We would like to offer your students at the University of Washington the opportunity to take part in Azafady’s unique internship and volunteering programs in Madagascar. With over a decade of experience, our award-winning projects attract participants from around the globe, providing the opportunity to work in partnership with local Malagasy NGO staff, supporting marginalized communities and assisting with the conservation and development of the region.
By developing vocational skills from conservation and teaching English to construction, our programs welcome students into the challenging and rewarding field of grassroots development NGOs, ensuring they are involved in every aspect of the project they’re working on. The structure of our programs makes them ideal for any students looking to pursue a career in conservation, sustainable development or humanitarian work in the future. Whatever your students’ career aspirations, our! programs provide experience and help develop essential skills that can be transferred to any profession while making a measurable and often profound difference in Madagascar. Unlike many other organizations, Azafady’s projects have all been requested by local communities and respond to their directly expressed needs.
Feedback from our past volunteers has been incredibly positive, with many people telling us that their placement enabled them to gain college credit. Please see below for further information about Azafady and our programs.
Azafady is a registered charity who, with the help of interns and volunteers from around the world, steps off the beaten track to respond to the directly expressed and urgent needs of some of the most marginalized communities and most threatened environments in the world. Based in south east Madagascar, Azafady has a broad range of environmental, humanitarian, and sustain! able livelihoods projects working alongside local communities,! offering students and professionals alike an unforgettable experience and the chance to work on the frontline of an international grassroots organization.
Situated off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is one of the world’s top conservation priorities with some 80% of its animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth. However, while it may be environmentally rich, deforestation from slash-and-burn agriculture and other pressures threatens the local wildlife and with over 80% of the population living on under $1.25 per day, access to education, health care and even safe drinking water is incredibly limited. Infant mortality is a horrendous 1 in 10 nationally – and as high as 4 in 10 in the extremely impoverished south east region of Anosy where Azafady is based.
What does Azafady do?
For over 16 years, Azafady has worked with local organizations to help change these shocking statistics by ensuring our projects are both usefu! l to and requested by the local people. Using specialist knowledge and an award winning team of experienced project leaders, whether you choose conservation, construction, English teaching, or sustainable livelihoods programs, our placements offer you the opportunity to gain invaluable experience as a member of a grassroots organization by being involved in all aspects of your project from the start.
Who are the volunteer programs suitable for?
If you are 18 or over and are interested in a career in conservation, development or international charity work, or just want the opportunity to be part of a team of likeminded individuals working towards a vital cause, a placement with Azafady is the ideal starting point. Our structured programs allow you to develop existing abilities and learn new skills that can enrich your résumé whether you want to pursue a career in conservation or community development, or want to take part in an international internship during! a break from studying or work. See what our previous voluntee! rs have s! aid here..
How can I get involved?
1. PIONEER PROGRAM
Pioneer is our longest running program and has found us some of our longest serving staff (and even some trustees) over the years! Living and working as part of the local community, you’ll work in three interrelated areas over the course of 10 weeks: community health; construction and sustainable livelihoods; environmental education and conservation. Depending on local needs at the time, you’ll help build schools in rural villages, teach English to help people benefit from growing industries such as tourism, build wells to improve access to clean water, educate on the importance of hygiene and sanitation, maintain crucial tree nurseries to combat deforestation, and assist NGO staff on community visits and surveys. With Pioneer, you can gain college credit while gaining more specific skills for a fu! ture career in development or conservation.
Duration: 10 weeks (shorter durations possible down to a minimum of 5 weeks). Cost: $3,075 (£2000) donation (generated by fundraising and supported by Azafady), plus flights. Video Summary: http://youtu.be/7do-Nobt3DY
2. AZAFADY CONSERVATION PROGRAM (ACP)
Our conservation program campsite is situated in a small community on the edge of the last remaining stands of littoral forest in south east Madagascar – an incredibly biodiverse yet greatly endangered environment. This exciting program offers you the chance to participate in a variety of projects covering all aspects of conservation work. From working on lemur, reptile and amphibian studies to tree planting, environmental education and biodiversity research, you’ll be an active member of a team committed to preserving Madagascar’s unique wildlife and environment. By spending an! ywhere from 2 to 10 weeks on the program, you’ll gain an app! reciation ! of Madagascar’s complex habitats and a real overview of the crucial factors involved in conservation; living and working so closely with local communities, you’ll build up an understanding of the importance of working together with the local people in educational and practical efforts to conserve this beautiful region.
Duration: 2 – 10 weeks. Cost: $922 (£600) donation for the first 2 weeks, $845 (£550) for the second 2 weeks then $769 (£500) for any additional 2 week blocks thereafter (generated by fundraising and supported by Azafady), plus flights. Video – World Environment Day Celebration 2012: http://youtu.be/VA4H-Zvr9do
3. SHORT-TERM COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM
If you can’t commit to the 10 week Pioneer program but still want to be part of a longstanding and critically needed project, Azafady’s short term construction program is geared towards you. Whether ! you want to get a solid outdoor experience working on school building, repairs and renovations, as well as the opportunity to work on other locally requested construction projects in isolated villages, you can be sure that the benefits of your hard work will continue long after your time in Madagascar comes to an end. As with our longer programs, during our 2-3 week projects you’ll gain invaluable hands-on experience, working alongside NGO Azafady staff and local communities. However…beware… most people never want to leave at the end of their 2-3 weeks so if this program appeals to you, consider taking Pioneer for between 5 and 10 weeks instead.
Duration: 2 or 3 weeks. Cost: 2 weeks – $915 (£595) donation, 3 weeks – $1,222 (£795) (generated by fundraising and supported by Azafady), plus flights. Video Summary: http://youtu.be/mxx-Q7SXRs8
4. ENGLISH TEACHING – PROJECT MAMPIANATRA
In southeast Madagascar being able to speak English ! can make ! the difference between finding employment and escaping poverty or not. During the school year, volunteers will generally work as an assistant to the program coordinator for the first 2-3 weeks helping to teach English in the high school, to Malagasy Azafady staff, and to middle school English teachers. After the 3 weeks for those staying on, volunteers will be expected to work more autonomously, planning their own lessons and taking more of a leading role. After 4 weeks (for those with a TEFL certificate or equivalent) volunteers will be expected to be at a stage where they are planning and preparing their own lessons and classes. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to boost Project Mampianatra’s core activities by assisting with the development of teaching materials to support the sustainability of the program or developing scripts for a new ‘Speak English’ radio program. These additional English teaching related activities will run depending on the time of year a! nd according to local demand and volunteer numbers.
Duration: Short-Term: 2-10 weeks, Long-Term: 6-12 months. Cost: Short-Term – $1,068 (£695) donation for 2-weeks, plus an extra $146 (£95) for each additional week (generated by fundraising and supported by Azafady) plus flights, Long-Term – no donation, but all personal living costs must be covered, plus flights. Video Summary: http://youtu.be/gEVsreOWMyo
We encourage our volunteers to be creative and fundraise to help raise the money for their project, and also spread the word about Azafady and our causes. At Azafady, there’s no glossy literature, no plush offices or fancy salaries. With 93% of all donations going towards the pursuit of our charitable aims, you can be sure your donation is invested in support of our project work in Madagascar. You’ll need to book your own flights but don’t worry, you can be safe in the knowledge that your donation will also cover:
- all in! -country travel costs during your project
- full traini! ng in all! aspects of the project work
- all meals and use of campsite facilities
- orientation and language classes on arrival in Madagascar
- a dedicated team of staff in London and in Madagascar to guide you through every step
If you would like to find out more about any of the projects or about Azafady, or want to download an application form, visit our website: http://www.madagascar.co.uk.
If you have any other enquiries, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone our London office on: + 44 (0)20 8960 6629 and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
We look forward to hearing from you!
International Volunteer Coordinator
1a Beethoven Street
London, W10 4LG
Telephone +44 (0) 20 8960 6629
Fax +44 (0) 20 8962 0126
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