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Community Development Programme

Want an in-depth, hands-on experience with a variety of rural and urban development projects?

Our Community Development programme might be perfect for you!

Camping in some of the most beautiful and remote parts of Madagascar and living in a bustling friendly beach town, you'll get an insight into development work whilst having the adventure of a lifetime.


A Community Development expedition combines elements of conservation, construction, community work and education - but thats not all it takes to run a charity in stunning south east Madagascar! That's why you'll also join us in our offices in Fort Dauphin to gain crucial experience into the workings of a conservation and development NGO.

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You'll be getting involved where it really matters, allowing you to make a real impact in one of the most overlooked regions of Madagascar. Your expedition day could include building and repairing schools and latrines, making furniture for classrooms, delivering health and environmental education sessions, conducting conservation research, or writing blogs to tell our donors and supporters about the difference we're making together!

You'll be supported by our superb team of local guides, construction staff and national and international specialists to involve you in the day-to-day work of the organisation both in town and in the field.

A Community Development expedition can be part of a gap year, provide a break from boring everyday life at home or prepare you for a new career in the development, education or conservation sectors! 

Want to gain experience or credit for a university or college course? It's also available as an internship!

With more feedback and a final report: a Community Development internship lends itself to those who are joining the team as part of an academic course and particularly those who are aiming to be awarded credits. This will usually need to be approved in advance by your institution and any specific guidelines or documentation passed onto SEED Madagascar. If this is something you are interested in just complete the online application form and flag your interest in joining as an intern!

'This program immersed you in a community and I was able to learn about Malagasy culture in a respectful, yet participatory way. You experience the poverty that you help to alleviate, and it is clear that you can see SEED's tangible impacts throughout the community.' 

Alicia Sadowski, Community Development volunteer 2017

At a glance

  • Programme length: 4 - 10 weeks (or try our 2-3 week construction programme)
  • Dates: Four schemes each year. See dates »
  • Location: Anosy region, South-East Madagascar
  • Donation: from £1395 for a 4 week programme up to £1,995 donation for the full 10 weeks plus additional costs. Find out more »
  • Next step: Apply now

What's included?

  • Detailed orientation covering Malagasy culture and background information
  • Professional guide team 24/7
  • Hands-on training for those who haven’t done construction work before!
  • Malagasy lessons
  • All your food while with SEED Madagascar
  • Support before, during, and after your scheme from dedicated people
  • A proper adventure

How do I apply?

Anybody aged 18 or over may apply for Community Development as all required skills are taught. Although being in good physical shape is important, it’s just as important to have a good sense of humour when the going gets tough!

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