Volunteer's experience - Cynthia Chanoine

25/12 2015  Madagascar

Cynthia spent few weeks volunteering at our library in Madagascar. What do you think about the way she experienced the local lifestyle of this remote and poor but traditional and happy Malagasy village? She planted vegetable garden for volunteers and started her own project to sort waste and reuse all that can be reused and recycled! Get inspired and start your own project in the village or continue with one of the old ones.

(From Cynthia's blog http://cynthiachanoine.wix.com/fractalphilosophy#!MADAGASCAR-Mahitsy-Ambohitrakely-/cmbz/567a45c10cf28854b3908fab)

To volunteer in the Bookfeeding project: it is to experience life in a Malagasy village,to be integrated in a poor, simple but incredibly friendly community, and share their daily lives. Ambohitrakely is a tiny village with no running water, no electricity, located 2 hours walking from Mahitsy, closest city itself located two hours from Antananarivo.

MADAGASCAR - Mahitsy- Ambohitrakely - October 2, 2015 | Taraska* Budget journalier: 4€/personne Daily budget: 4€/person

Faire du volontariat au Bookfeeding project: c'est faire l'expérience d'une vie au sein d'un village Malgache, se retrouver intégrer au sein d'une communauté pauvre, simple, mais incroyablement gentile, et partager leur quotidien. Ambohitrakely, c'est un tout petit village, sans eau courrante, sans électricité, situé à 2h de marche de Mahitsy, plus grosse ville, elle même située à deux heures de Antananarivo.

To volunteer in the Bookfeeding project: it is to experience life in a Malagasy village,to be integrated in a poor, simple but incredibly friendly community, and share their daily lives. Ambohitrakely is a tiny village with no running water, no electricity, located 2 hours walking from Mahitsy, closest city itself located two hours from Antananarivo.

Le bookfeeding project, c'est une petite bibliothèque à l'entrée du village, où les enfants viennent lire, jouer, ou encore suivre des cours de français, anglais ou autre, après leurs heures d'école. Les adultes viennent même parfois en profiter! Du reste toute autre implication au sein de la bibliothèque est la bienvenue!

The bookfeeding project is a small library at the entrance of the village, where children come to read, play, or take French, English or another courses after their school hours. Adults sometimes even come to enjoy! Besides any other involvement in the library is welcome!

MADAGASCAR - Mahitsy- Ambohitrakely - October 2, 2015 | Taraska* Budget journalier: 4€/personne Daily budget: 4€/person

Faire du volontariat au Bookfeeding project: c'est faire l'expérience d'une vie au sein d'un village Malgache, se retrouver intégrer au sein d'une communauté pauvre, simple, mais incroyablement gentile, et partager leur quotidien. Ambohitrakely, c'est un tout petit village, sans eau courrante, sans électricité, situé à 2h de marche de Mahitsy, plus grosse ville, elle même située à deux heures de Antananarivo.

To volunteer in the Bookfeeding project: it is to experience life in a Malagasy village,to be integrated in a poor, simple but incredibly friendly community, and share their daily lives. Ambohitrakely is a tiny village with no running water, no electricity, located 2 hours walking from Mahitsy, closest city itself located two hours from Antananarivo.

Le bookfeeding project, c'est une petite bibliothèque à l'entrée du village, où les enfants viennent lire, jouer, ou encore suivre des cours de français, anglais ou autre, après leurs heures d'école. Les adultes viennent même parfois en profiter! Du reste toute autre implication au sein de la bibliothèque est la bienvenue!

The bookfeeding project is a small library at the entrance of the village, where children come to read, play, or take French, English or another courses after their school hours. Adults sometimes even come to enjoy! Besides any other involvement in the library is welcome!

For me, when I arrived, we launched a collective sorting of waste system with large clay bins, to promote the recovery and recycle of what can be reused. And also we started to grow a vegetable garden dedicated to volunteers. I hope the following volunteers will take care of it!

Saturday is the best day to get away! There is Mahitsy's market, which allows to fill the kitchen, but mainly enjoy a beautiful Zumba afternoon with a happy and motivated team! For this you simply ask information to Pascaline, who will always be there to help you no matter your Request!

to live in Ambohitrakely means sharing the simple life of most of the Malagasy community, by shopping in various surrounding vilages, cooking directly over a fire, get water from the well, wash with "cold bucket shower ", share the "toilets" with hundreds of huge cockroaches that arise after nightfall, and get lost in the immensity of Madagascar starry skies, unpolluted by lightning from cities! For me, it was an extraordinary adventure, surrounded by incredibly nice people and volunteers!