Madagascar

Last updated: 4/19/2017

All many people know about Madagascar is that it was the intended destination of the escaped zoo animals in the animated movie series! It is a huge island (1000 miles long) located in the Indian Ocean a few hundred miles off the southern coast of Africa. It has an amazing diversity of plants and animals–many found only there. The 22 million inhabitants of Madagascar live at a fairly low economic level. The main languages are French and Malagasy, but there are 11 other spoken languages–most of which do not yet have translated Scriptures. There is a need for translation, literacy, and Scripture use. Please join us on a MAST.

Quick Jump

MAST

 

Visa:

  • Visa on arrival in Madagascar for US Citizens.
  • Tourist Visa must be paid for in UDS or Euros.
  • Passport with at least 6 months remaining before expiration.
  • At least 3 blank visa pages in your passport.
  • Provide a copy of your return tickets.
  • Travel with at least one 2x2 passport photo.

 

Local Contact:

  • Your Wycliffe Associates Recruiter or Team Lead for MAST.


Medical:

  • Yellow fever certificate is required only if you are passing through yellow fever belt area before entering Madagascar.
  • You are encouraged to visit CDC Information for Madagascar for the most up to date health information for travelling to Madagascar.
  • Contact your health provider for other recommended vaccinations.
  • Recommend that you carry medication for traveler's diarrhea and some electrolyte powder to avoid dehydration.
  • If you have a weak stomach, it is good to bring Pepto Bismol tablets and take one before each meal.

 

Clothes:

  • For Men:
    • Casual western shirts and slacks. Shorts and tank tops not recommended. Whites not recommended due to dusty dry season. Good walking shoes and sun hat. You will see some people dressed in shorts, etc. in capitol but we do not recommend this since we must be examples.
  • For Women:
    • National women in the capitol are becoming more western in dress but this is not considered a good idea in the communities we encounter. Women should wear modest dresses/skirts and blouses. There are wonderful fabrics available for sale and a national outfit can be custom made quickly. Most women wear head coverings to church (head wraps, hats, or scarves).
  • Socially acceptable or expected footwear:
    • Nice shoes for church. Sandals or flats, or walking shoes. Please keep your shoes clean. There is a proverb, "as you dress so shall you be perceived."
  • Make sure to check the local weather before you travel!  Anywhere in the world can be chilly!  A light sweater will suffice and an umbrella for rainy season.


Things to Bring:

  • Bottled water is readily available and most apartments/guest houses where you will be staying will have filtered water available.
  • Bug Spray or wipes with Deet available in the camping department. Easy to transport.
  • A small power strip (250v) is handy and electrical adapter is required.
  • A small flashlight, and small battery operated fan.
  • Any over-the-counter remedies, your toiletries. Toothpaste, shampoo, etc. are readily available but expensive.
  • Snacks (protein bars, trail mix, candy bars, etc.) if you wish but cookies, chocolate, some chips, and especially peanuts are readily available.
  • Have a copy of your itinerary of your return flight (with your name on it) and a copy of your travel insurance paperwork easily accessible (especially when travelling). It is always good to have a copy of your passport.

 

Things to Know:

  • Be prepared to do without water, electricity or internet on occasion.
  • The people are very warm and friendly.
  • There are few public restrooms so be prepared with tissues in your pocket.
  • Notify your bank that you will be in Madagascar so that they won't block your card. Be very careful to cover your pin number when getting money.