Friends of Mandritsara – Volunteers

g. Living in Mandritsara – Workers

Where you will be living

Most members live in accommodation on the hospital site; either in a house or in the Oasis guesthouse.  However, hospital accommodation is limited and subject to availability and you should therefore come prepared to share accommodation, or to live off the hospital site.

Oasis Guesthouse

Costs 15,000Ar per adult per night (including bills). Bedding and towels are provided.  You will have your own bedroom with shared bathroom, living area and kitchen.  You are responsible for preparing your own meals.  Some guests like to arrange to cook and eat together, taking turns to prepare and clear up. On weekdays your morning and midday dishes will be washed up by a domestic worker, but you are responsible for your own washing up in the evenings and at weekends. The domestic workers are also available to wash clothes and do market shopping for you.

Hospital housing

Costs 350,000Ar per adult per month.  You will need to bring your own bedding and towels.  We will let you know if you need to bring anything specific for the house you will be staying in. There will be a domestic worker available to help with cleaning, washing clothes and shopping.  In addition to this standard housing charge (which includes a contribution towards security and maintenance), you will also incur costs for electricity, water, gas and house helper’s wages.

Meals

You will be responsible for preparing your own meals – usually from scratch, and there is a well-equipped kitchen in Oasis for use by guests. Some visitors like to arrange to cook and eat together, taking turns to prepare and clear up.  On weekdays your morning and midday dishes will be washed up by a domestic worker, but you are responsible for your own washing up in the evenings and at weekends.

If you are living in a house then you are responsible for all your own meals and washing up.

You will need to buy food from the market in Mandritsara, or you can ask a domestic worker to go for you once or twice a week. You will not find convenience food or ready-meals in the shops there but there are small shops in town which bring goods up from Tana. Their stock is expanding all the time.  Fresh ingredients and meat is bought in the market.  There are lovely fruit and vegetables here, but they are seasonal.  You can also bring food items up from the supermarkets in Tana.

Once a week (currently every Tuesday), there is a meal provided in Oasis, the guesthouse, which we encourage you to come to if you can. The meal (currently costing 5,000Ar per adult) is prepared by the Oasis workers for lodgers and other missionaries.  You can bake your own bread or buy bread (2,000Ar) made by Oasis workers. You can also buy baguettes in town.

Please be sure to only drink water that has been filtered, and use only filtered water when making coffee or tea as well!

Visitors & overnights

If you would like to have visitors during your stay in Mandritsara, please speak to the AM-FM Team Leader before making any arrangements. Also, if you plan to stay the night elsewhere (e.g. an overnight trip to a village), you must let the AM-FM Team Leader know.

Security

There are security guards on duty around the hospital both day and night.  You should blow a whistle should you need to alert the attention of a guard at any time of the day or night.  If you need to speak to the security team, please call ext. 176.

Bikes

Usually there are bikes available for your use if you want to cycle into town or go for a bike ride.

Speeches

Speeches, or Kabary are very much part of life in Madagascar.  When you arrive in Mandritsara you will be expected to introduce yourself with a short speech at the weekly hospital meeting (Thursday afternoons) and when you go to church.

Financial considerations  —  Arrival and staying in Tana

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