At a glance
Volunteer as an English teacher in Madagascar to support teachers at rural public schools or provide early childhood education to young children. You’ll gain practical teaching experience in a classroom setting, and help where it’s needed most at the same time. This is a great way to boost your CV, which could help your future career.
With limited resources and overcrowded classrooms, the schools benefit from an extra pair of hands to help with classroom management. You’ll help teachers improve literacy, and work with small groups of students who need help keeping up with the class. You’ll also help students improve their English conversation.
You’ll live and work in the village of Andasibe, and stay in a guesthouse. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will allow you to explore a truly unique environment. There is much to see and experience in the surrounding rainforest and further afield on the island.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is volunteer teaching in Madagascar right for me?
This project is open to anyone with a passion for education and creating equal opportunities for children in developing communities.
You don’t need previous experience to participate. You’ll receive a full induction from your project supervisor and you won’t be left in the dark when it comes to teaching. Our staff are on hand to give you advice when needed and we run regular workshops for our Teaching volunteers. You can also take a look at our extensive online database for ideas.
If you’re pursuing a career in education, volunteering as an English teacher in Madagascar is an excellent opportunity to gain some practical experience. It will add value to your CV, and give you interesting points to talk about in interviews and applications.
Our volunteer Teaching placements in Madagascar run throughout the year. You can join at any time from a minimum of two weeks, and stay as long as you like. The longer you stay, the bigger impact your work will have.
During the school holidays from early June to the end of September, your role won’t involve teaching formal classes, as schools are closed. Instead, you’ll help at a summer school and teach remedial classes for struggling students.
What will I do at my volunteer Teaching Placement in Madagascar?
You’ll gain teaching work experience in Madagascar, at a primary or secondary school. You’ll work alongside teachers and get involved in work such as:
- Help improve students’ ability to converse in English
- Increase numeracy and literacy
- Help improve the students’ daily learning environment
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Help improve students ability to converse in English
English has become the global language for business. In addition, tourism in Andasibe is one of the main sources of income. Speaking good French and basic English can greatly increase a person’s employment prospects.
Andasibe is a small village in rural Madagascar, so opportunities are fairly limited to learn from English speakers. As a volunteer, you’ll have an important role to play in helping students learn and practice. You’ll work on phonetics, pronunciation, and grammar, with the support of a local teacher.
Increase numeracy and literacy
Building basic reading, writing, and counting skills at a young age is extremely important, and helps students’ cope with the demands of formal education. At schools, you’ll work on developing these skills with small groups. This will also help reduce the high repetition rates in public schools.
You can also choose to teach at the Projects Abroad Early Childhood Development Centre. This is a great option if you’d prefer teaching in a more informal, but still structured environment. Here we focus on teaching basic reading, writing, and counting to young children. This helps bring children to the level required to enter and thrive in primary school.
Help improve the students’ daily learning environment
An important factor that can strongly influence students’ attendance rate and performance is the quality of the learning environment they find themselves in. Unfortunately, schools in Madagascar are underfunded and resources are scarce.
In creating a positive learning environment, our teaching volunteers help students feel more motivated and engaged. You can do this by making class resources, such as posters and flashcards, which can be used after you’ve left.
Where will I be working in Madagascar?
You’ll be based in the tiny village of Andasibe, in the interior rainforest of Madagascar’s east coast.
There is only one dirt road going through the village, that can get quite muddy at times. You can expect rain all year round, though particularly heavy rain during the hurricane season. We recommend bringing warm clothes for 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 unique wildlife that occur nowhere else in the world. In fact, 80% of the Madagascar’s species are endemic to the area, which means this is the only place you’ll ever get to see them in the wild!
You’ll work at a primary or secondary schools. These schools don’t have enough teachers or resources to teach English and give struggling students enough support. You’ll also have the option of working at the Projects Abroad Early Childhood Development Centre, which we fund and run ourselves. We recommend working at the centre if you’re looking at teaching in a more informal, but still structured, environment.
What will my typical day be like as teaching volunteer in Madagascar?
Your average work day will normally run from around 7:30 am, when children start arriving at school, till 4pm, when after school activities come to an end.
During the first few classes of the day, you can expect to help out with a variety of lessons, including English. Your exact role in the classroom depends on your level of experience and confidence. You can assist the local teacher and work with small groups to practice conversational English, or you could be asked to lead the whole lesson.
After the children’s morning break, which will usually last about half an hour, it’s time for lessons like drama, music, and physical education. After school finishes for the day, you can head home to the guesthouse for lunch and have a short rest.
You’ll head back to school around 2pm to help with after school activities, which keep the students’ occupied and give them extra support. Alternatively, you can help out at our Early Childhood Development Centre in the afternoons. If there’s something specific you’d like to do in these hours, local teachers are always eager for your input and suggestions. Perhaps you’d like to teach a new sport, do a weekly craft activity, or start an English conversation club.
During the school holidays from early June to the end of September, your role will not involve teaching in normal classes. Instead, you will help run a summer school and teach remedial classes.
During the hours you aren’t working, you’ll have ample free time to explore with your fellow volunteers.
What are the aims and impacts of this project?
The main aim of this project is to help local teachers improve their students’ levels of literacy, numeracy, English, and French.
In Madagascar, the official languages are French and Malagasy. English is becoming an increasingly desirable language to learn because of tourism and business. Being able to speak English and French is important for local people, as it opens the door for better education and employment opportunities.
However, the levels of French and English at schools in Andasibe are low among both students’ and teachers. Your main role as an English teacher will be to help students build on their reading, writing, and comprehension abilities. You’ll also help local teachers improve their own language skills. You can also teach French if you’re fluent.
If you’d like a more informal teaching experience that still has structure, you can teach at the Projects Abroad Early Childhood Development Centre. This is a placement we fund and run ourselves, and the focus is on preparing children for the first grade.
With your help, we can make sure that students’ in rural areas have the same opportunities to learn and succeed with English. We’ve identified five sustainable goals we want to achieve with our Teaching Project in Madagascar:
- Improve English
- Improve the learning environment
- Increase numeracy
- Increase literacy
- Improve access to education for underprivileged communities
Join us as a teaching volunteer in Madagascar and help us achieve these goals.
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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