When I left Ambalamanenjana I had lost some kilos, gained some scars, spend my savings and gave away my clothes. I might have left there with an empty bag, I returned with a full heart.
Madagascar has given me innumerable beautiful memories. The warm Malagsy people, their joy in life, the melodies of their songs, the sound of the rivers ,the beauty of the primary forests, the taste of the fruits, and their initiatives to overcome the destruction of nature. These will inspire me for the rest of my life.
So if you are not afraid to return as a different person; apply! And in order to enjoy this experience to the fullest:
- Learn Malagasy, although it may resemble nothing you ever heard it will also allow you to experience things you would never imagine.
- Do not be afraid to leave your family, a whole new one is awaiting you. The Malagasy people are the warmest caring people I have ever met!
- Bring a blanket; do not let the whole tropical climate thing fool you!