Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world, situated in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. It has a colourful history involving pygmies, Polynesian migrants, Bornean sailors, Arabian traders and French, Portuguese and British settlers, so you can imagine the fascinating cultural complexity of the island.
Not only can Madagascar offer a melting pot of cultural practices and traditions, it has an amazing array of flora and fauna too. Madagascar is most famous for its populations of lemurs but these are by no means the full extent of the island’s diversity: chameleons, tortoises and iguanas all call Madagascar home. It further boasts a dramatic forest landscape with the peculiar-looking baobab and aloe trees. In fact, Madagascar is often referred to as the 8th continent by ecologists because over 80% of the species found on the island are not found anywhere else in the world.
If you’re looking for some adventure, Madagascar can offer gorgeous beaches where you can snorkel the coral reefs, and bustling markets where you can buy spices; it is especially known for its coffee and vanilla. For those interested in trying new cuisines, the seafood salad should not be missed. So while Madagascar can be, on the one hand, a relaxing beach escape, it can also be a glimpse into a fascinating historical mix of cultures and peoples.
Having been separated from the African continent over 165 millions years ago it's extraordinary how the plant and animal life has evolved and continued to evolve since it's discovery by humans. As mentioned above the country is known to have over 70 species or sub-species of lemurs in the world. With a new species of lemur discovered in 1985.
Madagascar is also home to the both the biggest and smallest chameleons in the world. The biggest being the Parson's chameleon named in honor of British physician James Parsons. The Parson's chameleon is arguably the most recognisable chameleon in popular culture. Although considered the biggest by weight and size, 27 inches in length. The largest by length is the Malagasy giant chameleon. Whereas the smallest chameleon in the world is the Brookesia minima also known as the Madagascan dwarf chameleon or minue leaf chameleon. A maximum total length of a male is 1.1 inches and females are 1.3 inches, they are part of the endangered species list.
If you are planning to travel Madagascar don't plan to do it in a hurry. It's estimated only 11% of the roads throughout the country are paved. Making it hard to travel long distances and the likely hood of impassable routes during your journey is high. So much so most of the rental companies won't allow you to hire a car without also hiring a personal driver.
Malagasy is the main language spoken in Madagascar, though some French is also spoken. In 2003 the government introduced the teaching of English in primary schools and since then the need for English instruction has increased dramatically, making teaching positions readily available. Besides primary schools, you are also able to find language schools and education centres for adult learners.
There is a big volunteer market here but you are still able to find paid positions. The bonus with jobs here is that you will probably be given accommodation, as well as an assistant teacher to help you out in the classroom.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|Not required||9 months||Year-round||Work visa||Children,adults||MGA 1 800 000 – MGA 2 500 000 (£400 – £ 550)||MGA 2 500 000 – MGA 3 700 000 (£ 550 – £ 814)|