At a glance
- Support teachers at rural public schools or provide early childhood education to young children.
- Help students improve their English conversation and work with small groups of students who need help keeping up with the class.
- Gain practical teaching experience in a classroom setting, and help where it’s needed most at the same time.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
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.
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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