Learn about Sufi Islam and the unique Islamic brotherhoods of Senegal, meet Catholic communities, and get an introduction to animism through visiting a local fortune-teller.
Investigate issues of immigration and unemployment, gender issues and children’s rights, abolition of female genital cutting, desertification, land-use, climate change, urban and rural healthcare, colonization, and education.
Focus Of Inquiry
Explore the history of migrant cattle-herders, Islamic traders, and French colonial explorers on Senegal’s shores while discussing the implications of undocumented immigration in the dangerous canoe journey to Europe and North Africa. Confront the spectre of slavery in a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once the largest slave trading center on the African coast.
Spend three weeks with families on an island in the Sine-Saloum Delta, three weeks in a remote Pulaar village in the south, two weeks in the urban areas of Kolda or Thies, and stay as a group in other communities along the way.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Dive deeper into a topic of your choice through mentored study during homestays.
Learn to speak Wolof through daily classes in the Delta, practice French through immersion and supplementary lessons, and try out your Pulaar in southern Senegal through experiential language immersion with homestay families, trekking guides and Senegalese friends.
Work alongside communities to learn about how they serve their environment through reforestation and explore the meaning of reciprocity by participating in community activities during homestays.
Climb into horse-carts, public transport, fishing boats, or wander on foot as we travel throughout Senegal and stay in rural communities with little electricity or running water.
Embark on a week-long trek from village to village in the green hills of the Southeast and camp out on remote mangrove islands in the Delta.