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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.

At a glance

  • Programme length: 2 - 3 weeks
  • Dates: Four schemes each year. See dates »
  • Location: Anosy region, South-East Madagascar
  • Cost: £795/£995 donation plus expenses. Find out more »
  • Next step: Apply now


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.

Sample itinerary

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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.

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Dates for 2017

  • 1st March - 14th March
  • 6th April - 20th/27th April
  • 6th July - 20th/27th July Fully booked!
  • 6th October - 20th/27th October

Dates for 2018

  • 9th Jan - 22nd or 29th Jan
  • 3rd April - 16th April or 23rd April
  • 3rd July - 16th July or 23rd July
  • 2nd Oct - 15th or 22nd Oct

Other date options are available - please do get in touch:

Contribution and additional costs

To have the opportunity to participate on the Construction Programme, we ask volunteers to make a donation towards our charitable causes of

£795 for 2 weeks or

£995 for 3 weeks.

We ask for an initial donation to guarantee your preferred dates on the scheme with the remaining balance to be donated three weeks before departure.

Don't let the size of the required donation put you off! SEED Madagascar is there to support you 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 make the donation from your own savings, 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.

Your donation will cover all transport costs from your pick up on arrival at Fort Dauphin airport and between project sites, full training, all meals, orientation and language classes in Madagascar, and a dedicated team to guide you.

Additionally volunteers need to cover their own pre-departure costs including flights,comprehensive travel insurance,tourist visa,personal equipment (including a tent and sleeping mat for camping out), 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).

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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.

A guide at the construction site

To apply for a place on one of our Construction Programme teams apply online (takes 20-30 minutes).

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.