We have officially been together for over 4 weeks. Honestly I can’t believe it has been that long. I thought it might be fun for everyone to know a little bit about this amazing group of women that I will be spending a year with. We come from all over the USA and have different backgrounds but over these last weeks we have shared so much together. I have loved every moment of it. Here is a little about my friends!
Hometown and/or Schooling: Elgin, IL / National Louis University, Chicago.
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: Toamasina. I will be teaching in a Deaf school, as well as teaching English clubs at the local Lutheran church. I also have an opportunity to volunteer in a clinic and a differently abled school.
Looking forward to: Leaning a new way of life surrounded in new community. Looking forward to finding clarity in my own life while away from “home” as well.
Favorite Malagasy word: alika (dog)
Fun Fact: I love camping and kayaking
Hometown and/or Schooling: Duluth, MN / Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: Toliara- teaching English/helping out at the Women’s Center, a SALFA maternity clinic, and teaching at a primary school and a blind school.
Looking forward to: Being by the ocean- water is my favorite thing to be near and brings me joy! Also, I’m pumped to embrace the relaxed ways of life and hospitality of my community.
Favorite Malagasy word: Mora mora (slowly)
Fun Fact: On one 4th of July I almost got arrested/fined at the boarder of Bolivia and Chile…for having 3 apples.
Hometown and/or Schooling: Mooresville, NC / The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: Farafangana. I will be teaching English in a variety of places, primarily the Lutheran Secondary School. I will also be working with the teachers at the Blind School, and be spending some time at the Lutheran Primary School.
Looking forward to: Meeting my community and learning more Malagasy! I’m also really excited to do my laundry at the beach.
Favorite Malagasy word: namana (friend) OR famantaranandro (watch)
Fun Fact: I lived in England for 2 months with my family
Hometown and/or Schooling: Minot, North Dakota / Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: Fianarantsoa, English teaching
Looking forward to: Making friends!
Favorite Malagasy word: Haingana (quickly)
Fun Fact: I have a black belt in Tai kwon do
Hometown and/or Schooling: University of North Carolina- Biology
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: I will be in Antananarivo teaching English at ILOFAV, the Lutheran women’s center. I will also be teaching English at a Health Clinic to doctors and nurses and working at a printing house!
Looking forward to: Meeting everyone in my community and really feeling immersed in the place I’ll call home
Favorite Malagasy word: Sakakely (kitten) or ranomasina (ocean)
Fun Fact: I love to scuba dive and my favorite animal is a shark
Hometown and/or Schooling: Lino Lakes, Minnesota / Graduated from Northern Michigan University with degrees in Secondary English and French Education
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: I will be teaching English at a seminary, young women’s school, and farming program in Fianarantsoa.
Looking forward to: I can’t wait to explore my new home, meet my host community, and start teaching again!
Favorite Malagasy word: adaladala (crazy or silly)
Fun Fact: I ate a termite in Belize because our tour guide said they tasted like mint (they do).
Hometown and/or Schooling: Walworth, WI – THE University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: I’ll be in Vohipeno working on a farm where students come to learn and practice replicable farming techniques. I will also have the opportunity to teach English both on the farm and at a local school.
Looking forward to: Just getting there! I cannot wait to meet my community, weekend time working with the animals, and practicing my Malagasy! Woohoo!
Favorite Malagasy word: Sakamalao (it means ginger… but I dare you to try saying it without smiling! ?)
Fun Fact: I love reptiles and my best friend is a cat named Benny ?
Hometown and/or Schooling: Mooresville, NC / Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University (Go, Pack!)
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: Volunteering at the following FLM Ministries in Antsiranana: Deaf School, Toby, SALFA Clinic, and English club.
Looking forward to: Sharing meals with my host community.
Favorite Malagasy word: Asabotsy (Saturday)
Fun Fact: My favorite animal is a vitsika (ant)
Hometown and/or Schooling: Portland, OR / Pacific Lutheran University
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: Teaching English at the primary and secondary school, church, and synod office in Fort Dauphin
Looking forward to: Learning Malagasy and building relationships with my community
Favorite Malagasy word: sakakely (kitten)
Fun Fact: I’ve had ice cream in all of 13 countries I’ve been to.
Hometown and/or Schooling: St. Louis, MO / Nursing Degree from Luther College
Location of work in Madagascar and what you will be doing: I will be working at the hospital in Manambaro as a nurse.
Looking forward to: Finding out what medical care looks like in Madagascar and meeting my host family
Favorite Malagasy word: izao tanrolo izao (world)
Fun Fact: As a kid my favorite word to say was deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) all thanks to my Dad who is a biology teacher.