The Pioneer program gives you the opportunity to work on-the-ground in three interrelated project areas; development, conservation and sustainable livelihoods, while living and working within the local community. Activities include building schools in rural villages, constructing wells to improve access to clean water and building fuel-efficient stoves.The Pioneer volunteers then join our conservation team for 2-3 weeks in St Luce to assist in collecting data on lemur behaviour and on reptiles and amphibians,may assist in our tree planting programme and also deliver environmental education at the local primary school.
The Pioneer Programme is offered as an internship for those wishing to gain experience and/or credit for a college or university course. The major difference between whether you take the programme as an intern or a volunteer relates to the amount of mentorship and self-evaluation available to you during your time on the programme.
For programme dates see website.
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Don't let the cost put you off!
We are here to support you in raising this donation. We have a wealth of fundraising expertise and facilities available to potential Pioneers, including the Pioneer fundraising manual, raffle tickets & official collection boxes.
You are of course welcome to simply pay the minimum donation from your own funds, although we do hope that through fundraising Pioneers will assist us to raise public awareness about the threats to the people and environment of Madagascar.
Most Pioneers raise their minimum donation within about 2 months - having all sorts of fun on the way, with sponsored activities, charity raffles and other events!