Trip Details

Get the unique opportunity to teach children basic English amidst the gorgeous surroundings of exotic Madagascar. Come along and join the program working in local kindergartens in Nosey Be, where you’ll be using fun and games to teach the young children in an informal and fun way.
You’ll have the opportunity to work with children and inspire them to learn and grow creatively. Although you will primarily be teaching language and communication, you also will have a unique opportunity to help these children at a critical time in their lives, where sowing the seeds of language learning will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
The teaching style is informal and fun, as the children are young and prefer to play than be formally ‘taught’. Simply the act of getting them excited about coming to school, and teaching them simple greetings, can sow the lifelong seeds of a healthy and enthusiastic learning habit.
The children will all be excited to see you and you will find that they are incredibly welcoming, due partly to the natural and genuine friendliness of the people of these villages but also because you will be one of only a few foreigners they have met before.

Aims & Objectives
To help the kids grow in their confidence and learn better English which will help them in many ways in the future as well as creating a global community towards a preferred future.

Trip Itinerary

Each day on the kindergarten teaching program provides the same daily structure, with workdays beginning around 9am and finishing about 4pm, with a lunch break in between. Weekends and evenings are free time, where you can explore the local area, go away on weekend adventures or just kick back and relax.

Monday to Friday
Each weekday morning you will leave the centre between 9 and 9:30 in the morning, depending on your placement school. Expect to teach for 3 hours, before heading back to the centre where lunch will be served. After lunch, you will again travel back to the same school at 2 pm to continue with 2 hours of teaching and interaction with the children. Before returning back to the centre for free time and relaxation after dinner.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Nosy is an island off the northwest coast of Madagascar. Nosy Be is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist destination. It has an area of 320.02 square kilometers and its population was estimated at 73,010. Nosy Be means “big island” in the Malagasy language. The island was called Assada during the early colonial era of the 17th century.

Here you’ll find volcanic lakes, lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and breathtaking coral reefs that are practically begging to be explored. In May, come to experience the four-day Donia Music Festival. Perfectly located on the Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia, Nosy-Be evokes feelings of discovery and adventure, the rich and endemic biodiversity will have begging for more. There are many spots that are perfect for ones who seek a golden opportunity to swim among turtles, stingrays or manta rays.

Accommodation & Food

In our centre, there is a dining room, a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants and a beautiful garden to relax. A balcony and large roof terrace is also available for you to spend some quality time.Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

  • Standard Room
  • All meals included
  • Persons per room 4 -6
  • Mosquito protection

Food Arrangements
The meals are a mix of Western and Malagasy food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice a week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants at your own expense.

Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends

Facilities
ATM – The closest ATM to the Center is about 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk from the accommodation.

Supermarket – The closest local supermarket is around 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk from the accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
You can get sundrenched all year-round, and Nosy Be is paradise for aqua activities. Nosy Be offers you a variety of activities which you can engaged in your free time. The golden beaches are the highlights of Nosy be where you can swim, snorkel or even if you want to just sit back and enjoy the sunshine. Some of the beaches are namely,

  • Palm Beach
  • Andilana Beach
  • Ambatoloaka Beach
  • Andilana Beach

Nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers certainly find happiness around Nosy Be. Diurnal and nocturnal endemic lemur species, unique bird species, reptiles or indigenous plants and animals can be spotted among these breathtaking landscapes during your Nosy-Be weekend getaways.

Please note that in Madagascar, the cyclone season is from January until April

Trip Country Info

Madagascar

Population: 25,054,000
Capital: Antànanarivo
Language: Malagasy (official) and 17 dialects apart from the official Malagasy language and French.
Currency: Ariary (Ar or MGA)
Time zone: UTC +3:00

Because of its isolation from the major continents, Madagascar is considered as a jewel in biodiversity terms, an exotic country with a high concentration of endemic species. Madagascar’s flagship species are 100% endemic with 101 lemur species. Of 285 bird species recorded 105 are unique to the country. Three fourths of Madagascar’s 860 orchid species are endemic to the island and 6 of the world’s 8 baobab species are found nowhere else in the world. But, human presence constantly threatens these wonders. Over 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic and cannot be seen wild anywhere else on earth.

Madagascar’s cultural richness differs from one ethnic group to another. And, 18 ethnic groups form the Malagasy population whose culture is based on the respect of the ancestors and the unity of the living.

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. It is one of the richest countries for biodiversity, but economically one of the poorest nations. 75.3% of Malagasy live under the poverty line, and the gap between the rich and poor is widening day by day. Despite dire poverty, Malagasy society remains open-hearted to everyone who takes time to discover and enjoy its natural and cultural heritage. This land of smiles and contrasts is ready to take you on your next adventure whether helping out in local communities or just exploring. This island located at the crossroads of the African and Asian worlds will surely amaze your senses. Madagascar will certainly shift the way you see the world.

Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth, this is due to the isolation of the country.  In Madagascar the locals are kind and friendly, you will receive a warm welcome, despite the country not being one of wealth, the people are proud, and are proud of what they have.

If you want to move it move it in Madagascar get involved in one of our volunteering projects here.  You will be spending your gap year in a destination that offers a kind of hospitality from the Malagasy that you would get nowhere else.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Criminal Background Check
Under 18's Parental Consent

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Departures/ drop offs
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa