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Senegal French School

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Senegal French School

Learn one of the world's most useful languages in this unique, exotic setting whilst integrating yourself into this enchanting country.

Prices from US$545

French is the official language spoken in over 29 countries across the world including Canada, parts of Africa and across Europe. Enjoy learning one of the world's most useful languages whilst integrating yourself into the daily rhythm of Senegal. Throughout this project you will experience the true culture and community life of this enchanting country.

Despite its diminutive size, Senegal has its own unique culture expressed by a blend of exotic music, tempting cuisine and unusual traditions and 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 in the sandy terrain and offshore coral reefs and cays replete with a thousand species of tiny fish and other exotic creatures.

Enjoy humid nights in the thriving port of Dakar, where you will find influences ranging from French to Arabic expressed in a multitude of cafés, bars and restaurants as well as galleries and museums. The perfect place to improve your French!


  • Experience the vibrant culture of Senegal
  • Improve your fluency by immersing yourself in the language
  • Make lifelong friends and incredible memories


  • Minimum age of 18 years


Location Senegal
Activities 15 hours of one to one French lessons per week
Exploring the local area
Transport Airport pick-up






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


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.


Whether you want to improve your career prospects, make travel easier or simply want access to the countless masterpieces that have been written in French, Frontier's French language immersion programme could be just what you are looking for! Being required to use the language on a daily basis will really help to engrain the grammar and vocabulary into your mind and allow you to come away speaking far more like a local than you would with formal lessons back at home. 


Taught by an experienced tutor you will get an excellent introduction to this elegant language, picking up on colloquialisms whilst mastering your pronunciation. In class the focus will be on your pronunciation and fluency as well as building upon your vocab, ensuring that you grasp the fundamentals before moving on to more complex subjects as your confidence grows. Over the course of the week, you will receive 15 hours of one to one language tuition and will be evaluated on a regular basis to check your progress. When you return home you will be able to put what you have learnt immediately into practice with your homestay family as you talk about your experiences and plans. Fully immersing yourself in a new country and culture in this way is by far the most effective way to learn a language!


You will be met upon arrival at Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport by our friendly coordinator and taken to your accommodation. 


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.


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.

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The city of Dakar is one of Africa's most vibrant, with a thriving music scene and buzzing street markets contrasting with beautiful, peaceful beaches, museums and galleries. There are many cultural workshops which you can attend and which you can book through local providers, further supporting the local economy. These include such varied activities as African drumming (djembe), African textile dying and traditional Senegalese cooking. Joining in activities with local people is a must and other activities such as football, volleyball and dancing are very popular. 

There is plenty to explore around Senegal. The Casamance, for example, has sandy beaches, lush vegetation and a very welcoming population and St Louis in the North is an old colonial city where traces of the French colonial times can still be found.


1 week US$545

Extra week US$345



Weekly, please arrive on a Monday.



1 week +


Before you go

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



  • Food

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


Nearest airport(s): Dakar (DKR)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

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


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