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Madagascar's dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, with baobab and aloe trees, lemurs, chameleons and a whole host of other species that are found nowhere else on Earth! Its fantastically beautiful coastline boasts coral reefs rich in marine species, perfect for diving and snorkelling, and silky sanded beaches ideal for soaking up the bountiful sunshine. Madagascar's culture is vibrant and diverse; you will find bustling markets full of multi-coloured produce and hospitable locals touting their wares.

Madagascar has a growing population and 60% of the population can now be defined as living in extreme poverty. This percentage is even higher in rural populations and remote areas.

Madagascar’s remote communities are home to thousands of underprivileged children, who suffer from poverty, neglect and poor health. Children's opportunities to progress in life are often thwarted by their lack of motivation to continue in education. By introducing them to the English language and engaging the children with interactive and fun activities you can help build their enthusiasm for learning from an early age. Through your work at our partner pre-primary school you can make a real difference to the early learning experience in one of Madagascar’s most beautiful and complicated areas, as you support them in their academic studies and personal development as part of this worthwhile and hugely rewarding project!

      

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Provide academic and personal support to children aged 2 to 4
  • Discover strange and beautiful Madagascar
  • Live in the Volunteer House located in central Hellville
  • Make lifelong friends with your team mates and co-workers

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • All participants need to bring a copy of a Criminal Records background check with them to the project site.
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial Free Time Beach Breakfast
FAST FACTS

 

Location Madagascar
Activities Aid professional teachers in delivering lessons and pastoral care to children aged 2 to 4
Caring for children
Teaching basic English
Plan and implement educational & recreational activities
Plan and implement arts & crafts, sports and reading activities
Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, additional £20GBP applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Taxi/minibus to volunteer house
Accommodation Shared communal accommodation in the volunteer house in Hellville

 


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 day and certification
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional £20GBP 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
 

 

 

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 Hell-Ville 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 fully 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 Hell-Ville 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 Hell-Ville 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 or Physiotherapy 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 with Frontier Community 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.

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.

Independent travellers arriving on dates other than weekly on a Monday can arrange a separate airport collection (extra cost; £20GBP) by contacting the project staff in Nosy Be.  

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you'll live in a wonderfully located Volunteer House in the centre of Hell-Ville. You will enjoy 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 gas stoves will become second nature: so get your cookbooks out now and start thinking up recipes!

IT WAS GREAT FUN!!  | 5 Feb 2014
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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 £10/$16
  • Single Day Dive £30/$48
  • Double Dive £50/$80
  • 4-dive package £100/$160
  • 10-dive package £200/$320
  • Diving weekend package £30/$48 per person per night plus dive course cost (subject to staff availability)

Courses*

 

  • Discover Scuba Diving £65/$100
  • Open Water Dive Course £250/$390
  • Advanced Open Water £230/$360
  • Emergency First Responder £100/$155
  • Rescue Diver £300/$470
  • Dive Master £500/$775

*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

COSTS

1 week £ 545

2 weeks £ 695

3 weeks £ 845

4 weeks £ 995

5 weeks £ 1,145

6 weeks £ 1,295

7 weeks £ 1,445

8 weeks £ 1,595

9 weeks £ 1,720

10 weeks £ 1,845

20 weeks £ 3,095

Extra week £ 150

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 2016/2017

 

24 December 2016 - 8 January 2017

8 April 2017 - 23 April 2017

School ends on1st July 2017

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 and throughout school holidays

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 project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. 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 Frontier’s 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.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisors will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.