Teaching in Madagascar
- Placement location: Andasibe
- Types of schools: Primary and secondary schools
- Age of students: 6 - 17
- Class sizes: 20-40
- Role: English Teaching Assistant/Teacher
- Extra-curricular roles: Teaching other subjects like maths, drama, music or physical education
- Accommodation: Guesthouse
- Price: From
- What’s included? Food, accommodation, transfers to and from our specified airport, transport to and from your placement, insurance, personal webpage, induction and orientation, 24/7 support
- What’s not included? Flights, visa costs, spending money
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
Volunteering as a teacher in Madagascar with Projects Abroad is a great way to gain practical work experience while giving back. You do not need to have any formal teaching qualifications, TEFL training or other previous teaching experience to participate. As a volunteer, you will have a positive impact on the lives of the children you teach, whether you are a gap year student, career breaker, or simply looking for a meaningful way to contribute during a holiday period.
Volunteers are needed to help support children, improve French and English literacy levels, and give them the skills and education they need to build a sustainable future. English and French would help locals find work as tour guides or in restaurants and hotels. There is also a need to improve the hygiene levels of the children.
The official languages in Madagascar are French and Malagasy, so your main role as an English or French teacher will be to help children build on their reading, writing, and comprehension abilities. You will also be able to teach a variety of other subjects.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Madagascar Teaching Management Plan.
Teaching Placements in Madagascar with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad volunteers work in primary and secondary schools in Andasibe. Your exact role in the classroom will depend on your level of experience and confidence. You may be assisting the local teacher, working with small groups on conversational English, or you could be asked to take the whole lesson.
Local staff are eager for you to get involved in teaching other subjects and organising extra-curricular activities. Depending on your skills and interests, you could teach subjects such as maths, drama, music, physical education, and more. Please let us know if you are interested in any particular areas.
As a volunteer on the Teaching project, the impact you have on the lives of the children you work with will reach beyond your time at the placement. You will also be part of a much wider volunteer network, which is making a hugely positive contribution to the communities in which we work.
Whatever talents or skills you have, teaching in Madagascar will give you the opportunity to put them to good use and make a difference. You can be creative with your teaching to make learning fun. Engaging the children through the use of games and songs will help to make them excited to learn.
Volunteer activities during the school holidays
During the school holidays from early June to the end of September, your role will not involve teaching in normal classes. Teaching volunteers help run a summer school that offers remedial classes for students struggling to cope with their regular classes, and assist students in catching up to the level of other students for the following school year.
Depending on overall skill and ability, teaching opportunities for volunteers cover a range of subjects, such as English, French, Mathematics, science and geography. These classes are taught in the mornings.
Afternoons generally consist of volunteers teaching sports and other physical activities and games. For one afternoon a week, volunteers accompany children to the forest for an environmental education lesson.
You can join a Teaching project in Madagascar for two weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.