project review

Revision time in Madagascar

Review submitted by Amy
Review date 16 Mar 2017


I can't believe it's the end of phase already. It only seems like yesterday that I was with all the other new volunteers, unsure what to say and trying to make small talk. Now I feel like a fully fledged member of staff at the school in Anivorano and I have a diary full of email addresses from all the friends I've made. It will be great to stay in touch and reminisce about Madagascar.

The children at the school have really taken to me now and I'm really not looking forward to saying goodbye to my host family, who have looked after me so well and shown me a part of Malagasy culture I would otherwise have never experienced.

The students are currently preparing for their exams and it is interesting to note how they ‘revise' much like we do - with reluctance! I am looking forward to seeing how much of what I have taught them has actually gone in!

School kids at Madagascan schoolLast weekend I was taken to a church service in a neighbouring village, a trip which involved an overnight stay with another family. The service was fantastic - so much singing and dancing - it was quite different to any church service I'd ever been to! Though I couldn't understand a word of what was said, the singing was amazing and I was welcomed into the building with enormous generosity by the local people.

One thing I will miss when I leave the school and the town in two weeks time will be the genuine warmth that people have shown me and the sense that I am really making a difference to their community. I am quite jealous of the next volunteer who will get the chance to teach at the school.

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