As a grassroots development organization Azafady works directly with local communities ensuring that their work is requested by, as well as being useful to, the people of Madagascar. Whichever program you choose, you will be benefiting from Azafady's decade of experience of working in Madagascar with each scheme led by an award winning team of experienced project leaders.
Pioneer Madagascar Program -
Now running for over 10 years, the Pioneer Madagascar Program offers a truly genuine volunteering experience in the beautiful coastal regions of southeast Madagascar. Pioneers work in three interrelated project areas over the course of the program: 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 and building fuel efficient stoves. Projects are diverse, but rest assured whatever you are working on will be invaluable to the local people and there is something for everyone! Volunteers will gain an understanding of the resource needs of impoverished communities and the impacts of this on conservation efforts. For anyone interested in pursuing a career in development or conservation, this program gives you a great all round experience in the workings of a small development agency. Pioneer Madagascar is also offered as an internship for those wishing to gain experience and/or credit for a college or university course.
Madagascar Conservation Program -
This exciting and innovative program integrates conservation research on critically endangered flora and fauna with community initiatives. Volunteers are based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. These fragments provide the habitat for multiple endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna; a staggering 96% of all tree species here are endemic. It combines practical hands-on research of lemurs, reptiles and amphibians in particular, with community projects and education that help to build the community’s understanding of the habitats of which they are stewards. Volunteers will gain practical skills and vocational experience, invaluable for anyone studying biology or conservation or looking to pursue a career in these areas. It is also suitable for anyone looking for a change of pace as part of a sabbatical, career break, or gap year. The program is designed to be 10 weeks long, but volunteers can join for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks.
Short-Term Programs -
Azafady's new short-term volunteering programs have been designed to allow those with just a little time to spare the opportunity to assist them with their community development and conservation work in Madagascar. The short-term projects have been carefully selected to deliver meaningful results in a short period. Whether you are helping to construct a school in a rural village, building or teaching English to improve the employment prospects of young Malagasy people, you can be confident that your work is worthwhile and will still fit into a two or three week break.