As a Dragons’ instructor, I am often asked and struggle to answer the question: What does your average day look like?
Our days are constantly changing.
On Saturday, for example, we spent the morning exploring the market and practicing our bargaining skills. That same afternoon, we gathered under a mango tree, discussing identity and intersectionality.
On Sunday, we had the day to spend with our homestay families – some students played soccer, others ventured to the artisanal market, and some stayed home and played with the kids in their family.
But then Monday, we kicked it in to high gear with a full day in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal.
But through it all, we have some routines that create daily structure and lets us know how and when we can touch base.
We just celebrated our first round of student team roles. Each student works with 1-2 others in a role team for 5-6 days.
The “Jarga”, meaning village chief in Pulaar, holds our schedule, liaises with the instructor team (i-team) and facilitates group discussions (like the discussion of activities to do in Dakar led by Ava and Taz).
The “Tawkat”, loosely translated to rain maker in Wolof, oversees our water needs, supports general health, and tracks a student budget. Matthew, Penelope and Ezeah did an amazing job keeping us all hydrated.
The “Griot”, meaning storyteller, shares our adventures on the yak board and also coordinates our transport. Stay tuned for a reflection on our time in Dene by Arli, Elizabeth and Lucie.
The “Mbumbaye” team, from the word Feast in Wolof, keeps us fed. Ivan, Jenna and Rodrigo made sure we stay well fed during our adventures.