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Conservation Research Programme

Based in the beautiful coastal area of Sainte Luce and surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral forest, come join us on the SEED Conservation Research Programme (SCRP)! Join us and you will gain first-hand experience carrying out conservation fieldwork with species including lemurs, amphibians, chameleons, and more. You’ll also get to help with community initiative programmes and environmental education sessions, exploring the local area and meeting some amazing people.

At a glance

  • Programme length: 2 - 8 weeks 
  • Dates: 4 schemes each year. See dates
  • Location: Sainte Luce littoral forest, south-east Madagascar
  • Activities: Conservation fieldwork, research, community initiatives
  • Donation: From £795 plus expenses. Costs and further information 

Are you interested? Apply now, it only takes a few minutes!

Register your interest

If you would like to register your interest in future volunteering schemes, or be kept up to date on the latest progress towards this goal, leave your name and email address using the form below.

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COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Our volunteering programmes restarted in January 2022 after a two year hiatus due to COVID-19. We frequently risk assess all volunteer activities and have developed vigorous COVID-19 protocols to protect our staff, volunteers, and the communities we work with. To join our volunteering programme you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you would like to know more about our COVID-19 procedures, please email

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Having been reduced by over 90%, the southern littoral forests in Sainte Luce are one of only three significant areas of this forest type remaining. As the forest has both a high level of biodiversity, and a community heavily reliant on the resources the forest supplies, we work to combine scientific research with community conservation to build knowledge and capacity in the area.

Current projects include: Endemic palms research and conservation; reforestation through biodiversity corridors to protect lemurs and other species; wetland conservation, long-term herpetofauna monitoring, and lemur monitoring/research.

Read more about our research programme

You are always really close to the wildlife, so you can really appreciate the biodiversity that Madagascar has to offer.

Phil, Conservation Volunteer

What's included?

  • Contribute to genuine scientific research
  • Detailed orientation covering Malagasy culture and background information
  • Professional guide team 24/7
  • Malagasy language lessons
  • All your food and campsite costs while with SEED Madagascar. More information on costs
  • Support before, during, and after your scheme from dedicated people
  • A proper adventure!

How do I apply?

Anybody aged 18 or over may apply to join the programme. To apply for a place you can fill in a simple online form (it takes about 20 minutes).

Join the SEED Conservation Research Programme