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Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Family

Lula, Participant

Yak of the Week

Before we began our assail on the bruised sandstone of the mountains of Isalo, we all stood in what looked and felt like a prayer circle. “These are our guides,” our instructor, Sidonie, told us as she gestured to the group of men that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Bricks

Hope Lane, Participant

Bricks In the United States, the bricks that are used to build our houses are made in a factory with much though. Machines do the receptive labor of moulding each individual brick. In Ambatomanga, we were able to witness the choreographed routine of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Madagascar

Soleil Laurin, Participant

Madagascar I close my eyes, open them. Close, open. Close, open. Just blinking at the breathtaking landscape before me. Whether in the bustling city of Tana with so many shocking smells, or the fields upon fields of rice patties stretching like......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Community

Becky Nielsen, Participant

Life in Ambatomanga Coming from a large suburb of Chicago, I don’t often experience life in a small towns, much less life in a small Malagasy villages. For the last week, I got to live with a local family in Ambatomanga, and the sense of community......Read More

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A Note to the Parents

Jane Park, Participant

Yak of the Week

Monday, July 8th, I stand in the backyard with uncooked rice in my hand. The morning fog still hangs heavy over the valley, concealing the steep drop down to the fields behind the house. The baby of the family, Tsou-Tsou, stands next to me, shaking......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Blue Windows of Betafo

Lula, Participant

in piercing water color the toned tint of a blue pigmented window winks at the boiling street irate with life neglecting (in feverish disregard) the charms, flirtations, temptations, of the lusty cobalt eye  ...Read More

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The hills of Betafo

Micah, Instructor

Yak of the Week

The Hills of Betafo Imerina: The ancestral lands of the Merina people that is situated in the high plateau of central Madagascar Betafo: The name of a small town near Antsirabe whose name means ‘place of many roofs’ Vakinakaratra: The region......Read More

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Photos from the Homestay #1

Jessica Armstrong, Dragons Admin

Hi everyone! I just wanted to share some photos from the team. They have been learning about the coffee industry and making bricks (by hand!). By all means, everything is going smoothly. The team will wrap up their homestay on Friday, so they will......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Madagascar

Madagascar: Island of Diversity

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Madagascar vs. Congo

Lottie, Participant

After a weekend with our new homestay families in Ambatamanga we are all settled in and getting used to our daily routines of life in the highlands of Madagascar. For some of us the slow paced lifestyle is quite the change from the hustle and bustle......Read More

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Moving into homestay

Jessica A, Dragons Admin

Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that the group are leaving Antsirabe and are heading to Ambatomanga to start their first homestay. The instructor team has cell service so we can still get Yaks out. I’ll certainly share any......Read More

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Salameeee! Greetings eee!

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

Just as we left the Airport in Ivato, Antananarivo, it was drizzling which could be a sign of God’s blessings. As we exit the capital heading to Antsirabe, we saw 2 rainbows which is called HAVANA in Malagasy translated as RELATIVES. It was......Read More