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The Group Flight Has Landed at JFK

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

Delta Flight #217 landed early at 1:17pm EST and students are taxiing to the gate. They will soon make their way through customs and be on their way to their connecting travel home. We wish them the safest of travels and a happy reunion with loved......Read More

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Students “En Route”

Instructors, Participant

Students going back to the US are checked in and on their way home on flight Delta 217 departing Dakar at 10:05 Senegal time and arriving at JFK at 1:30 pm EST. We had a lovely gratitude ceremony last night, it was a powerful way to celebrate all......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Dear Ethan…

Ethan Kniss, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Ethan,      I’m sitting here at Sobo Bade, in Toubab Dialaw, getting ready to say my goodbye’s to these people and this place in less than 24 hours time. My time here has been incredible, and even though it’s been hard, I would do it......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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What lies beneath St Louis

Ethan Kniss, Participant

Saint Louis was incredibly beautiful, but with the beauty comes sorrow. Saint Louis is the old French capital of Senegal before their independence in 1960, and Leopold Senghor became the first president of Senegal. Because of this, crossing the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Camel Milk

Owen, Participant

To any reader that has never heard of camel milk as a beverage before, like I hadn’t, it does not taste like normal milk. The flavor is actually one I would akin to yogurt with a shocking tangy flavor that caught me completely off guard. The color......Read More

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man(grow)ve

Espoir, Instructor

Throughout this semester I’ve had the privilege to return to so many places that I remember from studenthood, or other places within my travels in Sénégal. It’s been a rollercoaster journey of learning on this other side of a dragons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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International Return Flight Information

Sarah O'Brien, Dragons Admin

Dear Families & Friends, It is hard to believe that almost three months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you are......Read More

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Thanksgiving Gratitude from Temento Samba

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

On this Thanksgiving day, I’d like to share my deepest gratitude to the community of Temento Samba, the students of the Fall 2021 Senegal Semester, and their wonderful instructors, all of whom welcomed me with open arms during my recent visit to Senegal. I spent 5 days with the group during the end of their homestay in Temento Samba. Right from the start, I was in learner’s mode as students taught me about the local Pular greetings, customs, food, and inner workings of village life. It was so fun to be in the role of student and to have Jackson,… Read More

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In This Moment

Anna, Participant

Yak of the Week

In this moment, looking at the stars, smelling the minty-ness of the bush, and itching from the mosquito bites covering my arms and legs, all I can feel is gratitude. I’m grateful for my pop-up bug tent that sets up in two seconds and keeps the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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A Mother’s Wisdom

Willow, Participant

I have many mothers I am one of the lucky ones At home, my mom and I dance to music in the kitchen Sometimes, she’ll stop and gawk at me, wondering how I move my body in such extravagant ways She tells me I have a gift Sometimes she’ll walk me......Read More

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Let Love In

Hayden, Participant

Yak of the Week

To the left and right, the tall bush was blanket in golden honey-coloured sun, for the orange ball of light in the sky was softly laying on all it touched; cicadas buzzed, crickets chirped, and the sound of children’s laughter and joy rang from......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

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What I do when I don’t have my phone

Willow, Participant

A brilliant Yak idea came to me a few days ago as I counted how many seconds it took my host mother to pull water from the bottom of the well to the top (21) and then again as I took it upon myself to analyze each of my 10 goats and give them names......Read More

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Village Life

Instructors, Instructor

Hello all- sorry we’ve been a bit silent lately. We’ve been loving village life here in Temento Samba, the mango trees provide us with a wonderful classroom and shade while the community continues to teach us, make us laugh and bring smiles to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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The Day it All Went Wrong

Ethan, Participant

October 22 is definitely a day that will stick with me forever. It was simultaneously one of the best and worst days of the semester. It was our last day in the city of Kedougou and things were already going wrong before breakfast. The day before,......Read More