Volunteer with children in Madagascar and get off the beaten track by living and working in a village. You’ll be placed at an early childhood development centre fully funded and run by Projects Abroad.
You’ll spend your time helping village children learn to read, write, and count. Most of the children at our centre are from severely disadvantaged families. Your role is to support their education and give them the skills they need to succeed at school.
Use your time abroad to learn more about early childhood development, and gain childcare experience. You’ll also hone skills like planning and leadership, which will help you in any career you pursue.
In Madagascar, you’ll live in shared accommodation in the village of Andasibe. The island is home to rainforests, beaches, mountains, rivers, and an array of cities and towns. Adventure awaits around every corner, so be sure to bring your backpack and some hiking boots!
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 212 244 7234 to see if we can offer a discount.
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Madagascar > Childcare
Completely flexible dates
Andasibe (Read More)
Shared accommodation Read More
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
Is volunteering with children in Madagascar right for me?
This project is open to people of all ages and experience levels. If you’re energetic, proactive, and enjoy working with young ones, doing volunteer work with children in Madagascar is a good fit for you.
It’s a great opportunity to expand your skill set, especially if you’re aiming for a career in childcare. You’ll learn valuable leadership skills as well, as you’ll take the lead with planning activities at the centre. This kind of experience is a great addition to your CV, and helps your application stand out.
Don’t worry about being left to work alone. Our staff are there every step of the way, and will be happy to give you advice and guidance. We also have various online resources for you to draw on, and run regular workshops with all our Childcare volunteers.
If you enjoy exploring unusual places, this volunteer project is also the perfect opportunity to indulge your senses in a truly unique island setting.
What will I be doing on this project?
As a volunteer working with children in Madagascar, your role is pivotal to the smooth running of the our centre. Here are some of the tasks you can expect to get involved with:
- Run activities that promote early childhood development
- Introduce literacy and numeracy to prepare children for school
- Make sure children practice good hygiene every day and talk about health issues
- Run a summer camp during the school holidays
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Run activities that help children achieve developmental milestones
You’ll work with children between the ages of 3 and 6. These kids come from families that cannot afford education.
It is very important that children receive the kind of stimulation that will help them achieve important developmental milestones. Your work includes playing educational games, doing arts and crafts, and doing fun activities that encourage learning.
We also partner with an organisation that will sponsor the children through their primary schooling once they have successfully graduated from our centre.
Introduce literacy and numeracy
Many children do not know how to read, write, count, or identify different shapes when they arrive at the centre. Help them get ready for the challenges of school by teaching basic English and French (if you are able to) and coming up with fun numbers games to improve numeracy.
Improve hygiene standards
Help reduce the incidence of avoidable infectious diseases by introducing the children to a variety of good hygiene practices. While they may also learn these at home, repetition at the centre will help them settle into a routine. Do this by making sure they wash hands before meals and after going to the toilet, and help them brush their teeth properly.
Run a summer camp
If you join our project between June and the end of September, you’ll help us run a summer school. This falls over the children’s longest school holidays. Here, you’ll continue our educational work by teaching numeracy and basic English/French. You’ll also get the children involved in small community projects.
Where in Madagascar will I be working?
You’ll be based in the tiny village of Andasibe on Madagascar’s east coast. You’ll work at our Early Childhood Development Centre, which is fully funded and run by Projects Abroad. Here, we help young children whose families require additional support for their child’s education.
We also partner with an organisation that sponsors their primary school education once they graduate from our centre.
There is only one dirt road going through Andasibe. It gets quite muddy at times! You can expect rain all year round. Bring warm clothes for in the evenings and good sturdy shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
While Madagascar is considered an island, it is rather large and home to a huge array of wildlife that occur nowhere else in the world. In fact, 80% of the Madagascar’s species are endemic to the area. This means that Madagascar is the only place you’ll ever get to see them in the wild!
What my typical day will be like volunteering with children in Madagascar
A typical day starts at 8am, when the children start arriving at the centre. Help settle them in before kicking off the day’s lessons. You begin by teaching either English, French, maths, phonetics, or the alphabet until 10am.
The children will break for 30 minutes in the morning. After this, you’ll play fun games and do activities to practice what you taught them earlier. This will last until 12pm. During lunch, you’ll go home to eat.
Activities at the centre resume at 2pm. In the afternoon, you’ll lead sessions such as arts and crafts, songs, games, or sports. The working day normally comes to an end at around 4:30pm.
Free time in the late afternoon or at lunchtime can be used to prepare materials and activities for the following day. Weekends are your free time to relax and explore with your fellow volunteers.
What are the aims and impacts of this project?
The aim of this project is to help improve the numeracy and literacy levels of children whose parents can’t afford to send them to preschool. We do this by funding and running our own Early Childhood Development Centre. Without the centre, parents would be forced to keep their children at home.
As a volunteer, you have an important role to play. The centre depends on you to support children’s basic education and to help them prepare for first grade.
In collaboration with a local partner, we select children from families who need the most assistance. Once they graduate from our centre and are the right age for school, our partner will sponsor their education.
We’ve laid out four goals in our Childcare Management Plan to structure this project:
- Increase literacy
- Improve English/French
- Improve hygiene levels
- Raise awareness about healthy living
We keep track of the progress towards these long term goals in our Global Impact Database, which you will help update.
Experience a volunteer opportunity with children in Madagascar and help give children the skills they need to succeed in school and in life.
Projects Abroad Madagascar have incredible staff members. They were able to improve on previously established projects and develop them into something that the community needed, wanted and benefited from. Additionally, they were there for us 100% of the time.
Volunteer with Children in Madagascar
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.
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