Senegal

Music & Mysticism

A 13-Day Adventure for Adults

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Duration
13 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.

Spring Dates

Jan 19 - Jan 31, 2020


Spring Availability

open

Fall Dates

Jul 19 - Jul 31, 2020


Fall Availability

open

Number of Participants

8-12


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Spring Begins In

10 Weeks

Fall Begins In

36 Weeks

Tuition

$4,350


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,200

Dakar

Thies

Niodior

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 sits beside centuries-old customs. Even the music echos a mix of traditional and modern styles.  Known for its vibrant and amicable people, sophisticated polyrhythmic music, and unique interpretations of Islam, Senegal welcomes travelers into a rich and dynamic cultural landscape.

Program Highlights

  • Explore Sufi mysticism, development,  migration, mangrove restoration and gender roles.
  • Travel by boat to the welcoming island community of Niodior for a three-night family stay.
  • Delve into musical and artistic traditions by studying with master artisans and attending live concerts.
  • Explore bustling markets, historic monuments, and modern cafes in the capital of Dakar.
  • Plant tree saplings in a mangrove forest while learning about environmental conservation and grassroots development.
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.