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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.
Here you will be helping to improve the lives of the local community by providing healthcare
education. As a Madagascar healthcare volunteer, you will work to promote a positive lasting
change in the health and lives of the people of this dazzling and compelling destination
Raise awareness in the local community
Meet and engage with local people
Discover intriguing and beautiful Madagascar
Live in the volunteer house located in central Hellville
Make lifelong friends with other volunteers
Previous experience or an interest in health and sanitation education, physiotherapy or paediatric medicine would be advantageous but is not a requirement.
At least a basic ability in French is advantageous but is not a requirement.
All placements are dependent upon the submission of an up-to-date CV and proof of medical qualifications and / or medical work experience.
Criminal background check (DBS)
Activities Raise awareness of health, nutrition and fitness through community outreach services
Provide assistance with the health education and training of local communities
Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possibleat extra cost.
Internal ground transfers weekly on a Monday
Stay Shared communal accommodation in the volunteer house in Hellville
WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
Madagascar’s socio-economic demographic is changing fast and it is clear that the healthcare industry needs to change with it and have a clear plan to address the negative effects of urbanisation and modernisation. At the same time the cost of healthcare and medical treatment is becoming increasingly expensive and is often unaffordable by the wider community where dietary problems are widespread and the most vulnerable suffer as a consequence.
It is the young and the old who lack access to appropriate medical attention and support programmes. Even the few patients who can afford to go to hospital find the overcrowded system only addresses the symptoms of the disease through reactive drug treatment and is unable to provide comprehensive care and advice to tackle the cause of illness within the community.
The work of this project looks to lead by example with a range of positive healthcare initiatives and outreach projects to bring about this change, including promoting hygienic practices and encouraging active and healthy lifestyles.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Volunteers’ activities will depend on their qualifications and experience as well as on the availablility of local staff working at the project sites at time of placement. With all placements we will endeavour to accommodate your own previous work experience, interests and skills while taking into account the changing needs and priorities of the local community.
You may find yourself working, assisting or observing in various areas at our project sites. This could include raising health and nutrition awareness through talks and presentations or teaching practical skills, such as handwashing and basic first aid. While working at the Centre Stella Maria your work will be focused on the education and rehabilitation of young children aged between 2 and 15 who are recovering from corrective surgery for serious physical handicaps. Volunteers are asked to remain flexible and use their initiative in order to get the most out of this placement.
You may have the opportunity to integrate within the wider community by providing mobile care and teaching and training at local schools and villages. This aspect of the work would focus on nutrition and health awareness. However, please be aware that this aspect of your work cannot be guaranteed and is dependent upon the needs of the project at the time of your visit.
Healthcare placement working hours can vary immensely. The key to your success will depend on how much you are willing to contribute and how hard you are able to work. With an open mind and flexible attitude you will enjoy an experience to remember, make friends for life, and gain valuable work experience on important health related programmes.
1 week of stay at basic volunteer house in Hellville,
Basic nutritious camp food (Part of your role on camp will be to help with the cooking),
Pre-departure support, local orientation & training,
Project: Raise awareness of health, nutrition and fitness through community outreach services and provide assistance with the health education and training of local communities.
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.