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!
|Programme length||Required skills||Desirable skills|
|2 - 3 weeks||
|4 - 12 weeks||
|13 weeks - 1 year||
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.
With sustainability as a focus, you may be involved in in-service training of English teachers to help improve subject knowledge and methodology
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.
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.
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.
Video by One Nine Three project.
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||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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Please note the SEED English Programme is not Gift Aid-able for UK residents as you are provided with accommodation during your programme.
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, currently £12).
For a place on our English programme, apply online now. The form takes about 20 minutes to complete.
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.