Madagascar Sports Coaching

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1. In Brief

Madagascar’s dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, it is a magical landscape shaped by the snaking root formations of the unearthly baobab and aloe trees. The forest canopies are filled with a whole host of species not found anywhere else on Earth! From the adorable minute mouse lemur with its round, lamp like eyes to the the tiny, inch long Chameleons and the charismatic Aye- Aye, the wildlife of Madagascar is like no other.

Madagascar’s enchanting, sparkling waters boast coral reefs rich with an abundance of majestical marine species, perfect for diving and snorkelling. Teemed with silky, golden sanded beaches ideal for soaking up the bountiful sunshine, this is the most idyllic project location.

The lively, hospitable Malagasy communities welcome volunteers to become a part of their warm, exotic culture. Learn about and experience the strong cultural heritage which influences the Malagasy people’s everyday lives. Beyond coaching in schools you will become a mentor and a friend to the village children, gaining a priceless experience and enriching the villager’s lives.

All this and more is waiting to be discovered within this unique island located in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. With this project you will experience the best that Madagascar has to offer, with an unforgettable coaching experience in a developing community. Join this project for this dream opportunity in this tempting travel destination!

  

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the unique, tropical paradise of Madagascar
  • Awaken your creativity & initiative as you immerse yourself in local culture
  • Make lifelong friends with your team mates and co-workers

FAST FACTS

 

Location Madagascar
Activities Coach any of the following sports:
Football
Basketball
Handball
Netball
Volleyball
Athletics & many more
Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, additional £20GBP applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers (weekly on a Monday)
Accommodation Shared communal accommodation in the volunteer house in Hellville

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional US$42GBP applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers (weekly on a Monday)
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Many young people lack the opportunity to play sport in a well-structured environment. This project aims to bridge this gap and offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from structured sports training. Working closely with local schools and sports clubs, this project strives to identify Madagascar’s next generation of top sportsmen and women.

Although the focus is on sport, the project's aims are far larger. The goal is to inspire young people and teach life skills, developing a responsible youth generation, as well as bridging social divides and enhancing awareness of a wide range of social and health issues. Essentially sport is used as a vehicle to holistically improve the lives of young people from township communities.

As a sports coaching volunteer, you can help provide opportunities for enthusiastic young players to practise sports in an organised and fun environment as well as teaching them personal life skills which will equip them for the rest of their lives!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Under the leadership of local staff you will usually work five days a week coaching children of primary and secondary school age (5-16). You will normally work with children who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and you will become so much more than just a coach to them. As their mentor and role model, you will lead them on a sports training program as well as teaching parts of a life-skills curriculum designed to be both enjoyable and educational.

You will be fully integrated into the life of the school or sports club organising a variety of sporting activities. During your placement, you may find yourself coaching basketball, football, handball, netball, volleyball and a whole host of other sports. With extracurricular activities often taking the back burner to other subjects such as English and maths, you will inject much needed enthusiasm and creativity into the children's lives. Whilst working on this project, you are encouraged to be creative and bring your own unique skills and personality to enliven and enrich the experience of the kids in your care.

The majority of your placement will involve running training clinics and matches for the children. You may also get the opportunity to organise tournaments, holiday camps and various educational activities depending on when you travel and local school holidays. Over the course of your project, you will see the children develop and improve under your guidance, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Volunteers arriving weekly on a Monday will be welcomed by a Frontier representative at Nosy Be airport. From here it's a short taxi or minibus ride from the airport to the centre of this vibrant town at to your accommodation at the Community House, where you’ll meet the rest of the in-country team.

Independent travellers arriving on dates other than weekly on a Monday can arrange a separate airport collection (extra cost; US$42GBP) by contacting the project staff in Nosy Be.  

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you'll live in a wonderfully located community house, which is based in the centre of Hellville. You will experience a unique and memorable living experience. The house is approximately a ten minute walk from the local primary school where we base the majority of our work and has all of the principal amenities one would expect from such a setup – equipped kitchen, flushing toilet and running water shower! House life is however very simple, unsophisticated and fun and will give you as much as you are prepared to put into it. The ‘community’ feel of the house is excellent and you will be made to feel right at home.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 3 simple and nutritious meals a day which will consists largely of locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, rice, beans and noodles, most of which is purchased from the nearby market and thereby helps to support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, peanut butter and Nutella are available in the town, so can be accessed if you wish to treat yourself every once in a while!

Part of your role in the volunteer house will be to help with the cooking. Creating spectacular meals over our marvellous kitchen stoves will become second nature: so get your cookbooks out now and start thinking up recipes! Also, with luck you'll be invited to local feasts and festivals – a great way to engage with local communities and discover local cuisines and cultures.

4. The reviews

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A REWARDING EXPERIENCE, DISCOVERING MADAGASCAR  | 6 Jan 2014
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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, snorkelling, mountain treks and wildlife tours are available. You can arrange these in country which helps contribute to the local economy.

Scuba diving courses may be available (subject to availability of spaces and time constraints).

dive courses run monthly commencing on the first Monday of the month

  • Single Day snorkelling off the boats US$21
  • Single Day Dive US$63
  • Double Dive US$105
  • 4-dive package US$210
  • 10-dive package US$420
  • Diving weekend package US$63 per person per night plus dive course cost (subject to staff availability) 

COURSES*

  • Discover Scuba Diving US$136
  • Open Water Dive Course US$525
  • Advanced Open Water US$483
  • Emergency First Responder US$210
  • Rescue Diver US$630
  • Dive Master US$1,050

*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses

Modern conveniences

Hellville

  • Attractions e.g. Lemurland, Donia Festival
  • Banks / ATMs; Bank of Africa (BOA), BFV-Société Générale, BNI-CL
  • Bars / cafes
  • Boats to the mainland & Boat Hire
  • Hostels and hotels
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Nightclub
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Street food
  • Supermarket
  • Taxis to the rest of the island
  • Telecom office
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

1 week US$1,145

2 weeks US$1,495

3 weeks US$1,795

4 weeks US$2,095

5 weeks US$2,445

6 weeks US$2,745

7 weeks US$3,045

8 weeks US$3,395

9 weeks US$3,645

10 weeks US$3,895

20 weeks US$6,545

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Every Monday throughout the year.

Ideally flights to Madagascar and connections to Nosy Be (Fascene) should be arranged for this arrival date.

School holidays dates 2015/2016

19 December 2015 - 4 January 2016

17 February - 19 February 

19 March - 3rd April 

School ends on 5th July 2016

During school holidays a modified program will run with one to one coaching, educational workshops and extracurricular activities.

DURATION

1 week and longer

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK TEFL training & certification

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up weekly on a Monday
  • Internal ground transfers (for volunteers arriving weekly on a Monday)
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nossi-Be (NOS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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