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Volunteer stories

Considering joining us as a volunteer, but want to know more? Some of our previous volunteers have shared their experiences below.

Helena in the Azafady office

Helena was a volunteer on our conservation programme, before returning to SEED Madagascar in London for a week in the office.

Helena's story
Beth being herself

A Pioneer volunteer, Beth helped to build a primary school, and is now helping to raise funds for another!

Beth's story
Valerie during a lesson

Valerie spent three months with us as a volunteer English Teacher in Madagascar, and really enjoyed her time here.

Valerie's story

Isabella volunteered in the London office to gain experience in International Development, and is now studying for a masters!

Isabella's story


Hannah spent ten months in Fort Dauphin working as a Project Development Intern.

Hannah's story

Jo Coxall

Jo worked for SEED Madagascar for two years, initially as a Project development Intern and later as a Project Development Specialist.

Jo's story

Jon with Azafady colleague

Jon worked as a Livelihoods Advisor and Capacity Builder for SEED Madagascar for eighteen months.

Jon's story

Samm with Azafady colleagues

Samm worked as a Project Development Intern and Head of Project Development for five years.

Samm's story

Kate Austen

Kate worked as a Project Development Intern for a year.

Kate's story

Rachel with Azafady team

Rachel worked as an Assistant to the Director of Programmes and Operations.

Rachel's story

Nick in China

Nick spent a year at SEED Madagascar, working as a Project Development Intern (later Project Specialist) on education and environment projects.

Nick's story

Sue Grieg

Sue worked as a Community Health specialist for 6 weeks.

Sue's story

Gemma with Azafady colleagues

Gemma worked as a Sainte Luce Research Assistant / Livelihoods Advisor for two years.

Gemma's story

Laura with friends by a lake

Laura worked as an Assistant to the Director of Programmes and Operations.

Laura's story

Chris volunteered on the 10 week Pioneer Programme.

SEED is a charity that is truly embedded in community and place, its sensitivity to the needs of the environment and people of Fort Dauphin was immediately clear from a quick perusal of the experiences of those who had spent time with the organisation. My positive first impressions were justified and even surpassed by my experiences in the following ten weeks on the pioneer programme!

Throughout my time in southeast Madagascar, I assisted in a staggering variety of tasks, which allowed me to gain a full understanding of the diverse issues affecting the development of the region. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to contribute to conservation and climate change research, reforestation projects, community consultations, English teaching, sanitation projects, and construction. One memorable task involved trekking along an isolated river system in search of a critically endangered water palm!

The people I met in Madagascar, the experiences I had, and the memories I made mean that my time there was truly unforgettable; I wish I could go back and live through it all again! Even now after several years have passed, I still miss the rather acrid local Three Horses beer and the regular meals of rice and beans for which I foolishly failed to get the recipe for (If anyone knows what beans they were using, please get in contact!)

My experience provided me with an opportunity to find out more about the workings of an impressive NGO and gave me the desire to pursue a career in the charity sector. As a result, I will soon be commencing a master’s degree in International Development!

I have just recently returned to SEED, now volunteering at the London Office! What can I say about my experiences so far? To anyone who believes that a third sector job may be for them, I would say look no further than SEED Madagascar