As a volunteer on this programme you may work on community projects such as building schools as seen in Project Sekoly or building wells and latrines in rural villages. In a group of likeminded international volunteers and with a team of Malagasy guides you may get involved in digging a schools foundations and the construction of the walls, all the way through to painting the classrooms and building the classroom furniture. Or you may work on health and sanitation projects building wells and latrines in areas with poor sanitation, increasing access to safe drinking water and educating about the importance of hygiene.

All skills necessary to participate on the programme are taught during the placement so no pre-existing experience is required.


English Teaching Programme

Getting involved with our English teaching programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to contribute to SEED's English teaching programme, in the charming coastal town of Fort Dauphin in south east Madagascar.

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of educational schemes, gaining a valuable insight to the many challenges faced by communities living in and around Fort Dauphin, while making a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet.

Working closely with the dedicated team of long-term volunteers and staff, you will receive an all-round experience in the workings of a small but well established international charity, gaining vital skills for a future career in development or teaching, acquiring credit towards a college or university course, or simply sharing your time with those in need of it most, and making friends for life.


Our English teaching programme offers rewarding long-term and short-term volunteer placements, from 2 weeks up to 6 months, or a year. For placements over 4 weeks we ask that you are TEFL qualified, or have substantial prior teaching experience. If you do not already hold a TEFL qualification you could be eligible for a 25% discount on any of UK-TEFL classroom based courses by volunteering with SEED.  Placements of six months or over are free, excluding flights.

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All our projects are based in Fort-Dauphin, southeast Madagascar.

Volunteers will be camping throughout their programmes. Basic facilities are available.

Volunteers on Pioneer can volunteer for between 5 and 10 weeks. Volunteers on the Conservation programme can volunteer for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks. Volunteers on our Short-Term programme can volunteer for between 2 and 3 weeks.

Program Requirements

  • 18 and older
  • Good health
    • Adaptability and cultural sensitivity are essential
    • An interest, or degree studies, in community development, biology or conservation is helpful
    • A willingness to "rough it" as living conditions are basic, and volunteers will be camping
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