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Where in the world is Madagascar?
The Republic of Madagascar is an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa. Madagascar’s flora and fauna are tremendously diverse, with many species of lemurs and chameleons. Approximately 85 percent of its living things are found nowhere else in the world, because Madagascar separated from a larger continent over a hundred million years ago. Unfortunately, Madagascar is also noteworthy for destruction of habitat and loss of species, a frequent concomitant of unchecked growth.
The country’s focus on agriculture and economic development puts great stress on its remaining ecosystems. That means many of the Madagascar programs now offered feature environmental or sustainable development themes. The presence of 18 separate Malagasy tribes, plus other immigrant ethnic groups, makes Madagascar a rich field for ethnographers.
Social Life and Student Culture
Most study abroad programs in Madagascar will have some travel component integrated into their program; allowing students to see some of Madagascar's more famous destinations. However, keep in mind that Madagascar is a fairly large country with poor infrastructure, and traveling to new destinations often takes longer than it would back home and can be a little rough.
If you're staying in a major city, such as Antananarivo (Tana), Antsirabe, Fort Dauphin, Deigo, Mahajunga, or Morondava, you'll have plenty of opportunities to eat out and even access some basic foreign goods. Small expat communities exist in each, but by and large there aren't a ton of foreigners in Madagascar.
The main social activities tend to revolve around sports, church, or karaoke. Women should avoid going to bars alone, and understand that most friendly behavior in bars towards men will be taken as flirtation.
In smaller towns and villages, expect your living conditions to be pretty basic and that your social life will revolve around spending time with your host family.
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