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  1. Madagascar Portrait of Good Friday

    This is Soajama, whose name means "Good Friday" in Malagasy.

  2. Madagascar Vingt-Six Dance

    In celebration of Madagascar's Independence, the 26th of June ("vingt-six"), communities throw a large party.  In the South-East region, dances are performed in order to raise money for local groups.  Here men dance in a train as villagers come forward to contribute money at their feet. 

  3. Madagascar Health Fair Draws a Crowd in Northern Madagascar

    Volunteers give health messages at a health fair in Antsohihy, Madagascar

  4. Madagascar Teaching English in Anketrakabe, Madagascar

    PCV Dorothy instructs an English class at the CEG in a rural town in the North of Madagascar.

  5. Madagascar Home Therapy

    A young girl, 14 year-old Brenda, applies ground curry root to PCV Dorothy's bruises to help heal it.

  6. Madagascar Gardening in Northern Madagascar

    A host brother helps with watering gardens in Northern Madagascar

  7. Madagascar Entrepreneur in Madagascar

    A woman sells regional hats and bracelets in the hot, arid town of Ambovombe.  Since the Malagasy tradition is to bring a souvenir, "voandalana", she makes most of her sales to travelers passing through in bush taxis.  

  8. Madagascar Roberta

    Roberta is the granddaughter of a very good friend of mine!  They became my family away from home.

  9. Madagascar Always on time

    When you get there, you get there.  Therefore the bush taxi always arrives on time!  In this instance, we didn't have a jack to fix our flat tire.  So we all got out and rocked the bus back and forth until someone was able to wedge a large rock underneath the vehicle so we could fix the flat.  We arrived on time to our destination nearly 4 hours later than expected!

  10. Madagascar Island of Lemurs

    This little boy was so enthusiastic to have his picture taken, and he had the perfect background!  The natural beauty of this little island off the northern coast of Madagascar was truly one of a kind!

  11. Madagascar Hitching a ride in Madagascar

    A fellow volunteer and I hitching a ride in the countryside.

  12. Madagascar Nosy Ve

    Sailing to nosy ve in a dug out canoe

  13. Madagascar Playing with my students

    Sometimes as a teacher, I took the kids outside to play English games.

  14. Madagascar Street Child with Child

    One of the street children in my town.

  15. Madagascar Famadihana

    Honoring their ancestors by dancing with them at the Turning of the Bones festival near Ambatondrazaka, Madagascar.

  16. Madagascar Malagasy Fisherman

    A good day's catch for the man who lived across the street.

  17. Madagascar Basketball Court Repair

    These two young men work hard to restore the town's basketball court.  They somehow shimmied up the posts without a ladder.

  18. Madagascar Not enough rice

    Traditional way to eat food, plant the plates on the matt, rice dishes in the middle, small amount of protein on the side.  Communcal eating, sand subs in for salt.  For our group of 6, this was not enough rice because in Madagascar, you always want more rice!

  19. Madagascar Tradition Meets Technology

    Villagers in Madagascar watch a video about the System of Rice Intenisfication (SRI) on the PCVs computer.

  20. Madagascar Mango Mania

    Women drying mangos as part of a small income generating project.

  21. Madagascar Coloring Across Cultures

    Twins proudly displaying their coloring artwork.  These children were my neighbors and loved to color.  WhenI first met them I had o show them how to hold a crayon in their hands.  They learned how to color quickly and would come by almost daily asking to color outside of my hut.

  22. Madagascar Neighbor makes his new lakana (canoe)

    My neighbor built the roof on our hut from palm fronds around us, but his day job was to fish.  Here he prepares his office equipment.

  23. Madagascar New in town

    Almost at the end of my second year, an eco-tourism minded yacht landed in our remote corner of western Madagascar in a village that had never seen so many vazahas (foreigners) before.  Neither side knew exactly how to act.

  24. Madagascar Each of us pulls..err.. pushes our weight

    Our host family owned a shuttle bus.  They took us to a nearby park to celebrate Easter.  We pushed our way back home.

  25. Madagascar The airport at my site

    Low maintenance and overhead costs at this airport.

  26. Madagascar Hanging out with my Boy Scout Troop

    I was a troop leader with this Boy Scout Troop in my town.

  27. Madagascar Fishing boats in Diego

    These boats were on the beach during my spring break trip to Diego in April 2002.

  28. Madagascar Malagasy man opening coconuts

    This guy was preparing an afternoon snack for us on Ile St. Marie.

  29. Madagascar My house

    Picture of my house in Betroka.

  30. Madagascar Thanksgiving Dinner

    Making "Thanksgiving dinner" Malagasy style at my house. 

  31. Madagascar Making new friends

    Hanging out with the lemurs in southern Madagascar.

  32. Madagascar Santa Claus

    Getting ready to make my appearance as Santa Claus at the French School in my town. 

  33. Madagascar Pretending to be Preggo!

    I've titled this photo Pretending to be Preggo as my counterpart at the health clinic where I help out as a Health Volunteer asked me to pretend to be pregnant for a Women's Day parade they were going to have. The theme of the float was to encourage women to come to the health clinic for pre-natal consultations, why I had to pretend to be pregnant for the float I don't know. But it's a great pic!

  34. Madagascar Fetching Water

    We saved our vacation days to spend a month in Madagascar during the second half of our Peace Corps service.  It was fun seeing how many things about Madagascar are different than South Africa and how many things are the same.  Here's one thing that's the same: kids trekking through the fields to gather water of questionable quality and haul it the distance back to their homes, with a good attitude about it all the while.  Here's one thing that's different: the fields the kids pass through in...

  35. Madagascar American Canvas and Malagasy Yarn Or Malagasy Yarn and American Canvas (It depends how you look at it.)

      I wanted to bring back to America something I could show my family and friends. I knew that Returned Peace Corps Volunteers’ stories ware out quickly with those who have not had similar experiences so I wanted something people could see that would, perhaps, lead them to ask me questions.  I had a piece of American needlepoint canvas with me. I remembered the amounts of free time I had had when I was a volunteer in Iran long before I went to Madagascar. Not having a TV really gives you lots...

  36. Madagascar Ifaty

    The rains coming in at sunset in Ifaty, Madagascar

  37. Madagascar Race to the Finish

    During an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention bike tour, we held several condom races.  Teams competed to demonstrate propler condom use and ran to the finish (a trash can).  Here a woman runs to victory!

  38. Madagascar Saosihifatra Celebration

    The village celebrates after the succesful installation of three large windmill generators!

  39. Madagascar Translation: Good Choices Camp

    Volunteers from various sectors in the northern region of Madagascar came together to plan a camp focusing on life choices.  We each brought 4-6 youth from our villages.  Campers were provided with transportation, three nutritious meals a day, and educational activities regarding environmental issues, nutrition, safe sex, and why it is important to continue their education.

  40. Madagascar All the pretty colors...

    Chameleon on my fence in Sakaramy, Madagascar

  41. Madagascar School Garden Project

    The whole community got involved throughout this project!

  42. Madagascar Chameleon, Mangabe, Madagascar

    One of a nearly countless variety of chameleons found in Madagascar

  43. Madagascar Children during Ramadan, Djangoa, Madagascar

    These two little boys, while not participating in the village wide fast for Ramadan, donned special skirts to commemorate the event.

  44. Madagascar Ambatoloaka, Madagascar

    Winter on the beach.

  45. Madagascar English Club!

    Health PCV Raffaele Macri, learning how to dance Malagasy style with Fianarantsoa University English Club students.

  46. Madagascar Mother and child

    Anketrakabe, Madagascar

  47. Madagascar Mody

    Elementary school students walking home for lunch in the rain.

  48. Madagascar Manakara Be Sunset

    After a relaxing day with Volunteers of the SudEst, it's really overwhelming how breathtaking the Manakara Be sunset can really be!  There is just nothing better than being with friends, toes in the sand, enjoying the comfortable 4th of July weather and capturing one of the amazing scenery shots of Madagascar, like this one posted here.  Mazotoa!  

  1. Madagascar The Mikes of the World

    Though focused on an outside visitor to my site and not on the villagers with whom I lived, this journal entry chronicles a day's thought at site in September 2007: A little while ago, something unprecedented occurred in our small town. Three Americans came to Soalala within the same week. After not seeing any Americans at all during the past year and seven months, this was quite a shock. The first to arrive (and the only notable one) was Mike – a professor from the University of Illinois who...

  2. Madagascar Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up

    Typically when you think of Santa Claus, you think immediately of a jolly, older, plump man with rosy cheeks and a long white beard. Of course this image is universal, even for the students and teachers of the private École Française (French School) in my town of Betroka where I served as a TEFL Volunteer. And wouldn’t you know, a couple of the teachers at the École Française had the great idea to bring an authentic “vazaha” (white foreigner) Santa Claus to their students. Where could they po...

  3. Madagascar Mango Season, A Metaphor for all Things Wonderful in Life

    On November 1st, it was though someone had flipped a switch and the rains began to fall. Six long months and many a fruitless rain-dance had produced hardly a drop, now, the opening of the sky is a daily event, one that requires due consideration for the afternoon schedule. For these are torrential downpours and venturing out in them is much akin in my my opinion to snorkeling: extreme difficulty breathing, high likelihood of drowning, thus high risk to low reward. Fortunately for the captive...

  4. Madagascar My Driver the Hallmark Card

    I am not necessarily one for the Hallmark-ey things of the world. I do not watch Lifetime specials; I did not cry at the end of Titanic; Valentine’s Day makes me borderline nauseous. The last familial birthday card I sent was addressed, “From one deeply emotive heart to another.”But occasionally one encounters in life a person so delightfully cheesy and wonderful that even the least emotive heart cannot help but be swept away by their joy and charisma. It is as if one is suddenly and all at o...

  5. Madagascar Five Squiggly Lines

    My January 14, 1997 journal entry is an award winner.   I like it because of the five squiggly lines that cascade down the page from the middle of words.   I shouldn’t be able to remember writing it but I have a vivid memory of laughing myself awake at the end of every squiggle.  The entries just before 1-14-97 were a little arbitrary when it came to writing a date.  I had a fixed date to write when I wrote the last entry in Washington, D.C.  The fourth group of Peace Corps Trainees bound fo...

  6. Madagascar Another, and another, and another...and one more for good measure.

    Similar to various other Peace Corps countries, transportation in Madagascar was always very long as you had a bit of patience, and flexibility...physical flexibility. I was waiting for a car in Sakaramy for about 45 minutes, and at 7am one finally showed up.  Now keep in mind this car was tiny; a Geo Metro would have seemed to have luxurious amounts of space compared to this car.   While in my home village of Sakaramy, we loaded two huge bushels of bananas on top of the ca...

  7. Madagascar Lives of Quiet Dignity

    Madagascar, one sometimes forgets, is a country of incredible crushing poverty, a result less of disease and not of war, but of decades of poor governance and missed economic opportunities. Of a population just over twenty million, 75% live below the poverty line. Half are under the age of eighteen and, with the average mother giving birth to 6.6 children (one of the highest birthrates in the world), the population is currently due to double every twenty years.  15% of Malagasy children don’t...

  8. Madagascar Rose-Tinted Glasses

    my As much as we all may joke about Peace Corps goggles (it is not a joke: it is an affliction!), many of us have switched those spectacles for another pair of late. Long ago, when it meant little to me, I heard through the usual twisted, time-distorted chain of Peace Corps wisdom about the rose-tinted glasses. These, the legend went, slip down over your eyes during your last weeks in your village; they distort your once reliable vision and suddenly you find all that once irritated you to no ...

  1. Madagascar Alex's Peace Corps Madagascar House Tour

    A tour of my house in Manjakandriana, Madagascar!

  2. Madagascar Madagascar in photos, overview

    This is a collection of photos from my travels through the country as a volunteer.

  3. Madagascar Playtime

    These boys were always having so much fun playing!

  4. Madagascar Madagascar Music

    Music, clapping, singing, dancing!  Great times!

  5. Madagascar Hokey Pokey goes to Madagascar

    We taught out Malagasy Summer Campers some English vocabulary doing the hokey pokey.  They sang most of the song in Malagasy (to make it relevant), but see if you can pick out the words you know!

  6. Madagascar Famadiahana - Turning of the Dead

    One of the interesting cultural events I have been privileged to witness during my Peace Corps service in Madagascar. One of the ways malagasy honor their ancestors. Each year ancestors' bodies are removed from the family tomb and then rewrapped in silk cloth. Like any good party, heavy drinking, singing and dancing is also involved. Reminded me of university football games --- people having a good time drinking, tossing up friends for every touchdown... except not so much in this case. Just ...

  7. Madagascar Visitors' Center Painting Project

    In May 2011, eight PCVs in Madagascar met at Ranomafana National Park.  We worked to paint the interior of the new visitors' center with images of endemic species.  We also created a three dimensional topographical map of the park and surrounding area. 

  8. Madagascar Peace Corps Madagascar

    Made in honor of Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary, this video specifically highlights the work of volunteers in Peace Corps Madagascar and the impact they have on their assigned communities. 

  9. Madagascar HIV/AIDS Bike Tour 2010

    Peace Corps Volunteers speak about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in the Lac Alaotra region of Madagascar.  21 volunteers biked 220km in 10 days having a festival at each of 9 towns along the way after cycling into town.  The educated Malagasy people on the purpose of Peace Corps, gave talks on each sector represented in Madagascar, and focused on how it relates to health.  Using condom demonstrations, skits, games, races, speeches, and songs, PCVs prompted discussion of HIV/AIDS and other...

  10. Madagascar Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes!

    Education PCV Dorothy Mayne, teaches the middle school students of Anketrakabe, Madagascar how to sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes".

  11. Madagascar Trotro be

    Traditional Tanala dance in Kelilalina, Madagasar. 



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