At a glance
- Spend your time helping village children, most of whom are from severely disadvantaged families, learn to read, write, and count.
- Get off the beaten track In Madagascar. Adventure awaits around every corner, so be sure to bring your backpack and some hiking boots!
- You’ll also hone skills like planning and leadership, which will help you in any career you pursue.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Run activities that help children achieve developmental milestones
You’ll work with children between the ages of 3 and 6. These kids come from families that cannot afford education.
It is very important that children receive the kind of stimulation that will help them achieve important developmental milestones. Your work includes playing educational games, doing arts and crafts, and doing fun activities that encourage learning.
We also partner with an organisation that will sponsor the children through their primary schooling once they have successfully graduated from our centre.
Introduce literacy and numeracy
Many children do not know how to read, write, count, or identify different shapes when they arrive at the centre. Help them get ready for the challenges of school by teaching basic English and French (if you are able to) and coming up with fun numbers games to improve numeracy.
Improve hygiene standards
Help reduce the incidence of avoidable infectious diseases by introducing the children to a variety of good hygiene practices. While they may also learn these at home, repetition at the centre will help them settle into a routine. Do this by making sure they wash hands before meals and after going to the toilet, and help them brush their teeth properly.
Run a summer camp
If you join our project between June and the end of September, you’ll help us run a summer school. This falls over the children’s longest school holidays. Here, you’ll continue our educational work by teaching numeracy and basic English/French. You’ll also get the children involved in small community projects.
Where in Madagascar will I be working?
You’ll be based in the tiny village of Andasibe on Madagascar’s east coast. You’ll work at our Early Childhood Development Centre, which is fully funded and run by Projects Abroad. Here, we help young children whose families require additional support for their child’s education.
We also partner with an organisation that sponsors their primary school education once they graduate from our centre.
There is only one dirt road going through Andasibe. It gets quite muddy at times! You can expect rain all year round. Bring warm clothes for in the evenings and good sturdy shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
While Madagascar is considered an island, it is rather large and home to a huge array of wildlife that occur nowhere else in the world. In fact, 80% of the Madagascar’s species are endemic to the area. This means that Madagascar is the only place you’ll ever get to see them in the wild!
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Andasibe. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Madagascar is synonymous with unique plants and animals. With leaping lemurs and swaying chameleons, the country has a lot of interesting sights for nature lovers.
While you’re there, be sure to visit one of the many national parks. You’ll get to see some of the wildlife that call this island nation home. The Avenue of Baobabs is also a must-see. These towering trees, with their unusual trunks, are known as Africa’s tree of life.
You can see the jagged cliffs and interesting rock formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha. Madagascar borders the third largest coral reef system on the planet, making it a great location for snorkelling and scuba diving.
We run a number of different projects here, so there will likely be other volunteers in Madagascar during your project. So you can travel independently or spend your free time with a group of like-minded, passionate volunteers.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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