About Senegal SST

Goshen College has sent students to West African countries since 1993. The first Senegal SST unit was in 2004. Senegal, located on the Atlantic Ocean, borders Mauritania to the north, Guinea to the south, Mali to the east and surrounds Gambia. Its capital, Dakar, is the westernmost point in Africa. The city of Thiès will be your home for the study portion of the semester.


French classes will be held four mornings a week. (An introduction to the Wolof language will be held.) During afternoons and weekends there will be lectures and field trips to begin learning about Senegal’s history, religion, environment, social issues, the arts, and other elements of Senegalese culture which will be experienced in various ways. French and Wolof will be used with your host family and as you travel around Thiès and the country.


During the second half of SST, you will head out to different locations in Senegal, where you will serve in a local community and meet a new host family. Common service assignments include working at a health clinic or hospital, or assisting in a community development project. You may find yourself working in a deaf school in Dakar  or supporting AESCAW, a women’s organization in Richard Toll.

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July 22, 2012

The students final day in Senegal began with a Sunday service on the roof of Chez Goshen. We had a final Senegalese meal at the hotel and…

July 22, 2012

Our second day back from service started off with more student presentations, which lasted most of the morning. In the afternoon we discussed re-entry and ended our…

July 21, 2012

Students were responsible for arranging their own transportation back to Thiès. They all did a fine job of it and began trickling back to our study term…