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Rhythms of Senegal with a Program

I spent three months in Senegal through the gap year program “Where There Be Dragons”, staying with families and learning Pulaar and Wolof (two of the main languages there).

by willowAbout Me:i’m an 18 year old who grew up traveling and just recently started backpacking solo in south america after graduating high school. i’m a super creative person and love to try new things and get out of my comfort zone read more

AfricaSenegal43 days / September - October - November - December 2021

Highs & Lows

Definitely stay with a local family if you’re able, such an authentic experience

The food gets quite repetitive

Itinerary Overview

I did this entire trip through a program geared towards other gap year students called “Where There Be Dragons”. It’s an incredible program that focuses on traveling authentically and not just as a tourist and truly experiencing the culture in a non-damaging way. The company does both gap programs during the year and summer, as well as programs for adults. I highly recommend the company if you are able. 

We started our program in a village near the coast called Djakhanor and stayed there for one week. Then we headed to the capital, Dakar, which I didn’t love as much, but I also don’t tend to love the cities while traveling . We stayed there for two weeks. Next, we headed Southeast to Kedagou and did some trekking there. Lastly, we headed to San-Louis up North and ended our trip around there.

 

  • 10 Nights: Mbour
    Get a feel for village life
  • 14 Nights: Dakar
    get a feel for city life in Senegal
  • 14 Nights: Kédougou Region
    trekking
  • 5 Nights: St Louis
    selected by other students

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would not have changed much honestly but I think maybe I would have liked to end the trip somewhere other than Saint Louis just because it was so touristy

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Try to stay with local families and definitely check out a concert or dance performance if you’re able

  • Packing tips?

    Pack conservative clothing, especially woman, they do not typically show their knees in public and sometimes not even their ankles. Definitely no mid drift snd try to avoid tank tops, shoulders are seen as provocative

Lodging

  • Real name is Djakhanor, since it’s a village it wouldn’t show up, however it’s quite close to Mbour. Stayed here with homestay

  • Some cheap hotel our instructors found (however it felt super bougie)

  • hotel provided by instructors (all i remember is that the students stayed in a dorm)