AZAFADY - people community enviroment  
  Internships in Madagascar:
Conservation, Development and Sustainable Livelihoods
  Azafady is a registered charity which, with the help of interns from around the world, steps off the beaten track to respond to the needs of communities in southeast Madagascar through a variety of environmental, humanitarian and sustainable livelihoods projects, while offering interns an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to work with a grassroots organization at the frontline of global conservation and sustainable development.  
  Situated off the east coast of Africa, Madagascar is one of the world’s biologically richest countries, with 80% of its animal and plant species found nowhere else on earth. However, deforestation is taking a huge toll on this fragile environment and, with severely limited access to formal education, health care and safe drinking water, 70% of the population living under the poverty line, and 1 in 10 children dying before their 5th birthday, Madagascar is also one of the poorest countries in the world.  
  Azafady is a charity dedicated to supporting the people and ecosystems of southeast Madagascar and working in response to local communities’ expressed needs. For the last 15 years the charity has run a variety of conservation, livelihoods, education and health projects, and its ongoing work is made possible through the support of interns visiting the region and getting involved. By taking an internship with Azafady you will make a genuine contribution to local communities and their environment while gaining invaluable experience, working as part of an internationally respected NGO.  
  If you are over 18 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 an essential cause, an internship with Azafady is ideal for you. Our structured and constructive programs allow you to develop existing abilities and learn new skills, enhancing your resume. Whether you are looking to gain specific knowledge and vocational experience in conservation or community development, or are simply looking for an international internship during a break from studying or work, Azafady can offer you a unique experience.  
  Your internship  
  The internships are challenging but greatly rewarding, and you can be sure that you will be an active and valuable member of the project from fundraising to working with local coordinators in Madagascar to achieve the project aims. Your internship is all about practical learning; you’ll be encouraged throughout and given regular feedback on your development as you work towards your career or study goals. And it’s all done in the freedom of the outdoors, not sat in a lecture theatre; this is hands-on experience that will help you apply your existing knowledge to the real world and see how a grassroots organization operates on-the-ground. If you are studying zoology, conservation, international development or related subjects, your Azafady internship can contribute to your university or college course.  
  Pioneer Internship Program: Over the course of 10 weeks Pioneer Interns have the opportunity to work in three interrelated areas; development, conservation and sustainable livelihoods, while living and working within the local community. Depending on local needs at the time, you’ll work on a variety of projects such as building schools in rural villages, constructing wells to improve access to clean water, teaching local children crucial health education, or planting trees and building fuel-efficient stoves to help combat deforestation. The Pioneer team works with experienced project leaders along with a team of Malagasy guides and an international group coordinator. On this award-winning programme you can attain credits for your studies and gain specialised skills for a future career in the non-profit sector.  
  Duration: 10 weeks (shorter periods from 5 weeks may be arranged by request)
Minimum donation: $3,251 (£2,000)
Dates: January, April, July and October each year
  Azafady Conservation Internship Program: This exciting new programme offers volunteers the chance to get involved in all aspects of our conservation work in Madagascar through the choice of two 2-week modules which can be combined so individual programmes last from 2–10 weeks. From running environmental education sessions with local school kids and planting trees, to monitoring lemur behaviour and researching critically endangered reptiles and amphibians, you’ll be an active member of a specialist team committed to preserving Madagascar’s threatened ecosystems, and you’ll gain an understanding of the holistic way in which Azafady approaches conservation. You’ll have the unique opportunity to tailor your experience to your interests and needs - you can combine different modules, or you can focus on one aspect of our conservation work that particularly interests you. You will acquire skills and vocational experience invaluable for anyone studying biology or conservation, or looking to pursue a career in these areas. The Programme can also be taken as an internship.  
  Duration: 2 - 10 weeks
Minimum donation: $975 (£600) for first 2-week module, $894 (£550) for second module then $812 (£500) for all further modules.
Dates: Ongoing start dates throughout the year
  Short Term Programs: If you can only escape for a few weeks but still want to make a meaningful contribution and have an unforgettable experience, Azafady’s short-term programs are ideal for you. Whether you choose to work alongside our team building schools in rural villages - from laying the foundations to equipping the classroom with furniture - or to teach English to a class of eager students, you can be sure that the benefits of your hard work will continue long after your time in Madagascar ends while you will gain valuable practical experience.  
  Duration: 2 or 3 weeks
Minimum donation: 2 weeks $967 (£595), 3 weeks for $1,292 (£795)
Dates: January, April, July and October each year
  “Azafady's Pioneer Program was a life changing experience for me - not only did I get to visit an amazing country, but I got to live amongst the local people and help make what small difference I could! Pioneer has inspired me in so many ways.”
Kelsey Ripp, Human Biology & Environmental Science,
Brown University (Pioneer 2009)
  To see a video of our volunteers at work in Madagascar click here.  
  Azafady encourages its interns, with the hands-on help of the UK team, to fundraise the donation for their program. Crucially, these fundraising activities also raise public awareness about Madagascar and Azafady’s work. At Azafady, there’s no glossy literature, no plush offices or big salaries, and with 90% of all donations going directly towards the pursuit of our charitable aims, you can be sure your donation is being invested into our projects in Madagascar. You’ll need to pay for your own flights, but you can be safe in the knowledge that your donation will cover:  
  • A dedicated member of staff from our London office to help you with your preparations every step of the way
  • All in-country travel costs during your project
  • Full training 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 in Madagascar to guide you
  If you would like to find out more about any of the programmes or about Azafady, or want to download an application form, please visit our website:

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If you have any other enquiries contact us at or phone our London office on: + 44 (0)20 8960 6629 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

We look forward to hearing from you!