HIGH SCHOOL Study Abroad Trips
Service Learning in Senegal
Service Learning in Senegal
Travel Dates: June 19th – July 4th* All tour dates are tentative until flights are booked in spring 2017
**Important Trip Information: This trip involves homestays with local families
Senegal is a wonderful option for travelers eager to experience the best of Africa in the only country in the region with a long history of peaceful democratic transition. Students had the experience of a lifetime as they worked on vital community service projects, improved their French, and explored a place few will ever be lucky enough to visit.
Day 1: Today the group will fly from the USA to Dakar, Senegal.
Day 2: The group lands in the capital city of Dakar and will head to our hotel which sits right on the coast. We'll spend most of this day resting, relaxing and recuperating from our long day of travel. We'll also make time to have an orientation meeting, visit a bank to exchange money and possibly visit with the Peace Corps office. If local language classes are of interest, they can be arranged in Dakar upon request.
Day 3: We will spend most of this day touring Goree Island which was the departure point for millions of Africans during the centuries-long slave trade and sits just off the coast of Dakar. We'll explore the island with a local guide and, time allowing, explore some of the bigger artisanal markets in the capital.
Day 4: Today we depart for the host community. The drive time will vary depending on the precise location of the group’s village, but we'll aim to arrive in the afternoon. We will tour the community and place students with their respective families. We may even begin service work this day as well!
Day 5: This chunk of time represents the heart and soul of the program. Students will volunteer on meaningful service project/s during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with host families and fellow travelers, practice language skills and explore the surrounding area. At the end of our time in the host community we'll help organize a going away party to celebrate the time with our new friends and family. For more information regarding what time in the host community will look like please refer to the section on this webpage titled Partner Communities.
Day 6: We will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families.
Day 7: We will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families.
Day 8: We will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families.
Day 9: We will continue working on our service project and spending time with host families.
Day 10: The group will depart the host community and travel to Mbour on the central Atlantic coast of Senegal. After arriving at a lovely hotel we’ll spend the day resting, relaxing and swimming in the ocean!
Day 11: Today the group will embark on a safari in one of Senegal’s best game parks! We'll tour a large swath of savannah in a jeep with our English-speaking tour guide and marvel at a wide range of impressive animals. This evening we will head back to Dakar and enjoy our last evening together in the country.
Day 12: Travel back to USA