6 May 2019
Winona Lake, Indiana
Greetings from the heartland of America and the calmly rolling fields of northern Indiana. My name is Micah and I will be the course director this summer in Madagascar. I have worked for dragons since 2015 and in that time there have been very few certainties in my life since running my first course in Madagascar in 2015. One of the few things that has remained the same is that I have managed to make it back to Winona Lake (where I grew up) to visit each spring.
Like each of the last year I have just completed a ten to eleven month long circumnavigation of the globe to return to one of my favorite places to enjoy my favorite season. The weather is, as always, a bit unpredictable and the winter seems reluctant to let go and spring is aimless in its approach. I’ve been spending my days going for long bike rides and watching the birds return from their southern migrations.
Coming home to Indiana has become a sort of tradition as well as something that signals that I’m about to make my way back across the globe to my other home, Madagascar. My first time making the trip was in 2005 as a United States Peace Corps volunteer where I worked for two and half years as a high school teacher in a rural village in Lac Aloatra. After my time as a Volunteer, I returned to the United States to go to graduate school and try out America for a while. My path back to Madagascar was unintentional but I jumped at a chance to head back to Madagascar in 2015 as a Dragons instructor and I haven’t looked back since. I have been truly fortunate in the last four years to work for Dragons in Indonesia, Nepal, India, Myanmar, and Senegal but there is no place I would rather be than in Madagascar.
I want to sincerely thank all of you for being interested in Madagascar and for spending your time and money to learn about this incredible country and the incredible people that have been calling it home for a few thousand years. Madagascar is truly beautiful and inspiring but it is also confusing and difficult and a place where even the best laid plans need constant attention and room to change a little. We will be posting a tentative itinerary soon and while we do not expect there to be many changes to it we want to remind you that we are constantly accessing our plans and making sure we are doing what is best for all participants as well as the people and communities we spend time with.
We will also be posting a Madagascar specific packing list that should be used in place of any other packing list you might come across.
Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions that you might have as you prepare for what will certainly be an incredible experience. You can always reach me at [email protected]