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ENRICH YOUR LIFE
Volunteering can enrich your own life in so many ways without that being your intention. It offers new life experiences and insights into social and developmental issues, as well as the inner workings of non-governmental and community organizations. An opportunity to travel abroad and experience diverse cultures, assisting local communities or environmental projects while seeing the world at the same time. Volunteering has also proven to help boost the self-confidence, getting you out of your comfort zone and dealing with real-world problems. You’ll probably discover a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction while cultivating enriching friendships at the same time.
Work in the heart of this rural African community, building and developing sustainable education infrastructure for local children whilst putting a smile on the faces of the people you meet. You will contribute towards village community project, by daily manual construction work of a school’s infrastructure and its facilities, painting classrooms and also support in community education & development
Awaken your creativity & initiative as you immerse yourself in local culture and learn new skills
Discover strange and beautiful Madagascar
Live in the Volunteer House located in central Hellville
Make lifelong friends with your team mates and co-workers
Activities Contribute towards village community project
Build better lives for local Madagascans
Daily manual construction work
Community education & development
Improving schools’ infrastructure and facilities
Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, at extra cost.
Internal ground transfers weekly on a Monday
Stay Shared communal accommodation in the volunteer house in Hellville
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Some of the most important work that needs to be done in local Malagasy communities is setting up basic infrastructure. The project will help to improve the infrastructure and quality of educational facilities in Madagascar. Brighter classrooms, up cycled classroom facilities and wall displays help to promote a positive, inspiring and pleasant working environment for the school children and teachers.
This project often helps with improvements that are needed in our partner institutions and exact tasks and work at any given time is always led by the school staff and students.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You don’t need any previous building experience, though you should be physically fit and willing to work hard in order to take part in this project.
Whilst on your placement, you will contribute to a number of on going projects aimed at improving the local educational infrastructure. Such projects may include painting walls or murals or improving classrooms and playground facilities or sanitation and waste management facilities.
You will be working from Monday to Thursday in a small team of like-minded individuals. The day-to-day work programme will vary according to the time of your visit and the stage of the improvement work. Whatever your contribution, you are sure to find this project incredibly rewarding when you see the progress the project has made. The programme also gives you the opportunity to meet the communities you are working in during your free time, exploring the country whilst getting to know the people.
The people you are helping will be hard working and appreciative of your contribution to their community and will be incredibly responsive to your presence on the project. Although the work may occasionally be arduous, it will be rewarding and fulfilling, giving you an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to make a real difference!
Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these communities, whilst significantly enhancing your own skills and experience.
Volunteer Itinerary* – Madagascar Community Projects
Volunteering team members in Madagascar currently delivers a range of different projects working with local partners around the island of Nosy Be. All of our projects are based in the town of Hellville and the villages that surround our field research camp in Ambalahonko. If you’re on a community project you’ll be based at our volunteer house in Hellville during the week but you’ll transfer to the camp on Friday to enjoy some free time with the rest of the team and explore the area where our research projects operate. We come back on Saturday morning and then have Sunday as our day off, when we can go and relax on the beach, have a dunk at the waterfalls or enjoy any number of other beautiful spots around the island.
Whether you’re a volunteer on our Construction, Teaching or Physiotherapy Programme you’ll always be a member of team unity and as such you might well find yourself getting involved in some aspects of other concurrent projects. The times in the schedule are likely to change, and will differ depending on the phase of the project cycle upon your arrival, but to give you a little taste of what life on a community project can be like, you can see a sample timetable for a day in the life of a community volunteer below.
06:15 to 07:15 – Up and out, school and other project activities start at 7:30! After a leisurely scrum for the shower we have a communal breakfast and get ourselves prepared for the day.
07:30 to 11:20 – Morning activities, which could entail teaching at our partner primary school, doing menial tasks with our other partners or looking after handicapped children.
11:20 to 14:30 – Lunch time! During the heat of the day Madagascar shuts down for lunch. If you’re in town we’ll eat together at the Volunteer House, but if you’re away at an out-of-town location lunch will be provided at your workplace.
1430 to 1630 – Afternoon sessions of lessons – teaching, building etc.
1630 to 1800 – Break time when we can plan our activities for the week or just kick back with a book.
1800 to 2000 – In our evening classes we teach English, deliver health awareness sessions and share some games with the folks at the local youth club.
2030 to 2200 – Dinner and a movie at the volunteer house, as we unwind after the day.
2200 to 2230 – Scrum for an evening shower, brushing the gnashers and off to bed! Zao dia kajo
*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect. Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.
1 week of stay at basic volunteer house in Hellville,
Basic nutritious camp food (Part of your role on camp will be to assist with the cooking)
Pre-departure support, local orientation & training,
Project: Improving the local educational infrastructure including painting of classrooms & playground facilities or sanitation & waste management facilities.
Optional tours, excursions and activities.
All other services not mentioned under ‘Inclusions’
*Prices mentioned is starting from, per person based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing twin/double room, subject to seasonal surcharges and availability.
ITL World reserve the right to amend the prices in case of currency fluctuations, changes in rates of exchange, and/or fuel costs, special or high season charges and hike in the airline/hotel/rail/land transportation charges before the date of departure.
For convenience of passengers and / or feasibility of operations, ITL World or their service providers may sometimes amend the itinerary.
International hotel check in time is between 2pm and 3pm and check out time is between 11am and 12pm. (Exceptions apply). Early check in and or late check-out is subject to availability of rooms and may be chargeable.
It is the responsibility of the passengers to ensure they hold valid passport, visa, travel and medical insurance, vaccination etc., as applicable for each destination.
City/tourist tax as applicable, must be paid directly at the hotel.
To assist with visa application process, ITL World would provide copies of air tickets, travel insurance and other ground service vouchers for bookings made and fully paid for. Approval and issuance of visa is at the discretion of respective Embassies or Consulates and ITL World cannot in anyway influence this process. Certain nationals however receive visa on arrival in select countries, subject to prior online approvals