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S E N E G A L – a transference yak

11 students in Senegal, Participant

Sights of big cities, small villages, bright colors, dark starry nights. Everything we’ve heard – rain crashing on tin roofs, attaya foaming from cup to cup, low tones of the call to prayer you’ve come to rely on. Never will we forget the......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The village des arts

Taz, Dragons Admin

During our visit in Dakar, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Village Des Arts. I began at the edge of the hallway, passing by open doors, some with working artists, some empty studios, and a few colorful shoppes. I reached the last......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The door of no return

Matthew, Dragons Admin

I expected to feel pain when I stepped onto the island of Goree, nestled a 10 minute ferry ride away from the coast of Dakar. I expected to sense the mourning of the 20 million African slaves that passed through that island as they took their last......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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The monument

Rodrigo, Participant

Para finalizar a visita a Dakar, fomos ao Monumento do Renascimento Africano. Após um grande tempo preso no trânsito, chegamos lá, e logo fiquei impressionado com suas dimensões, e como um bom brasileiro, a comparação com o Cristo Redentor e a......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Hiking

Lucie, Participant

I’m definitely not a hiker. In fact, I’m so ‘not a hiker’ that I feel a guilty sense of pride even by walking up an unpaved hill and at that any slightly raised surface.  I’m also so ‘not a hiker’ that the hour I spent on the Great......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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I Already Miss It

Elizabeth, Participant

Welcome to a snippet of Mariatou Diallo’s life. Mariatou is the name I, Elizabeth, am borrowing for the next four days of our homestay in Temento Samba. It’s also my homestay sister’s name. I suspect I was named after her, because for the......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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Group musings from Temento Samba

Griot Team 4: Jenna and Ezeah, Participant

One thing I will miss about Temento Samba is… the sounds. The animal noises—goats, chickens, the flocks of golden birds chirping in the trees. Children laughing. Far off conversations, the familiar “jarama.” The sound of the rain on the......Read More

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Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

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X-Phase Itinerary

Students... as Instructors, Participant

Yesterday, we left our homestays in Temento Samba (Samba’s village) to travel to Toubacouta for xphase, where the students take over management of the trip for four days. On our way we stopped in The Gambia and got see a part of the Gambia river.......Read More

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Saying Goodbye

Senegal Instructor team, Instructor

These photos are from our homestay party in Thies, the day before we drove down south for hiking and our rural homestay. All were so happy for the occasion to share their love and gratitude for each other and the experience. Enjoy the family photos!......Read More

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Home is where… the ceere is?

Senegal Instructors, Instructor

After our first homestay in Thies, we had wonderful time exploring the mountains of Kedougou as a close knit group. A few days ago, we began our second homestay of the course. Whereas before, we were in an urban environment with fish and rice (ceeb,......Read More