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A Poem for Transference

Cole Vandenberg, Participant

Before I came to Senegal, The moon hung barren in the sky And I knew the man there to be but craters. I could pick out Orion above the maple tree, But I knew him to be but stars.   As I traveled, I learned to unlearn, To disassemble my brain......Read More

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Bridge Year Senegal Safely Departed

Babacar Mbaye, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family, The Bridge Year Senegal program has successfully come to a close. For those students taking the international flight back to the US, everyone has boarded the plane and they are scheduled to arrive in JFK on Saturday morning.......Read More

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Back in Dakar

John Bullock, Participant

Bridge Year Senegal is now back home in Yoff, Dakar. Our student-led Spring Excursion visited The Gambia along with the islands of Niodor and Bamboung. We had an amazing time staying at Sereer home stays in Niodor, kayaking through mangroves in......Read More

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Spring Excursion Itinerary

Bridge Year Senegal, Participant

Hi everyone, Bridge Year Senegal is excited to announce our itinerary for our Spring Excursion. We will be out of Dakar from the 27th of March to the 5th of April with unreliable wifi access. Prepare to hear all about our adventures when we return......Read More

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No Rush

Paige Silverstein, Participant

The cool, dry, breeze of Dakar mid-February shoots goose bumps up my arm as I walk to the bus stop. Talking to myself to occupy the daily seven-minute commute past the woman who sells beignets, expertly dodging motor bikes and Klandos as I cross the......Read More

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Frosting Fight

Kate Macakanja, Participant

A few weeks ago, Babacar’s vacation ended and our instructor Samba Sow left the group to return to his family in Thiès.  We threw a small party at Babacar’s house to mark the occasion; since it was a party, we obviously needed a cake. After a......Read More

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Tssst, toubaab kaay!

Kate Macakanja, Participant

Much has been written about the culture, omnipresent in Senegal, of asking women you have just met if they have a husband, or if they would like one.  Paige recently wrote a lovely post about the many unexpected benefits this can bring, and about......Read More

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Taki Taki

Paige Silverstein, Participant

I don’t think that anyone enjoys standing out. At least I certainly don’t. I would even argue that most people do everything that they can in order to fit in. Here in Dakar, that does not mean much. I constantly stand out. At first, I had this......Read More

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To My Senegalese Husbands (take 2)

Paige Silverstein, Participant

I remember looking at last year’s Yak board right when I got my official Bridge Year acceptance box in the mail. I probably spent over an hour looking at photos, reading about peoples’ experiences, looking at the itinerary for winter excursion.......Read More

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Best Birthday Ever

Emmanuelle Adamson, Participant

December 28th marked the end of my 18th trip around the sun. The day started out with exploration of the Kedogou gold mines, talking with people who migrated into the Kedogou region in search of gold and the different towns that have sprung up out......Read More

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Happy New Year from BYP Senegal!

Angelica Calabrese, Instructor

Happy New Year from the Dindefelo Plateau! We’ve spent the past week hiking through Bedick and Pulaar villages in the Kedougou region, and are concluding our time here – and celebrating the first days of 2019 – on the plateau just......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

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Winter Excursion Itinerary

Emmanuelle, Participant

Hello all! We are very excited to share with you our itinerary for our winter excursion. We will not have reliable access to WiFi, but prepare to hear lots about our adventures once we are back in Dakar! Dec 26th-28th: We depart from Dakar for a......Read More

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“Yak” Post

John Bullock, Participant

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to celebrate Gamou – the birth of the prophet Mohammad- in the small spiritual community of Dene. The festivities involved many passionate late night praying, dancing, and chanting sessions. We also had......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

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100 Things We’re Grateful For

Sophie Singletary, Participant

Yak of the Week

In celebration of our 100th day in Senegal, we gathered to reflect on the wonderful time we’ve had here thus far, each day being its own unique gift. And in that vein, what better way to reminisce on our time here than to come up with 100......Read More

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It’s so rafeet na!

Kate Macakanja, Participant

Yak of the Week

Upon our arrival in Yoff-Layenne, our home for the next eight months, our group is tasked with completing a scavenger hunt in our new neighborhood.  We descend solo into the winding alleys to search and explore, equipped only with paper maps and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

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Nit, nitay garabam

Paige Silverstein, Participant

Yak of the Week

“Most meals taken in Senegal are eaten with either your right hand or a single spoon… when in doubt, just watch others at the table (or floor) and, again, simply follow their lead and example.” – Where There Be Dragons Participant Manual As......Read More