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Okay I promise, just one last yak

Nica!!, Participant

From a birds eye view all the trees look like pieces of broccoli And the lakes look like puddles And the buildings, well they don’t even look like building Couldn’t even compare to a dolls house So I imagine how minuscular I appear in this world......Read More

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Our Own Milky Way

Jane Park, Participant

Yak of the Week

As I sit on the plane with Today’s Hits pulsing in my ears, the distance between myself and my home for the past six weeks seems to grow exponentially. The stories I collected in Ambatomanga seem as long ago as my childhood and the rocks I turned......Read More

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The Privilege of Worldview

Hope Lane, Participant

The first day of my Ambatomanga homestay was hard. Not because of the feral dogs and chickens roaming around our yard but because of a realization so simple and yet so jarring in its conception. The realization that many Malagasy people never have......Read More

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A note from a parent

Julia, mother of Orestes, Participant

Dear Madagascar Summer Program students and instructors, On behalf of all parents, you have my immense and lasting thanks, along with a deep sense of duty to acknowledge each and all of you for all you have given us — for opening our own eyes......Read More

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Thank you, Madagascar.

Madagascar Summer Students, Participant

We have spent much of the last few days sharing our gratitude with each other and for this amazing country and culture that has hosted us over the last six weeks. The following is a collectively written poem by the students of the 2019 Summer......Read More

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Group Departure From Antananarivo

Colin (ITeam), Instructor

After a difficult goodbye to Micah, Sidonie, and Gabe (who will be traveling out on a later flight), the group traveled to the outskirts of Antananarivo to say goodbye to Madagascar. We are checked in and will be boarding our first flight leg soon......Read More

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Gratitude.

Micah LeMasters, Participant

Thank you Colin for your relentlessly positive attitude and how you chase wonder through the days. Thank you for smiling when you don’t understand Malagasy and thank you for carrying the med bag and all the responsibilities that go with that.......Read More

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On the to the Airport

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

9 of 10 students are heading to the airport with Colin one of instructors. We will post updates along the way. Thanking them for all their hard work and enthusiasm and wishing them all the best for the page of their life. With kind Gratitude  ...Read More

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My Poem to Madagascar

Nicoletta Lecrichia, Participant

Yak of the Week

I love you Madagascar I love your people Your nature And even your bugs Sometimes…   But most of all, I love how you’ve changed me How you’ve made me think How you’ve made me grow And how you’ve made me love both myself, others And......Read More

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INTERNATIONAL RETURN GROUP TRAVEL INFORMATION

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost six weeks have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are anxiously......Read More

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TOKO TELO”- THE TRIPOD

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

“TOKO TELO MAHAMASAKA NAHANDRO”- THE TRIPOD that cooks the meal: 3 stones placed as a tripod and used for holding a cooking pot over a fire. Student 1: I kinda need a DayQuil. 
Colin: We don’t have any DayQuil, but what’s......Read More

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Main Street Morondava

Colin (I-Team), Participant

After a chorus of “velome” and “mazotoe”, each student wandering off with their new family, we leave our last student Nica at her family restaurant which hosted our homestay family introduction party here in Morondava. For a......Read More

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Pics from our solo adventure

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Hey all! So we were given the opportunity to go to the Avenue of Baobabs and Kirindy National Park on our own this past week. More details to come, but here are just some of the photos from our trip 🙂...Read More

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The Halfway Point

Orestes (edited by Becky), Participant

It began with a pus-pus ride, as many trips in Madagascar do. No, it started earlier when Micah gave us a group dinner stipend for our last night in Antsirabe before Morondava. Or maybe it was the wish for something familiar, a small piece of home,......Read More

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Madagascar 2019 Wouldn’t Be The Same...

Hope Lane, Participant

Orestes hadn’t been on two prior Dragons trips Gabe didn’t speak fluent French Lula wasn’t concerningly obsessed with succulents Hope wasn’t so dramatic Hunter didn’t wear his rain jacket religiously Jane didn’t......Read More