At a glance
Learn French in Madagascar and immerse yourself in a French-speaking environment while learning with a professional language teacher. You’ll be able to practice what you learn with local native speakers everyday, and you can explore this beautiful island in your free time.
You’ll have classes every week, and these lessons are tailored to your exact level and interests. You also have the option of combining your French classes with a volunteer or internship programme. This could be something like supporting early childhood development on our Childcare Project, or helping to raise awareness of disease on our Public Health Project.
You will be based in Andasibe, a small town surrounded by several national parks and reserves. You will live in a guesthouse with a host family who will introduce you to the Madagascan way of life. Because of its small-town nature, Andasibe is the perfect place for beginner French speakers to practice their newly-learned skills!
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Is studying French in Madagascar right for me?
If you have a strong desire to learn French and travel to a new country, this course is perfect for you. This is a great way to add a valuable skill to your CV, which can help you stand out in applications and interviews. It will also be a useful skill for travelling to French-speaking countries.
You’ll have lessons with an experienced language teacher. Classes will be tailored according to your individual level, whether you’re a beginner or are already confident having a basic conversation. This course runs throughout the year, so you can sign up anytime from a minimum of one week.
You can reach out to Projects Abroad staff at any time if you need help or guidance with anything.
What will I do on this French Language Course?
Your activities will depend on whether you choose to study French full-time, or combine this with a volunteer or internship programme. Here are some of the activities you can expect to do on this French Language Course:
- Receive personalised weekly French language classes
- Explore Madagascar and experience a new country
- Volunteer or intern, if you choose to combine your lessons with another project
This course will include the following activities:
Receive personalized weekly French language classes
If you study French full-time in Madagascar, you will have around 15 hours of lessons with your teacher each week. During this time, you may be taught grammar and vocabulary, or work on your conversation skills, depending on what you would like to focus on. Depending on your current level of French, you may have individual classes, or classes with two or three others.
If you are combining your classes with a volunteer or internship project, you could focus on vocabulary and conversation skills relevant to that subject. For example, you may want to learn some medical phrases to use with people on your medical internship.
Explore Madagascar and experience a new country
You will have weekends off to explore this beautiful tropical island with other volunteers and interns. Because of its many years of isolation from other parts of the world, Madagascar has a unique mix of plants and animals. Many of them cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. You can visit incredible national parks, see lemurs jumping from tree to tree, and go on beautiful walks and hikes.
Volunteer or intern, if you choose to combine your lessons with another project
If you’d like to combine a French course with another project, you can choose between two options:
- Do a language add-on for 5, 14, or 30-hours, and study French during your volunteer or internship project
- Do a full-time language course before you start your project
If French is a requirement for your chosen project, we strongly recommend studying full-time before starting the project.
Where in Madagascar will I be working?
You will be living in the small town of Andasibe, which is situated in the interior rainforest of Madagascar’s east coast. You language classes will take place either at the guest house or at the Alliance Francaise. Occasionally, you may have class at a local cafe or park for a change of scenery.
Andasibe has a host of national parks nearby, where you can see endemic animals such as the lemur. Many of these animals and plants cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You can also go on walks and hikes, and visit historical monuments.
A typical day studying French in Madagascar
A typical day on this course will begin with a delicious breakfast with your host family. Your activities for the day will depend on whether you are studying full-time, or doing a project at the same time. You can also choose when to have your classes. If you are a morning person, you could have your language classes early, and spend the rest of the day exploring or working. If not, you could do things the other way around.
Your classes will be at your host family’s home, or you may need to travel to the Projects Abroad offices for classes. Occasionally, classes may take place in a local cafe or park for a change of scenery.
After your classes, you will have an opportunity to practice your speaking skills during sightseeing trips around Andasibe, as well as in the evenings with your host family over dinner.
Your course will run from Monday to Friday, and you will have weekends off. You will also have evenings off, which you can spend either with your host family or with fellow volunteers and interns exploring Madagascar.
What are the aims and impact of the French Language Course in Madagascar?
The aim of this project is to give you the opportunity to travel to a foreign country and learn French.
French is a major language of international communication, and is a useful language to know when travelling. Having French on your CV will also help you stand out in applications and interviews, and can potentially open up doors for you in your career. Learning French in a French-speaking country also gives you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the language and practice your speaking skills right away.
If you take part in a volunteer or internship programme, you will also part of our ongoing efforts to support disadvantaged communities in Madagascar. You can do things like teach literacy and numeracy at our Early Childhood Development Centre, or share knowledge about the importance of regular hygiene practices. You can see all of our projects in Madagascar here.
Join us on a French Language Course in Madagascar, and seize the opportunity to add a valuable skill to your CV, while experiencing life in an exciting country.
Measuring Our Impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food And Accommodation
You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Andasibe. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure Activities And Free Time
Madagascar is synonymous with unique plants and animals. With leaping lemurs and swaying chameleons, the country has a lot of interesting sights for nature lovers.
While you’re there, be sure to visit one of the many national parks. You’ll get to see some of the wildlife that call this island nation home. The Avenue of Baobabs is also a must-see. These towering trees, with their unusual trunks, are known as Africa’s tree of life.
You can see the jagged cliffs and interesting rock formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha. Madagascar borders the third largest coral reef system on the planet, making it a great location for snorkelling and scuba diving.
We run a number of different projects here, so there will likely be other volunteers in Madagascar during your project. So you can travel independently or spend your free time with a group of like-minded, passionate volunteers.
Safety And Staff Support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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