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Gratitude on Leaving Senegal

All of Us, Participant

We would like to thank a few people before leaving Senegal: Thank you Awa for being so fun and showing me your culture! I loved that you taught me some games. That day was so fun! Thank you to the community of Niodior, for having us and welcoming......Read More

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To all of the Dads

All of Us, Participant

Happy Father’s Day! Your kids wanted you to know:   Happy Father’s Day! Africa is great and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. See you soon. Love and miss you! Love, Herrin   Happy Father’s Day dad! I love you and miss you.......Read More

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Our Thoughts on Goree Island and the Musee des...

All of Us, Participant

“Today I learned that Africa is the root of almost everything. The beginning of life, civilization, and tools. I think that almost everyone was surprised that human life began completely in Africa…It saddened me that early African civilization......Read More

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Workshop with Sea Diallo

All of Us, Participant

Here are some pictures from our glass-painting workshop with world-renowned artist Sea Diallo at the Village des Arts!...Read More

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Goodbye to Niodior

Nicole Yarsawich, Faculty

Hi Everyone, Yesterday was a looong travel day, but we wanted to share some of our pictures with you! There was a traditional lamb wrestling match (no, not with actual lambs–that’s just the name in Wolof) and a goodbye party to celebrate......Read More

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Hi family and friends!

Brooke, Jordan, and Luke, Participant

Today was our third full day of homestays. We started off the day with a simple breakfast of bread, chocopain, and coffee and then walked to the program house to meet with the instructors. First, we participated in a activity surrounding our......Read More

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Another Day in Niodor

Sam, Luke, and Henry, Participant

Today we enjoyed breakfast that consisted of bread, local coffee, and bread spreads. We then headed to the meeting house to do our daily check in and go over our itinerary in detail.   After, we headed to the Women’s Cooperative building to......Read More

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Another Great Day in Ndodior!

Sam, Luke, and Henry, Participant

This morning we started off by having a wonderful breakfast with our new homestay families, and we got to know them a little better. We then learned how to do our laundry the old-fashioned way, with our host brothers and sisters. It was great to......Read More

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Asalaa Maley-kum (peace be with you) from Ndodior!

Zaynah, Clarisa and Mollye, Participant

Today we started off with a bit of travel sickness, but we happily packed up from Diakhanor and headed to an island Ndodior. Along the way we traveled to a restaurant and enjoyed a classic Senegalese meal with a nice breeze followed with a group......Read More

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Asalaa maley-kum (peace be with you)!

Lilly, Brooke, and Zaynah, Participant

For our last Yak post of this rotation, we are ending on a good note. Amongst everyone, today seemed to be the best day by far. As we left our hostel, we were sad to leave the local children of Joal, but excited for our journey ahead. After a short......Read More

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Hello Again!

Lilly, Zaynah, and Brooke, Participant

Today was another fun yet tiring day here in Senegal. After breakfast, we had yet another successful Wolof language class with Samba Soa. So far, we have learned greeting and table manners. We are super grateful to have the opportunity to learn the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

HIES Senegal

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Hi family and friends!

Lilly, Zaynah, and Brooke, Participant

We have officially settled in at our lodge after a long 2 days of traveling! After exiting the airport, we were greeted by Babacar, Angelica, and the beautiful scenery. They were kind enough to bring us Senegalese peanuts and bagged water to welcome......Read More

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Students Arrived in Senegal!

Angelica, Instructor

Dear families and friends at home — HIES students and teachers have arrived in Senegal! We are now on our way to Joal-Fadiout, where a delicious lunch of traditional ceebu jen, or rice with fish, awaits us, and where we will jump into our......Read More

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Sometimes a person has to go a very long distance...

Nicole Yarsawich, Participant

Hi Everybody!   I’m Nicole Yarsawich, one of the English teachers at Holy Innocents. I’m so excited to be traveling with this group and getting to know all of you better. I’m an Atlanta native and an HI Alum. Traveling and adventure have......Read More

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Welcome from Angelica and Babacar + Narrative...

Angelica and Babacar, Instructor

Assalaam Aleykum from Dakar! Babacar and I are so excited for you all to join us here in Senegal in just a few short days! Below you will find an updated narrative itinerary, describing the journey that we will take together over the course of the......Read More