Due to the worsening Covid-19 situation in Madagascar and the uncertainty around UK travel, the Mad23 expedition has been postponed to 2024. We will keep you updated with any future changes. We apologise for any disappointment.
Madagascar 2023 is a challenging expedition that will push you to explore the world, to build international friendships, to contribute to international development and to immerse yourself in a different culture.
We will spend three weeks in Madagascar in the summer of 2023 to undertake a development project and explore some of the beautiful and unique country. The project has yet to be decided, but will include something that will help Malagasy Scouting to make more impact across the country with its water and sanitation training programmes and education regarding environmental protection, and will offer more opportunities to young people in Madagascar to benefit from Scouting. We will be working together with Malagasy Scouts throughout the expedition, so providing a unique opportunity to make new friends and learn about a new culture.
Alongside the main project we will also work on smaller projects; working alongside Malagasy Scouts to deliver their water and sanitation program, working with local charity organisations caring for poor and neglected children and contributing to environmental protection.
Madagascar is a unique and beautiful country.
The people are warm and welcoming with a genuine friendliness that is amazing to experience. The culture is an intricate balance, a mixture of many customs and beliefs that might seem strange to westerners with its origins in many cultures from around the world including South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The land is a fantastic montage of tropical rainforests, dry plains, craggy mountains and paradise beaches and over 80% of the flora and fauna is found nowhere else on earth, most famously the Lemurs of Madagascar.
The expedition will take place from 25th July until 15th August 2023, travelling to and arriving back on those dates. We will spend around 2 weeks working on the projects including the smaller projects, and then spend about a week exploring a little more of Madagascar, perhaps venturing to the rainforests in search of lemurs and other wildlife or visiting rural scouts.
|Day 1||Arrive and set up project camp|
|Day 2 -12||Project work and cultural exchange|
|Day 13 - 20||Exploration and adventure|
|Day 20 evening||End of Exped party|
|Day 21||Travel Home|
The cost of the expedition will be about £2,800 per person, plus fundraising for the project. As a group we will need to raise around £10,000 to fund the project work to be undertaken during the expedition. This cost includes all travel, accommodation and food for the duration of the expedition, travel insurance, UK preparation camps and some expedition kit and clothing. Other costs to consider which are not included in this budget are travel in the UK to the airport and to preparation camps/activities, vaccinations, Malaria prophylaxis and personal kit.
Fundraising is a key element of expedition preparation, and it is expected that each expedition member will fundraise to cover their own costs. Assistance on ideas and good fundraising events will be available from expedition leaders.
To be been able to join the expedition you must be a member of Scouting throughout all of the preparation time and the expedition and aged between 16 and 18 years old on the 1st August 2023.
The expedition is open to everyone who fulfils the requirements above and everyone is encouraged to apply. You do not need specific skills or experience. Scouting or international experience are not important. What is essential is a positive attitude, a desire for adventure and a love of challenges. This expedition is no holiday, it will be demanding and challenging. It will take you out of your comfort zone and put you in places that feel alien. You will need to cope with the unexpected in unfamiliar environments and enjoy the experience of living without the creature comforts that we all take for granted in the UK. This will be full on Madagascar; a huge challenge that offers amazing rewards to those who embrace it.
If you relish adventure and are up to the challenge of a demanding expedition, can cope with a bit of discomfort to really get under the skin of this amazing country, work and live with local people and keep smiling through it all then this expedition is for you! You need a can do attitude, the flexibility to adapt to different situations and a sense of humour that will see you through the difficult moments.
Participants will have to commit to the full expedition programme running from January 2022 to Autumn 2023 including all the preparation and training weekends and of course the expedition itself in summer 2023. They will also have to commit to fundraising to cover the cost of their participation in the expedition and their contribution to the group fundraising target to fund the project work.
The expedition is joint venture between the Malagasy and the English. We will be working, living and eating together, learning from each other and integrating together over the course of the expedition.
If you have any further questions about any aspect of the expedition, or would like to sign up, please get in touch.