Join us for a Public Health internship in Madagascar and get hands-on experience in community-based healthcare. You’ll work in rural communities where healthcare services are limited.
Your focus in Madagascar will be on our Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene programme, where we work toward preventing infectious diseases. You’ll help raise awareness around key healthcare issues and encourage good hygiene practices in rural communities. You’ll also get involved in medical outreaches.
You will live and work in the village of Andasibe. You’re sure to have a memorable experience living in a guesthouse with other interns and volunteers, surrounded by lush, beautiful jungles.
Children aged 3-14 must be accompanied by at least one adult paying full price
We offer discounts for families and groups of friends travelling together. Call us on 1 877 921 9666 for more info.
When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price.
Looking to do more than one project? Call us on 1 877 921 9666 to see if we can offer a discount.
Completely flexible dates
Anyone aged over 16 can join
What's included in the price?
Food (three meals a day)
Travel and medical insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Full induction and orientation by an experienced staff member on arrival
Transport to and from your work placement
In-country support and 24-hour back-up from our team of full-time local staff
Emergency assistance from our international emergency response team
Project equipment and materials, including access to our database with thousands of resources
Training and workshops from our experienced local staff
Regular social events and community activities with other volunteers and interns
Access to our local office with internet connection
Certification of project completion
Access to our alumni services and discounts
Visa support and advice
Fundraising support, including your own personalized fundraising website
Pre-departure preparation by your own specialist Volunteer Advisor
Personalized MyProjectsAbroad website, with all the information you need about your project, accommodation and destination
A free cultural awareness course
Membership to our volunteer social media groups, to share information and to get in touch
A supervisor/mentor at your work placement
Support to help you complete registration or internship documents, if applicable
What's not included?
Visa costs (where applicable)
What will I do at my Public Health placement in Madagascar?
You will work in rural communities, focusing on education and promoting healthy living. Here are some of the tasks you will get to do at your public health placement in Madagascar:
- Promote better hygiene practices and sanitation
- Conduct outreaches in local villages
- Design and prepare educational resources for the promotion of greater health
- Collect and record data to track progress made in community health
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.
We needed baseline statistics so we designed a house-to-house sanitation questionnaire and were accompanied by our coordinator who translated and the Chef du Quartier.
Public Health Internship in Madagascar
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