Want to keep in touch? Care to send me packages?
My address is:
Michelle Pryce, PCV
Other ways to contact me:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: adventureadikt
- Facebook: facebook.com/MichellePryce
- my other blog: AdventureAdikt.com
*When sending packages, USPS flat rate boxes are the most reliable and cost-effective. Write a message on the outside of the box like “School Supplies” or “Educational Materials”. Also put the date on the box so I can get an idea of how long things take to get here.
I have to pay a tax on receiving the packages so try not to declare a large value. I have also heard that sometimes if you’re nice and friendly the Post Office will give a MILITARY DISCOUNT if you mention Peace Corps, making packages RIDICULOUSLY cheaper. But that’s not a guarantee.
Due to rats and other critters, if you are sending food, PLEASE seal everything very well, and wrap food items in tin foil or press and seal. I’d feel bad if you wasted money mailing rat food
*You can purchase Global Forever Stamps at the post office. They’re circular and to my knowledge they cost about $1.25, at least that’s what people have told me. I can only buy stamps and mail things from the capital area, so it might take a little longer for me to reply.*
A few things I would really appreciate (but of course, ANYTHING will be appreciated SO much!):
- Clif Bars –>peanut toffee buzz. They have these at Trader Joe’s for $1/each
- Rice Krispy Treats
- Solar ANYTHING- with no electricity, things like solar powered flashlights/radios are incredibly useful
- Solar power string lights
- Dry soup mix <— this is a potato soup mix, but even simple things like ramen noodle packets are OK
- hot chocolate mix–bonus if it is dark chocolate
- Quaker Instant Oatmeal–Apple Cinnamon and Maple and Brown Sugar are my favorites
- Quaker Instant Grits–the flavored kind is better
- Individual cups of peanut butter.
- Any other American snack
- There is too much sugar and too much salt here… Please for the love of my teeth and to prevent future diabetes, send me healthy/er options
- Gatorade Powder
- Insect Repellent
- Ziplock bags–>any sizes, I use them for storage
Want to help in some way with my community but don’t know how?
You’ve come to the right place! The easiest thing you can do is send me letters and photos in simple English to pass along to students and other members of my community. I would be happy to receive these letters at my mailing address (See above) and pass them along. Students are always looking to practice their English skills and getting to know people of other cultures is just as exciting to them as it is to you! Some things you might want to include in a letter:
- Name, age, photo
- Where you are from (include a map if possible!)
- Describe a food you like to eat (and how to make it if it’s simple enough!)
- Talk about your job, or chores you have to do every day.
- Are you in School? Why is/was school and education important in your life?
- If you are in school, what do you want to be when you “grow up”?
- Do you have children?
- Anything else you would like to talk about, and questions for them!
- Send lots of pictures of everyday life! Parks, roads, schools, grocery stores, etc.
I will help students and other community letters draft letters back and include photos if you would like! Writing to a pen pal has always been one of my favorite ways to get to know people around the world and understand cultures different from my own, so I am more than happy to bring pen palling to my community with your help!
Not looking for a pen pal? Looking to send a package of goodies to my friends and family here in Madagascar? Use the address above and I’ll be more than happy to pass along the gifts! Here are some things my community could really use:
- Solar ANYTHING– things like solar lights, solar radios, etc. are extremely useful in a village where electricity is non-existent. Also, some compounds have solar panels, and are able to charge small items with USB chargers.
- Toys and Sports– soccer balls, basketballs, baseballs, ball pumps, dolls, stuffed animals (they get dirty fast but kids love them), bubbles, jump ropes, toy cars, sidewalk chalk
- Home Goods– Vegetable peelers, multi-tools, cheap pocket knives, scissors, sewing supplies (like seam rippers and durable scissors; there are plenty of needles and thread), toothbrushes, toothpaste, photo frames (photos are really treasured as they are a rare thing. I’m trying to take a photo of everyone in my community and give them the photo)
- Fun Stuff– nail polish, vegetable and herb seeds (tomato, basil, okra, eggplant, hot peppers, cabbage; they love using American seeds because the quality of seeds here is suspect), temporary tattoos, gummy vitamins (the kids are obsessed with candy and if I give them a vitamin every day instead of hard candy, I’ll sleep much better), colorful headbands, sunglasses…