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Thank you

Grace Anderson, Participant

Head down, I stared at my knees. They were crumpled in front of me, slightly more knobby than two weeks before, and suffocating in a pair of army green pants. Wind blew through the taxi window, whipping my pony tail and whisking away the sweat that......Read More

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airports and goodbyes

Micah LeMasters, Instructor

All of the Madagascar/Senegal students have safely arrived at the airport in Dakar and are on time to make their flights home. It was an incredibly journey that was so much more than we could have ever imagined (or planned) and it was hard to say......Read More

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Time to go home

Lisa Nieuwenhuys, Participant

I look back at the last three months as a very special period of time. I met amazing people and saw beautiful places. I gained fourteen new family members and made new friends. I learned a lot about community, the meaning and value of culture and......Read More

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TRANSFERENCE AND BEYOND

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

One morning in Toubab Dialao for Africa Fall Semester Transference in Senegal: Basically in the Guesthouse of Sibo Bade that is so special, I took a moment to enjoy the breeze which is so mental, Watching the flow of the waves reaching the beach......Read More

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Temanto Samba, X-Phase, and Beyond

Natalie Cotter, Participant

Temanto Samba In my eyes, Temanto Samba was the perfect homestay. A rural village an hour outside the nearest city, the local population lives in a tight knit community with important rituals and culture preserved for centuries. The village is......Read More

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Thank You Letter for my Mom

Avery Erickson, Participant

This one is for you, momma! *pig emoji *purple heart emoji By the end of the summer of 2017, your daughter, Avery Erickson, had two objectives. Make new friends, and Get as FAR AWAY from the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, as physically possible. After......Read More

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Return Flight Information & Travel Day...

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2017 Madagascar/Senegal Semester Families, It is hard to believe that 3 months have passed since your student embarked on this incredible adventure! It won’t be long until students will be boarding their planes back home. We are sure you......Read More

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Our solid community

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

In our most recent homestay village, there are so many reasons to make you forget about the time and the days. In Temanto Samba, I was told that donkeys help people to figure out the time as they usually bray every 30 minutes. That was true in......Read More

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a drum beat with a purpose

Micah LeMasters, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Temanto Samba, Senegal November, 2017 The first thing that you notice are the birds. There are just so many of them. They were everywhere and I had no idea what kinds they were. Outside of a few reasonably educated guesses at order and family, I was......Read More

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Update from X-Phase and Trek

Cara, Dragons Admin

Attached are a couple of photos shared with me by the instructors from the group’s time so-far in southeastern Senegal. The first photo was taken yesterday in Iwol (outside of Ibel) at the largest baobab tree in Senegal. The second photos is......Read More

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This Week’s Itinerary

Grace Anderson, Participant

This week we will be trekking in the Kedougou region, and therefore not posting on the Yak Board. What follows is our exciting plan for the coming days. Tomorrow, Wednesday, we will be traveling to the village of Banda Fassi and doing a day hike to......Read More

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Homestay Farewell Party

Cara, Dragons Admin

Attached are a some more lovely images shared by Africa instructor, Micah LeMasters, from the group’s time in the homestay village of Temanto Samba. These were taken at the farewell party as the group wrapped up their time in Temandto Samba. The......Read More

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Mornings

Lara Hoffer, Participant

The call to prayer wakes me up at 5 in the morning. Mariama, my eleven year old sister still breaths softly beside me, her head almost touching my shoulder, curled under her towel. I roll out from under the mosquito net, pick up my shoes and quietly......Read More