Spend a week getting to know the beautiful nation of Madagascar through the eyes of the local children. On this week-long teaching program, you will be immersed in the beautiful Nosey Be, and will have the opportunity to teach the children English through a variety of English-based games, activities ,and lessons.
Your days will be spent preparing lessons and teaching children at a local school, where you will assist local teachers and work with other participants, as well as having the opportunity to teach whole classes on your own.
Madagascar is calling out for English literacy, it is a subject not usually taught and the schooling is normally limited to just the local language of Malagasy and the French curriculum. Introducing students to basic English improves the opportunities they will have later in life and shows that global communication is, in fact,possible.
Lessons are fun and informal – you are encouraged to be creative with your methods, teaching through games, songs, art, sport and music. It is entirely up to you what you decide to teach, however, there is a general syllabus for you to follow as a guide, and you will be provided with examples of what previous participants have taught the children for you to continue with.
Each day of the week (from Monday to Friday) works to the same schedule – you will leave the centre between 8 and 9 in the morning, depending on the location and timings at your placement school. You will spend between 3 to 6 hours each day teaching at the schools, with a break for a delicious lunch served at the centre. You will leave the school around 3 to 4 in the afternoon each day, and have the evenings free to relax.
It’s important that you have a good level of English for this program, as well as creative skills, and a cheerful disposition. You will need to be an active person who is friendly and polite with the local villagers. Due to the nature of this program, you will need to be organised and able to have clear plans in order to organise the daily program with the coordinators. You will be working as a part of a team, so it’s also important that you are a good team member who cooperates with local coordinators as well as the other participants.