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Hello from Mbacke Kadior

Paige Silverstein, Participant

I am currently sitting barefoot under the shade of a baobab tree watching the sun setting behind the clouds cast an orange haze on the surrounding fields. This is Mbacke Kadior. After spending our first ten days in the sandy coastal villages of Dene......Read More

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Asalaa maalekum! Greetings from Senegal!

Sophie Singletary, Participant

Spending our first two weeks in the coastal villages of Dene and Mouit, we have been introduced to various wonderful aspects of Senegalese culture. Welcomed with open arms by the locals, I have quickly learned that the people are what have made our......Read More

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Dene

Cole Vandenberg, Participant

My first week in Senegal has been the most magical and surreal week of my life. Our first stop was the rural village of Dene, where we stayed for three days. Dene’s hospitality was humbling. My best friend there was Rassoud, a young boy qui a......Read More

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Updated September Travel Itinerary

BYP Senegal I-Team, Participant

Dear family and friends at home, Assalaam Aleykum from Saint Louis! We are just over midway through our stay in Mouit, and we have a brief itinerary update for those of you following from home. We’ve flipped our travels to Ndioukhane and......Read More

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Shoutout to the Children of Dene

Kate Macakanja, Participant

Our very first stop upon arriving in Senegal, after leaving the bustling airport around 10PM, was to the small Sufi community of Dene. We drove through the dark and carried our over-stuffed bags across the sand, until we found a cluster of lights......Read More

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Cat Calling in Senegal

John Bullock, Participant

Adjusting to Senegalese culture and society has been an exciting (albeit sometimes scary) endeavor. Just yesterday, we had our first real homestay experience where we had a “day stay”. We said goodbye to our fellow bridge year friends and spent......Read More

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BYP Senegal, Live from Mouit!

BY Senegal I-Team, Participant

Bridge Year Senegal, coming at you live from Mouit, where we are in the midst of Wolof class! Students are currently discussing the Wolof verbs that they’ve been practicing over the past few days – to play with, to dance, to eat, to learn,......Read More

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Arrived in Senegal!

Angelica Calabrese, Participant

Asalaam aleykum, dear family and friends at home!   The BY Senegal group has safely arrived in Dakar, and we are on our way to Dene, where Babacar’s father’s daara will host us for the next few days. There’s not great service at the......Read More

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Follow Us On The Yak Board! (A Note on...

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family of Bridge Year Participants, As this year’s Bridge Year Cohort sets foot in foreign lands and begins their journey for the next nine months, we wanted to update all the parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles,......Read More

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Political Satire and Griot

Emmanuelle, Participant

Something that interested me was the telling of stories to remember important cultural and historical events. A Griot is a “is a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician. The griot is a repository of oral......Read More

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Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2018-19

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Sabar Dancing

Paige Silverstein, Participant

As  someone who grew up spending up to 15 hours a week in the dance studio, I wanted to do a little research on Senegalese dance. Sabar is a type of drum originating in Senegal, but Sabar can also refer to the traditional dance performed to the......Read More

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Senegalese Wrestling

Cole Vandenberg, Participant

In my research, I was surprised to learn that wrestling is the most popular sport in Senegal. Laamb, or la lutte, is a long-standing tradition in Senegalese culture, and it holds unique ties to mysticism and religion. Today, it offers a chance at......Read More

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Senegalese Fishing

John Bullock, Participant

So for my pre-departure research, I decided to focus on fishing in Senegal as it makes up a sizable portion of both the economy as well as the identity of many who are involved in the trade. From what I gained, fishing in the country seems to be......Read More

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Mumford and Sons with Baaba Maal

Kate Macakanja, Participant

Hi guys! This is a link to a song performed by Mumford and Sons with Senegalese artist Baaba Maal.  Mumford and Sons is one of my favorite bands, and it is so cool to see them perform with a singer from Senegal.  This is my favorite song from the......Read More

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Hello There!

John Bullock, Participant

Hello World! My name is John Bullock and I am from Frankfort, Kentucky. It’s a small, fairly rural town and I think I am fortunate to have had an authentic “high school experience” as a result. In high school, I stayed active......Read More