WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Our partner pre primary school is located right in the heart of bustling Hellville, right next to the town’s central market and just a fifteen minute walk from our volunteer house. While working at the school you will be providing much needed teaching support to the professionals currently at the school, helping to manage the class and deliver fun and interactive lessons. Through song and dance you will also introduce the children to the English language, which in tourism orientated Nosy Be is a skill that will help them and their families prosper in the future.
This project aims to provide much needed support to families and children by providing a safe and fun environment for children to spend their days, allowing them to benefit from vital academic development.
The school and care centre that you will be working in provides a vital lifeline for parents seeking education for their children, as well as a helping hand to young parents and single mothers who are able to return to work to earn money for the family. You can help give local children the chance of an education and provide them with the confidence boost and attention that they so desperately crave.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will be working in our partner pre primary in Hellville supporting nursery children in a crucial stage of their educational development. You will help lay the foundations of these children’s future success by encouraging and supporting their personal development and helping to deliver and reinforce a broad education.
You will be asked to help with a variety of tasks and activities during your time on the project, many of which may change on a daily basis depending on the needs and demands of the children in your care.
For the younger children, you will focus on their physical and social development, primarily helping them ‘learn through play’. Activities will most likely revolve around arts and crafts, music, drama and storytelling. Playing games, both inside and outside, is the perfect opportunity to get to know the children you’ll be working with and is a great way to teach English in an informal but effective way.
Work with the older children will concentrate more on their literacy and numeracy skills. This aspect is vitally important to ensure that they are at a suitable level to continue through the higher levels of schooling. You may take part in formal classes where you’ll take on the role of teaching assistant, or you may work with a small group on your own cementing information previously taught in class.
The in country staff will ensure that you are always busy, helping in some way or another. You will find your contribution to this project incredibly rewarding as you come to understand the very large difference that your small but valuable input can make.
Volunteer Itinerary* – Madagascar Community Projects
Frontier Madagascar currently delivers a range of different projects working with local partners around the island of Nosy Be. All of our projects are based in the town of Hellville and the villages that surround our field research camp in Ambalahonko. If you’re on a community project you’ll be based at our volunteer house in Hellville during the week but you’ll transfer to the camp on Friday to enjoy some free time with the rest of the Frontier team and explore the area where our research projects operate. We come back on Saturday morning and then have Sunday as our day off when we can go and relax on the beach, have a dunk at the waterfalls or enjoy any number of other beautiful spots around the island.
Whether you’re a volunteer on our construction, teaching, physiotherapy or another programme you’ll always be a member of team unity and as such you might well find yourself getting involved in some aspects of other concurrent projects. The times in the schedule are likely to change and will differ depending on the phase of the project cycle upon your arrival, but to give you a little taste of life on a Frontier community project you can see a standard timetable for a day in the life of a community volunteer below.
06:15 to 07:15 - Up and out, school and other project activities start at 7:30! After a leisurely scrum for the shower we have a communal breakfast and get ourselves prepared for the day.
07:30 to 11:20 - Morning activities, which could entail teaching at our partner primary school, doing menial tasks with our other partners or looking after handicapped children.
11:20 to 14:30 - Lunch time! During the heat of the day Madagascar shuts down for lunch. If you’re in town we’ll eat together at the Volunteer House, but if you’re away at an out-of-town location lunch will be provided at your workplace.
1430 to 1630 - Afternoon sessions of lessons - teaching, building etc.
1630 to 1800 - Break time when we can plan our activities for the week or just kick back with a book.
1800 to 2000 - In our evening classes we teach English, deliver health awareness sessions and share some games with the folks at the local Youth Club.
2030 to 2200 - Dinner and a movie at the volunteer house as we unwind after the day.
2200 to 2230 - Scrum for an evening shower, brushing the gnashers and off to bed! Zao dia kajo (I’m tired)…
*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect. Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.