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Lemur Research and Conservation Program

Looking for a wildlife experience like no other? Join SEED Madagascar in Madagascar and help to conserve the fragile and unique environment of southeast Madagascar, as well...

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Pioneer Madagascar Programme

The Pioneer Program of SEED Madagascar, a United Kingdom-based non-government organization working on humanitarian, environmental, and sustainability projects in Madagascar,...

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English Teaching Programme

SEED Madagascar's English teaching programme provides a fantastic opportunity for both TEFL-qualified and inexperienced English teachers to gain experience planning and teaching...

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Community Construction: School Building Program

This project supports the building of rural schools in isolated and beautiful remote Malagasy villages. This is the scheme for people looking for a fitness-building outdoors...

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SEED Madagascar Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Construction in the southeast of Madagascar

I was on the Pioneer program for a total of eight weeks and loved almost every minute of it! The construction work challenged me just enough to drive me to improve my own skills, and if there was something I did struggle with the local construction team and the guides were always there to help. I found that the nature of our work meant that the volunteers worked together well as a team and therefore I have now made (hopefully) friends for life from across the globe.

One of the aspects I enjoyed the most was the chatting that we all started when we were working, because it wasn't just the volunteers and the Malagasy guys in separate groups, there was a lot of overlapping between everyone, resulting in me learning a lot of Malagasy while I was there. Of course we worked hard, undertaking tasks such as brick laying and levelling in preparation for pouring the concrete floor.

Another benefit of doing the Pioneer program is that if you are volunteering for 6 or more weeks, the last two weeks are spent at the conservation permanent location in Saint Luce, which meant I was able to get a view of the consvation efforts that SEED undertakes as well as making an immediate difference in the construction side of the program.

Program: Pioneer Madagascar Programme

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

An experience like no other

This programme has something to offer everyone. If you are considering a career in charity or with NGOs, if you are interested in wildlife and conservation, if you simply want to travel and immerse yourself in an utterly unique place and culture, then look no further. I can promise that there will never be a dull moment, that each day you will be experiencing something new and unique. During my time on the programme in 2013 I might be assisting with some light construction on one day, only to be trekking to remote communities to assess their needs and the impact of climate change the next. As an added bonus Fort Dauphin and the surrounding region is perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever been, during your time off from helping with the charity there will be myriad chances to enjoy it.

Program: Pioneer Madagascar Programme

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Definitely worthwile

Choosing to go with Seed Madagascar was the right choice as so much effort is taken to ensure that the community and wildlife is positively affected by their work. Local guides were very friendly, spoke good English and could spot wildlife from a mile away- including from a moving car! Activities included surveying frogs on a night walk, measuring lobsters at the beach and replanting endangered trees, and there was plenty of time to take photos and take in the beautiful landscape of Sainte Luce. Camping is definitely not an issue, especially when brown lemurs visit the campsite and you are always 2 minutes away from the forest where there are chameleons, geckos and mouse lemurs! It's definitely a worthwhile experience, and I wished I had organised to spend more time travelling around Madagascar.

Program: Lemur Research and Conservation Program

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Away from it all

Have you ever dreamt of going far away but never dared to? That was a long time me but then I decided that going to Madagascar would be worth it and with the help of Seed it became an unforgettable experience. I taught English to local staff members in one-to-one sessions - a luxury situation which I rarely have as a teacher over here. The students were great and it was a pleasure working with them. The impressions of my time spent with a lovely Malgache family and my students are still with me. I would definitely love to come back.

Program: English Teaching Programme

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    5

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    7

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Day to Day Life

    8

Nice experience

Staff and organization were pleasant to work with, I would volunteer again maybe in another program. I enjoyed my time and would have stayed longer if I could. The city is small enough to walk around comfortably and there are plenty of taxis around otherwise. Schools were starting a English speaking club, the start was a bit rough with attendance but hopefully with time things will improve.

Program: English Teaching Programme

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