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Groups

High Schools (16-18 yr olds), Universities and Colleges, Corporate Team Building Groups are all welcome.

At a glance

  • Programme length: from 2 to 4 weeks
  • Start Dates: Flexible, please discuss with our team
  • Group Size: 10-30 participants
  • Activities: Construction / Conservation / English Teaching - combine as required - see sample itinerary below
  • Fully Risk Assessed
  • Location: Fort Dauphin and Sainte Luce , Anosy region, South-East Madagascar
  • Donation: from £795 to £1395 per person plus expenses. Teachers / Leaders go free
  • Hear and see more from a school group that joined us in July 2017  -  read about their time with us here and see some great pictures from their trip here.
  • Next step: Contact Sue to discuss all options for your trip on sue.beaumont@seedmadagascar.org

Overview

Group volunteering trips (10 - 30 participants) are wholly bespoke according to the interests of the group, and can include a variety of components from our Conservation, Construction and English Teaching programmes. We work closely with the group organiser / team leader to plan an itinerary that will ensure a memorable, engaging and informative experience. We may include fun activities too - introducing your team to Malagasy drumming and music, various beach activities and the chance to visit local nature reserves.

Safety

The safety of any groups volunteering with us is of key concern. Madagascar is not a particularly dangerous country, but its extreme poverty and the desperation this engenders makes a certain level of crime unavoidable. On arrival in Fort Dauphin all volunteers are given a full safety briefing containing a thorough list of dos and don’ts to follow during their stay. An experienced team of international staff and Malagasy guides will also be on hand to support the group and see to their safety during placements.

High school Groups

  • A school group of 16- 18 year old students must be led by teachers to whom we offer free places (1 free place for every 9 students booked at full price).
  • A group trip offers students the chance to experience a wholly different culture as well as a beautiful and remote location. The trip is additionally of undoubted academic worth. By working closely with a small NGO, students will gain insights into aspects of development work which touch on a myriad of subjects. They will view first-hand the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, learn about current conservation and environmental research methods, walk lemur spotting trips in the coastal forest and participate in community health and sanitation projects. Our work in Madagascar is varied, and we will ensure that your trip centres on the aspects of our organisation which interest your group most.

University Groups

As a small NGO centred specifically on Fort Dauphin and the wider Anosy region of South East Madagascar, SEED Madagascar recognizes the inter-causality of the problems afflicting the area and is thus engaged in a variety of different fields of development work. As such there are aspects of our work which will appeal to students of a variety of disciplines. Our group trips are arranged through a dialogue with the group leader to ensure that they are wholly aligned to the group’s interests.

  • Environmental Sciences, Biology, Conservation, Zoology etc – As a country Madagascar is of extreme interest to any student of the natural world due to its incredible 80% rate of endemism (degree of species unique to a geographical location). SEED Madagascar is engaged in research focused on biodiversity, collecting data about species present, their distribution, density, behaviour and habitats in the southern coastal forest of Sainte Luce. This forest is one of only three significant areas of its type remaining in Madagascar, the country’s forests having been reduced by over 90%. A student group interested in SEED’s environmental work will have the chance to hone their research skills by assisting our day to day conservation work, walking lemur transects and taking part in reptile and amphibian sweeps. Please see the conservation programme page for the full range of activities relating to the environment which students can take part in.
  • International Development, Economics etc – students of International Development will gain a unique chance to see the workings of a small forward-thinking development NGO and become engaged in all aspects of its work. Such experience will be invaluable for those wishing to pursue a career in this area, where extensive volunteer experience is sometimes seen as a prerequisite for paid employment. Students of any social science or economics based degree will find much of interest in Madagascar, a country afflicted by extreme poverty which sits at 158 on the Human Development Index. A group trip will give a great grounding and insight into the unique problems burdening the area and its people.

Corporate Groups

As a team building experience nothing could compare to volunteering with SEED Madagascar. Your team would be camping in the stunning surroundings of the Anosy region of south east Madagascar, learning new skills, building on their resourcefulness and resilience and learning more about each others strengths and weaknesses whilst making a genuine contribution to the vital work of an international charity and helping those who need it most. Whether you choose to build schools and community building or want to educate your team about our beautiful environment and the pressures it faces through our conservation programme...or combine elements of both, we are sure your team will leave stronger and re-invigorated.

Sample Itinerary

The sample itinerary below shows a 15 day scheme combining activities from both our construction and conservation programmes and allows additional days for travel to and from our site on the south east coast of Madagascar (not included in programme fee). This programme was successfully undertaken by a school group from the UK in July 2017 - you can read more about their time with us here and see some great pictures from their trip here.

DayMorning ActivitiesLunch Break
12- 2 pm
Afternoon ActivitiesEvening Activities
-1International flight arrival into Antananarivo - capitol of Madagascar
Spend 1 night in Antananarivo at hotel near airport. We can assist with hotel bookings and airport transfer.
SEED recommend Les Flots Bleu Hotel
1Internal flight (Air Madagascar) from Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin - our team meet and greet you at airport and transfer the group to our camp site on the edge of town.
Meet your camp cooks !Set up camp. Meet your guides. Briefings on programme schedule and orientation, Health and Safety and Cultural Awareness.


2Truck ride to construction site - set up camp
Malagasy Language LessonOrientation - School Building project talk / Health and Safety Briefing. Commence school or community building activities and appropriate training in correct use of tools and the task in hand.
Take your first bucket shower! Team games around camp
3Building Activities

Activities will vary dependant on the stage of build - not all activities will be undertaken and you may be doing the same tasks everyday until the job is done. You will nearly always spend time constructing school furniture at some point in your scheme.

eg. preparing,clearing and setting out foundations for the the build site / digging foundations / wire cutting / mixing concrete / laying bricks / preparing floor slab / fitting window and door frames/
making wooden desks and benches for classrooms / painting interior and exterior of walls / painting murals.

Prepare education session for next day.
4Building Activities

Deliver hygiene and sanitation education to local school or community.
Malagasy Language LessonBuilding activities.
Team games around camp
5Building ActivitiesMalagasy Language LessonBuilding Activities
Visit local village markets if time.
Team games around camp
6Building ActivitiesMalagasy Language LessonBuilding Activities
Team games around camp
7Building ActivitiesBreak campTruck ride back to Fort Dauphin Town - Set up camp
8Visit Noamphoana Wild Life Park (extra charge)
Guided tour of Fort Dauphin Town and Fruit MarketsOptional evening meal in town
9Truck Ride to Sainte Luce Conservation Site.
Conservation activities dependant upon project work and season.

Example activities given below - not all will be undertaken

Lemur or reptile transect / herp sweep/ measuring and weighing lobster catch / butterfly or dragonfly collection / bug hunt / pit trapping for mammals / visit Flying Fox hide / work in the plant nursery / tree planting on forest corridors / bird spotting.

Set up Camp and visit Chef de Quartier. Conservation orientation talks and training.Lemur or reptile night transect


Card games and songs in the Long Hut
10Morning activity briefing and training.

Conservation research activities.

Conservation research activities.
Prepare lesson for school activity
Lemur or reptile night transect.

11Participate in Conservation Awareness lesson at local primary schoolMufu (donuts) and coffee from local stall . Afternoon on beach - swim, beach games, relax.Card games and songs in the Long Hut
12Conservation research activities.
Malagasy Language LessonConservation research activities.
Lemur or reptile night transect.
13Truck ride back to Fort DauphinVisit town museum / Fruit Markets / Beach TimeOptional evening meal in town
14Malagasy drumming and dance lesson or visit local waterfall ( Cascades)Beach time Camp party - farewell from SEED Staff
15Fly out from Fort Dauphin back to AntananarivoOver night in Antananarivo before catching international flight home

International flight departure back home from Madagascar

What's included and what's not!

Whats included

  • Transport costs for the duration of the programme from Day 1 collection at Fort Dauphin airport to drop off at the scheme end.
  • Use of our beautiful campsites and facilities
  • All meals whilst on programme (optional meals out at Fort Dauphin restaurants are extra)
  • Full orientation and training for building and construction tasks and conservation field research techniques as required by your itinerary
  • Malagasy language lessons
  • A dedicated team of highly experienced international and local Malagasy staff to guide you.

Additional Costs

We request that groups cover their own pre-departure costs which may be around £1000 - £1500 per person depending on programme duration, country of departure and seasonality.

International flights (return - from the UK)

£680 - £1000

Internal flights (return - from Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin)

£280 - £400

Comprehensive travel insurance

£60 - £150

Tourist visa

£20

Vaccinations, anti- malarials and other medical preparations

£30 - £80

Personal equipment (including tent and sleeping mat)

£0 - £100