Today is Thanksgiving and I find myself feeling more grateful than I have even been, thanks to the past 17 months living in Madagascar and its inevitable way it shifted the way in which I experience the world.Read More
Sometimes I forget how powerful stories can be. Then, I find myself holding a spear in front of a class of wide-eyed American seventh graders as I tell them about a typical day in the deep South of Madagascar. And then I remember.Read More
Goodnight Moon, The Rainbow Fish, the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, just to name a few. Books were an integral part of my childhood that played a huge role in my education. It's a simple part of growing up that most people take for granted. Here is a project to help kids and adults who don't get to experience the magic of books. Help them experience a new world of adventure, surprise, mystery and discovery.Read More
One hundred young Malagasy girls discover a new world through leadership, goal-setting, culture and friendship at the first national Girls Leading Our World camp.Read More
With a piece of tree bark in one hand and a spoonful of water in the other, he began making his remedy for the young child. He poured two spoonfuls of water into a rock that had an indent, serving as a small bowl for the liquid. He rubbed the piece of bark, vigorously against the rock, for a few minutes until a pale yellow substance was formed. Dipping his fingers into transparent liquid, he lifted the shirt of the baby, revealing his stomach. He drew lines down the baby’s stomach while his mother held him. He did a similar design on the baby’s forehead.Read More
While trying to integrate into a new village on the opposite side of the world, it is important to become aware of the customs of its people. Even more important is to adapt quickly and understand what is appropriate behavior and what is not. The Antandroy culture (fomba) largely concerns respecting one's elders. Along the same lines, many of their taboos (fady) involve disrespecting someone. In order to keep these rules straight and avoid an embarrassing and/or offensive slip up (you don’t want to have to sacrifice a cow, do you?), here’s a go-to guide on the fomba and fady in the Androy region.Read More
My guilty pleasure of ‘gramming’ combined with my efforts to accomplish Peace Corps’ third goal and of course, my natural inclination toward competition led me to participate in Blogging Abroad’s first Instagram photo challenge. Its theme was “Out and About.” Created by two former Peace Corps Volunteers, Blogging Abroad is a site designed to promote cross-cultural exchange for those living abroad. A year ago, I had a hard time imagining what my life on this island would look like. Now nine months into my service, I’m hoping my pictures helps aid others’ imaginations and share a piece of the world its culture that not everyone gets to explore.Read More
As an American walking through a large town in Madagascar, it’s impossible to escape the curious stares, being mistaken as French and the ubiquitous calls of “vazaha!.” Now imagine being an American in Madagascar carrying around a paper cutout of a boy and taking pictures with it.