You will teach young kindergarten children through games, singing, dancing, art and anything else you can think of! Being taught English at a young age will be invaluable for them later on in life, so you can play an important role in giving them a head start.
As the children are still young, the teaching is informal and they will want to play with you more than be ‘taught’. However, by getting them excited to come to school and learn, you can install healthy and lifelong learning habits, that will be vital to them in later years.
You can teach the children some very basic English phrases such as simple greetings, colours, animals, foods, etc and incorporate games and picture cards to make the lessons fun. The children are very excitable and will welcome you exceptionally, partly due to the nature and friendliness of the local people but also as you might be the first foreigner they have spoken to!
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
To teach, encourage and help the children learn basic English skills through fun, playful and engaging lessons. Help them grow their confidence, which will stand them in good stead for the future.
Monday to Friday
After breakfast you will volunteer for 3 hours at the kindergarten, teaching children aged 2 -4 years. Then, you will come back to the volunteer house for a delicious lunch.
After lunch, you will head to NAZAREANA School at 14:30. Here you will teach children aged 4-7 years old, for 2 hours. On Wednesday you will also engage with the teachers for about an hour.
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.