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 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. You will be given your own private room which may be shared with one other volunteer and your accommodation will be based within a 30 minute walk of your tutor. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable with all the basic amenities and your host family will make you feel at home in this warm welcoming community.
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
During your stay you will enjoy three meals a day, which you will normally share with your host family. Dishes that you may encounter include ‘’Thièb diène’’, rice and fish served with sauce and vegetables, rice and meat dishes including domoda, glalakh and yassa and barbecued chicken in a rich onion and lemon sauce and if you are vegetarian, look out for the popular chopped egg salad amongst other tasty treats. Those with a sweet tooth may like to try peanut butter ice cream or other seasonal fresh produce. Generally the emphasis will be on simple home cooked dishes made with fresh local 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.