Peace Corps Volunteers in Madagascar Are All Safe

Madagascar is the island off the southeast coast of Africa

Madagascar is the island off the southeast coast of Africa

To add to recent unsettling news for the Peace Corps community, Peace Corps’s Madagascar program has been suspended due to political strife in the country. Peace Corps’s top priority is the health and safety of it Volunteers who yearly practice safety drills in case evacuation becomes necessary.

The unstable political situation in Madagascar has prompted Peace Corps to issue a statement confirming that its Volunteers serving there are safe:

“WASHINGTON, D.C., March 11, 2009 – The situation in Madagascar was tense today due to an ongoing political standoff between the President and the former mayor of Antananarivo, resulting in looting and anti-government Continue reading

YouTube Presents Peace Corps Images

One thing I didn’t have when I was thinking about applying to Peace Corps in 1997 was … YouTube.

Not intended for recruitment purposes, the home movies of Volunteers in action serve as a way to make their experiences more concrete for family and friends at home, everything from village and landscape tours, to videos of students and neighbors, to silly games of Volunteers who are reunited on vacation and need to blow off steam, to talent shows, and slide shows of still photographs, like this collection from a Madagascar Volunteer corrinajs:

Apartment and house tours are a common theme –when you can’t have your family over for dinner, at least you can show them where you eat dinner, as JillKingslea has:

Videos take you inside moments of Peace Corps language training, documenting things like learning to sing love songs in Chinese from garlandrenn:

And…the opposite! Teaching host-country students to sing love songs in English (from nadunn):

The third goal of Peace Corps is to bring the world back home, to educate others in the United States about the people and cultures you learn about while you are abroad. Thanks to YouTube, Volunteers can do this faster and easier than ever before, without even leaving their host country.