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West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Pre-Course Assignment #1 – Orchestra Baobab

Chris, Participant

Orchestra Baobab formed in Dakar, Senegal in 1970. They were the sole entertaining band for the Baobab club, then the nicest in Senegal. The band took its name from the club, which took its name from its bar made out of Baobab tree trunk. They were......Read More

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Intro

Chris, Participant

Hello! I discovered Where There Be Dragons through gap year advisor Marion Taylor, and its reputability stuck out. The musical ISP option (which was rare in other programs) attracted me, and West African drumming especially appeals to me. It’s......Read More

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

I-Team, Participant

Dear Dragons Senegal Students, We have received a few questions about the exact guidelines for e-readers while on course, options to contact instructors leading up to the course start, and also regarding what constitutes appropriate swimwear. Below......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

West Africa: Rhythms of Senegal

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Pre-Course Webinar Recording

Carin, Dragons Admin

Dear Students & Families,   As you prepare for the upcoming departure, don’t forget about your pre-course webinar recording! While many of you joined us for the live discussion and Q&A, we also recorded the conversation and......Read More

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hello!

Charlie Compton, Participant

hey! My name is Charlie and I’m from Portland Maine. I’m going to Senegal as part of my gap year before I go to college, and hopefully I will do a bit more traveling. I want to attend bartending school in London, take a trip to Japan,......Read More

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hi

Allyson Tayao, Participant

Hey ! My name is Allyson and I’m an 18 y/o living outside of San Francisco. I’m super excited to meet everyone soon, and to travel together for the next three months. I graduated high school in June and deferred college for a year to......Read More

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Hi!

Phoebe Norman, Participant

Hi, I’m Phoebe. I’m from Longmont, Colorado, and love to snowboard, hike, and adventure outdoors. I chose to do this program because I’ve always been interested in learning more about Africa and it’s unique cultures. This......Read More

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Student Introduction

Frances McMillan, Participant

Hi everybody! I can’t wait to experience all that West Africa has to offer alongside all of you. I stumbled upon Dragons at a gap year fair at my high school. A student mentor told me all about her time in Nepal, trekking through mountains and......Read More

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Your Voice, Your Vote!

Aaron, Dragons Admin

Dear Fall 2018 Student, If you’re a US citizen, many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s midterm election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In some areas of the world in which we work,......Read More

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Tentative Itinerary: West Africa

I-team, Instructor

Hello fellow adventurers and travelers, wanderers and wonderers, August is coming to an end, the stores are full of back-to-school supplies, and soon we’ll be on our own adventure! The instructor team has been gathering virtually (as we’re all......Read More

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Our Technology Policy

Cam Skinner, Instructor

Assalamu Alaikum Dragons students, Let’s talk about electronics. This brief note is to remind you that you won’t need any electronics on this course. If you would like to bring something, please follow these guidelines: WHAT? Not......Read More

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A few notes on packing

West Africa I-team, Instructor

Hello West Africa Semester Students! We are so excited to meet you and begin this journey together. Here is a short Yak that provides some general guidance as you begin to think more closely about what exactly to pack and how to prepare. First off,......Read More

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Bismillah and Welcome to our Course

Elke Schmidt, Instructor

Salaam Alekum, samay xarit yi, Peace be unto you, my friends, I am so excited to be traveling back to a place that I love and somewhere that I called home for 5 years. Senegal is somewhere that grabbed me as soon as I stepped off the plane. The......Read More

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On Jaaraama from Samba

Samba Sow, Instructor

On Jaaraama! (Both “thank you” and “hello” in my native language of Pulaar) I am Samba Sow, one of your course instructors for this coming summer in Senegal. I am Senegalese and I was born in a small village, Temento Samba, in the South of......Read More

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Instructor Introduction – Cam Skinner

Cam Skinner, Instructor

Hello Senegal Semester students! What a privilege to accompany you all during a moment in your lives so poised for wonder and growth. Travel, by definition, presents challenges and demands grit. After all, the word comes from the Middle-French (14th......Read More