Madagascar

Madagascar is without a doubt the most difficult country I’ve ever travelled in. The reasons for this include the lack of infrastructure in the country which makes booking hotels, flights or buses a difficult and often frustrating task! The language barrier can also make travel difficult. Malagasy is the main language spoken with French being…

Reflecting on Madagascar: Lessons Learned

Now that I have finished my 3 months of voluntary work in Madagascar I thought I would write a blog post on the lessons learned during my time there. I hope this will help others who hope to work overseas, and pass on the words of advice I was given before Madagascar! Before Arriving/Planning your…

An Amputee rehab programme and helping establish an SCI centre

My final month in Madagascar involved joining two different rehab programmes based on Amputee rehab and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The training programmes were delivered through the Charity Opt in. Opt in have worked in Madagascar for 12 years delivering training based on the local healthcare needs, however this year they have decided to focus…

Two weeks in Toamasina

I have just finished my time in Toamasina, or Tamatave, a City on the East coast of Madagascar. I decided to travel to Toamasina to gather more information from a wide variety of areas which I will collect in the report I am writing about Physiotherapy in Madagascar. The two weeks were jam packed and…

A changing idea

I have been in Madagascar for six weeks now, I can’t believe how quickly the time is flying! From my last post on the Parkinson’s Study day, my ideas and plans of what I want my time here to consist of have changed. On arrival, I had no set plan of what I would actually…

A Parkinson’s Masterclass! (sort of…)

We have now been observing and working with the Physiotherapists at HJRA (the local hopsital in Antananarivo) for two weeks. We decided to start developing training sessions on topics that the physiotherapists requested help with. I had emailed the doctors and physiotherapists before arriving in Madagascar, and they had explained that they are now seeing…

First week fears…

I arrived in Antananarivo, or Tana, the capital City of Madagascar on Sunday 3rd March 2019. After a year of planning, preparation and fundraising it feels almost surreal to be here. I thought I would give an update on how the first week has gone, and will aim to give regular updates during my three…

Why Madagascar?

In less than a week I’ll be boarding a plane and heading off to volunteer for 3 months in Madagascar. This moment feels long awaited with lots of planning and work allowing me to finally reach this point. I have often felt frustrated and unsure of myself in the lead up to this moment. I…

Uruguay

Uruguay was the final country I travelled through on my Central and South America adventure. If you’ve been following along on my previous country posts, congratulations on making it to the final country! Montevideo Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and is easy to get to from Buenos Aires in Argentina. A 1 hour ferry…

Chile and Argentina

For this post, I’ve decided to group Chile and Argentina together because when exploring Chile, it is easy to cross the border into Argentina to visit places nearby. We spent most of our time split between the 2 countries, crossing the Argentina-Chile border 8 times in total! Santiago- Chile We flew from Rio de Janeiro…