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Photo by Sophie Singletary


Hi everyone! My name is Lu and I hail from the Shenandoah Valley of Western VA. I’ve lived in rural Virginia for the past decade, and I am incredibly excited to experience a different way of life in Senegal.

A few things that I’m most looking forward to over the next 9 months:

  • Learning Wolof
  • Senegalese music
  • Meeting our host families!
  • Living near the beach
  • Developing personal and community relationships
  • Finding a service placement
  • Seeing my own culture from a different perspective

My greatest fear related to the program:

  • Getting lost in Dakar

(Navigating maps has historically been my downfall.)

I have never been outside the United States, but I have traveled extensively within the country. I love being outdoors—the cover picture is the view from one of my favorite local hikes.

I can’t wait to meet you all in person! Shout-out to the GroupMe chat