Ramon Moraes Sales Moura
Me thinks that day happened in my life, and I just filled out all the forms. By the time I finally realized it, I was shortlisted on the program (it took quite long due to the political crisis in Madagascar). The next thing I was packing clothes, medicines, expectations and the spirit. I was off to Madagascar for 3 months, taking all the risks (my praxis!), and this trip made me look at the world through other eyes.
- Less is always more. Be wise when packing. I used only 2 shorts the whole trip (mind you I was on the coast). Needless to say we learn to be less of a "consumer" once back home, where the closets are full of useless stuff.
- Bring some calcium tablets, no electricity equals no dairy products sometimes! Presumably your teeth will feel the difference.
- Be able to open up, learn the rules and know how to break then when needed.
And at last but not least:, to remind you that on your return you will most likely come to terms with yourself.
One needs to acknowledge that there’s no right or wrong, but different ways to perceive issues. A volunteer needs to be able to learn more than teach, and become an eternal chameleon
My 3 months of volunteer work in Southwest Madagascar