Volunteer Experience | Teaching

Madagascar: Language & Cultural Exchange

Anonsy Region, Madagascar


Location: Anonsy region, South East Madagascar

Duration: Minimum 2 weeks, maximum 1 year

Start Dates: Project is on-going, and you can join at any time, depending upon availability. Note there are no school Summer break activities June- October.

Cost: £695 GBP (+ £95 a week to 10 weeks) – see Costs section for more details

Includes: all food, accommodation, airport pickup, orientation and all project related activities

Does not Include: flights, travel insurance, visas and vaccinations


  • Teach young Malagasies alongside local teachers in a rural village
  • Get to know the amazing island of Madagascar
We also offer Paid Teach Abroad placements with TEFL training.

Note: this project is full for 2018

Costs Explained


This is an opportunity to work on a range of educational schemes, gaining a valuable insight to the many challenges faced by communities living in and around Fort Dauphin, while making a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet. You will gain vital skills for a future career in development or teaching, acquiring credit towards a college or university course.

Successful teachers will work within a combined Malagasy and International team to assist in the implementation of a range of teaching projects including support to the local middle and secondary schools, marketing English for our Stitch Ste Luce project, bush-based teaching to adults and students, 1:1 teaching for NGO partner staff and the development of adult education in business English within the town.

Daily Life

You will be picked up and dropped off in Fort Dauphin. You will receive a project orientation which includes information about Madagascar, local customs and an introduction to the work you will be doing. Generally volunteers work 5/6 days each week, from 8am to 5pm with a 1-2 hour lunch break. Sample activities include:

  • English lessons for students– depending on your prior experience/qualifications, you could work in collaboration with Malagasy English teachers to deliver highly-rewarding and vital English lessons to middle school and lyceé (high/secondary) school students.
  • Teacher and curriculum support– with sustainability as a focus, you may be involved in in-service training of English teachers to help improve subject knowledge and methodology.
  • One-to-one English lessons for adults– including teaching NGO staff, tour guides, museum guides, local community (voluntary conversational classes).
  • English lessons for surrounding communities– including the rural communities of Sainte Luce and Mahatalaky. You can also partake in the construction programme (building rural schools) and conservation programme (lemur and other animal research) as you deliver tailor-made lessons.
  • Creating resources– in an attempt to build capacity, you may help create multimedia literacy and conversational English lesson resources, for example, radio literacy broadcasts and CDs for local taxi drivers, law courts and mayoral officials.
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Travel and Accommodation

All international flights to Madagascar fly into Antananarivo (the capital). You will also need to book a return flight from Antananarivo to Fort Dauphin (also called Tolagnaro). Advice will be provided.

Volunteers live in Home Stay accommodation, unless they opt to teach adults in the bush or at Sainte Luce in which case they will camp. Facilities at campsites are basic, and you will be using latrines and washing in cold water. Electricity, western style toilets, and cold water showers are available when in Fort Dauphin (usually every 3 weeks for about 4 days at a time).

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  • Necessary flights & visas
  • Full travel & medical insurance
  • Medications (a World Health Organisation recognised malaria prophylaxis) and vaccinations
  • Be able to communicate in English
  • Be open minded, patient, adaptable and willing to embrace the challenges of the project
  • Have a positive attitude towards living in a rural setting and working in a team
  • Be in good mental and physical health- an appropriate level of fitness (volunteers may need to walk 30-40 minutes to placements in hot humid conditions), physical capability and mobility is necessary
  • Have appropriate TEFL or Teaching qualification / CRB check for longer term placements
  • Have the confidence to speak in front of groups and lead activities
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*** Placements are confirmed with a 2 week deposit

If you do not already hold a TEFL qualification you could be eligible for a 25% discount with one of our partners. Enquire with us when applying.

What’s Included:

Project Fee includes

  • All food and accommodation
  • Malagasy language lessons
  • Airport pickup
  • Detailed orientation covering Malagasy culture and background information
  • In-country support and all project activities.
What’s not included:
  • Flights,
  • Travel & Medical insurance
  • Visas (if applicable) and vaccinations.

Full assistance will be provided in getting all these arranged if you choose our Premium Support.

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Note: Map coordinates are approximate