Senegal

Music & Mysticism

A 12-Day Adventure for Adults

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Duration
12 Days
Description

Discover West Africa: investigate unique interpretations of Senegalese Islam from Sufi Imams, study with master artisans and musicians, and lose yourself in captivating live concerts.

Dates

Feb 16 - Feb 28, 2019


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

21 Weeks

Tuition

$4,195


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,185

Dakar

niodior

Dene

Program Overview

WELCOME TO A CULTURE RENOWNED FOR ITS HOSPITALITY, WHERE STRANGERS CALL YOU TO SIT UNDER THE SHADE OF A MANGO TREE AND SHARE A CUP OF TEA.


Welcome to a country of contrasts, where new development occurs beside centuries-old customs and emerging musical styles echo this  conglomeration of traditional and modern. Known for its vibrant and amicable people, distinctive drum rhythms, and unique interpretations of Islam, Senegal welcomes travelers into a contrasting and vivacious cultural reality.

During our journey, we are immersed in a diversity of urban and rural environments, from the sandy alleyways of a traditional Sufi neighborhood in the capital to a congenial island community in the Saloum Delta region.  We discover the tradition of West African hospitality while staying with host  families, exploring colorful markets, and tasting delectable homemade Senegalese cuisine.  Through discussions with religious leaders, music lessons with local teachers, and riveting live music concerts, we examine the crossroads of  belief systems and musical expression in this land home to a generous and spirited people.

Sample Itinerary

Program Components

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

We delve into an introduction of Sufi Islamic practices, Senegalese music traditions, and contemporary issues of migration.

5/5
Homestay

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.

4/5
Comparative Religion

Explore unique variations of West African Islam, Catholicism, and animism.

3/5
Development Studies

Investigate issues of immigration and unemployment, desertification, climate change, urban and rural healthcare.

3/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Options are provided for one-on-one study with musicians skilled in kora, xalam, djembe, saba, and dance.

2/5
Language Study

Participants will learn some greetings in Wolof and basic vocabulary to use with their hosts.

2/5
Ethical Travel

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.

1/5
Learning Service

Help with group roles and assist your host family with daily household chores.

1/5
Day Hiking

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.