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Construction

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

Overview

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

  • 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 October - 15th October or 22nd October

Other date options are available - please do get in touch: info@seedmadagascar.org

Construction Programme - deposit, donation and additional costs

Deposit : £200

To participate on the SEED Madagascar Construction Programme, we ask for a non-refundable deposit of £200 to confirm your place and then a pledge to raise a donation * towards our charitable causes as shown in the table below - of course we would be delighted if you manage to raise more !

Donation

Programme Duration

2 weeks

3 weeks

Deposit

£200

£200

Donation *

£595

£795

Total Contribution

£795

£995

Your donation supports the charitable work of SEED Madagascar. Funds generated by the programme support the charity's projects in Madagascar, with 92% of all donations being spent in direct pursuit of our charitable aims.

Don't let the size of the 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.

We ask for your donation to be with us 3 weeks prior to your departure date.

Whats included

The contribution you make covers scheduled transport costs for the duration of your programme from the point you are picked up at the airport in Fort Dauphin, transfer between project sites and drop off at the airport; all meals; full orientation and training in the required construction skills; language classes in Madagascar and a dedicated team to guide you.

Additional Costs

Additionally volunteers need to cover their own pre-departure costs which are often around £1000-££1500 but vary depending on programme duration, your country of departure and seasonality.

International flights (from the UK)

£680 - £1000

Internal flights (Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin -return)

£280 -£400

Comprehensive travel insurance

£60 -£150

Tourist visa

£20-£40

Vaccinations, anti- malarials and other medical preperations

£30 -£80

Personal equipment (including tent and sleeping mat)

£0 - £100

(These can sometimes be fund-raised too, with the prior agreement of SEED Madagascar).

Gift Aid

* SEED Madagascar seek to maximise donations to the charity by claiming Gift Aid from UK tax payers which can increase the value of funds you raise for us by 25%. Gift Aid can be claimed at the point of online donation by our partners Charity Check Out or Virgin Money Giving or by filling in our simple form. Full details on eligibility for Gift Aid can be found here https://www.gov.uk/claim-gift-aid/what-you-can-claim-it-on.

Under these criteria the deposit of £200 does not qualify and nor do any payments for additional expenses such as tent hire or internal flights.SEED can claim Gift Aid on all the donation you raise. While Gift Aid is an important part of our charity income, we do not count it toward your Total Contribution - but we very much appreciate the valuable added extra boost it gives to funding our charitable work. You are welcome to contact the Inland Revenue or SEED Madagascar should you have any further questions regarding Gift Aid.

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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.