Volunteer in Madagascar with Azafady!By Sophie
Breakoff the tourist trail and into Madagascar
Madagascar, the fourth largest island in the world, is like nowhere else on earth. Parting from mainland Africa 135million years ago, evolution has run wild ever since and most of what you see in Madagascar is utterly unique.
All those returning from Madagascar take with them unrivalled stories of bizarre animals and jaw dropping tales of the captivating cultural practices of the 18 tribal groups that call Madagascar home.
An international priority
With some 80% of Madagascar’s animal and plant species unique to the island, deforestation from slash-and-burn agriculture, resulting in mass soil erosion, has made Madagascar a global conservation priority.
Despite its biological richness, 77% of the population live on under $1.25/day and access to education, healthcare and even safe drinking water is incredibly limited.
Azafady is based in the extremely impoverished south east region of Anosy, where infant mortality is as high as 4 in 10.
Growth from grassroots
Azafady is a UK registered charity and Malagasy NGO based in the Anosy region, SE Madagascar.
Being one of the largest employers in the region with over 70 Malagasy staff, along with the addition of international volunteers, for the last 15 years, Azafady has been responding to the directly expressed needs of the most marginalised local communities and working to conserve the incredible biodiversity found in the region.
Azafady Projets: Get Involved
Azafady has a broad range of award-winning environmental, humanitarian and sustainable livelihoods projects. Working alongside local communities, Azafady offers volunteers an unforgettable experience and the chance to work on the frontline of an international grassroots organisation in one of the most spectacular yet impoverished regions of the world.
In fact Azafady’s programmes consistently prove to be THE vital stepping stone for those looking to launch their careers in the international development or conservation sectors.
Let your time make a real difference to those who need it most and experience a land of magic and mystery in Madagascar!
Pioneer Madagascar (10 weeks)
The Azafady Conservation Programme (2-10 weeks)
Short Term Community Construction (2-3 weeks)
English Teaching (2-10 weeks)
To find out more visit Azafady or click on the links above for more information about each programme.