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Its tropical location and iconic animal species mean there are many opportunities to grow the ecotourism industry in Madagascar. Many local Malagasy people are very much aware of this and know that English language literacy is one more tool they can use to help them achieve this goal.

On this program, you’ll be assisting local Malagasy people with accomplishing their English literacy goals. You’ll be based on the island of Nosy Be, a location with many tourism employment opportunities for local people. Our base is located on the edge of Lokobe National Park, the last remaining rain-forest on the island, home to critically endangered lemur species and bordered by a tropical beach.

In the mornings, you’ll take a short walk to the surrounding communities where you’ll work with local teachers to prepare English language literacy resources for their primary school learners. In the evenings, you’ll participate in conversational English workshops with local Lokobe National Park rangers. Other adults from local communities might also join these workshops.

During the course of your program, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn French and a dialect of the local language, Malagasy. In your free time, you can go swimming, snorkelling and diving in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean among coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles and dolphins

itinerary

Day 1 - (Saturday)

Meet the local team at the airport in Nosy Be, Madagascar on your program start date. If you wish to arrive earlier, we would be able to supply you with a list of recommended accommodations in the local area. 

Day 2

Receive orientation and training on the program and our local partners  as well as health & safety training. With the beach being a short walk away from your accommodation, you may be given some downtime to explore and enjoy the immediate surroundings.

Days 3 - 7

Most of your time during the week will be spent on project activities. As a participant on this program, you will be teaching English to a variety of age groups and abilities. You may also have the opportunity to undertake small group conversational classes with individuals from the surrounding local villages.

Another big focus on this program is supporting local teachers and classrooms by preparing lessons and resources for various subjects and topics.

Day 8 - Day 9 (usually Saturday and Sunday) 

Weekends will be free for you to explore the local culture and sites along with your fellow volunteers. 

Here are some examples of things you can do in your free time: 
  • Learn French and the Sakalava dialect of Malagasy
  • Live on the edge of a rare rainforest boarded by a warm-watered ocean
  • Go swimming, snorkelling and diving in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean among coral reefs, tropical fish, sea turtles and dolphins

Day 10-14 (Monday to Friday) 

Project work will commence and you will pick up on the activities you started in your first week.

Your last day

Oh no …… no matter how long you’re here for, one of these days it will be time to say goodbye to your newfound friends.  The local project coordinator will drop you back off at the airport in time for your departure flight.

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start date

Saturday's

minimum age

you gotta be 18 to do this program

Highlights

  • Help local educators with increasing the economic development of their country.  
  • Assist local conservationists with preserving critically endangered species.
  • Learn French and the Sakalava dialect of Malagasy. 
  • Find out more about some of the many distinct cultures of Madagascar. 
  • Live on the edge of a rare rainforest boarded by a warm-watered ocean.

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