Focus Of Inquiry
We delve into an introduction of Sufi Islamic practices, Senegalese music traditions, and contemporary issues of migration.
Spend two days with a family in the town of Yoff, just outside of the capital of Dakar, as well as an additional two days with a family in a rural farming community.
Explore unique variations of West African Islam, Catholicism, and animism.
Investigate issues of immigration and unemployment, desertification, climate change, urban and rural healthcare.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Options are provided for one-on-one study with musicians skilled in kora, xalam, djembe, saba, and dance.
Participants will learn some greetings in Wolof and basic vocabulary to use with their hosts.
Dragons participants are travelers not tourists. We respect cultural norms by staying in family-owned accommodations and taking local transportation when possible. The most profound learning moments often arise in the spaces in between, and traveling alongside locals creates space for un-orchestrated moments of engagement.
Help with group roles and assist your host family with daily household chores.
On any program you choose, you can expect that Dragons instructors will guide you into the wilderness, exposing you to the pristine beauty of nature, undisturbed by the advances of modern development.