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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Group is at the gate, starting to board!

Carin, Dragons Admin

The West Africa group is at their gate, starting to board the flight. The flight is on time! Safe travels to the students 🙂  Family & friends, please check back on the yak board tomorrow for a photo from the instructors once the group has......Read More

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Pre-Course Assignment 1: Issa Samb

Allyson, Participant

Issa Samb (1945 – 2017), sometimes known under the pseudonym Joe Ouakam, was a Senegalese author, painter, poet, and sculptor. The son of a dignitary, Samb was educated by his grandfather before studying law and philosophy at the University of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Departure Day Details & Reminders

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Dragons Students & Parents, Your journey is right around the corner and we can’t wait to meet you! Below is a reminder about your day-of travel details. Should you need to reach our staff during students’ travel days (both during AND......Read More

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Pre-Course Assignment #2

Frances, Participant

For this assignment, I spent a lot of time talking to my dad about his side of the family, but I am still unsure of where exactly I fit within my family’s migration story. The male side of my father’s family descends from the Irish McMullens.......Read More

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Participant

Kyle Edwin, Participant

Hey Everyone, my name is Kyle I’m 19 years old and I live in NYC. I’m pretty stoked to meet everyone on Septemeber 15th. I chose this trip to Senegal because I felt like this was a breathtaking experience worth trying, especially to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Baaba Maal – Pre Course Assignment #1

Lauren, Participant

In 1953, Baaba Maal was born in the river valley region of Senegal, in the Fouta town of Podor. He is a singer, guitarist, percussionist, activist, traveler, and much more to many people. As a young boy he loved music, dreamed of becoming a singer,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Some more questions about the program

Chris, Participant

Hi, I’ve got some more questions about the program: Will there be any places where I can plug in a battery charger? Can we contact our home stay family hosts electronically, especially to know what their tastes and preferences are (especially......Read More

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Hi!!

Shannon Stone, Participant

Hey guys, so I live about an hour south of Seattle, Washington. I’m a pretty boring person , I love laying in bed and watching netflix, but at the same time I love exploring new places and have an addiction to learning about new cultures. I......Read More

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Pre-Course Assingment: Delphine Diallo

Phoebe Norman, Participant

Delphine Diallo is a French-Senegalese photographer who travels the world, using her photography as a way to explore a way of life in a distant area or portray a single subject. Diallo was raised in Paris where she would later attend the Académie......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Pre-Course Assignment #1- Fatoumata Diawara

Frances McMillan, Participant

Fatoumata Diawara is an inventive singer who was born in the Ivory Coast. She began her career as a child actress, appearing in many feature films. She later took up guitar and started composing her own material because she was inspired by the......Read More

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Arrival Information – Please Print!

I-team, Instructor

Hello West Africa Fall 2018 Students! In one week, you will be touching down in Senegal and we want to make sure you know what to do upon arrival at the Blaise Diagne International Airport. Please print out these instructions and bring them with you......Read More

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Intro

Akiva Axelrad-Hausman, Participant

Hi all! I’m from Berkeley, California. I love traveling, hiking, making connections, getting out of my comfort zone, being in nature, and exploring new parts of the world and myself. The way I’ve engaged with new knowledge and with......Read More

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Participant

Lauren Thomson, Participant

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I’m from Westport, Connecticut, but I spend lots of time in Vermont so I love being outdoors especially to ski, hike, and play soccer. I decided to take a gap semester before starting college in February after......Read More