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Senegal Experience

Develop your French linguistic skills whilst exploring the unique and enchanting country of Senegal.

Prices from US$1,045

Senegal is a multifaceted and vibrant country, famous for its art heritage and a rich tapestry of interwoven musical roots. Despite its diminutive size, Senegal has its own unique amalgamation of exotic music, tempting cuisine and unusual customs, making it a veritable melting pot of cultural discovery. Visit a pristine ivory coast line laced with the dramatic expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, where you will find beaches scattered with rose tinged shells, palm trees flourishing on the sandy shores and coral reefs alive with a myriad of species of tiny, colourful fish and other tropical creatures unique to these waters.

Enjoy dark humid nights in the thriving port of Dakar, where you will find a range of influences from French to Arabic expressed in a multitude of boutique cafés, bars and restaurants as well as informative galleries and museums.

Make the most of your time in this incredible country with the Senegal experience! This programme will help you integrate and make friends with the local community with an initial week of intensive one to one French classes, followed by a week either of music and cultural classes working with local artists or volunteering at the local radio and television centre!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Learn or improve your exising French linguistic skills
  • Explore the melting pot of Senegal
  • Immerse yourself in Senegalese culture

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Senegal
Activities French lessons
Learn Senegalese dance and drums
Experience journalism in another country
Transport Airport pick-up and drop off
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up and drop off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This project offers you a chance to get to know this beautiful area of Western Africa in an intimate way. Submerge yourself in Senegalese culture and traditions as you improve your linguistic skills, develop new skills and gain fantastic media journalism experience in this unique and exciting location.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Week 1

You will begin your Senegal experience with a week of French lessons; you will have three hours of private lessons per day Monday-Friday from a qualified teacher who will keep on track of your progress through a variety of class activities. By staying with a host family you will get the opportunity to practise your French skills in everyday conversation, encouraging you to develop your level of fluency and make the most out of this once in a life time opportunity. Following the completion of week one, you will then have the opportunity to choose from one of the following programmes:

Week 2 Option 1 – Music and Cultural Classes

If you choose this option you will participate in cultural classes, where you will be taught how to play various African instruments such as the Djembé, the Sabaar and the Tama as well as traditional dances including the national Senegalese dance, the Mbalax. You will also have the opportunity to join lively dance excursions to the beach, which can be arranged to show off your new skills on the golden sands of this African treasure land.

Week 2 Option 2 – Media Placement (intermediate French required)

If music and dancing is not your thing, why not round off your experience by working alongside local professionals and volunteering at the local radio or television centre. You will have the opportunity to discover more about the local cultures and learn more about this fantastic country. As part of your work you will be conducting interviews, writing articles or making programmes in English and will be encouraged to bring your own creativity and perspectives whilst you learn from the professionals working alongside you. Working in a Senegalese radio station could prove to be a valuable experience for your future career as well as creating memories that will last forever. Given the importance of the role that you will play in the team, a fairly high level of French is required to join this programme.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be met upon arrival at Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport by our friendly coordinator and taken to your accommodation, where you will be able to relax and rest before starting on this fantastic placement.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Depending upon the time of your arrival, you will either be taken to a local hotel (if you arrive late at night) or directly to your welcoming homestay family in Dakar, where you will be board for the remainder of your stay. You will be given your own private room which may be shared with one other volunteer and your homestay will be based within a 30 minute walk of your work placement. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable with all the basic amenities and your host family will be more than happy to help you with your French and Wolof and other local information to help you settle in.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will enjoy three meals a day, which you will usually be shared with your host family. Dishes that you may encounter include tasty stuffed avocados and barbecued chicken in a delicious rich onion and lemon sauce. Look out for the popular chopped egg salad amongst other tasty treats. Those with a sweet tooth may like to try peanut ice cream! Senegal favourites are often simple home-cooked dishes made with fresh produce.

In Senegal, the traditional way to eat is from a huge bowl placed in the centre of the floor. The whole family sits and eats together using only the right hand. This is an integral part of Senegalese culture, however if you prefer, your host family will happily provide you with your own plate.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

The city of Dakar has one of Africa’s most vibrant and intoxicating atmospheres with a thriving music scene and buzzing street markets. Take a breather from all the city excitement with a stroll along the beautiful, peaceful beaches or take a break in one of the many museums and art galleries. Support the local community by taking part in one of the cultural workshops or by volunteering in a local orphanage or school at the end of your project. Explore deeper into Senegal to get a real taste of this charming, welcoming country. Senegal is the place to be.

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,045

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Regularly. Please check for up to date information

DURATION

2 weeks +

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation & training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Dakar (DKR)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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