How to Contact Michael

I would love to hear from you as often as possible about what YOU are doing, fun things going on back home, and current events. E-mails and writing old-fashioned letters are fantastic ways to keep in touch during my service in Madagascar!

If you’d like to get more information about how to contact me through e-mail, Facebook, postal mail, or other ways, use the form below to send me a message.

Tips for Sending Mail and Packages

  1. A letter can take 2-3 weeks to arrive and a package can take anywhere from 3-8 weeks to arrive from the U.S. Mail is usually slower around the holidays.
  2. Please write “Airmail” and “Par Avion” on the outside of all letters and packages that you send.
  3. Be mindful of what you include on the customs forms. I have to pay fees to collect packages and oftentimes that is based on the value declared on the customs form. Try not to declare a value more than $15.
  4. For smaller packages, try to use a padded envelope. It will be treated as a letter and therefore arrive to me more quickly. I also won’t have to pay any taxes to collect an envelope, which is much appreciated.
  5. For larger packages, it is recommended to use the USPS flat-rate boxes. You’d be amazed how much stuff you can squeeze in there!
  6. Don’t be shy about decorating packages with stickers and tape around the edges and openings. This will help to prevent and identify tampering. It’s also a good idea to include a list of what you mailed to me inside the package, that way I can check it and make sure everything that you sent actually made it through the mail. According to some other Volunteers, putting things like crucifixes and religious phrases on the outside of packages might make the postal workers think twice before messing with any packages.

Keeping up correspondence with you will make me extremely happy!

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