There will be no Service Year team traveling to Madagascar in 2019.
We expect trips to Madagascar to resume in 2020.
Youthlinc sent its first Service Year team to Madagascar in the summer of 2016. The level of poverty in Madagascar is staggering. According to the CIA Factbook and the World Bank, 50% of the population live below the poverty line and its estimated that 70% of Malagasy live on less than $1 a day. There are many things that contribute to the level of poverty. First, it’s geography. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, but its location in the Indian ocean leaves it susceptible to lots of cyclones and inclement weather. Madagascar is also geographically isolated which has negative ramifications on it’s economy. In addition to it’s geography, Madagascar has also had a long history of political turmoil leading to unstable government and lack of infrastructure.
Our first year to Madagascar we partnered with an NGO named the Madagascar Cooperative Foundation. Working with them lead us other connections and our current in-country coordinator who facilitates everything for our teams, Faneva Rakotoarimanga. We are so grateful for Faneva and the great work he does both for our organization and the people of Madagascar.
The team always ends their trip with a fun visit to Andasibe-Mantadia National Park. This is a protected area where you can take canoes and spot some of the amazing wildlife. You will get to see lemurs, and they might even jump on your shoulder if you’ve got a banana or two.