project review

Teaching in Madagascar

Review submitted by Frontier Volunteer
Review date 27 Feb 2010

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During the past few weeks of teaching in Madagascar there have been quite a few changes. Sadly I had to say goodbye not only to my partner in crime, Tessa, who returned to the UK but also to the village of Antsisikala where I have been teaching for the last 7 weeks. The kids had become such a huge part of my everyday routine that it was very hard to wave them goodbye from the village boat, wondering what they will do without my pack of playing cards and my skipping rope to keep them amused after school!

My second teaching placement began this week in Anivorano at Jean Paul II school. A completely different experience from the tiny village school in Antsisikala! Here the students have some basic knowledge of English already but they need a lot of encouragement to stand up in class and show me what they know – shyness is quite an endearing quality of Malagasy young people. Here you get a real sense of just what a difference you can make to these young people’s lives, it is hoped that some of the students at the school may be able to go to university if they work hard enough towards a scholarship award.

I am staying with a host family – a student who belongs to the school’s ‘English Club’. From the moment I stepped into their lovely hut they treated me like one of their own and have been so generous with their time and very patient of my poor Malagasy language skills! They have gone out of their way to make me feel comfortable and the experience really is quite humbling.

The school recently held an annual celebration: the ‘Day of the School’ saw a lot of dancing and some fantastic meals being prepared by staff and students alike. It seemed like every child at the school wanted to dance with me – by the end of the day I was quite exhausted, but it was so much fun!

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