July 19, 2003 - University of Minnestoa: Merry Christmas from Madagascar

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By Admin1 (admin) on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 10:37 am: Edit Post

Merry Christmas from Madagascar

Merry Christmas from Madagascar

Date: 6Dec02 9:29am

Happy Holiday's Everyone!

I appologize for the mass e-mail but with such limited funds on a Peace Corps budget and one letter costing 1.25 US to mail, I have no alternative!

The Peace Corps continues to be an amazing experience and I am thrilled to be here in Madagascar!

I am now teaching English in a ville 95km to the NorthEast of the capital city of Antananarivo called Ankazobe. I teach three sections of 6eme (like 7th grade) each with a minimum of 42 students, as well as a class of 2nde (10th grade) which has 51 students. In addition, I am in charge of the English Club for the 1ere and Terminale students (11th and 12th grades). In my free time, what little of it there is, I play on the women's volleyball team in town and pick up soccer with the gens des armes in my village (like the police). I provide endless amounts of entertainment for the villagers as women rarely play soccer and being 5'10" in a country where the average height is around 5'5" for men and 5'0" for women I definitely stand out in a crowd. The villagers call me 'lavabe' which means 'tall one' in Malagasy. I miss ice hockey but rarely even see ice cubes so it looks like I'll be sitting this season out. Life goes by slowly and often times too quickly with the Peace Corps and I'm loving every minute of it! It has been a great adventure thus far and I look forward to what the next year or so brings. Since Tana is my banking town it looks like I will be able to check e-mail once a month so feel free to drop me a line and I'll do my best to get a reply back. Hope all is well with each one of you,

All the best this Holiday Season from the other side of the world!

Lots of love!

Sarah / Carps / Big

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By brooke (user-1120i1j.dsl.mindspring.com - on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 6:54 pm: Edit Post

Hello Madagascar I am Brooke Mitchell we had a project to do and I thought that you people are great so I choce you if you want to know were I am I am the U.S.A. In Tupelo Mississippi.

By shaheen (ip145-9.cbn.net.id - on Monday, December 12, 2005 - 8:33 am: Edit Post

hi sara
my name is shaheen nazir from indonesia, i am interested to come to madagascar for buying gem,
as i am a gem trader in my country.But my mian problem i do not have any contact in madagascar.
I hope you provide me with some imformation
Thank you , hopping to hear from you soon

shaheen nazir

By Anonymous (65-102-114-148.tukw.qwest.net - on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 11:52 pm: Edit Post

tell more info bout' Madagascar!!!!

By Chelsey Calloway (cpe-076-182-126-146.carolina.res.rr.com - on Saturday, December 02, 2006 - 12:25 pm: Edit Post

I am doing a project on Christmas in Madagascar. I am intrigued by their culture. Could you please provide me some specifics on:

- food and drink prepared at Christmas
- a receipe for the food or drink that I could prepare
- a carol commonly sang
- Is there an image of the nativity scene that is portrayed?
Thank you!!!!

By Gordon Bourland (adsl-68-93-123-254.dsl.rcsntx.swbell.net - on Sunday, December 03, 2006 - 10:23 pm: Edit Post

I'm doing a school project about Christmas in Madagascar. I would appreciate if you could give me some information about Christmas celebration in Madagascar. Can you tell me a special Christmas food there? Where could I find a recipe? Are there any special Christmas songs? If so, where could I find the words for them?

Thank you for any help and merry Christmas!

By Anonymous ( on Tuesday, December 05, 2006 - 1:23 pm: Edit Post

I am also working on a project about Christmas customs, food, beliefs, decorations, and music in the country of Madagascar. Different groups in my class are working on each topic above. We are going to cook a simple food receipt to share with our teacher's other classes but we want to present the total meal, decorate bulletin board in the hall showing others about Madagascar, sing and play music, and dress up for the presentation. We have looked on line and in the school library but can not find enough information. What ever you can send me I would appreciate.

Thank you for your help and May you have a Merry Christmas.

By Anonymous (wlst-02-121.dialup.netins.net - on Wednesday, December 20, 2006 - 11:01 pm: Edit Post

My son is a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village. He will not be "in range" until 12/23/06, but I can ask him how the Malagasy people celebrate Christmas. I know that our son is planning to attend church services on Christmas Eve on the "Red Island." This is the hungry time of year with the lack of rains. The Malagasy people are thankful for the rice and corn that the citizens of the United States have given to them through USAID. The drought has caused a shortage of milk and other dairy products in Madagascar due to the lack of water for the cows to drink.

By chicken gurl ( on Friday, November 28, 2008 - 7:32 pm: Edit Post

hi i dont know who you are but me and a friend are doing a project on christmas in madagascar and are wondering if u could please help us?

do u know what kind of decorations they use for there christmas tree? or anything else if so could u please email me at y.coconut@hotmail.com.

thank you chicken gurl

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