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Madagascar Physiotheraphy

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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 primary healthcare. Working in a variety of capacities, this exciting programme will challenge you and open your eyes to the reality of working as a medical professional in a developing country, as well as giving you the chance to discover this land of glorious visual spectacles.

You will gain valuable experience in a specific career field that combines learning with working with children with disabilities. This practical learning experience within the workplace provides an invaluable addition to classroom learning and an ideal opportunity to develop your future career.

  

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain valuable experience working in juvenile physiotherapy
  • Meet and work alongside local people
  • Discover intriguing and beautiful Madagascar
  • Live in the Volunteer House located in central Hellville
  • Make lifelong friends with your co-workers and volunteers

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Qualification in Physiotherapy required
  • Intermediate ability in French
  • Up to date CV
  • Criminal background check (DBS)
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Medical Qualification CV Free Time Beach Breakfast Family
FAST FACTS
Location Madagascar
Activities

Assisting  with physiotherapy and rehabilitation
Caring for children who are physically challenged

Transport Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start dates possible, additional £20GBP applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers (weekly on a Monday)
Accommodation  Shared communal accommodation in the volunteer house in Hellville

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
UK residential briefing weekend including food, accommodation and TEFL training (extra cost applies)
In-country

Food
Accommodation
Airport pickup weekly on a Monday. Alternative start date possible, additional US$38GBP applies for pickup, please speak to an adviser
Internal ground transfers (weekly on a Monday)
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Frontier Madagascar works with a local healthcare partner who welcomes children from all over north-western Madagascar to undergo corrective surgeries for physical handicaps. Many have been abandoned or neglected by their families which are unable to support them due to a lack of economic resources or education on caring for the handicapped. Suffering from birth defects or deformities brought on by malnutrition or juvenile illness, they have all suffered through their short lives and have become isolated in their own homes and communities.

The physiotherapy centre gives these children a genuine second chance for a happy and successful life. They join us at the centre between the ages of 3 and 15, and after an initial consultation are sent to hospitals on the mainland. There they receive free medical attention to correct their handicaps before returning to Nosy Be to undergo rehabilitation. With the surgery mostly correcting issues relating to the legs and feet, the children require a lot of attention to establish their confidence in their new mobility and build strength in muscles many have never been able to use before. Walking, running and playing football are all going to be new experiences for many of the children you will work with at the centre, where the pristine sands of the beach provide great resistance to help build strength.

Once back at the centre the children remain in residence until they are strong enough either to be sent back to their families or moved on to local foster families if they have been abandoned. During this time they are helped into education, going to local schools and making new friends along the way.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

As a volunteer on the Physiotherapy Project you will work hand-in-hand with other local volunteers and staff who currently work at the physoptherapy centre. You will help with the rehabilitation of children after they have received their corrective surgeries and provide welcome company and friendship to them as they recover.

As such this project is ideal for those with qualifications in physiotherapy or paediatric medicine. During their recovery the children are extremely fragile, and your enthusiastic support will be a fantastic encouragement for them as they find their new feet.

With many of the children too young or weak to travel and go to school many remain at the centre all day. Under-staffed and poorly resourced, you will also provide a very entertaining and invigorating distraction for the children, whether that is through encouraging sports or leading arts and crafts sessions.

While on project there may also be time to work to improve community relations by conducting outreach physiotherapy clinics and leading awareness raising sessions about disability.

Physiotherapy 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.

Volunteer Itinerary* – Madagascar Community Projects


Frontier Madagascar currently delivers a range of different projects working with local partners around the island of Nosy Be. All of our projects are based in the town of Hell-Ville and the villages that surround our field research camp in Ambalahonko. If you’re on a Community Project you’ll be based at our Volunteer House in Hell-Ville during the week but you’ll transfer to the camp on Friday to enjoy some free time with the rest of the Frontier team and explore the area where our research projects operate. We come back on Saturday morning, and then have Sunday as our day off when we can go and relax on the beach, have a dunk at the waterfalls or enjoy any number of other beautiful spots around the island.

Whether you’re a volunteer on our Construction, Teaching or Physiotherapy Programme you’ll always be a member of Team Unity, and as such you might well find yourself getting involved in some aspects of other concurrent projects. The times in the schedule are likely to change, and will differ depending on the phase of the project cycle upon your arrival, but to give you a little taste of life on with Frontier Community you can see a standard timetable for a day in the life of a community volunteer below.

06:15 to 07:15 - Up and out, school and other project activities start at 7:30! After a leisurely scrum for the shower we have a communal breakfast and get ourselves prepared for the day.

07:30 to 11:20 - Morning activities, which could entail teaching at our partner primary school, doing menial tasks with our other partners or looking after handicapped children.

11:20 to 14:30 - Lunch time! During the heat of the day Madagascar shuts down for lunch. If you’re in town we’ll eat together at the Volunteer House, but if you’re away at an out-of-town location lunch will be provided at your workplace.

1430 to 1630 - Afternoon sessions of lessons - teaching, building etc.

1630 to 1800 - Break time when we can plan our activities for the week or just kick back with a book.

1800 to 2000 - In our evening classes we teach English, deliver health awareness sessions and share some games with the folks at the local Youth Club.

2030 to 2200 - Dinner and a movie at the Volunteer House as we unwind after the day.

2200 to 2230 - Scrum for an evening shower, brushing the gnashers and off to bed! Zao dia kajo (I’m tired)…

*This itinerary should only be considered as an example of the kind of activities and timescales to expect.  Actual itineraries may vary depending on the season and the requirements of the project.

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; US$38GBP) 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 US$19
  • Single Day Dive US$57
  • Double Dive US$95
  • 4-dive package US$190
  • 10-dive package US$380
  • Diving weekend package US$57 per person per night plus dive course cost (subject to staff availability)

courses*

  • Discover Scuba Diving US$124
  • Open Water Dive Course US$665
  • Advanced Open Water US$627
  • Emergency First Responder US$190
  • Rescue Diver US$570
  • Dive Master US$1,140


*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

1 week US$ 1,045

2 weeks US$ 1,345

3 weeks US$ 1,645

4 weeks US$ 1,895

5 weeks US$ 2,195

6 weeks US$ 2,495

7 weeks US$ 2,795

8 weeks US$ 3,045

9 weeks US$ 3,295

10 weeks US$ 3,545

20 weeks US$ 5,895

Extra week US$ 295

DEPARTURE DATES

Every Monday 

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

DURATION

1 week and longer

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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up weekly on a Monday
  • Internal ground transfers (for volunteers arriving weekly on a Monday)
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.