Volunteer with Children in Madagascar
- PLACEMENT LOCATIONS: Andasibe
- TYPES OF CARE PROJECTS: Primary schools, after school program
- ROLE: Taking care of children and organizing creative and physical activities
- Requirements: None
- ACCOMMODATION: Host family or guesthouse
- LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 2 weeks
- START DATES: Flexible
By volunteering with Projects Abroad on a Care Project in Madagascar, you will help make a difference by providing disadvantaged children with the support they need. Whether you are on a gap year, career break, or looking for a meaningful experience during your vacation, you will make an impact and your efforts will be greatly appreciated in the community.
Our Care placements are based in the town of Andasibe, a small town with a population of 12,000 people.
Volunteering on a Care Project in Madagascar with Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad works with a local primary school in Andasibe (primary schools are attended by children ages 7 to 13). In the mornings, you will help out local teachers by providing support during class. You can work one-on-one with individual students or with small groups.
In the afternoons, you will work at an after school program that provides extra care and education for children attending the school. These sessions, organized by the school principal, help keep the children busy in the afternoons and give them a safe space to learn and have fun.
Most of the children in the after school program are between the ages of 3 and 8 years old, although there are students up to the age of 15 who may join the afternoon activities as well. The school has limited resources, which means that you have an important role to play in giving the children the best care and support possible. You will also be a welcome pair of helping hands for the local staff and teachers.
At your placement, you will help with organizing creative and physical activities such as arts & crafts, games, basic literacy and numeracy lessons, and songs. Early Childhood Development will be your main focus. The after school program is flexible and can be tailored to your interests and skills. You could play sports like basketball, soccer, and Frisbee and help kids develop their team skills, or start an English conversation club – the options are endless!
Whether you are helping children learn to read, playing sports with them, or teaching them a new game, the time and attention you give them will be hugely beneficial.
Your Role as a Care Volunteer in Madagascar
Social development, friendship, and emotional support are the key things you can offer as a volunteer. Most volunteers work from Monday to Friday and have the weekends free to travel and explore.
Did you know? Fanorona is the national game of Madagascar—it is similar to checkers, but more complex, and is popular among children.
Projects Abroad is happy to provide extra help to volunteers working on Care Projects. This may include buying some paints or art materials or arranging a day where all the volunteers in Madagascar help to renovate a play area at a school. Suggestions from volunteers are welcomed and we are open to any ideas you may have to help improve the lives of the children with whom you are working.
You can read more detailed information about the aims of the project in our Madagascar Care Management Plan.
You can join a Care Project in Madagascar for two or three 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.
While you’re in Madagascar, you might also consider joining a 1 week Conservation & Environment Project. For more information, please visit our Rainforest Conservation Project in Madagascar page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.