There is great demand among the island communities of Nosy Komba and Nosy Be to learn English. Speaking English greatly enhances future job prospects and the ability to communicate with the growing number of tourists in Madagascar, who contribute significantly to the local economy, is considered a valuable skill. Despite this enthusiasm, opportunities to learn the language are scarce.
Teaching volunteers in Madagascar provide great value in being able to take English grammar and conversational lessons in local schools and communities. Your perspective as a fluent English speaker gives you great authority in your lessons, and volunteers make a real difference in helping locals to learn the language.
You’ll be teaching English to children and adults in small village schools on the islands of Nosy Be or Nosy Komba, or to staff members at the Oceanographic Research Institute on Nosy Be. Volunteers assist staff at the institute in establishing a good working knowledge of English, enhancing their ability to communicate ideas and collaborate research findings internationally.
Due to the high demand for English teachers on the islands, you may help with lessons in all locations while you’re in Madagascar.
As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to participate. However, we encourage volunteers to come prepared by completing some relevant training, like a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course. Visit our Online TEFL Course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.
All volunteers should be prepared to hike over rocky terrain to reach some of the nearby villages you’ll be teaching in, so it’s important you have a reasonable level of physical fitness.Apply now