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.
Experience about 6 weeks of homestays, split between urban and rural areas. Stay as a group in other communities along the way.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Choose from a wide range of possible topics for mentored study during time in homestays such as drumming, West African dance, storytelling, gender issues, visual arts, traditional medicine, politics, batik, jewelry making, and more.
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 home-stay 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 home-stays.
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. Possible travel outside of Senegal to locations in nearby countries such as The Gambia and/or Guinea, depending on the term and learning objectives.
Embark on a multi-day trek from village to village in the green hills of the Fouta Djallon's foothills in Senegal's outheast and camp out on remote mangrove islands in the Delta.