At a glance
- Join us for a Public Health internship in Madagascar and get hands-on experience in community based healthcare.
- Your focus in Madagascar will be on our water, sanitation, and hygiene program. You will help raise awareness around key healthcare issues. You will also get involved in medical outreaches.
- You will live and work in the village of Andasibe. You will live in a guesthouse with other interns and volunteers, surrounded by lush, beautiful jungles.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
Your work will be divided into four main categories:
Promote better hygiene practices and sanitation
Madagascar is on the UN’s list of least developed countries. Some of the most basic water and sanitation facilities are not available in rural areas. This is why infectious diseases remain a significant problem in many towns and villages.
In the village of Andasibe, Projects Abroad has set up a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene programme to promote better hygiene and sanitation practices. Most of your work will focus on improving the overall health of the community. For example, you can give a talk that shares the risks associated with drinking dirty water.
Conduct outreaches in local villages
In order to reach more people in more rural areas surrounding Andasibe, you will join doctors and nurses on medical outreaches. These outreaches take place once a week, or once every two weeks. You will help check vital signs, like monitoring blood pressure and heart rate, and recording weight. The supervising nurse or doctor will do the consultation and offer treatment when needed.
In addition to health checks, we also use these outreaches to raise awareness.
Design and prepare educational resources for the promotion of health
Designing educational resources such as posters and flyers will also form part of your outreach work. These will be used to educate people about good hygiene practices and the prevention of infectious diseases.
Once you leave Madagascar, staff and other interns will continue to use these resources to raise awareness.
Collect and record data to track progress made in community health
You will also help us track the progress of our Public Health Project by gathering baseline information on current practices and resources.
You will do this by running home visits and community surveys. After these, you will load the data onto our Global Impact Database. Once it’s on the database, we can continue tracking progress of individual patients and placements.
Where will I be working in Madagascar?
You will be based in the village of Andasibe on Madagascar’s east coast.
There is only one dirt road going through the village, that can get quite muddy at times. You can expect rain all year round. Rain is heaviest during hurricane season from November to March. We recommend bringing warm clothes for the evenings and good sturdy shoes you don't mind getting dirty.
Madagascar is home to a huge array of unique wildlife that occur nowhere else in the world, such as the lemur. In fact, 80% of the Madagascar’s species are endemic to the area, which means this is the only place you’ll ever get to see them in the wild!
Most of your internship work will be done in Andasibe and surrounding communities.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
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.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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