WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
The majority of primary school-age children and 36% of secondary school-age children attend school. However, schools are severely under-funded and there is an unequal distribution of educational resources across the country. Poor and rural communities can only attend seriously disadvantaged public schools.
Some of the most important work that needs to be done in local Malagasy communities is setting up basic infrastructure. The project will help to improve the infrastructure and quality of educational facilities in Madagascar. Brighter classrooms, up-cycled classroom facilities and wall displays help to promote a positive, inspiring and pleasant working environment for the school children and teachers.
This project often helps with improvements that are needed in our partner institutions, and exact tasks and work at any given time is always led by the school staff and students.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You don’t need any previous building experience, though you should be physically fit and willing to work hard in order to take part in this project.
Whilst on your placement, you will contribute to a number of on-going projects aimed at improving the local educational infrastructure. Such projects may include the painting of walls or murals, improving classrooms and playground facilities or sanitation and waste management facilities.
You will be working from Monday to Thursday as a small team of like-minded individuals. The day-to-day work programme will vary according to the time of your visit and the stage of the improvement work. Whatever your contribution, you are sure to find this project incredibly rewarding when you see the progress the project has made. The programme also gives you the opportunity to meet the communities you are working in during your free time, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people.
The people you are helping will be hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their community, and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!
Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these communities, whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.
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.
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