The Azafady Short-Term Community Construction Programme was developed in 2009 after realising that those in employment or with other responsibilities at home, were not in a position to commit themselves to our 5–10 week Pioneer Programme. Whilst our recommendation is always to encourage people to volunteer for the full 10 weeks, our Short-Term programme offers the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a short-space of time (2–3 weeks) by assisting our construction team in all aspects of a locally-requested Azafady community construction project.
These short-term placements are a fantastic option for those wanting to contribute to Azafady's established construction department in the stunning Anosy region of south east Madagascar and is ideal for motivated volunteers looking for a fitness-building outdoors experience that really makes a difference to the lives of impoverished communities.
As a volunteer on this programme you may work on community projects such as building schools as seen in Project Sekoly or building wells and latrines in rural villages. In a group of likeminded international volunteers, with a team of Malagasy guides and an international group coordinator, you may get involved in digging a schools foundations and the construction of the walls, all the way through to painting the classrooms and building the classroom furniture. Or you may work on health and sanitation projects building wells and latrines in areas with poor sanitation, increasing access to safe drinking water and educating about the importance of hygiene.
All skills necessary to participate on the programme are taught during the placement so no pre-existing experience is required.
Sample Itinerary (3-week placement)
Returned Short-Term volunteer Daniel Wood (3 weeks) captures what life is like as an Azafady volunteer on this programme via his ‘One Month in Madagascar’ showcase. Daniel increased his stay in Madagascar to one month so he could spend some time travelling after the programme. Please click on One Month in Madagascar photo below to find out what life is like on Azafady's Short-Term Community Construction Programme!