Examine the complex set of beliefs and intersections of Christianity, a rich system of traditional beliefs, while also learning about the country’s small Muslim population.
Investigate how the micro-economics and political events impact the environment in Madagascar.
Focus Of Inquiry
Delve into issues such as the provocative legacies of African slave trade and local conservation issues – particularly the complex tension between economic development and environmental preservation in Madagascar.
Spend two weeks in a homestay with the Merina people in the highlands, several days with families in the western town of Morondava, and two weeks living with the Tsimihety on the north-eastern coast.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Explore a personal area of interest such as sustainable land use, ecotourism, local handicrafts, conservation efforts for endangered species, trade in the Indian Ocean, traditional health beliefs, music or language studies.
Use language with homestay families, Malagasy acquaintances, and during independent study projects. Learn to speak basic Malagasy through language lessons and practice your French at any level through interactions and supplementary lessons.
Spend time with Malagasy non-governmental organizations that care for at-risk and underprivileged children in several different regions of the country. Engage with local environmental conservation efforts at various national parks.
Travel throughout Madagascar on local transportation, which often winds slowly down sing-landed roads cluttered by cars, ox cards, bicycles and foot-traffic. Explore the ocean on traditional boats, stay in multiple humble homestays with minimal amenities, and explore unique landscapes on foot during treks.
Spend 10-14 days trekking in Madagascar's unique landscapes. Explore remarkable rainforest on a one-week trek in Ranomafana National Park and multiple day and night hikes in national parks.