PST: A typical Saturday in Mantasoa...

Typically, on Saturday mornings I have PST Language & Cultural training and todaywas no exception...however, today was my last day with my first Language, Cultural trainer “Master Stephano” (what I call him). It was an absolutely pleasure working with Stephano and he was the perfect person to inspire me to work hard on intergrading myself into the Malagasy culture. I am very grateful to for him because he put up with my sense of humor, was super patient and believed in me. I hope that I continue to make him and ALL my language teachers proud as I continue this rigorous journey of becoming a Peace Corps volunteer. FYI Saturdays are also my workout days BUT I was super tired because yesterday was site announcements which was both very exciting and emotionally draining for me...(I will post about site announcement at a later date)


Below I have posted a schedule of what a typical Saturday looks like for me during Peace Corps Pre Service Training in Mantasoa, Madagascar. Quite a change from the night owl social butterfly life. Mastoa (Enjoy)! 

Saturday’s Schedule: 

6:00am-7:00am: Woke Up, Brushed My Teeth & Warm Bucket Shower: 

7:00am-8:00am: Breakfast with Neny & Dada (Rice, Steak, Mofu, Banana & Matcha Latte)  + Helped Neny with dishes.

8:00am-12:00pm:Language lesson with Master Stepano (LCF) Today we covered telling time in Malagasy which included days of the week, months in a year, and schedule of events within 24 hours (day & night)

12:00pm-1:00pm:Lunch with Neny & Dada (Rice, White Beans, Salad, Avocado, Rampango (rice tea) and Tangerines for dessert) + Helped Neny with dishes. 

1:00pm-1:30pm: Had a 30 minute break to clean my room and reorganize myself. 

1:30pm-2:30pm: “Manasa Lamaba” (Washed my clothes by hand ofcourse LOL)

2:30pm-3:30pm:Had an hour break so I took time to continue reading “A long walk to freedom” by Nelson Mandela

3:30pm-4:30pm: Went with Neny to the market to buy meats and veggies for dinner...

4:30pm-6:30pm:Made dinner with Neny and prepped the food we will be having for breakfast tomorrow. 

6:30pm-7:00pm: Worked on PST Homework and “To Do” List...

7:00pm-8:00pm:Dinner with Neny & Dada: Steak Tips & Kale stir fry, brown rice, and cucumber, carrot & cilantro salad + helped Neny with dishes. 

8:00pm-9:00pm: A very hot bucket bath on a extremely cold night (I am dying here) and brushed my teeth and got ready for bed! 

9:00pm-11:00pm: Watched Kiss the Girls with Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd. 

11:00pm: Went to Bed :)!