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Photo by Celia Mitchell (2015/16 Semester Photo Contest Entry), Indonesia Semester.


Summer 2015 Photo by Christy Sommers

As we prepare for the journey home, leaving this place that we all have come to love deeply, Micah, Sidonie, and Christy challenged students to start thinking about how they plan to share this experience with folks back at home. Students each gave one word, one sentence, and one paragraph answers that start to answer the ubiquitous question we’re sure they will face frequently in the coming days and weeks: “How was Madagascar?” Here’s a sneak preview (plus a photograph of Ambatomanga, one of the communities that we came to love!)

How was Madagascar? In one word:









In one sentence:

Madagascar was really…something else.

The indescribable inspiring qualities of Madagascar have been eye-opening.

Madagascar altered the way that I view all aspects of myself and my life.

Madagascar was an incredible adventure that led me to a new home.

It was the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life.

It was probably the craziest, eye-opening, amazing six weeks of my life.

I cannot describe how amazing it was; it changed my life./There are lemurs there.

In a paragraph:

Madagascar was an indescribable experience; however, if I had to describe it I would say it was beautiful. Beautiful not only because of the scenery or landscape, but also because of what it had to offer. The Red Island blessed me with love, family, opportunity, inspiration, and a new home. I don’t believe I can ever repay this country for what it has given me, but I’ll start by returning as soon as I possibly can.

Madagascar was an eye opening experience that introduced me to all the amazing and real things that happen every day in a country 10,000 miles away from my own. It taught me how to look at really hard things and find a way to break them down and try to understand them. I will always remember the amazing experience I had here.

Madagascar was a better experience than I ever could have imagined.  It changed my view of the world, and changed the view of my future.  It was full of wonderful wildlife and wonderful people that have inspired me to want to return.

It was so cool. I mean, I wasn’t so sure about it at first but it definitely brought me out of my comfort zone. It’s such a beautiful place with incredible people who made me realize how possible it was to find joy with so little. It’s a second home to me.

Madagascar was an insane experience that I will look back on in ten years with a huge smile spread across my face. I have been fortunate enough to travel to this wonderful country where the memories that were made here will consume most of my thoughts back home.

Madagascar was truly life changing. I spent six weeks learning and speaking a new language, tasting new foods, finding a new home and growing to love three new families. You wouldn’t think that being in such a foreign place would help you understand yourself more, but I’m going home with a new found confidence and understanding of who I am along with a new home.

It was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Actually, because my poop scale was always a 5, it was only the best of times. It made me a more mature and more patient person, which isn’t saying much because I’ve never been either and 0 x 0 is, well… you get it. Nonetheless, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I am a different, if not better person because of it.