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Azafady Conservation Programme - How to Apply & Costs

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Any person aged 18 or over may join the Azafady Conservation Programme as all required skills are taught. However the programme does often attract those who are, or have been, studying related courses or are conservation professionals, and if you do have particular skills in relevant areas this will enhance your contribution.

Volunteers should be prepared for physical work in a hot climate, adventurous road journeys, and long walks to reach remote and beautiful project sites. You will be camping for the duration of the programme and meals will be simple, mainly consisting of rice and beans, supplemented with fresh fruit and vegetables when available.

The work and lifestyle is challenging but incomparably rewarding and should be within the capabilities of any reasonably fit person. Although being in good physical shape is important, the ability to exhibit tolerance, patience and a good sense of humour when things get tough is just as essential. You will be asked various questions relating to these factors on the programme application form.


To have the opportunity to participate on the Azafady Conservation Programme, we ask volunteers to raise a minimum donation of £600 for their first 2-week module, £550 for their second 2-week module and £500 for all subsequent modules. This is made up of an initial non-refundable deposit which secures your place on the scheme, and the remaining balance which is due three weeks before departure.

The minimum donation is a donation to support the charitable work of Azafady (registered charity number 1079121). Funds generated by the programme support Azafady's projects in Madagascar, with some 90% of all donations being spent in direct pursuit of our charitable aims.

Don't let the size of the required donation put you off! Azafady is there to support volunteers in raising this donation, with a wealth of fundraising experience and resources available to volunteers. All volunteers receive a substantial fundraising manual and can use resources such as raffle tickets, collection boxes, Christmas cards, posters, online fundraising pages, and even a lemur suit!  You are of course welcome to simply pay the minimum donation from your own funds, although we do hope that, through fundraising activities, volunteers will assist us to raise public awareness about the threats to the people and environment of Madagascar.

Charitable expenditure 2010

Charitable expenditure based upon Azafady's Audited Accounts for the year ending 30 June 2010 (full accounts available upon request). Over 90% of funds were spent in direct pursuit of Azafady's charitable aims

Separately volunteers need to cover their own pre-departure costs including flights, visa, personal equipment, medical preparations and vaccinations, which are typically in the region of £1,000 - £1,500 (these can sometimes be fundraised too, with the prior agreement of Azafady) and volunteers will also need to ensure that they have appropriate travel insurance for the duration of their project.

Apply Now

To apply for a place on the Azafady Conservation Programme you can download an application form or request one from

Complete and return your application to Azafady and we will endeavour to inform you within seven days whether we can offer you a place. Places are limited and with the success of the Conservation Programme to date, we anticipate a high demand for places. So even if you are only thinking about joining, please complete the application form to let us know that you are interested and to reserve your place.

For more information download the Azafady Conservation Programme Guide.

In 2014 and 2015 the programme is running on the following dates (shown in 2-week blocks with 2 weeks representing 1 module):


April - JuneJuly – September

4 April - 17 April

18 April - 1 May

2 May - 15 May

16 May - 29 May

30 May - 12 June

4 July - 17 July

18 July - 31 July

1 August - 14 August

15 August - 28 August

29 August - 11 September

October - December

3 October - 16 October

17 October - 30 October

31 October - 13 November

14 November - 27 November

28 November - 11 December


January - MarchJuly – September

7 January – 20 January

21 January - 3 February

4 February - 17 February

18 February - 3 March

4 March - 17 March

6 July - 19 July

20 July - 2 August

3 August - 16 August

17 August - 30 August

31 August - 13 September

April - JuneOctober - December

7 April - 20 April

21 April - 4 May

5 May - 18 May

19 May - 1 June

2 June - 15 June

2 October - 15 October

16 October - 29 October

30 October - 12 November

13 November - 26 November

27 November - 10 December



Further Information


The Azafady Conservation Programme guide.

Application form.

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