INTRODUCTION WEEK 2017
Open all year, see starting dates in requirement, participation fee 210€ per week. Mandatory to start the programme.
- Code : G/MG/IW2017
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
GREEN LION MADAGASCAR
GO! on an action packed tour of Majunga and let yourself appreciate and discover the charm of the city. Get familiarized with the customs, culture, surroundings and more of this rich and colorful Country. Visit colorful markets and beaches, experience exotic varied cuisine, learn about SAKALAVA BOENY Kingdom, discover impressive dinosaur fossils, enjoy craftsmen’s masterpieces, walk to a Quaternary-aged multicolored formation and to rich caves formation, focus on a wildlife rescue center’s missions, swim and sunbathe in one of MAJUNGA most popular beaches. — Program Description During your introduction week, you will be introduced to various aspects of a new country such as its culture, language, traditions, history, and also to sights and surroundings. You will be introduced to Madagascar and its Culture through presentations. Go on a tour of Majunga and enjoy this most cosmopolitan town in Madagascar. Founded in 1700s by Arab, Malagasy ethnic groups mix wonderfully with important Arab, Comorian, Chinese and Indo- Pakistani natives’ communities. From the old city with its sculpted wooden doors or its colonial houses, enjoy a walk to Port Quartier and its colorful market and mosques. Go on to Mahajanga’s living symbol, a centenary baobab and walk around it seven times to get blessing from the ancestors. Port aux boutres offers you in the morning an unforgettable atmosphere with its numerous ships. And, discover Mahajanga’s seafront. Discovered in the Valley of Mahajamba, impressive bones and fossils of dinosaurs can’t be but the highlight of AKIBA Mozea’s visit. Apart from this Paleontology Section, the History of SAKALAVA BOENY Kingdom is learnt through presentation. Old photographs and a selection of local crafts show at the one hand and at the other an introduction of this region’s wildlife certainly help you to understand and enjoy Majunga. ANKIBA Mozea is located at the entrance of the University of Majunga. Learn the secret of craftsmen who make Mahajanga’s most famous handicraft in Amborovy. Step-by-step, discover and enjoy how are drawn different patterns like breathtaking Madagascar’s landscapes, endemic Malagasy wildlife, popular worldwide singers and even yourself to get these colorful sand-filled bottles. Walk after to this weird spot where erosion has made the sandstone surface displays a wide range of colors, from white, light pink, pink, to ochre shades. Multicolor sands to create masterpieces are taken from Cirque Rouge. 11 kilometers east of the city center of Majunga lays a pure limestone rock formation waters had dissolved and corroded over years and years to form caves. BELOBAKA Caves which are consisted of seven caves. It can’t be but home to traditional worships, lemur and hippo’s subfossils and living wildlife. And, 4 kilometers south is located a place where rescued lemur species are rehabilitated. On the last day of your introduction week, pay first a visit to Mahajanga tourism board to know deeper about Mahajanga tourist spots to appreciate, in town as well as outside. Community-managed forest, national parks or sacred lake are just samples, definitely. In the afternoon, swim and sunbathe at Grand Pavois. Fish specialties like lobster and pulp are almost served in seafront restaurants of this very popular beach in Mahajanga. Blue water far from red and muddy sea in Mahajanga urban area, for sure! Aims &Objectives The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Malagasy society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings.
Standard Accommodation You will be accommodated in rooms that can allocate 4-6 people based on a single-gender basis and you will be sharing the bathroom with your roommates. In our center, there is a dining room, a lounge area where you can hang out with fellow participants and a beautiful garden to relax. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available. Food arrangements You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Malagasy food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants. Facilities ATM – There are many ATM’s located in and around the town and easily accessible. Hospitals – Pharmacy and Hospitals are easily accessible. Supermarket – There are many supermarkets where you can find anything. They are located around our center and quite easily accessible
Location Mahajanga is located in the region of Atsimo-Andrefana and is also the regional capital of this region. Atsimo-Andrefana capital Toliara (Toliara) is approximately 891 km away from Mahajanga. The distance from Mahajanga to Madagascar?s capital Antananarivo (Antananarivo) is approximately 377 km. Mahajanga is a town and major port in Madagascar island’s northwest coast, at the mouth of the Betsiboka River, whose estuary extends into Bombetoka Bay. The town was the capital of the 18th-century kingdom of Boina. The French occupied Mahajanga in 1895 at the beginning of their conquest of Madagascar. The town’s old sector is confined mainly to the harbour quarter and has some 19th-century Arabian houses. The town’s modern buildings include a Roman Catholic cathedral, a Protestant meeting place, and a mosque. Immigrants from Comoros were almost as numerous in the town as the Malagasy until 1976–77, when most of the former were repatriated to Comoros following riots in Mahajanga. The Comorien population has increased again, and the town also has a substantial Indian merchant population. Fishing, cattle raising, and hardwood lumbering are important in the surrounding area, and coffee, rice, sugarcane, cashew nuts, cassava, cotton, and raffia palms are cultivated.
Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning. Program runs Mon-Fri, (free weekends). Culture week mandatory: 210€ to start the programme. COMPULSORY ARRIVAL CALENDAR for 2017 : 02/01 – 16/01 – 06/02 – 20/02 – 06/03 – 20/03 – 03/04 – 17/04 – 01/05 – 15/05 – 05/06 – 19/06 – 03/07 – 10/07 – 17/07 – 24/07 – 07/08 – 21/08 – 04/09 – 18/09 – 02/10 – 16/10 – 06/11 – 20/11 – 04/12 – 18/12. Reception at Nosy Be Airport on Sundays.