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The Importance of Greetings 

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

Greetings from Temanto Samba, our last homestay community of the program. Before we came to Temanto Samba we engaged in Pulaar language lessons during which we were taught basic greetings. We learned that for many questions, one can simply respond......Read More

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Quotes echoing our experience

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

1- Life must be lived moment by moment. Each moment carries a message, a lesson for us. – David K. Reynolds, Writer 2- Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes A difference. And we have a choice:......Read More

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An Evening Stroll

Adam Blachly, Participant

It was 5 P.M. and I had just exited a leather workshop, where I designed and helped make a small leather necklace that I was currently wearing. I walked from the workshop to the edge of a dusty road. I had two options: I could go to the left to lie......Read More

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Current Itinerary

Cara, Dragons Admin

Hello Family and Friends of the Africa Semester Students, After some conversations with students about the different itinerary options, our instructors have worked to slightly re-arrange the itinerary for the second half of the semester. The updated......Read More

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Tangana/Mofana

Sam Frankovsky, Participant

In this Yak there are two Yaks. The first is “Tangana,” which is the Wolof word for ‘hot’. The second is “Mofana”, which is the Malagasy word for ‘hot’. Senegal is the western-most country on this......Read More

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Recognizing Privilege

Natalie Cotter, Participant

Visiting a third world country, it’s obvious that we come from an extraordinarily different place than the people we meet. Recognizing this, we can either let our previous circumstances create an impenetrable barrier between others and us, or we......Read More

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Where There is peace

Sidonie Emerande, Instructor

One day, I was asked: “What are you looking forward to in the future?” And my response was that: “I am looking forward to peace as peace is my happiness. Many of us also have different ways of reaching our own version of peace in......Read More

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The Truth

Abigail Wrate, Participant

Finally arriving in Senegal was harder than any of us could have imagined. It wasn’t because of the long plane ride or the mean lady that demanded Micah’s sugar, or even the fact that more than a few of us did not get enough sleep. To me it......Read More

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Welcome to Senegal

Jennie Adler, Participant

In Senegal everyone wears shoes. There are roundabouts, people in uniform successfully directing traffic, roads absent of potholes and painted with reflective tape down the middle, and buildings that remain in a constant yellow glow from the warm......Read More

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Our Journey

Sidonie Emerande, Participant

Allow me to share some meaningful lines from the Song of Myself by Walt Whitman: “Not I, not any one else can travel the road for you, You must travel it yourself. It is not far, it is within reach, Perhaps you have been on it since you were......Read More

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my morondava family

Lara, Participant

These last few weeks have been some of the strangest but most amazing times. Today we say goodbye to our host families, and I think that it is a bittersweet moment for all of us. Our lives are so different from theirs but both are equally rewarding.......Read More

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What is Madagascar?

Angelique (Zhiyan) Lu 卢芝言, Participant

Hi guys. First things first: congratulations for choosing Madagascar!! You are now roaming in the magical island that changed my life. For details of the story, please ask Micah, I am sure he knows. Also, it is 1 A.M. in China now, and my brain is......Read More