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English Programme

Getting involved with the English programme is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to contribute to SEED Madagascar's work, in the charming coastal town of Fort Dauphin in south east Madagascar.

As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work on a range of educational schemes, gaining a valuable insight to the many challenges faced by communities living in and around Fort Dauphin, while making a real difference to the lives of some of the poorest people on the planet.

Working closely with the dedicated team of long-term volunteers and staff, you will receive an all-round experience in the workings of a small but well established international charity, gaining vital skills for a future career in development or teaching, acquiring credit towards a college or university course, or simply sharing your time with those in need of it most, and making friends for life.

Our English Programme video gives a great insight into what you can get involved in!


At a glance

  • Programme length: 2 weeks - 1 year
  • Dates: Volunteers are welcome at any time, but there are no school activities June - October over the summer break
  • Location: Anosy region, South-East Madagascar
  • Cost: £695 (plus £95 a week to 10 weeks) minimum donation, and expenses. Find out more »

Programme length Required skills Desirable skills
2 - 3 weeks
  • Flexibility and professionalism
  • A demonstrated desire to teach
  • No TEFL requirement
  • Minimum 30-hour online grammar course, TEFL certificate or teaching degree
  • Experience working in a classroom setting
  • At least 25 hours of EFL teaching experience
4 - 12 weeks
  • TEFL certificate or teaching degree
  • Flexibility and professionalism
  • A demonstrated desire to teach
  • Experience working in a classroom setting
  • A passion for working in multiple teaching environments
  • The ability to tutor one-on-one effectively
13 weeks - 1 year
  • TEFL certificate or teaching degree
  • Flexibility and professionalism
  • A demonstrated desire to teach
  • Experience working in a classroom setting
  • A passion for working in multiple teaching environments
  • The ability to tutor one-on-one effectively

Why sign up as an English Programme volunteer?

  • Gain teaching or teaching assistant experience in a least developed country
  • Contribute to the sustainability of local English teaching by training teachers and thereby building capacity
  • Support local business people and other members of the community in improving their spoken English to boost trade and tourism
  • Have an opportunity to create resources that support sustainability for future English lessons
  • Collaborate with conservation and construction programmes to provide English lessons in more rural communities and have an opportunity to travel to different picturesque regional locations
  • Contribute to the development of one of the most economically and environmentally fragile countries in the world
English teaching in progress

Sample activities

English lessons for students

Depending on your prior experience or teaching qualifications, you could work in collaboration with Malagasy English teachers to deliver highly-rewarding and vital English lessons to middle school and lyceé (high/secondary) school students as they head into their final years at school.

Teacher and curriculum support

With sustainability as a focus, you may be involved in in-service training of English teachers to help improve subject knowledge and methodology

One-to-one English lessons for adults

Including teaching NGO staff, tour guides, museum guides, local community (voluntary conversational classes). You will be inspired by these highly motivated people who work really hard to improve their English skills, in order to better communicate in the international arena and improve job prospects.

English lessons for surrounding communities

Including teaching in the rural communities of Sainte Luce and Mahatalaky. These picturesque locations are the perfect backdrop for your work in more rural communities. You can also partake in some of the construction programme (building rural schools) and conservation programme (lemur and other animal research) activities as you deliver tailor-made lessons to yet more enthusiastic students.

Creating resources

In an attempt to build capacity, we may ask you to help create multimedia literacy and conversational English lesson resources, for example, radio literacy broadcasts and CDs for local taxi drivers, law courts and mayoral officials, thereby leaving a valuable legacy beyond your time here with us.

Video by One Nine Three project.

Apply now

Our English programme offers both long-term and short-term volunteer placements, from 2 weeks up to 6 months, or even a year!

Type of Placement Length of Placement TEFL required* Donation required What this will cover¹
Short term 2-3 weeks No £695-£790 Airport pick-up and drop-off in Fort Dauphin, orientation, homestay accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Short term 4-12 weeks Yes (or teaching experience) £885-£1645 Airport pick-up and drop-off in Fort Dauphin, orientation, homestay accommodation, breakfast and dinner
Long term 13-24 weeks Yes (or teaching experience) £1865 Airport pick-up and drop-off in Fort Dauphin, homestay accommodation, breakfast and dinner² for first 3 months only, permit and visa extension
Long term More than 24 weeks/ 6 months Yes (or teaching experience) £440 Airport pick-up and drop-off in Fort Dauphin, permits and visa extensions

*If you do not already hold a TEFL qualification you could be eligible for a 25% discount on the 120 hour Online Course through UK-TEFL, by volunteering with SEED Madagascar. For more information on the UK-TEFL offer, or any other details of SEED Madagascar's English programme, please contact us on english@seedmadagascar.org.

¹Apart from administrative overheads, such as use of water/electricity/internet/stationery/etc at the Fort Dauphin office.

²Breakfast and dinner are provided for the homestay option, but you will receive a food allowance for the private accommodation option.

What is not included?

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Local travel
  • Leisure activities
  • Medical expenses

Do I need a DBS Check (previously CRB check)?

A DBS check is required for long-term placements over 13 weeks. It must be no more than 1 year old if you already have one, or if not, one can be arranged via our provider (at your own expense).

For a place on our English programme, apply online now. The form takes about 20 minutes to complete, or you can download an application form instead.

Complete and return your application to SEED Madagascar and if you are successfully shortlisted, we will then contact you in order to arrange a Skype chat where we will go through the details of the placement and what you can expect from your time in Fort Dauphin. Please be aware that we are not always able to accept everyone who applies for the programme, and so preference will be given to those who demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm, have previous experience and/or have a TEFL qualification.