At a glance
- Study French with a qualified language teacher every day
- Attend classes tailored to your exact level and interests
- Live with a local host family, and practice your new vocabulary daily
- Explore a tropical paradise with a group of like-minded people
Fixed dates throughout the yearSee Dates
Anyone aged 18 or over can join
The project runs all year round, you can start on any day, and it’s fully supervised. So all you need to do is decide on some dates, complete our application form with a £195 deposit and we’ll take care of the rest.
Your schedule is packed with language learning and cultural and sightseeing activities. You will do things like:
- Take French language lessons with a qualified teacher
- Practice your French through conversations with local people
- Explore the culture and nature of Madagascar with a group
French language lessons from a qualified teacher
We work in collaboration with teachers from the Alliance Francaise based in Andasibe. Their teachers all hold or qualify for degrees in education and teaching French as a second language. They’re responsible for teaching French in primary and secondary schools in the village.
Your lessons will take place Monday through Friday and will be tailored according to your skill level. During this time, you can focus on basic French grammar and vocabulary, or work on your conversation.
Practicing your French through conversations with locals in the community
Our language teachers take a very practical approach to the lessons, and they ensure that your learning moves beyond the classroom and into the village. This will help you build your confidence in a short amount of time.
We also encourage you to seek out conversations with your host family, local students from the Alliance Francaise, and shopkeepers at the local market. Put your French to the test by haggling for souvenirs!
Exploring the rich cultural and environmental heritage of Madagascar
Madagascar is a mecca for nature lovers and adventurers, and it also has a rich history and culture. By living in Madagascar, you’ll immerse yourself in a culture that blends Asian and African influences. You’ll experience this firsthand when you help prepare a Malagasy meal or try your luck with learning a traditional dance.
You’ll also visit incredible national parks which are home to the largest and longest living lemurs on the island, the Indri lemur. Local guides will walk you through the jungle to ensure you don’t miss a glimpse of these beautiful tree swinging creatures!
Where in Madagascar will I study?
You’ll live and study in the small town of Andasibe, surrounded by rainforests on Madagascar’s east coast. Your language classes will take place at the Alliance Francaise, at the guest house, and out in the community.
Andasibe has a host of national parks nearby, where you can see animals like lemurs. 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.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
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.