Volunteering abroad in Madagascar

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2016: 3 Oct
2017: 4 Jan, 4 Apr, 4 Jul, 3 Oct
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Volunteering abroad in Madagascar

Environment

Through this project volunteers will be contributing to the preservation and enhancement of the local bio-diverse environment. Volunteers will work alongside the local building team and charity staff to complete locally requested community construction projects. Local sourced materials and techniques will are used to ensure that any buildings fits into the cultural landscape.

The charity works in various project locations ensuring to support all the local environments and communities. 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; 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 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.

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.

The community also benefits from sanitation projects building toilets and working to increase the access to clean water through building new wells.

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 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.

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