As volunteer participating on our Madagascar childcare program, you will have to play a significant role by providing the children with proper care, love and warmth. You can also help daycare center and school staff in daily jobs such as feeding, cleaning, clothing, teaching and playing games with the children.
Our Madagascar childcare volunteer program focuses on providing children with a healthy learning environment through interactive activities. Volunteers will also be involved in various games and learning exercises to create interest in developing the children’s physical health and potential.
- Help with breakfast and prepare the children for school
- Assist with lessons and teach English 3-4 hours a day in the local school
- Lead sports, art, games, picture books, music activities
- Organize fun activities when the children return from school
- Prepare food for dinner
Since Go Volunteer Africa started supporting vulnerable children and families in Madagascar, many families’ conditions have improved over the past years, and Go Volunteer Africa is continuing to provide to support to needy children and families. As a volunteer, your daily schedule will depend on the activities that you are interested in. A normal day schedule for a Madagascar childcare volunteer will involve waking up early.
Antananarivo: also known by its colonial shorthand form Tana, is the capital and largest city of Madagascar. The city sits at 1,280 m (4,199 ft) above sea level in the center of the island, the highest national capital by elevation among the island countries. The presidency, National Assembly, Senate and Supreme Court are located there, as are 21 diplomatic missions and the headquarters of many national and international businesses and NGOs. It has more universities, nightclubs, art venues, and medical services than any city on the island. Several national and local sports teams, including the championship-winning national rugby team, the Makis are based here.
Nosy Be: is an island off Madagascar’s northwestern coast. In the southeast, the forests of Lokobe Reserve shelter chameleons, geckos and frogs. The capital, known as Hell-Ville, has French colonial buildings and a covered market. Lemuria Land is home to a variety of lemurs, plus reptiles. Also in the park is a 19th-century distillery still used to extract essential oils from the native ylang-ylang tree.
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP:
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo. A member of staff from our local partner organization in Madagascar will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house which will be your base for volunteering. This airport services numerous international carriers. Madagascar has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. Generally, your volunteer orientation is an overview of the project’s mission, expectations and introduction to the local community and project site. Following your arrival in Madagascar you will be given a presentation by the co-coordinating project team to prepare you for the work you will be doing.
All families and children we support live in rural or semi urban areas across the island nation. They mostly survive off farming but are affected by climate changes and they often produce less food than they need to feed their families. Malnutrition is therefore a problem and many children under the age of five suffer from chronic hunger and are not growing as they should.
Vulnerable children and families, we are supporting under our programs, often have no governmental safety net to help them when they don’t have a home or enough money for food. The government is making some improvement medical care access, but in rural communities the situation is really alarming and many people may have to travel hours to see a doctor, sometimes even on foot because there is no public transport and they can’t afford the cost of a private car to get there. These long journeys often make the illness worse – by the time they reach a doctor it may well be too late.
It is our responsibility to make sure that these children get their hope restored through our Madagascar childcare volunteer program. Join our childcare volunteer program in Madagascar and work together with us bringing a change. Make the children happy. Show them love and care. Equip them with skills that will help them earn a living in future. Play with them. Spend time talking to them. Most of these children are traumatized by the experiences that they go through. So counseling them is a requirement. It is in such sessions that a child gains trust in you and once they gain your trust, they open up and this makes it easier on how to help them or even reunite them with their families.
You do not have to be a professional to get involved, though some skills are highly prized; you simply need an open heart and a desire to improve the individual understanding of children and the world in general.
GROUP VOLUNTEER TRIPS:
Get some friends together or organize a group from your school and embark on this incredible adventure! Discounts are offered on any group of 5+ participants on Madagascar volunteering program.
LONGTERM VOLUNTEER WORK:
Please contact us for more information about our long-term volunteering program in Madagascar. We will guide you on the best times of the year, what to pack, and what extra health precautions to keep in mind and all logistics.
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday – Sunday. The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed.
The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 10 – 30 minutes from the accommodation. At some point volunteers might be on the move and hence we suggest also bringing a sleeping mat and sleeping bag/pillow for travel and weekends away on adventures. Bathrooms are usually shared. There is a lounge area for relaxing, reading, or watching movies.
Our program is for anyone eighteen years and above who loves service above self and social experiences with people from all over the world. We also accepts volunteers of 16+ years of age if they are in a group with a guardian or supervisor above 25years. Volunteers under 16 years old are only considered when accompanied by a parent/guardian. There isn’t a maximum age limit, though a reasonable fitness level is necessary. Families are encouraged to apply and are welcome!
All visitors to Madagascar are required to get a visa to enter the country. Besides getting visa from an embassy or consulate in advance, foreign visitors can also obtain visa online or on arrival. In addition, they must hold a passport valid for 6 months and return or onward ticket. Nationals of any country except Burundi and Palestine can apply for a visa online or obtain a visa on arrival. The visa is good for single entry and available for stays up to 30, 60 or 90 days. eVisa application must be submitted at least 3 days before departure.
You’ll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won’t be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you’re covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
WEEKENDS AND FREE-TIME:
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Madagascar has to offer. We arrange city day tours and long-weekend safaris. No matter what your interests, there is always something for everyone to enjoy!
|Availability:||All year round|
|Duration:||Minimum 4 weeks commitment|
|Age Limits:||Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.|
|Start Dates:||Flexible start and end dates|
|Arrival dates:||One day before the start date|
|Airport Arrival:||Airport pickup, meet and greet by GVA partner representative|
|Working Days:||Monday – Friday – 5 days a week, 3-5 hours in a day|
|Weekends:||Travel / Sightseeing NOT included in program cost|
|Accommodation:||Host Family or volunteer house|
|Meals:||Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily|
|Support:||Pre-departure guide, In-country staff available 24/7|
|Language:||French or English|
PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)
APPLICATION & PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
Please Note: An application and placement booking fee of $180 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment to secure your placement.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up. Have an inquiry? Contact Us