- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: Madagascar
- Program Length: Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Quarter, Other, Five Weeks
- Start Month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
- Category: Community Service
- Selective: Yes
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Cabins
- Financial Aid: Not Available
- Minimum Cost: < $1,000
Madagascar Research and Conservation Institute’s Teaching Program places volunteer English grammar, and English conversational teachers within the local schools and communities.
As volunteers work with the support of MRCI’s local team, they do not need to be qualified or experienced teachers to participate, just a good understanding of the English language is required.
Teaching English in underprivileged communities can be an exceptionally rewarding experience for a volunteer with many advantages for the community and students alike.
Due to the growing number of tourists in Madagascar, there is a great demand among the island communities of Nosy Komba and Nosy Be to learn English in order to enhance their future job prospects within the local area.
Tourism contributes significantly to the local economy and by developing their English, locals are able to access a wider range of employment opportunities within this field. Despite this enthusiasm towards learning English, opportunities to learn the language from native speakers on the islands are scarce.
Volunteers in Madagascar have the opportunity to fuel this interest, taking English grammar and conversational lessons within local schools and communities. Volunteers in Madagascar will have the chance to teach English classes to students in small village schools on the islands of Nosy Be and Nosy Komba, alongside delivering classes to adults in the local communities too.
Volunteers will also be able to provide classes to the staff members at the Oceanographic Research Institute on Nosy Be, where they will assist in establishing a good working knowledge of English, enhancing their ability to communicate ideas and collaborate scientific research findings internationally.
Volunteers will be briefed on all of the teaching placements on arrival, and provided with basic training to help equip them for teaching in the local communities. Due to the demand for English teachers on the islands, volunteers may find themselves working in all locations during their volunteer week.