Following the success of our Pioneer, Lemur Venture and Short-Term programmes, Azafady launched a new volunteer scheme, the Azafady Conservation Programme in 2010: 'Lemurs, Biodiversity and Community'.
This exciting and innovative programme is a long-term community-based conservation initiative. Inspired by the Lemur Venture programme and now incorporating a more holistic approach, it integrates conservation research on critically endangered flora and fauna with community initiatives.
The programme is based in the beautiful coastal region of Sainte Luce which is surrounded by extremely rare and threatened fragments of littoral (coastal) forest. It integrates practical hands-on conservation research on endangered flora and fauna, in particular lemurs, reptiles and amphibians, with community initiatives and environmental education; building the understanding of the community about the complex habitats of which they are the stewards. The programme consists of two core modules:
The volunteer scheme is designed as a 10-week programme starting at the beginning of January, April, July and October each year, but is split into two-week modules; allowing those of you with time constraints still to visit Madagascar and make a valuable contribution to our long-term conservation work. Volunteers can join the programme for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 weeks. However, the work in each two-week block is varied and the programme is designed to combine modules allowing individuals to gain a more in-depth understanding of our integrated approach to conservation. Consequently, volunteers usually stay for longer periods of time ranging from one month to the full ten weeks.
Volunteers will gain practical skills and vocational experience which are invaluable for anyone studying biology or conservation or looking to pursue a career in these areas, or anyone looking for a change of pace as part of a sabbatical, career break, or gap year.