MADAGASCAR: Teaching Volunteer Program

Madagascar Teaching Volunteer Program
Madagascar Teaching Volunteer Program

Through our Madagascar Teaching Volunteer Program, you can get involved with a complete range of teaching and development activities in Madagascar. You can help in taking normal classes, assisting the teaching staff, conducting extracurricular activities like clay modeling, painting, drawing, singing, art & drama, dancing, group work, games or other similar activities.

The help and assistance of participants in our teaching volunteer program in Madagascar will be greatly appreciated in our schools and will be a refreshing change to existing curriculum. Volunteers can do a combination of both teaching and community development work at the project they choose to work at.

PROJECTS HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Teach English, and other subjects or organize games and arts
  • Share your love and care with children & youth
  • Share your culture and empower students
  • Paint educative murals
  • Learn French and experience the culture
  • Provide support for extracurricular activities

If you’re a native English or French speaker or with some teaching experience, you can be a valuable resource in the classrooms.  With your language skills you could teach proper pronunciation and usage. Even if you’ve never formally taught a classroom subject, you can assist the local teachers in their day to day work at the school. You don’t need to know the local language, or the methods of the local school system. All you need is enthusiasm and a desire to share your knowledge and make a difference.

PROJECT LOCATION:

Antananarivoalso 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:

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.

PROJECT DETAILS:

Engage with cheerful and optimistic kids in a school in beautiful island nation of Madagascar and complete your stay with an incredible wildlife experience. Your work schedule will be challenging and varied, but always enjoyable, as you embark on your teaching placement in a local community school. You will engage fully with your pupils, using your creativity and initiative to deliver a stimulating teaching program.

As a participant on our Madagascar teaching volunteer project, you will benefit in terms of personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working either with a local teacher or independently, you could be directly involved with marking pupils’ work, preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.

There are a range of extracurricular activities you could organize, depending on your personal skills and interests, whether it is coaching a sports team, planning a school play, organizing a choir or conducting one to one tuition for children who are struggling. Just use your initiative and get the kids involved! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

Unfortunately if you would like to work with the Teaching placement, teaching computers, most of our schools do not have computers, but sometimes volunteers help by using their own laptops to help the students in groups of 3-5 students per group.

Through Go Volunteer Africa teaching volunteer project in Madagascar you can make a lasting difference in these young lives. Often no special skills are required. The need is expansive and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise immeasurable.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

You do not have to be a professional teacher 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.

VOLUNTEER ACCOMMODATION:

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.

AGE REQUIREMENT:

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!

VISAS:

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.

INSURANCE:

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!

PROJECT FACTS:

Availability: All year round
Duration: Minimum 4 weeks commitment
Age Limits: Minimum 18yrs or older for solo travelers.
Minimum Age: ——–
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
Location: Madagascar
Language: French or English

PROGRAM FEE: (USD$)

1 Week
$460
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off can be arranged on request
Apply Now
4 Weeks
$1360
Inclusions & Exclusions
Project Orientation
Accommodation
3 Meals a Day
Airport Pickup
In-Country Support
Flights
Visas
Insurance
Personal Expenses
Airport Drop off can be arranged on request
Apply Now

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