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Excellent 4.8rating (149)

Primary English Teaching Support

location
4 - 20 weeks  ·  Age 18 - 50+

rating  Excellent 4.8  · 
  Verified by Volunteer World
  Very high response rate

Highlights

  • Help give an education to underprivilaged children
  • Stay on a stunning and unique island in Madagascar!!
  • Get creative with drawing, painting, arts and crafts and other playground games
  • Teach in local schools, to children of various age groups from nearby rural villages

Especially suitable

Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

About the program

Teach basic conversational English in Nosy Be, a stunning island in Madagascar! You will teach in local schools, to children of various age groups from nearby rural villa

For the majority of people in Madagascar they cannot afford to travel and so rarely get the chance to speak with people from outside the country. In villages like Tsararano Ambony, the children may have never spoken to a foreigner. As a foreign teacher you can enable the children to experience ...

About the program

For the majority of people in Madagascar they cannot afford to travel and so rarely get the chance to speak with people from outside the country. In villages like Tsararano Ambony, the children may have never spoken to a foreigner. As a foreign teacher you can enable the children to experience talking with a westerner, allowing them to discover a whole new culture. They will be incredibly excited to meet with you!

The local teachers can also greatly benefit in talking with a fluent English speaker, as well as discovering new and up to date teaching methods and techniques from you. As you’ll mainly be assisting the local school teachers, no formal teaching experience is required for this project.

You will be teaching children from different age groups and with varying learning abilities. You are welcome to use your own teaching materials and encouraged to get creative. You can also use the course book as guide and help the children with their conversational and spoken English. During your volunteer project you can also teach other subjects such as mathematics, history, science, geography, computer, technologies, music and arts and crafts. Through fun, educational games you can help the kids with their personal development, environmental awareness and general health and safety.

A typical day involves teaching English and engaging in daily school activities for a minimum of 4 hours. Since schools operate only for 4 hours a day, if you wish, you could also visit the local community center in the afternoon to teach children for another 2 hours a day.

Your general duties will include the following:

  • Assist the teacher in lesson planning and preparing teaching materials
  • Helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
  • Assist in teaching class in specialized subject under the direction of a teacher
  • Supporting local teachers with classroom activities
  • Create activities that will keep the students engaged, providing fun and interactive activities in teaching English, Math and basic life skills through story-telling, singing, and dancing
  • Regularly evaluating and assessing the progress of the children.

Higher education in Madagascar is taught in French and Malagasy but knowing English is something that will be extremely valuable to them in later life. Nosy Be is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Madagascar so knowing how to speak English can increase the children’s job prospects in the future.

***Please note the below school terms***

Kindergartens and schools in Madagascar will be closed for school holidays from June 23rd to September 11th, 2023 and from December 15th, 2023, to January 8th, 2024.

During school holidays, we organise an English teaching program at a local community centre for students aged 6 to 18 years old. Please note that the number of children attending may vary, with an expected average of 15 to 20 children per day. It's worth mentioning that some children may be away from Nosy-BE during this time. There will be 3 to 4 hours of teaching time per day, where 1 hour will be dedicated to lesson preparation for the following day. 

Location
Nosy Be (meaning ‘big island’) is an absolutely stunning island off the north-west coast and is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist destination. The population is estimated around 73,010 and the island has an area space of 320.02 square kilometres.

On Nosy Be island you will find volcanic lakes, lemurs, rum distilleries, Ylang Ylang plantations and beautiful coral reefs. There is just so much to explore on this amazing island! In May, you can experience the 4 day Donia Music Festival. Situated on the Indian Ocean, on Nosy-Be island you can relax on the best white sand beaches, take a boat trip through the jungle, go trekking to see lemurs or snorkel alongside turtles and manta rays in the clear waters.

Project Tasks
  • Teach English conversation, reading and writing to primary level children
  • Create lesson plans for fun and educational classes and activities
  • Interact with the local teachers, sharing ideas

Typical day

Schools operate only from 07.30 to 11.30 a.m., kindly regard the schedule given below.

06.30 am: Breakfast at the accommodation

07.00 am: Depart from the accommodation

07.30 am: Activities pertaining to the program

11.30 am: Assist the class teacher in lesson planning and preparing teaching materials ...

Typical day

Schools operate only from 07.30 to 11.30 a.m., kindly regard the schedule given below.

06.30 am: Breakfast at the accommodation

07.00 am: Depart from the accommodation

07.30 am: Activities pertaining to the program

11.30 am: Assist the class teacher in lesson planning and preparing teaching materials for the next day

12.00 pm: Depart for accommodation, where your lunch will be ready

If interested, you could also visit the local community center, where you could teach the students there from 02.30pm to 04.30pm.

02.00pm: Depart from the accommodation

02.30pm: Activities pertaining to the program

04.30pm: Depart to the accommodation

7.30 p.m.: Dinner will be served at the accommodation.

Free-time activities

The sun shines year-round here, with Nosy Be being a beach and sea lovers paradise, hosting incredible snorkelling and diving. Nosy Be is packed with activities to get up to during your free, the most popular is checking out the paradise beaches. Here are just a few of the stunning beaches you can ...

Free-time activities

The sun shines year-round here, with Nosy Be being a beach and sea lovers paradise, hosting incredible snorkelling and diving. Nosy Be is packed with activities to get up to during your free, the most popular is checking out the paradise beaches. Here are just a few of the stunning beaches you can visit:
  • Palm Beach
  • Andilana Beach
  • Ambatoloaka Beach
  • Andilana Beach
  • Wildlife lovers and adventure enthusiasts will certainly be at home in Nosy Be too. See if you can spot the diurnal and nocturnal native lemur species, count the unique bird species, see reptiles or indigenous plants, whilst trekking through the lush jungle. There are also scuba diving & snorkelling tours and inland boat trips.

Requirements

Requirements

Minimum Age: 18 years

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.

Language Skills

You need to speak English (basic level)

Education Requirements

at High School level

Criminal Background Check

required

Required Documents

Police check or working with children check

Nationality Restrictions

No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.

Time Commitment

Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI

Accommodation
3 meals p/day weekdays / 2 meals p/day weekends
Arrival airport transfer (Sat/Sun arrivals)
Filtered drinking water, coffee & tea
1 day orientation
Daily transportation to project
In country 24/7 support & emergency assistance
Fundraising support
University course credits (where applicable)
Certificate of Completion

Airport Pickup at Fascene Airport

Programs begin every Monday, and volunteers are required to arrive the day prior, for orientation before the project. Your accommodation on the Sunday is included in the program fees.

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Fascene Airport (NOS). You must arrive between the hours 08:00 to 20:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.

If arriving during the week, or on Saturday, we charge an extra fee for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and for a private transfer.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to the accommodation it takes 30 minutes by road.   

Accommodation

You will stay at our volunteer house, where there is a dining room and lounge area to socialise with fellow volunteers. There is also a beautiful garden to relax in during time off. A balcony and large roof terrace are also available for you to chill out in. Rooms are shared between 4-6 people, there are fans, bed linen, lockable rooms, water, and laundry facilities for an extra cost.

There is a kitchen and refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store any food and drinks you require. An ATM and a supermarket around 15-20 minutes away by bus or Tuk-Tuk, from the volunteer house.


Food & Beverages

We provide three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends. Your meals will be a mix of Western and Malagasy food, usually consisting of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish around twice a week. There are kitchen facilities for you to cook your own meals or you can eat out at any of the local restaurants nearby.


What's NOT included?

What's NOT included?

Internet Access

Sorry, no access at the project site

Flight Tickets

The nearest airport is Fascene Airport (NOS) in Nossi-be. We assist you to find cheap flights to Madagascar. FIND CHEAP FLIGHTS

Travel Insurance

Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Madagascar provides security and is a plus to have. GET A QUOTE

Vaccines

If you are intending to volunteer in Madagascar you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Madagascar. VACCINE CHECKER

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Program fees

4 weeks (min. stay) 1,582€
8 weeks 2,709€
12 weeks 3,561€
20 weeks (max. stay) 6,090€
Average fees 350€/week

Program fees

350€ per week 4 - 20 weeks Age 18 - 50+

Payment methods

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NO CREDIT CARD FEES


Duration

4 - 20 weeks

Deposit

The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.


Final Payment

Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.


Meet your organization

Involvement Volunteers IVI

Excellent 4.8 rating (149 reviews)

Non-profit - founded in 1989

Verified by Volunteer World

  Very high response rate

Coordinated by

Lauren

Spoken languages: English

About the project

IVI are a non profit org with 28 years experience providing responsible volunteer placements in 15 countries worldwide. We help you connect with inspiring opportunities

Meet your organization

Involvement Volunteers International delivers positive social change to developing communities and vulnerable populations through local, national & international volunteering.  Our projects empower the skilled & un-skilled to catalyse the efforts of local partners in creating a better world.


WHO WE ARE

Founded in 1989, IVI is a pioneer of overseas volunteering.  Back when there was no internet and phones were a luxury in many parts of the world, we traveled to developing countries in search of credible NGO's in need of manpower and global volunteer resources.  Some of the many relationships we forged are utilized to this day. 

We are passionate about volunteering and giving back to society and in particular developing communities which are less fortunate than us.  In this way, we combine travelling with volunteering to help people make a positive impact overseas.

SOCIAL EXPERIENCES
All of IVI’s projects have a strong social element at the core.  With more manpower (& womanpower!) we can truly catalyse the efforts of our local partners.  This means you're sure to meet loads of like-minded people from all parts of the world.   This type of experience truly broadens your understanding of the world and yourself, opening your heart to new enlightened ways of thinking .   With your new found travel companions, you'll have plenty of opportunity to explore and have fun!  

Our projects create a unique platform to experience the true heart and soul of a destination rather than simply the tourist areas.   We'll involve you in meaningful & responsible volunteer work that really benefits the local communities.

AFFORDABLE VOLUNTEER TRAVEL
As a non profit org, we are not motivated by shareholder profits.  Our fee structure is fully transparent to ensure volunteers hard earned money is going directly to the areas where it is most needed.  It is vitally important to us that the presence of volunteers has a positive and sustainable impact on the local communities we work with.   

We charge a one off US$275 application fee per volunteer to cover the running of IVI including administration overheads, project inspection costs, marketing, and salaries.

The program fee starts at $150 p/week and goes straight to the in country management to cover arrival airport transfers, on the ground coordination, orientation, accommodation, meals, in country 24/7 project support, project development, donations and related administration costs.   

In comparison to many of our competitors, our programs are incredible value.

SAFETY & RESPONSIBLE PROGRAMS
With approx 80-90% of our volunteers being single young female travelers, volunteer safety is of the utmost importance.  All of our projects include a dedicated 24/7 in-country management support contact as well as a dedicated placement manager pre/post journey.  This ensures you will be cared for every step of the way.    The local teams are highly experienced and qualified to manage emergency situations.

All IVI projects have been personally inspected to ensure the standards meet necessary guidelines for quality and safety.  In addition, we monitor and maintain communication with local embassies to oversee potential issues in order to notify volunteers and their families accordingly.   

Our Australian team are available 24/7 and only a phone call away.

Our responsibility also extends to the local people which is why volunteers working in childcare related fields must provide a criminal background check before they travel.   Our ultimate goal is the long term development of the communities we work with, hence we work closely with our local partners to ensure that projects are needs driven and sustainable. 

SUPPORT

From your very first inquiry, right through to your welcome home, you'll have the same dedicated volunteer manager at every stage.  We are experts in the field and will provide you in depth insights about what to expect and how to prepare to ensure you have an amazing experience overseas.  Every project includes a detailed welcome pack which provides all aspects needed such as in country contacts, what to pack, cultural values, basic language guides and much much more.   

On arrival at your destination, you'll be greeted by one of our in-country team and in many cases 1 week orientation is provided to help ease you into the way of life and ensure you're equipped with the right customs to ensure a successful volunteer abroad experience.  

FUN!
Volunteering abroad is quite possibly the most rewarding experience you will have in your life!   We know this not only through our own experiences, but through the testimonies from thousands of volunteers we have successfully placed worldwide over 27+ years in operation.  Volunteering overseas is not only rewarding.   It's fun!   You're meeting new people, you're seeing new sights, and you're expanding your understanding of yourself and the world.  You're experiencing something real and life changing in many ways...  

GET INVOLVED WITH IVI TODAY!

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