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Senegal: Music & Mysticism

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“Where everyone knows their neighbors and...

Jenny & Samba, Instructor

This morning we sat under a baobab tree and reviewed some basic sayings in Wolof.  After a few days on the peaceful island of Niodior, where everyone knows their neighbors and there are no cars, we are starting to settle into a slower and simpler......Read More

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Off the grid until Saturday

Jenny & Samba, Instructor

Hello friends and family of the Senegal participants! We wanted to make sure you were aware of the group being off the grid until they head to Dakar on Saturday. In the small fishing town of Niodior where they are for the next couple of days, life......Read More

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Update from the field

Jenny & Samba, Instructor

This morning the group met and debriefed their first night with their homestay families and discussed traditional family roles in Senegal. After lunch with their homestay families, they visited a Serer marabout who helps solve people’s......Read More

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Update from Niodior; a beautiful mangrove-filled...

Co-Director of Adult Programs, Instructor

Hello friends & family of Senegal: Music & Mysticism participants! The instructors in the field, Jenny & Samba, have passed along the message that Allegra, Nalini, and Erlene have expressed that they are all really grateful to be having......Read More

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Photos from the field

Co-Director of Adult Programs, Participant

It has been a joy to see the faces of our participants with people we love and hold dear in Senegal. Allegra is pictured here with Oulaye, the wife of my Senegalese brother, Mbouille. Mbouille and I led the first Dragons program in Senegal way back......Read More

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Senegal: Music & Mysticism

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Salaamalekum from our host families in Thies

Allegra, Participant

It is hard to imagine that we are now on day three of our journey in Senegal.  Yesterday for dinner, we met our host families from Thies and spent the evening sharing our stories, learning each other’s names and trying new foods.  Many of us......Read More

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Take Photos!

Megan Fettig, Instructor

Dear Travelers ~ Allegra, Erlene & Nalini ~ We’ve been enjoying your thoughtful Yak Yak reflections as well as your important logistical questions. Each time we hear from you, the excitement builds for your upcoming journey. The other......Read More

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Senegal: Music & Mysticism

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Bug hut

Nalini, Participant

Hello! I have an older model of this bug hut- it’s essentially the same but grey in color. I have to admit, I’m having a difficult time setting it up! (usually I’m pretty deft at this sort of thing)  I might have to seek help when I get......Read More

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Senegal: Music & Mysticism

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Trip questions

Lynn/Nalini, Participant

Hello! Looking for comments/suggestions on the yellow fever vaccine. I’m scheduled to get it on Monday (although you’re supposed to get it one month in advance of a trip) its sort of recommended by CDC but then most travel sites say its not......Read More

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Participant

Erlene, Participant

My fellow travellers  and Yak Board readers I am packing my bags and realized the only space I have for my clothes is my carry on. My young adult packed 2 bags for his friends and family he met last Fall. I am happy he wanted to give back in a tiny......Read More

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Arrival Information and Participant FAQs

Jenny, Dragons Admin

Hi there, We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Senegal in just a few days! We’re sure you’re busy wrapping up your work, preparing for the program, and packing! We would like to share a few points based on common questions received......Read More

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Senegalese Current Events and Politics

Samba & Jenny, Instructor

You may wish to check out some of the latest current events in Senegal as you pack your bags for West Africa. One of the country’s top news sites is: seneweb.com. We’ve also linked to some recent articles in English below in the......Read More

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Theme: Music and Mysticism

Jenny, Dragons Admin

It has been great to see your introductions and responses to the posts on the Yak board. We look forward to taking these conversations further during the course. As you are preparing to travel in the coming days, we would like to post a few thoughts......Read More

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Self Standing Mosquito Nets

Megan Fettig, Instructor

Hello Senegal: Music & Mysticism participants! We are eagerly awaiting the start of your program. As you pack your bags we wanted to send a note regarding self standing mosquito nets. A lot of participants really enjoy having these in Senegal as......Read More

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Les Cadeaux (Gifts!)

Jenny, Dragons Admin

Hi Everybody! Many of you have asked questions about bringing gifts for homestay families, what gifts are appropriate, and how many might be needed. We’ve “present“-ed some more details below— please feel free to email us with......Read More