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Madagascar Healthcare Course Credit Internship

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Madagascar Healthcare Course Credit Internship

Embarking on an internship abroad is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable practical skills and course credit in one’s field of study while experiencing full immersion in a novel culture.

Prices from $1,795

A multitude of Frontier volunteers and interns are university or college students undertaking academic study. Why not make the most of your time abroad by adding volunteer experience to your resume as well as gaining academic credit in your field of study? This internship will give you the opportunity to gain relevant work experience that will not only enable you to stand out viz a viz prospective employers but will also save you time and money; after all, a minimum of 4 weeks spent volunteering during your summer vacation works out a lot cheaper than another semester at college!

So how does it work? Volunteers can arrange with their academic institution to gain transferable academic credit by participating in our field programmes. Both the research team in our London headquarters and the overseas field staff will liaise with your academic course supervisors on your behalf to ensure that your participation contributes to your academic performance and confers academic credit. Further to this, we are able to sign supporting documentation, verify your participation and provide mentoring and in-country support. To sum up, Frontier will be there for you every step of the way!

Madagascar's dramatic forest landscape is home to a fascinating diversity of life, with baobab and aloe trees, lemurs, chameleons and a whole host of other species that are found nowhere else on earth! Its fantastically beautiful coastline boasts coral reefs rich in marine species, perfect for diving and snorkelling, and silky sanded beaches ideal for soaking up the bountiful sunshine. Madagascar's culture is vibrant and diverse; you will find bustling markets full of multi-coloured produce and hospitable locals shouting their wares.

By taking part in this programme you will be helping to improve the lives of the local community by providing healthcare education. Working in a variety of locations, this exciting programme will challenge you and open your eyes to the reality of just what healthcare support is needed in a developing country, as well as giving you the chance to discover this land of glorious visual spectacles.

  

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • We will tailor your internship to fulfill university/college requirements for independent study or course credit for your field of study 
  • 24/7 supervision and mentoring 
  • Direct liaison between your mentor and university or college tutor
  • Your mentor can also provide a college reference at the end of your internship

It is possible to gain academic credit in the following fields of study:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Coaching 
  • Coral Reef Conservation 
  • Community Health
  • Conservation Biology
  • Construction
  • Ecology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Healthcare
  • Health Education
  • Journalism
  • Languages
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Mammal Conservation
  • Medical Placements
  • Teaching
  • Tropical Forest Conservation 
  • Tropical Wildlife Conservation 
  • Wildlife Management

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Intermediate level of English
  • Introduction to your course supervisor
  • Criminal background check (DBS)

FAST FACTS

Location Madagascar
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 possible, additional £20 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible
Accommodation  Shared communal accommodation in the volunteer house in Hellville
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country

Food
Accommodation
Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional $34 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Madagascar’s socio-economic demographic is changing fast.  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 programs.  Even the few patients who can afford to go to hospitals 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 providing primary healthcare, 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 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 communities.

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, teaching and training at local schools and villages, however please be aware that this aspect of the project cannot be guaranteed and is dependent upon the needs of the project at the time of your visit. This dimension to your work would focus on the nutrition and health awareness goals of the project.

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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Volunteers arriving weekly on a Monday will be welcomed by a Frontier representative at Nosy Be airport. From here it's a short taxi or minibus ride from the airport to the centre of this vibrant town at to your accommodation at the Community House.

Independent travellers arriving on dates other than weekly on a Monday can arrange a separate airport collection (extra cost; $34GBP) by contacting the project staff in Nosy Be.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you'll live in a wonderfully located Volunteer House in the centre of Hell-Ville. You will enjoy a unique and memorable living experience. The house is approximately a ten minute walk from the local primary school where we base the majority of our work and has all of the principal amenities one would expect from such a setup – equipped kitchen, flushing toilet and running water shower! House life is however very simple, unsophisticated and fun and will give you as much as you are prepared to put into it. The ‘community’ feel of the house is excellent and you will be made to feel right at home.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 3 simple and nutritious meals a day which will consists largely of locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, rice, beans and noodles, most of which is purchased from the nearby market and thereby helps to support the local economy. Luxuries such as chocolate, peanut butter and Nutella are available in the town, so can be accessed if you wish to treat yourself every once in a while!

Part of your role in the volunteer house will be to help with the cooking. Creating spectacular meals over our marvellous gas stoves will become second nature: so get your cookbooks out now and start thinking up recipes!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

A range of adventure and cultural activities like visits to remote villages, snorkelling, mountain treks and wildlife tours are available. You can arrange these in country which helps contribute to the local economy.

Scuba diving courses may be available (subject to availability of spaces and time constraints).


dive courses run monthly commencing on the first monday of the month

  • Single Day snorkelling off the boats $17
  • Single Day Dive $51
  • Double Dive $85
  • 4-dive package $170
  • 10-dive package $340
  • Diving weekend package $51 per person per night plus dive course cost (subject to staff availability)

courses*

  • Discover Scuba Diving $110
  • Open Water Dive Course $595
  • Advanced Open Water $561
  • Emergency First Responder $221
  • Rescue Diver $595
  • Dive Master $1,275


*Medical certificate is mandatory for participation in dive courses
 

Modern conveniences

Hellville

  • Attractions e.g. Lemurland, Donia Festival
  • Banks / ATMs; Bank of Africa (BOA), BFV-Société Générale, BNI-CL
  • Bars / cafes
  • Boats to the mainland & Boat Hire
  • Hostels and hotels
  • Internet cafe
  • Medical clinic
  • Nightclub
  • Pharmacy
  • Post office
  • Street food
  • Supermarket
  • Taxis to the rest of the island
  • Telecom office
  • Traditional markets
  • Western style restaurants
  • Western Union

COSTS

4 weeks $1,795

5 weeks $1,995

6 weeks $2,145

7 weeks $2,395

8 weeks $2,645

9 weeks $2,895

10 weeks $3,095

12 weeks $3,495

20 weeks $5,195

Extra weeks $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Every Monday throughout the year.

Ideally flights to Madagascar and connections to Nosy Be (Fascene) should be arranged for this arrival date.

DURATION

From 4 weeks 

This project is available throughout the Christmas period and throughout school holidays

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt
  • UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and training (extra cost applies)

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional $34 applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
  • Internal ground transfers weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible
  • Local orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Nossi-Be (NOS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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