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Responsible tourism: Teaching English in Madagascar
While our volunteers are overseas, we identify, in a pre-departure information booklet, and encourage simple steps to minimise their impact on the local environment.
The charity has worked hard to fund new school buildings and provided desks, chairs and chalkboards for the schools within the town. The new buildings are built by tradespeople from the local community and all the materials are sourced locally.
The project runs long term community based initiatives which integrate poverty reduction schemes, sustainable conservation efforts and scientific research.
Together with the local government the team are helping to provide the community with access to clean water through new wells, which is vital to for the local community.
Volunteers use long drop toilets and buckets showers to reduce the daily water usage. Volunteers walk to the local school and community building for their daily placements teaching sessions which is a sustainable transport method.
Madagascar is a unique island due its ecological importance; 80% of plants and animals found on the island are unique to Madagascar and are not found anywhere else on earth. Volunteers are educated in ways to reduce their impact on the local environment and encouraged to practice responsible sustainable ecotourism practices when visiting local national parks.
Volunteers are accommodated with a local family, thus supporting their income and welfare. Volunteers are also strongly recommended to help with the local tourism by visiting restaurants and days out in the beautiful coastal town. For the children at these schools, the chance to meet foreigners is incredibly valuable, helping them to develop their listening and speaking skills and building their confidence to use English.
This volunteer placement will allow you to become fully immersed in the local community and Malagesy culture.
Most of the children that volunteers work with come from low income families, and improving their English will directly improve their employability.
As Madagascar is a unique island with high biodiversity it has led to eco-tourism growing in Madagascar and it is an increasingly important part of their economic development, providing a sustainable livelihood. The new community classrooms which are built allow the children to receive a full education as well as English language lessons. As English is the main language within the tourist industry, many local people would like to improve their skills and conversational English. The project is therefore helping to increase the employability of people in the local community, directly as well as indirectly.
Volunteers are encouraged to buy from the local shops and markets and practice fair bargaining. Volunteers help local businesses by buying souvenirs from a local women's social initiative and pay for their washing to be done in the local village.
Volunteers follow our responsible volunteering code of conduct.
This trip has been screened against our policies for working with vulnerable children.