For the majority of people in Madagascar they cannot afford to travel and so rarely get the chance to speak with people from outside the country. In villages like Tsararano Ambony, the children may have never spoken to a foreigner. As a foreign teacher you can enable the children to experience talking with a westerner, allowing them to discover a whole new culture. They will be incredibly excited to meet with you!
The local teachers can also greatly benefit in talking with a fluent English speaker, as well as discovering new and up to date teaching methods and techniques from you. As you’ll mainly be assisting the local school teachers, no formal teaching experience is required for this project.
You will be teaching children from different age groups and with varying learning abilities. You are welcome to use your own teaching materials and encouraged to get creative. You can also use the course book as guide and help the children with their conversational and spoken English. During your volunteer project you can also teach other subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music and arts and crafts. Through fun, educational games you can help the kids with their personal development, environmental awareness and general health and safety.
Higher education in Madagascar is taught in French and Malagasy but knowing English is something that will be extremely valuable to them in later life. Nosy Be is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Madagascar so knowing how to speak English can increase the children’s job prospects in the future.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
Teach and educate children in conversational English, improve their confidence and cultural awareness, helping them to be well equipped for future prospects.
Monday to Friday
- Primarily English teaching, but you can also teach drama, games, music, art and other foreign languages.
- Assist children in their school work and increase their overall development
- Help local teachers and other staff.
- Create lesson plans.
Nosy Be (meaning ‘big island’) is an absolutely stunning island off the north-west coast and is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist destination. The population is estimated around 73,010 and the island has an area space of 320.02 square kilometres.
On Nosy Be island you will find volcanic lakes, lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and beautiful coral reefs. There is just so much to explore on this amazing island! In May, you can experience the 4 day Donia Music Festival. Situated on the Indian Ocean, on Nosy-Be island you can relax on the best white sand beaches, take a boat trip through the jungle, go trekking to see lemurs or snorkel alongside turtles and manta rays in the clear waters.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You will stay at our volunteer house, where there is a dining room and lounge area to socialise with fellow volunteers. There is also a beautiful garden to relax in during time off. A balcony and large roof terrace are also available for you to chill out in.
There is a kitchen and refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store any food and drinks you require.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4 -6|
|Wifi in public areas||No|
|Laundry facilities||Yes ***|
* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
*** At an additional fee
Your meals will be a mix of Western and Malagasy food, usually consisting of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish around twice a week. There are kitchen facilities for you to cook your own meals or you can eat out at any of the local restaurants nearby.
There is an ATM and a supermarket around 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk, from the volunteer house.
Mandatory Orientation Day
During your first Monday, you’ll join our orientation day. This is to get familiarised with the local surroundings and to learn about local culture and customs. Your project will continue as usual from Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.
- Welcome meeting, introduction to Madagascar and local co-ordinators, general/ house rules, Dos and Don’ts, Code of Conduct, plus handling of documents
- Introduction to local areas, useful information on prices for taxis ,tuk-tuks, etc
- Visit Ambatoloaka to buy SIM cards and visit the market
- Malagasy Language Class
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the program.
Sights & Surroundings
The sun shines year-round here, with Nosy Be being a beach and sea lovers paradise, hosting incredible snorkelling and diving. Nosy Be is packed with activities to get up to during your free, the most popular is checking out the paradise beaches. Here are just a few of the stunning beaches you can visit:
- Palm Beach
- Andilana Beach
- Ambatoloaka Beach
- Andilana Beach
Wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts will certainly be at home in Nosy Be too. See if you can spot the diurnal and nocturnal native lemur species, count the unique bird species, see reptiles or indigenous plants, whilst trekking through the lush jungle. There are also scuba diving & snorkelling tours and inland boat trips.