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Valerie McNamara

Buffalo, NY

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Madagascar

“Perhaps imagination is not where we go to escape reality, but we where we go to remember it.” -Glennon Doyle

The Backstory

The story of life

Slideshow

Images of the memorable moments

Creatures

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A zebu eating grass from my yard after a storm blew one of my papaya trees down.

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This guy hung around for a while during rainy season.

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B a n a n a s

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These guys just exude patience

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Lots of these friends around

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Voice Record

Voices and Audio

Goodbye!!!
Thank you very much
My name’s Valerie... and you?
Greeting in Antakaragna, the dialect of Malagasy I learned

Stories

The memorable moments

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

Pre-Departure and Post-Training Thoughts

Educated

Educated

Learning to Teach

First Day Jitters

First Day Jitters

Thoughts From My Last First Day of School

Love of the Game

Love of the Game

An Up and Down Relationship with Soccer

To Kill a Chicken

To Kill a Chicken

Stories of Personal Evolution

A Dance With Drakos

A Dance With Drakos

An Integration Story

Of Mice and Women

Of Mice and Women

A Story of a Long Friendship

The Reptile Room

The Reptile Room

Another Long Friendship

The Last Battle

The Last Battle

Harry’s End

Where the Wild Kids Are

Where the Wild Kids Are

Bring Your Machete to School Day

Playlist

Every life composes a song or two

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