Teaching English


Assist the local team teaching English in schools and run one to one English classes for the local community to improve their confidence, skills and help break the poverty cycle. Live with a family in a lively coastal town in tropical Madagascar.


Key Info

key info
  • Location: South East Madagascar
  • Start dates: Starts each week on a Mon, Tues or Wed
  • Duration: 2 – 12 weeks
  • Age requirement: 21+
  • Availability: Spaces available
  • Cost: From £695 / €835 / $940- see fees table below

Project Information

Volunteer role: What will I be doing?

Volunteers run regular English sessions with children and students, tour guides, taxi drivers, hospitality staff, local NGO and government workers as well as anyone else requesting support from the project! Core aspects of your day to day role can include:

  • Planning lessons and educational activities
  • Tracking progress of students
  • Developing English resources for local teachers and students, including conversational audio recordings and multimedia literacy resources
  • Teaching new vocabulary on selected subjects
  • Listening and conversation practice
  • Leading interactive learning games
  • Running quizzes and competitions

Teaching experience is not a requirement, however volunteers without experience who join for 3 weeks + are required to a complete a TEFL course before joining the project.

Volunteers with experience teaching may also be able to work with local teachers helping to demonstrate different educational techniques.

Working days and hours

Volunteers work 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, from around 8am-5pm with a 2 hour lunch break.

Other volunteers

There are normally 1-2 volunteers at any one time, with a maximum of 3, who work alongside the local team.

Child protection

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.

Closure dates

This project is closed to volunteers from the 1 Jun to 24 Jun 2017 and 15 Dec 2017 to the 9 Jan 2018.

Volunteer reviews

Read about volunteer experiences and challenges in our Madagascar Teaching English reviews.

Why are volunteers needed?

Volunteers will be contributing to the development of one of the most economically and environmentally fragile countries in the world. English lessons from international volunteers are extremely valued as people can see the benefit this will have on their future career prospects as the tourism industry is a growing employer in the country

In the many of the schools in the region, 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.

“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

How is the Teaching English project making a difference?

Many of the children and adults come from low income backgrounds. By offering the opportunity to improve and build their confidence in English, the project aims to help break the poverty cycle.

Madagascar’s fascinating ecology has led to eco-tourism becoming an increasingly important part of their economic development, providing a sustainable livelihood to many of the population. As English is the main language within the tourist industry, local people would like to improve their conversational English skills. The project is therefore helping to increase the employability of people in the community.

Each year the team teach over 450 people including students within schools and adult learners from the community. The project has also funded new school buildings and provided desks, benches and chalkboards for schools.

Where will I be living?

The school is located in a lively coastal fishing town in South East Madagascar.

Volunteers stay in their own room with a homestay family in the heart of the community. The Malagasy homestay family speak English and the home is basic but has a flushing toilet, shower and electricity.

You can choose to use your free time to explore Madagascar’s national parks, relax on the local beaches and take in beautiful scenery at the waterfalls.

What's Included?

Before you go:

  • Carefully selected and vetted volunteer project
  • Support from our friendly and highly experienced Pod Volunteer UK team
  • Single point of contact - Gemma is your dedicated placement manager
  • In-depth Volunteering Guide on your volunteering placement
  • Travel information - visa, health and safety advice
  • Help arranging criminal record checks
  • Discounted online teaching course
  • Access to specialist travel insurance at exclusive rates
  • Recommended travel agency for flights and tours
  • Access to special deals and resources
  • Fundraising guide and support
  • Financial protection for monies paid to Pod Volunteer

On your placement:

  • Teaching volunteering placement
  • Airport pick up (Fort Dauphin) and return transfer
  • Accommodation - own room in homestay
  • Induction to the placement and culture
  • Malagasy language lessons
  • Meals - breakfast and dinner
  • Onsite support from local team
  • Support from Pod Volunteer UK office by phone and email
  • 24/7 emergency back up
  • Incident Management and Emergency Response Plans

On your return:

  • Contact from your placement manager
  • Feedback scheme
  • Volunteering certificate (on request)
  • References (on request)
  • Member of the Pod community

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.

Pod Volunteer is run as a non-profit organisation. Fee levels are set to match costs and any surplus monies are distributed to the projects we work with via the Pod Charity.
Price table
2 weeks £695 GB Pounds
Extra weeks £95 GB Pounds

Fees in currencies other than GBP are indicative only and volunteers are invoiced in GBP. For current exchange rates please see www.xe.com

400 +

students have directly benefited from the project

"Pod is a no nonsense volunteer organisation looking to change lives"Cian


Pod UK Specialist

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  • Madagascar Teaching English - Jo

    "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."

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  • Madagascar Teaching English - Kirsty

    "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!"

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  • Madagascar Teaching English – Anonymous

    “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.”

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