Trip Report

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

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)