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By earl harris ( - on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 9:44 am: Edit Post

Looking for anna Prow. lost contact after she left

By Kathy ( - on Friday, December 30, 2005 - 1:32 pm: Edit Post

What are American things unavailable in Madagascar? A friend is going there for eighteen months, I wanted to get her a going away present.

By Laura Norton ( - on Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 2:31 pm: Edit Post

I just received an invite for Madagascar leaving June 11. I will be teaching English. Anyone else out there?
RPCVs any advice? Tips? Thoughts?

By Michael Grabowski ( - on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 5:26 pm: Edit Post


Hello. My name is Michael Grabowski. It seems we're bound for the same program! I accepted my invitation a few weeks ago and just sent off my aspiration statement and résumé.

I've been meaning to obtain contact information for some recent RPCVs from Madagascar. If I pick any brains, I'll share the information with you. So far, I've found some helpful information in "So You Want to Join the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go" and novels like "Nine Hills Nambonkaha" and "Living Poor: A Peace Corps Chronicle."

I'm still looking for recommendations on specific items that would be helpful in Madagascar, but I'm trying to keep things fairly basic. All I have so far are a few trusty backpacks and my Chacos. ;)

Feel free to contact me by e-mail. Take care.

- Michael

By Jay Thomas ( - on Saturday, March 18, 2006 - 7:22 pm: Edit Post

If I'm not mistaken, I served in PC MAD longer than anyone else. Left 5 years ago.
Take your most comfortable clothing and have copies made there. Material is to be found everywhere.
Take a good grammer book, one you can understand and is simple enough to copy out for students.
Black under pants are a good thing to own. They never seem dirty even if they are.
Ask me anything you wish.
Jay Thomas 96 - 01 Antsiranana ( Diego-Suarez )

By Jennifer Shaw ( - on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 10:42 am: Edit Post

Hi Michael & Laura,

This Monday I was invited to the Madagascar program leaving on the 11th, also to teach English.

I plan on accepting, but have to admit that I've been getting more and more nervous about the conditions I will face there. I've been to rural Mexico and so I pretty much know what I'm getting into as far as lifestyle goes. I've been talking to old professors of mine who had done a stint with the PC and they have told me that while living without running water, electricity, etc, easily become routine, it was difficult for them to adjust to the isolation they felt living among a community of people who they had very little in common with. Was this true for any of you other RPCVs?

Also, I've been thinking... right now all my personal stuff (computer), photo equipment and music files (ipod) are all digital, aka need electricity. I will deal with the laptop withdrawal but I want to be able to take photos there and use music for my classes (and also dont really want to spend 2 years without it). Any recommendations? Should I just bring a whole pile of CDs and a lot of batteries or what?

If anyone else going this June and would like to get in touch with me, my email is I'd love to hear how others are preparing.



By Amber Kimbro ( - on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 7:32 pm: Edit Post

Mad 11

Arrived - 2000
Departed - 2002

By Paula Bruner ( - on Sunday, January 04, 2004 - 7:33 pm: Edit Post

Mad 11

By tamara Hudson ( - on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 4:08 pm: Edit Post

Served as a Crisis Corps Volunteer in Malawi after Mada, met an Italian Volunteer-fell madly in love, and getting married this September in Malawi. We are building a house and planning on starting our family here in Africa...

I started a paper recycling workshop/development project after Crisis Corps.

would love to hear from old friends!

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