At a glance
- Learn French in Madagascar and immerse yourself. Learn from a professional language teacher and practice your learnings with local native speakers.
- You will have classes every week and these lessons with tailored to your level and interests. You can also combine your classes with a volunteer or internship programme.
- You will be based in Andasibe and you will live in a guesthouse with a local host family. This is a great opportunity to learn about the Madagascan way of life. Andasibe is a perfect place for beginners French speakers to practice their newly learned skills.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
This course will include the following activities:
Receive personalized weekly French language classes
If you study French full-time in Madagascar, you will have around 15 hours of lessons with your teacher each week. During this time, you may be taught grammar and vocabulary, or work on your conversation skills, depending on what you would like to focus on. Depending on your current level of French, you may have individual classes, or classes with two or three others.
If you are combining your classes with a volunteer or internship project, you could focus on vocabulary and conversation skills relevant to that subject. For example, you may want to learn some medical phrases to use with people on your medical internship.
Explore Madagascar and experience a new country
You will have weekends off to explore this beautiful tropical island with other volunteers and interns. Because of its many years of isolation from other parts of the world, Madagascar has a unique mix of plants and animals. Many of them cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. You can visit incredible national parks, see lemurs jumping from tree to tree, and go on beautiful walks and hikes.
Volunteer or intern, if you choose to combine your lessons with another project
If you’d like to combine a French course with another project, you can choose between two options:
- Do a language add-on for 5, 14, or 30-hours, and study French during your volunteer or internship project
- Do a full-time language course before you start your project
If French is a requirement for your chosen project, we strongly recommend studying full-time before starting the project.
Where in Madagascar will I be working?
You will be living in the small town of Andasibe, which is situated in the interior rainforest of Madagascar’s east coast. You language classes will take place either at the guest house or at the Alliance Francaise. Occasionally, you may have class at a local cafe or park for a change of scenery.
Andasibe has a host of national parks nearby, where you can see endemic animals such as the lemur. Many of these animals and plants cannot be found anywhere else in the world. You can also go on walks and hikes, and visit historical monuments.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll share accommodation with other Projects Abroad volunteers and interns during your stay in Andasibe. This is a great way to get to know your fellow volunteers and interns, share experiences, and explore your surroundings in your free time together.
The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Madagascar is synonymous with unique plants and animals. With leaping lemurs and swaying chameleons, the country has a lot of interesting sights for nature lovers.
While you’re there, be sure to visit one of the many national parks. You’ll get to see some of the wildlife that call this island nation home. The Avenue of Baobabs is also a must-see. These towering trees, with their unusual trunks, are known as Africa’s tree of life.
You can see the jagged cliffs and interesting rock formations of Tsingy de Bemaraha. Madagascar borders the third largest coral reef system on the planet, making it a great location for snorkelling and scuba diving.
We run a number of different projects here, so there will likely be other volunteers in Madagascar during your project. So you can travel independently or spend your free time with a group of like-minded, passionate volunteers.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
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