Care and Conservation for Groups in Madagascar
- Who?Groups of at least 5
- When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where?Andasibe, Madagascar
Madagascar is known for its unique and extraordinary wildlife, lush rainforest and extensive coastline. Tourism and agriculture are both major sources of growth; however, at least 69% of the diverse population live below the national poverty line. Your group can have a hugely positive impact by helping to improve literacy levels as teachers, caring for children and contributing to their educational development in care centres.
In Madagascar, the ability to speak English and French opens the door for better employment opportunities, especially in the travel and hotel industries. Your groups work in Madagascar with Projects Abroad will help to build the foundations for these young children to learn English. Your group will be helping to improve literacy levels in the community and give assistance to carers who are often overstretched.
Madagascar also faces many environmental challenges, 90% of the countries original forests are now gone which is causing massive issues for the 90% of animals that rely on it. Your groups conservation efforts combined with the work of Projects Abroad will help to save and maintain the remaining biodiversity in Madagascar.
Volunteering as a group on a Care & Conservation Project in Madagascar with Projects Abroad
Your group will work at the Early Childhood Development Centre in Andasibe, with children between the ages of 2 and 6 whose families cannot afford to send the pre-school. The centre’s main goal is to improve the relatively low literacy and numeracy levels in order to get the children to an adequate level to start school. Your group will also organise and run educational activities related to teaching better hygienic habits, assist in the development of their English and French, and ultimately provide them with a safe space to learn and have fun.
Suggestions to introduce other activities that your group is passionate about - such as sports and arts and crafts - are always welcomed as we are open to any ideas you may have to help improve the lives of the children with whom you are working.
Your time will be split so that in addition to spending time at the care centre, your group will also have a remarkable opportunity to help preserve one of the most unique ecosystems on the planet. Projects Abroad works with a local national park that does not have sufficient resources to maintain the park efficiently or carry out their own reports. Your group will provide much needed help in these areas, writing reports on the activities, challenges and successes of the park and taking part in continuous censuses of flora and fauna.
Other activities include alien plant removal, running educational initiatives in the local communities, rubbish clean-ups, reforestation at a local tree nursery, teaching English to local guides, and building hides so that your group will be able to sleep out in the jungle.
We also arrange an exciting weekend trip to Lake Rasoabe, where you will get to enjoy boat rides and the beautiful beaches. There are also other opportunities to explore the stunning landscape around you.
When there is free time in the schedule you can do other activities, such as:
- Play board games
- Local language lessons
- Go to the local shops
If your group has any specific requests for any other activities please do let us know when your group applies.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.