Conservation Research Programme
Our conservation programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce, surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. You will carry out important, hands-on, conservation fieldwork with species including lemurs, bats and amphibians, help with community initiatives and environmental education. You'll also have the chance to explore the beautiful local area, meet some amazing people and enjoy some spectacular sunsets.
Our volunteering programmes are currently suspended to protect our staff, volunteers, wildlife and the communities we work with. While we continue to run most of our charitable activities, we cannot accept volunteers at this time. In doing this we are closely following official advice, both in the UK and in Madagascar, and will not be resuming volunteer programmes until it is safe to do so - both for volunteers and host communities.
These are unprecedented times both in Madagascar and elsewhere, and it is likely our programmes will change when they do resume. However, we are using this time to reflect on and strengthen our programmes, and we're looking forward to the future of conservation volunteering in Madagascar!
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.
At a glance
- Programme length: 2 - 10 weeks
- Dates: Four schemes each year. See dates »
- Location: Sainte Luce littoral forest, southeast Madagascar
- Donation: From £795 plus expenses. Find out more »
- Next step: Apply now
The southern littoral forest in Sainte Luce is one of only three significant areas of this forest type remaining in Madagascar, having been reduced by over 90%. As the forest has both high biodiversity and a heavily reliant local population, we work to combine scientific research with community conservation to build knowledge and capacity in the area.
Currently, our research focuses on biodiversity, collecting data about species present, their distribution, density, behaviour and habitats. The data is used to better manage the forests, support the local community and protect the species concerned. Volunteers also run regular environmental education classes for local children.
It's amazing when you shine your headtorch into the depths of the forest and spot a pair of golden eyes belonging to a curious woolly lemur staring back at you. You are always really close to the wildlife so you can really appreciate the biodiversity that Madagascar has to offer.Phil, Conservation Volunteer
- 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
- 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 on the SEED Madagascar Conservation Research Programme you can apply online (it takes about 20-30 minutes).