Teaching and Community Placements in Madagascar from $255

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Madagascar's dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, with baobab and aloe trees, lemurs, chameleons and a whole host of other species that are found nowhere else on Earth! Its fantastically beautiful coastline boasts coral reefs rich in marine species, perfect for diving and snorkelling, and silky sanded beaches ideal for soaking up the bountiful sunshine. Madagascar's culture is vibrant and diverse; you will find bustling markets full of multicoloured produce and hospitable locals shouting their wares.

Overall schools in Madagascar are basic and teachers are in high demand; therefore your contribution will be extremely valuable. You will teach conversational and beginner’s English to these impoverished children, help with environmental education, and participate in other community activities. This truly will be an incredibly rewarding experience in one of the most extraordinary destinations in the world!

Madagascar, although beautiful, has high rates of poverty, so volunteers are very valuable and appreciated by the community. Frontier has managed volunteer projects in Madagascar for 15 years, and is based on the idyllic island of Nosy Be.

Here are some of our most popular Madagascar community projects:

  • : Teach in a local school in one of the most extraordinary destinations on Earth. Provide vital basic skills, environmental education and get involved in a variety of activities.
  • : Inject enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives and become more than just a sports coach as you work in one of the most extraordinary destinations on Earth.
  • : Work in the heart of this rural African community, building and developing sustainable education infrastructure for local children whilst putting a smile on the faces of the people you meet!
  • . To apply or for more information, click on the orange “Apply Now” button, fill in the short form and a volunteer advisor will call you back to answer any questions.

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Highlights
  • Earn a TEFL Certificate
  • Teach Children and Young Adults
  • Live in a Unique Location

Reviews

85%
based on 6 reviews
  • Impact 8.2
  • Support 8.5
  • Fun 8.2
  • Value 8.3
  • Safety 8.5
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Cosi
1/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Warning - Frontier

I signed up for the healthcare programme in Madagascar for the month of February. My experience did not live up to this promise. I signed up for a two week project paying £399. They then paid an additional £200 to bring my volunteering forward a week. In the first 7 days i was at the project i spent in total 5 hours teaching English at a primary school, 6 hours teaching English at a youth club and 2 hours helping out at an orphanage I.e. just 13 hours in total volunteering and precisely zero hours spent as a ‘healthcare volunteer’. The lack of volunteering opportunities (in healthcare and more generally) was explained by the local staff as being down to the lack of a ‘Community Coordinator’. We were given a Forest Coordinator who was unfamiliar with the Community Projects and spoke neither Malagasi or French and as such was unable to communicate with locals to organise volunteering. An example of this disorganisation was on the Tuesday she took me to the hospital but there was no doctor to meet them or anyone expecting them so they returned immediately to the Community house.
Not only was the actual volunteering disappointing but the living conditions were diabolical. I slept on a foam mattress that has disintegrated so it effectively wasn't there. The roof was leaking and in order to flush the loo you had to put your hands in the cistern! DISGUSTING!! Furthermore the food budget per day was £1 which was not even enough for 3 meals a day which was what the website guaranteed me.
Please take this as a warning NOT to use the FRONTIER.

What would you improve about this program?
I would employ an actual community coordinator. Change the beds and buy new linen. Redo the kitchen. Fix the toilet and shower.
Response from Frontier

We are very disappointed to hear this reflection of your experience in Madagascar. Particularly as all details and conditions of our project are explained and listed in all our pre-departure information such as trip notes, field briefs and other materials provided by Frontier. This includes itineraries, food provided, conditions in town and accommodation, kit list, etc.

As we take volunteer satisfaction very seriously and are eager to provide the most wholesome experience possible, we have in country procedures such as one to one and group feedback chats with staff, conflict resolution meetings and feedback forms, as well as give all volunteers a point of contact with our UK office support to ensure the project is meeting expectations.

We feel that a lot of the issues you listed are directly linked to perhaps not consulting all the information provided and by also refusing to participate in some of the activities – both in the teaching and healthcare project – designed by our project manager and supported by local staff members. Sorry to hear that our food was not to your liking. We focus on providing locally sourced goods with the lowest possible carbon footprint and in general, our food is very much enjoyed by all our staff and volunteers. Our facilities although basic are in line with how the local community that host us lives and, in some ways, we even have better amenities than the average household as we offer western toilets in the volunteer house instead of a long drop.

It was a shame that you had to pay an extra admin fee but this was charged because there was a request for a short notice change to your project arrival date meaning that you arrived in country a week earlier than expected and we had to rearrange your schedule with our local partners, adapt our logistics and operations.

We take all our volunteer feedback very seriously and we acknowledge your concerns, it is just very unfortunate that you declined to take part in the tried and tested communication and feedback processes that are in place both in country and post project. We believe that ultimately, the problems listed boil down to potentially not fully reading all the pre-departure information, communicating your concerns with our staff either in country or at London HQ or allowing yourself time to digest and enjoy the opportunities offered by our Madagascar community project.

Our project is visited by hundreds of volunteers every year and after providing these types of holistic volunteer experience over the course of 30 years we are more than confident that if you were to have given us and the programme a chance, you would have had a fantastic time!

Frontier Madagascar Team

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My incredible experience teaching in Nosy-Be

I took part in the Frontier Madagascar Community Teaching Program for 6 weeks, over the months of February and March. I can honestly say it was a life changing experience, and I whole-heartedly and without reservation recommend it to anyone prepared to work hard and have an amazing time.
The project takes place in the town of Hellville, on the island of Nosy-Be off the North-West coast of Madagascar. The community house is very central in its location, being very close to all of the schools and places where volunteers work. I volunteered primarily at a primary school known to locals as "L'école frère," run by catholic nuns, the youth club of Nosy-Be, and a village school near to the Frontier Camp at Ambalahonko. At the catholic school, I taught around 5 or 6 30 minute lessons everyday, teaching them basic english such as body parts, and family members. Each class held around 70 children, which was very intimidating at first! However, in my first week, the community staff member trained me and guided me through how to best and most effectively teach, thus by my second week I was ready and raring to go! It was very rewarding teaching at the catholic school, and a lot of fun. The kids absolutely love the Frontier Volunteers, and always said "'Ello Annah!" whenever I passed them in the street after school and at weekends.
Every Friday, we would go to spend the night at the Frontier Camp at the village of Ambalahonko. It was great fun, and really good to spend time with the Forest and Marine staff members and volunteers. In the afternoon, we taught english at a school in a neighbouring village. Although the children were always quite loud, it was always a great learning experience and lots of fun! The walk there and back through the forest always involved seeing lemurs and eating mangos, which was an added bonus!
By far my favourite part of the project was teaching at the youth club. I taught them three times a week for two hours. It was great because I had a lot of freedom with what I taught them – I started by teaching them about Australia, and then over my 7 weeks covered subjects ranging from music and films to feminism. I really felt I was making a real difference in the lives of those who attended class, and we always had such a good laugh. Some of the students asked me to take extra classes with them, and so starting from my second week, I gave individual help and extra classes in all of my free time. Although it was tiring, I’m so glad I did this, because as a result I made life long friends, and became part of their family. One particular student, benefitted greatly from this extra help, and made it all worthwhile for me. In the beginning, although very strong at English, he lacked confidence in himself, and was too scared to apply for jobs (his dream is to become a tour guide). Over my stay, I made it my personal project to get him to apply for jobs and hopefully to secure one in the future. We worked on his oral skills, English CV and did practice interviews. In my last week, he finally secured an interview for an apprenticeship at the Economic Development Board of Madagascar. After many practice interviews at his house, he went for the interview, and came out having been offered the job! This made all of my hard work worthwhile, and deeply touched me. I also just found out he now also has a tour guide job secured for December.
I'm so glad I decided to take part in the Frontier Community Project in Madagascar. The opportunities that Frontier provided were really awesome, and it was so amazing to actually make a difference in the lives of our students. The work that Frontier does in Madagascar is incredible - it's reflected in the cheery greetings anyone in a Frontier t-shirt receives from any locals wandering past. The support from the staff members was superb, and they made the whole experience so amazing and highly educational. I hope to return very soon.

What would you improve about this program?
It's very hard to think of anything, because it really was a pretty perfect program! One of the only things I can think of, is the pre-departure information being a little inaccurate in places. I feel the packing list could be better. However I believe the packing list has now been re-written which is very useful for future volunteers.
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Ross
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

adagascar construction

I have spent the past month on Frontiers construction programme and it has been excellent without exception. The only particular difficulty is getting here, which includes a nonsense amount of connections. espite that, it is however an excellent choice of programme to volunteer on, well organised and with helpful staff.

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Jaz
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Hell-Ville

I arrived in Hell-Ville at the start of May to teach English to the local school children at L'ecole des freres. On the first day, I was introduced to the town of Hell-Ville and the local shops and markets that I would become familiar with over the month that I'm here. In the evening, I attended my first adult education class which is held at the youth club. This group is very enthusiastic and keen to communicate in English. The next day, I was introduced to the primary school where we teach 30 minute lessons to different classes and cover various topics such as food and weather. the kids are extremely eager to participate in lessons and always happy to see us.

During the month that i was there, I completed a BTEC TEFL course which enabled me to gain a qualification through teaching the various levels of students. In order to achieve this, I had to complete logbooks and plan for each individual lesson. As well teaching at the primary school and the youth club, we also traveled down to the university on Wednesday's to teach English to a group of students who are studying Marine Biology. This a slightly different environment with different levels of English speakers and so is interesting to communicate with them.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be useful if more information was given beforehand about specifics of the project - e.g. who exactly we would be teaching.
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Patrick
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

sports coaching in Madagascar

I arrived in Madagascar on the 28th of April after the Easter holidays and I've been doing the sports coaching project at our partnership school called "l'ecole des freres". The main sport I've been teaching them is basketball which the kids really enjoy playing. The only challenging thing is that you get classes of 60 to 120 students but they are all very well behaved, patient, and enthusiastic to learn. One of the funniest moments of teaching them is making them do lunges, running backwards and hopping because they copy every thing you do. As it is so hot, the sports lessons all finish before 9.30 am with the little ones. In the afternoon I do sports for the secondary school staring at 4:30pm and so in the break between I've been helping out with the construction and teaching projects. The first Sunday I was in Madagascar there was the school party where we tried to sell hot dogs, crepes, fruit and water I don't think they understood that all the money we got would go to our other projects to improve the school but it was fun anyway and we also taught 2 classes to sing '5 green bottle' and it was hysterical. So all together it has been an awesome 3 weeks and I would definitely stay for much longer. If you're hesitating about doing this project don't. Just come and you'll have an awesome time.

What would you improve about this program?
I would have like to do more sports teaching because you only do 10 hours a week.
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James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching English in Paradise

I have been working with Frontier in Madagascar for a month now, and so far my experience has been fantastic. I have been based in the town of Hell-Ville from where I have been managing Frontier’s community programme. The partnerships with school and other teaching institutes are well established and offer new volunteers the opportunity to engage with the local community while making a telling contribution to education in the area. On our field site the Frontier personnel are wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgeable with an infectious energy that really enriches the volunteer experience. This, of course, is only augmented by the location. There is no better way to say it; Nosy Be is a dictionary-definition paradise with pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and breath-taking scenery. Ultimately if you want to travel in Africa, experience a new and vibrant culture while learning new skills and seeing some of the world’s best and most exotic wildlife in a picture-perfect location there is no better way to do it than with Frontier Madagascar!

What would you improve about this program?
More support prior to departure would have been welcome.

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