Our Construction programme offers the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a short-space of time, either 2 or 3 weeks,by assisting our local Malagasy team of skilled tradesmen in all aspects of a locally-requested SEED Madagascar community construction project.
These short-term placements are a fantastic option for those wanting to contribute to SEED Madagascar'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 a variety of community construction projects. This may be assisting in building schools as seen in Project Sekoly or building wells and latrines in rural villages or on occasion in urban settings.
In a group of like-minded international volunteers,with a team of Malagasy guides and an international group coordinator, you may get involved in digging foundations,building the walls, all the way through to painting the classroom blocks or other community buildings.
Often you will also help our carpenters to build the classroom furniture.You may also 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.
Previous short-term volunteer Daniel Wood (3 weeks) captures what life is like as an SEED Madagascar volunteer on this programme via his ‘One Month in Madagascar’ showcase. Daniel increased his stay in Madagascar to one month so he could spend some time travelling after the programme.
Dates for 2018
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To have the opportunity to participate on the Construction Programme, we ask volunteers to raise a minimum donation of
£795 for 2 weeks or
£995 for 3 weeks.
This is made up of a £200 initial non-refundable deposit which secures your place on the scheme, and the remaining balance of the minimum donation for your programme i.e. either £595 or £795 depending on whether you are a 2- or 3-week volunteer. The remaining balance is due three weeks before departure.
Don't let the size of the required donation put you off! SEED Madagascar is there to support volunteers in raising this donation, with a wealth of fundraising experience and resources available to volunteers. Please see our fundraising advice page for further ideas.
You are of course welcome to simply pay the minimum donation from your own funds, although we do hope that, through fundraising activities, volunteers will assist us to raise public awareness about the threats to the people and environment of Madagascar.
Additionally volunteers need to cover their own pre-departure costs including flights,tourist visa,personal equipment, medical preparations and vaccinations, which are typically in the region of £1,000 – £1,200 (these can sometimes be fund-raised too, with the prior agreement of SEED Madagascar), and volunteers will also need to ensure that they have appropriate travel insurance for the duration of their project.
Any person aged 18 or over may become a Construction Programme volunteer as all required skills are taught.
Volunteers should be prepared for physical work in a hot climate, adventurous road journeys and long walks to reach remote and beautiful project sites, although occasionally you may be based in an urban setting. Depending on the work you are assigned, you may be digging, sawing,chiselling, hammering,painting and decorating and many more things besides. You will be camping for the duration of the programme and meals will be simple but tasty,often consisting of rice and beans, supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables, with fish or meat once a week when available.
The work and lifestyle is challenging but incomparably rewarding and should be within the capabilities of any reasonably fit person. Although being in good physical shape is important, the ability to exhibit tolerance, patience and a good sense of humour when things get tough is just as essential. You will be asked various questions relating to these factors on the programme application form.
Complete and return your application to SEED Madagascar and we will endeavour to inform you within seven days whether we can offer you a place. Places are limited to approximately 15 people on each team, usually departing within the first or second week in the months of January, April, July and October each year.
With the success of our volunteer programmes to date, we anticipate a high demand for places so please complete the application form as soon as possible to let us know that you are interested and to reserve your place.