1 independent reviews for Madagascar school building project

Reviews for Madagascar school building project


review 16 Aug 2013

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Going somewhere so completely different, being looked after by friendly, funny, knowledgeable and entertaining local staff. Sharing an experience like that with total strangers who become friends for life. Meeting the kids who will directly benefit from the work you are doing. Hosting a party and dinner for the village. Cramming all of us and all our kit into a truck for hours. The list is endless.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Get in touch with the other volunteers in your group before you go and see if there are things you need to take that you can share within the group. Take some squash or sweets. You'll be amazed at how much you crave fruit flavours. Make sure someone has one of those little portable speakers for evening entertainment. Do not forget to drink lots of water. Nearly everyone that had a day or two of not feeling great put it down to dehydration. Have fun! It's a working holiday, but it's an amazing experience and actually being in such a different environment to day to day life in the UK made it the most relaxing holiday I'd ever had.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes definitely. I would not travel to a country like Madagascar as a regular tourist as I wouldn't be confident in knowing what I was doing had a positive impact (or didn't have a negative impact). By going with this operator, who clearly have great knowledge, passion and great relationships within the country I was confident in knowing I was having a positive impact. They work on an local level to improve things for people in a very tangible way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

One of the best holidays I have ever had. If there weren't so many other places to visit in the world to visit I would do this again in a heartbeat. I can see myself returning to Madagascar with this operator in a few years time and in the meantime I continue to support the work they do.

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