Senegal Study-Service Term

Though Goshen College has sent students to West African countries since 1993, the first Senegal Study-Service Term unit began 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.



Students live in the city of Thiès for the study portion of the semester. French classes are held four mornings a week, and an introduction to the Wolof language is also taught. During afternoons and weekends there are 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. Students use French and Wolof with their host families and as they travel around Thiès and the country.


During the second half of SST, students head out to different locations in Senegal, where they 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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    Returning Retreat

    July 26, 2014 - On Thursday SSTers returned to Thies. They visited with Study Term host families and spent the night in the C.A.F.E. where they took classes. On Friday morning we traveled to Saly where we are staying in Les Flamboyant Hotel. We are presenting our projects, reconnecting and preparing to return home on Sunday.
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    Pire Goureye and Beer-Sheba

    July 20, 2014 - Grace, Justine, and Naomi have been spending their service in Pire Goureye, one of the new GC service sites this year. Pire Goureye is a village located approximately 40 kilometers north of Thiès, just outside the town of Tivaoune. Grace and Naomi are living with host families from the Pular ethnicity and Justine is staying ... Keep reading »
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    Dakar, Gorom, and Thiès

    July 19, 2014 - Micah is our lone representative in the capital city, Dakar. Dakar is a busy metropolis with over one million inhabitants and Micah has had to learn to navigate bus routes and busy streets to make it to his morning service location at the Pouponniere Des Soeurs Franciscaines Missionaires De Marie, an orphanage. In the mornings ... Keep reading »