The Teaching English team in Madagascar run classes in schools and for the local community to help improve their language skills.
Volunteers work with students and adult learners to teach English through traditional class lessons and creative one to one sessions. By offering the community an opportunity to improve their confidence in English, the team aims to help break the poverty cycle in the region by providing access to wider job opportunities.
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The Teaching English project works with the community to help improve the level of English comprehension and pronunciation which is important within the tourism sector and charity development work as well as for wider job opportunities.
During your first few days the local team will go through an induction and orientation for your volunteer placement.
Volunteers may be involved in:
During term time, volunteers will help the local team in middle and secondary schools teaching English to students aged 11-21 years. This includes sessions aimed at beginner and intermediate learners and aims to be fun and interactive. There are generally 20-40 students in each class.
The role can include:
In addition to this volunteers may also have the opportunity to visit rural teaching placements which are located a few hours’ drive from the town where there are very limited teachers and resources available, so volunteers help is greatly appreciated.
Volunteers run regular one-to-one or small group, conversational English lessons with the local charity staff in the project office. This is to help the charity staff improve their English language skills and pronunciation which is required for daily research alongside international charity staff, writing grant proposals and international presentations. When requested, volunteers and the team offer lessons to tour guides, taxi drivers, hospitality staff, local NGO and government workers as well as anyone else needing assistance from the project!
Volunteers generally work from 8am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, however this can vary. During your free time you can explore the local area.
There are normally 1-2 volunteers at any one time, with a maximum of 3, who work alongside the local team.
Pod Volunteer is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults - please see our Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy. All volunteers are required to have a criminal records check, which we will arrange with you.
Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Madagascar Teaching English reviews.
English lessons from international volunteers are extremely valued as people can see the benefit this will have on their future career prospects within the tourist industry and charity sector. Each year the team teach over 450 people, including students within schools and adult learners from the community.
In the majority of schools, students do not have their own textbook and so lessons often involve the local teacher writing out sentences, with students copying and repeating. Volunteers can work alongside the English teachers and assist in their lessons, focusing on pronunciation and listening skills which helps to increase the confidence of the students and their employability in the future.
“For us here in this region, every extra volunteer means extra investment, extra employment and training, and a multitude of benefits.”
The Mayor of the region
This project is closed to volunteers from 15 Dec 2017 to 9 Jan 2018
Madagascar is an incredibly diverse island off the South West coast of Africa and a perfect destination for intrepid travellers. The island is home to thousands of animal and plant species which are found nowhere else on else including the infamous lemurs, aye-ayes and fosas.
Popular places to visit in Madagascar include:
To find out more see: Lonely Planet Madagascar
The project is based in and around the vibrant fishing town of Fort Dauphin, a coastal town in easy reach of stunning beaches, tropical landscapes and wildlife. Volunteers can relax on the beach, visit a hotel with a swimming pool, go cycling, spend time with the homestay family or visit the local cafes and restaurants during their free time.
Nahampoana wildlife reserve is on the outskirts of Fort Dauphin and an opportunity to see the diverse ecosystems of Southern Madagascar including many lemur species that are unique to the region.
In Fort Dauphin there are some great traditional restaurants serving local food which can be enjoyed as the sun sets over the ocean. These activities are best booked locally once you are at the project.
Volunteers stay with a traditional homestay family in the heart of the community on the outskirts Fort Dauphin overlooking a lake. Volunteers have their own room in a basic home. The Malagasy homestay family speak English. WIFI access is available in the local town.
“The very best experience of my life (so far!) I took the opportunity of a long summer before starting university to spend four weeks in Madagascar and I can honestly say that it was the best experience of my life so far. I loved how remote we were and how basic we were living because it made me feel almost at one with nature.
The activities each day were interesting and exciting and we had the opportunity to spend time relaxing also if we chose. We also worked with some incredible local people allowing us to experience their way of life and to see how very different their perspective of life is in comparison to ours. Overall it was a very special experience and I wish to return to Madagascar in the future perhaps to work again.”
“See the real Madagascar and make a difference. An amazing experience that I will always remember. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to make a difference whether it’s one week or six months. I was never bored, there was always something to do: teaching, updating spreadsheets and lesson planning.
The schedule is spilt so you have the opportunity to teach NGO staff one on one. This is vital as it not only builds confidence but improves communication within the office. The English club lesson at a local middle school is an extra-curricular activity for students so this tends to be a relaxed and fun lesson. I aided the local Malagasy teacher at a number of English lessons at the high school. Most rewarding was helping children who literally have nothing but are so keen to learn.”
“My teaching placement in Madagascar was exactly the right combination of challenge, reward and adventure. I’ve never been anywhere like it, and I was very privileged to live with a wonderful Malagasy family to see a different side to life in Fort Dauphin. The teaching was varied and intense but deeply rewarding with engaged and well-disciplined students (with 75 in a class!) - I think we had lots of fun.
The local NGO team were very supportive. It’s always rewarding when students build their confidence and start speaking more English, and you could see that impact of the classes and one-to-one sessions over my time on the project. This was lovely to see and they really enjoyed having native speaker in the class! It was exactly what I needed on a career break and gave me the chance to recalibrate. I’ve come back energised by the people and the place.”
“It was a remarkable experience and I’m very thankful for it. Have you ever dreamt of going far away but never dared to? That was a long time me but then I decided that going to Madagascar would be worth it and it became an unforgettable experience. Most rewarding was the homestay with a malgache family.
I taught English to local staff members in one-to-one sessions - a luxury situation which I rarely have as a teacher over here. The students were great and it was a pleasure working with them. The impressions of my time spent with a lovely Malgache family and my students are still with me. I would definitely love to come back.”
Not included: Flights, travel insurance, visa, criminal records check. Budgeting guidance is provided in our Volunteering Guide which we will email you when you apply.
|2 weeks||£795||GB Pounds|
|Extra weeks||£95||GB Pounds|
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"I’ve never been anywhere like it, and I was very privileged to live with a wonderful Malagasy family to see a different side to life in Fort Dauphin. The teaching was varied and intense but deeply rewarding with engaged and well-disciplined students - I think we had lots of fun."Read more volunteer reviews
"See the real Madagascar and make a difference. An amazing experience that I will always remember. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to make a difference whether it's two weeks or 12!"Read more volunteer reviews
“The very best experience of my life! We also worked with some incredible local people allowing us to experience their way of life and to see how very different their perspective of life is in comparison to ours.”Read more volunteer reviews