Entries in #culture (4)


Living in the  Community

Frontier basecamp, Madagascar, I situated on a distant but beautiful place. The nearest city is far away and at night there is hardly any lights to be seen. Even though this camp seems to be pretty low on neighbours, that’s definitely not the case. The village of Ambalahonko is right on the other side of the camps fence, which makes the village our closest neighbour society.

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Monday Night Youth Club 

Every week our community volunteers run a youth club in Hell-Ville. On Monday night, there was a great turn out of roughly 30 young people, who came to learn about Job Interviews.

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FAQ's - Community Projects in Madagascar 

Our Teaching & Community Project Coordinator answers the questions that past volunteers have frequently asked!

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Staff blog: Top 5 reasons to teach abroad 

There are many reasons one decides to travel and teach abroad. I have compiled a list of the top 5 reasons why I enjoy teaching overseas, and reasons why you might want to consider teaching abroad.

Top 5 reasons to teach abroad

  1. Children are genuinely happy
  2. Everyone is enthusiastic to learn
  3. You'll experience a new culture
  4. You will meet new and exciting people
  5. It will change your life

1. In the developing countries I have taught in children are just genuinely happy,  it doesn't take much to get a laugh or a smile from one of your students. They can play for hours, even though they do not have cell phones, iPods, or other instant entertainment options. A simple game of duck duck goose or football is enough to get everyone involved and having a great time. Their enthusiasm for life and fun is contagious, and I always leave with a smile on my face after spending the morning with them.

2. Everyone one is enthusiastic to learn. From my primary students, to the young adult English class, to the taxi driver on the street. It doesn't matter that all you have is a chalk board or a piece of paper and a marker, you have people show up everyday willing to learn. Currently it is a holiday break in Madagascar, so school is not in session. We created a summer school program for students from the local primary school. For the last eight weeks I have had students show up to the school, by their own choice, everyday. It is refreshing to have so many young people interested in bettering themselves through knowledge and education, and they are always very appreciative of your time.

3. Wherever you go you will be thrust into a new culture. Life seems to move at a slower pace in the developing countries I have taught in, but it gives you a chance to stop and really appreciate where you are. Whether it is seeing local women walking around with baskets on their heads, men getting a cart pulled down the street by a zebu (Madagascar cow), eight people piling out of a taxi collective, a pickup game of football on the street, a local street fair, the bustling market, or countless students heading to school shouting hello. By living and teaching abroad you really get to understand and become part of the culture. Not just a tourist, but a member of the community.

4. You will meet amazing people when you teach abroad. Ranging from local friends to other travelers, the people you meet will always have an interesting story to tell. I am now lucky to say I have friends all over the world. The longer you spend teaching in a different country the more people you will meet from other cultures and walks of life, which means countless couches to sleep on if you decide to continue to travel.

5. Finally, teaching abroad will change your life. If you have never left the comfort of western culture, I'd definitely say take the opportunity to travel and volunteer abroad.  For all the reasons listed above, you will leave the country you volunteered in a different person. You will have experienced a new culture, seen the honest joy and happiness of countless people, and formed new friendships. If anything you will realize that stressing over the little things is not important, because there are so many other things that matter in life. So give a little bit of your time, because what you will get out of teaching in a developing country will change your life.

By Lindsey Fulton, Assistant Teaching Coordinator 

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