We had the opportunity to go on a mission to the port city Tamatave during our voluntary service

Adventure in our hearts, the streets of Madagascar under our wheels, and a mission to change not only the country but us as well – this is how our exciting journey towards Tamatave began.

With the first light of the morning, we set off, aboard a taxi brousse, whose shaking and rattling immediately plunged us into the feeling of an adventure. The roads, bumpy and uneven, led us through a breathtaking landscape that thrilled with its unspoiled beauty and exotic plants and animals. The exhaustion after the long journey was evident, but it was overshadowed by the excitement of finally embarking on our mission. Our mission was to deliver first aid training and empower people to act courageously and safely in emergency situations.

The next day greeted us with the aroma of freshly baked Malagasy beignets that tempted our taste buds. Fortified with an enjoyable breakfast, we set out to prepare for the day. The premises of the company “COLAS” was our destination, where we were to prepare the training.

The participants arrived that morning with bright eyes and a noticeable enthusiasm for what lay ahead. The motivation they radiated was contagious and energizing. As the training began, we were surprised by the intensity with which they engaged with what was being said and shown. It was impressive to see how interested they were in learning first aid skills. In Switzerland, this may be taken for granted, but here in Madagascar it was valuable knowledge that was not commonplace.

Although the language used during the training was difficult for us to understand, as our knowledge of Malagasy was limited, we still managed to comprehend and understand all the content thanks to the clearly structured explanations and practical exercises.

The days flew by, and each day brought new challenges and experiences. We found ourselves in a world where the simplicity of life and the warmth of people were at the center. Our mission was not just a one-way street of imparting knowledge, but an exchange of cultures, ideas, and dreams.

As we made our way back, we carried with us not only the memories of this unforgettable journey, but also the certainty that our efforts had borne fruit. The people we had met had not only gained first aid skills, but also a bit of hope and empowerment for themselves and their communities.

Simona & Muriel

The AiNA soa volunteers