November 6-18, 2017
Creation Care and Reconciliation in Madagascar
Introduction to the Seminar
Three times the size of Great Britain, Madagascar is a unique jewel of creation. More than 80% of its flora and fauna is found nowhere else on earth. Despite the richness of the island’s biodiversity and other natural resources, Madagascar remains one of the world’s poorest nations with 92% of its population living on less than $2/day. Political instability has also impeded development and contributed to social tensions.
The PC(USA)’s partner, the five million-member Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (known by its Malagasy acronym, FJKM), has multifaceted and holistic ministries that seek to respond to the challenges of poverty, human exploitation, social and political conflict, and environmental degradation as an integral part of what it means to follow Christ.
The seminar will expose participants to the FJKM’s various ministries of reconciliation and peace-building, as well as its efforts to promote sustainable human development whilst protecting the integrity of creation. There will also be opportunities to meet with other non-governmental organizations concerned with social justice and environmental protection.
Participants will spend time in and around Antananarivo, Madagascar’s beautiful capital, with excursions to Moramanga and Andasibe, three hours drive east of Antananarivo, and the regional centre of Antsirabe, four hours south. These trips will provide opportunities to visit rural communities, a mining company, and to see lemurs and other indigenous wildlife in a national park.
This 13-day trip includes two travel days and 11 days in country. There will be 7 overnights in Antananarivo, 2 nights in Andasibe and 1 night in Antsirabe. Participants will be away for one Sunday unless they choose to extend their stay on their own. Accommodations are double-occupancy and modest.
Provisional Itinerary – November 2017 (Word)
The seminar cost is $1,295. The cost is per person, double occupancy. This includes all seminar expenses (including all meals, accommodations, programs, tips, tours, and in-country transportation). International airline travel from the U.S. is not included. There are a variety of flight itineraries, carriers and rates available. Current flight estimates range from $1,300-2,300 round trip, depending on departure airport, the number of connections and the length of layovers.
Applications will be available and may be submitted for this Travel Study Seminar through August 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified by August 15. A deposit of $500 is required by September 1, 2017 to reserve your spot in the seminar. Apply below to be linked to an online application form.