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Evenings in Djiakhanore

Beth Eanelli, Participant

Yesterday afternoon we all had an excursion out to the beach in town with our host families. The heat was intense and so the water refreshed us all. Willow even said “I am cold” after she got out of the water. I doubt she’ll say that again......Read More

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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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First Impressions of Homestays

Anna Hobelmann, Participant

Nanga def? That means “How are you?” and the response is “Mangi fi rekk!” or I’m doing well! Yesterday was our first day with our homestay families! Everyone was definitely feeling some mixed emotions, but we all agree......Read More

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Nafio from Diakhanore

Beth Eanelli, Instructor

Hello from the Senegal Instructor team! We just returned from an evening walkabout visiting our travelers in their new homestay families which they entered this afternoon. We added a bit of ceremony and surprise in presenting the family/student......Read More

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Orientation

Willow, Participant

Don’t worry, we’re alive and well, and actually like each other a whole lot so far (hopefully it stays that way:) ). We are ending orientation today and moving onto our homestays tomorrow. Although we have been doing a lot of inner......Read More

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Together in Dakar!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Hello Families and Friends of the Senegal Group! Students safely arrived in Dakar this morning and will soon be headed to their orientation site to get settled into their journey. One final student, Shreya, will be arriving later today on a......Read More

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SENEGAL BOUND

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

Students are en route to Dakar! Family & Friends, please look out for a yak post from instructors once the group has arrived in Dakar and gone through customs. Remember, no news until then is always good news!! Safe travels students! Best, The......Read More

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All Students Have Arrived at JFK!!!

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

All of our West Africa Semester students traveling from the United States have arrived at JFK!! They are getting ready to check in for their flight, which remains on time! Our next update will be when they take off!...Read More

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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Day of Travel Reminders

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

Dear West Africa Students & Parents, Your journey is today and we can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during students’ travel days (both during AND outside of......Read More

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intro !

Hayden Rodriguez, Participant

Hi! Im Hayden, I’m in a parking lot I come to often for reflection, in Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas. It’s 3:15am, and I’m just now getting that overwhelming realization of reality!    My parents and I live on the edge of Downtown Dallas. We......Read More

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Greetings from Senegal!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Hello everyone! Your instructors are now all together in Senegal for their final week of in-person preparations before you join them later next week. They’re excited to meet you soon! If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment......Read More

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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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intro

Ace Fernandez, Participant

Hey! My name is Ace and I’m from Brooklyn, New York. I graduated from high school in the spring and am taking a gap year to travel and think about the future. I enjoy watching anime, listening to music, being in nature, surfing, and hanging......Read More

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Introduction

Isa Quinn, Participant

Hello! My name is Isa, which is short for Isabella, and pronounced “eesa” – I’m on the right in the picture with my little brother. I’m from Tacoma, Washington but I’ve lived in a lot of different places, in fact......Read More

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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Pre Course Readings

Beth Eanelli, Participant

Salaamaleekum everyone, We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon and we are sending warmth as you prepare for your travel and journey. As you physically prepare, we would also like you to begin thinking about some of the core themes and......Read More