Working in Madagascar works best if you are open to change, curious, and able to really enjoy being around people. Do some research before you get there, learn about the area where you will be living. You will most likely not have any Internet, so there won't be any google searches to assist you in the field.
This is something I realized later that is utterly important to comprehend: at times people will stare at you and you shall feel uncomfortable, remember you have a camera to take their photos, while they can only hold onto the image of you in their mind. The people are curious and kind, as long as you are the same.
Things you really should not forget:
- A journal and great crayons - it's great to be able to draw and explain things when you are confused
- Camera - get a great one and your images will keep you connected to this place mentally
- Printed photos of you to give your host village - images are important to the people
- Swiss army knife - I've never diced more vegetables in a daily basis in my life than when I lived in the bus
- Sunblock - You will use it and you will love yourself for taking some with you
- Wet wipes - they are great for so many reasons. Most likely you will have limited toilet facilities, so be prepared.
- Girls - awesome tampons, because there are slim pickings here
Yet, if you forget all this, one thing you can rest assure, you will return not regretting any of it, even the crappy moments when you wish you could have flown back home! So, hurry up and sign up, and look me up when you return!