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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Color goes with la couleur va avec kulor bi

Penelope, Participant

Yak of the Week

“Color goes with la couleur va avec kulor bi”   My mom always used to say “Color goes with color” But in my beige American mind I never understood At 16 a dragon swept me away To a land of brilliant color Of pale orange sand and bright......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The communal bowl

Taz, Participant

Yak of the Week

Eating out of a communal bowl, sharing tea cups, these are both little things that distinguish Senegalese culture from what I’ve grown up with. Growing up in Peru and New York, my eating habits have remained consistent: everyone gets a personal......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Finding small-town Alabama in Senegal

Matthew, Participant

I suppose each individual’s journey begins from a rather unique starting point. My journey, therefore, began in a town of 4,000 in rural Alabama. I did not know it at the time, but that starting point, much like others’, has shaped my worldly......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Finding Joy

Ivan, Participant

Some of our opening days this trip were spent in a magical small village outside of Thies called Dene. Dene consists of around 50 people, roughly 30 children and 20 adults. The entire village revolves around the Dara which is a religious meeting......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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A Brazilian in Senegal

Rodrigo, Participant

Oi, gente!   Consigo imaginar o quão preocupados vocês devem estar.   Peço que todos fiquem tranquilos, tem sido uma experiência incrível.   Antes de vim para cá, muitos diziam que eu estava fazendo uma loucura, saindo do Brasil para passar......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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When you think about a good person…

Arli, Participant

When you think about a good person … who do you think about? Maybe it’s family, friends, a celebrity or a teacher. Perhaps it’s an activist? For me it’s a prostitute. Yeah, a person that is a sex worker. Though it is mostly illegal in......Read More

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A post-trek update!

Instructor Team, Instructor

Family, friends, and loved ones, We’ve recently returned from 4 days of trekking and exploring the region of Kedougou! With fresh memories of stunning waterfalls, vistas, sunsets, and cultural excursions, we now look forward to the following few......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The Wrestling Match

Jenna, Participant

Picture this: five “toubabs” (foreigners) and Arli’s host brother, Ahmed, walk into a giant stadium in Thies that contains two bleacher sections facing sand in the middle. They notice excited men, women, girls, and boys from Thies sitting......Read More

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Team Senegal off on Trek!

Instructors , Instructor

We started 4 days of trekking yesterday! We wrapped up our home stays in Thies with lots of smiles and laughter and hugs. The next day we jumped right into a 12+ hour travel day. Although a super long day, we arrived in Kedougou in high spirits! We......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Reflections on Dene

Griot Team 1: Arli, Elizabeth and Lucie, Participant

Yak of the Week

Arli’s Reflections: As I sat here writing the yak, I couldn’t help but feel the urge to dance around to the beat of the dreams and go back to the night before we left Dene. The sense of acceptance and sharing of culture from one person to......Read More

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Senegal Orientation Updates

Instructors, Instructor

Our first few days in country have been busy! After arriving, we headed for Thies for a full day of health & safety briefings, group building and some Wolof 101. The following day we headed to Dene, a religious sufi community on the coast. Over......Read More

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arrival at Dakar airport

i-team, Instructor

After delayed in Paris, we have finally arrived in Senegal – tired but all super excited to be here. We are headed to our hotel in Thies for rest before kicking off orientation activities tomorrow. Jamm ak Jamm. Peace to you and us.  ...Read More