Camp Fihavanana is a new approach to youth leadership education and development in Madagascar


Camp Fihavanana aims to empower and develop the youth of Madagascar through interactive, immersive and hands-on activities. Our unique and personalized program equips students with the essential skills to become leaders, aspire to greatness, and challenge the status quo.

What we Do

Camp Fihavanana is a two-week summer day camp that fills the learning gaps of Malagasy schools, where hands-on, interactive learning opportunities are lacking. Specifically, we use the areas of lacrosse, creative arts and group-based discussions to drive home our missions of leadership and teamwork. Fun activities are followed by facilitated discussions to apply the lessons learned to real-life examples and situations. Students connect their accomplishments and undertakings to past, present and future community endeavors.

At Camp Fi, students are equipped with the tools to succeed. They learn confidence, demonstrate collaboration, and generate a passion to continue learning. In supplementing the Malagasy Education System, Camp Fihavanana accomplishes three, different goals: we teach effective and memorable leadership and communication skills through interaction, we empower youth to undertake challenges and succeed in their endeavors, and we provide a transformational experience for both facilitators and students by creating a multi-cultural community.

Just as it is a learning opportunity for the students we serve, Camp Fihavanana provides an international learning opportunity for our staff. Volunteers in Madagascar work in tandem with international volunteers, creating an international community through which we teach and practice lessons of leadership.

Our personalized curriculum is based on 5 Pillars: Communication, Individual Leadership, Group Leadership, Problem Solving, and Social Justice. Camp activities range from small-group activities and games, to lacrosse matches and drills, to presentations and discussions. Through these activities, kids develop as personal leaders, connect with one another past a surface level, and are better equipped to make good decisions and create change to improve their communities.

Why Lacrosse?

Rather than using more commonly-played sports to implement our curriculum, we plan and teach lacrosse because it is completely new to the students we work with in Madagascar. Lacrosse is not common in Madagascar, and this new game creates an equal playing opportunity for the campers, eliminating prior competitive feelings that other sports would potentially carry. A new game with new rules encourages learning and implements our lessons through a different and exciting avenue.

We, the Moramanga community and myself, are thrilled to support Camp Fihavanana and want to make it happen.
— Ezekela Rasolofonjatovo, Mayor of Moramanaga, Madagascar