The project works to ensure that health needs are met working hard on projects to evaluate the need and prioritise the building of new toilets using locally sourced materials and techniques; thus having a direct impact on the sanitation of the environment.
Together with the local government the team are helping to provide the community with access to clean water through new wells, which is vital to for the local community.
The project has also worked hard and over the last few years reforested 80 hectares of barren land and established tree nurseries in the local, rural environment. They have also set up schemes in rural schools working alongside teachers, parents and students to create school gardens and tree nurseries in an agricultural development programme.
The project also teaches practical skills in the local schools focused on the importance of hygiene, conservation and environmental issues within the local community. The project's long term community based conservation initiatives integrate poverty reduction schemes, sustainable conservation efforts and scientific research.
Volunteers and the local team use a long drop toilet and bucket showers at the campsite to reduce the water usage. There is no electricity available to the main camp site. The camp site is made using locally sourced materials and labour from the local community.
The project is committed to creating sustainable projects that enhance the provisions for the community. Building new schools which are beneficial to the local community is one of the ways the charity does this; this increases the children's accessibility to their vital education.
Volunteers are encouraged to buy from the local shops and markets and practice fair bargaining. Volunteers help local businesses by buying souvenirs from a local women's social initiative and pay for their washing to be done in the local village.
Volunteers follow our responsible volunteering code of conduct.
Education schemes are also run with the local community in the schools to work to educate individuals on both agricultural development and environment protection, as well as the importance of hygiene. The community also benefits from sanitation projects building toilets and working to increase the access to clean water through building new wells.
The project also runs poverty reductions schemes to benefit the local community such as running educational conservation clubs for the local children and empowering local women by teaching embroidery, English lessons and business skills.
Reviews of Madagascar conservation volunteering holiday
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 19 Apr 2016 by Patricia
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
I can't name that one and only moment I have to say. The whole experience was memorable. Not only the work but also the people I had the pleasure to meet.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I was camping the first time in my life and did some research beforehand. However I did of course made a few mistakes. The next time I would definitely bring a bigger tent and 2 very strong head torches. My tent was ok for 2 weeks but for a longer period it would be to small. A very strong head torch is a must if you want to be able to spot lemurs and insects in the dark. And be prepared for wet feet if you don't have waterproof ankleboots.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
The project in my opinion is a huge benefit to the local community as both the locals as well as the research staff work hand in hand as best as possible. The education about the nature is not one party teaching the other but rather both teaching each other with local guides who know the area inside out even in the dark and with the research staff teaching children how to protect this area in a sustainable way.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This holiday was the best I had in my life. I will definitely repeat this kind of holiday. I learned a lot about the environment, animals and the culture but also a lot about myself. Being able to combine a little bit of travelling through Madagascar before the volunteering started was the perfect mix. I only regret not being able to stay longer in Sainte Luce.