This project is run by a registered UK charity and Malagasy NGO that has been working on environmental, humanitarian and sustainable development projects in southeast Madagascar since 1995.
The NGO’s English program began in 2003. The program is threefold, involving the teaching of young people and unemployed adults, the training of teachers and instruction for businesses. Volunteers on this project will support our long term teaching staff in accomplishing the following (1) improving employment prospects of young people and the unemployed through English language teaching (2) assisting in the creation of “sustainable livelihoods” and (3) bringing the standard and availability of English instruction closer to nationally recognised levels.
Where possible and practical, we use only locally owned and operated suppliers and employ local people as guides to lead our groups of volunteers. We believe and try to ensure that our suppliers are supplying us with quality goods that have been sourced / grown locally wherever possible (with regard to food products), paying their own staff fairly, not requiring their staff to work excessive hours or requiring their staff to participate in any dangerous practices. We believe and try to ensure that our local guides and staff are in full time employment with clear job descriptions and work contracts, treated as equals: when guides are working with volunteers, we encourage interaction, whilst respecting the individual’s wishes for privacy; given practical support by field and administration coordinators, treated well and paid a fair wage promptly, allowed to receive gifts, tips and other support from volunteers, not given an unreasonable workload: working hours are reasonable and safe within local regulations and not involve dangerous practices in carrying out the job.