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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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A little fish

Fran, Participant

A little fish in a massive ocean. That’s what it felt like at first. Trying to come up for air between uncomfortable silences, constant introductions, and the back and forth of Wolof. But now the waves have settled and the fish is able to navigate......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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[unnamed poem]

Chris, Participant

Bouncing off the walls Laughter in the halls He trips and then he falls Stands up and then he bawls. Tears streaming down his face Are met with a playful chase And after humorous disgrace His laughter echoes through the place. Quick to forget his......Read More

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Update from the Instructor Team

Instructor Team, Instructor

The students are a little more than one week into their homestays and are growing tighter and tighter bonds with their host families. The instructor team has been blown away by the students’ cultural curiosity and language skills, which will......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Rain

Allyson, Participant

By yesterday evening, I thought I’d adjusted pretty well to the rhythm of the weather around Thies. I’d wake up to the morning calls of the tisserands, quick and urgent, my skin already slightly tacky with sweat. The sun only grew stronger......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Initial Impressions

Kyle, Participant

Within the few coming days, I was afraid to be introduced to a new culture, especially as an African American being placed around a culture that is completely different from mine. Now that we have done a phenominal 4 days of orientation,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Inexplicable Tranquility

Chris, Participant

I found great fulfillment in a boat tour at the Zebrabar, even though it (admittedly) was geared more towards leisure that education or service. Riding on the water, I shifted my focus into the moment, away from the worries I usually indulge in.......Read More

Nepal: Himalayan Studies - Group C, West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Issue with the Yak subscription is now resolved

Miriam, Dragons Admin

Hello from the Dragons Admin office in Boulder, Colorado! It has recently come to our attention that the Yak subscription feature for this program has been malfunctioning. We apologize for this! Fortunately, we believe the issue is now resolved. If......Read More

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View from Mouit

Phoebe, Participant

A bunch of the girls went out walking down and around the little sandbar/lake in front of our hotel. We walked across one bridge, which bordered the sandbar and then trhough the woods to another bridge back to our side. The second bridge looked out......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

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10:38pm

Akiva, Participant

My smile is a sharpie smile on a dry erase face. I am happy. The kids yell Toubab loudly with huge smiles on their faces. I trace the outlines of dancing children’s wiggling bodies, as our hearts share the thumps of the pounding music surrounding......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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My first “glimmer”

Fran, Participant

Babacar and Mariam’s home became a safe and lighthearted place of comfort during the week of orientation. When I was feeling upset or discouraged by the difficulty of communicating with others in Wolof or French, their home was always filled with......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Exploring

Lauren, Participant

We’ve been told to explore. Talk to some people, look for symbols of religion and business, and eventually make our way to dinner with our hosts. We stumble, shy at first, simply saying Salaam Alekum to everyone we see. Then people start to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Dear Diary,

Shannon, Participant

Today is September 22nd in Thies, Senegal. We just went to the market on a scavenger hunt type of thing. We accidentally bargained for kola nuts which is a no no but we got the price down so I mean that’s good…. I guess. It was honestly super......Read More

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Orientation Update

Instructor Team, Instructor

We have wrapped up orientation and things are off to a great start! The group took the initiative to work together to create a mission statement today and had a ton of fun sharing the surf in Mouit afterwards. We look forward to introducing students......Read More

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On our way to Mouit!

i-team, Participant

Friends on the road: combating jetlag with giggles! After our first Senegalese meals of maffe (peanut sauce and rice) and yassa ginaar (chicken and onion sauce) and a full night rest, we are moving from Thies to Mouit, just outside Saint Louis.......Read More