The West African country of Senegal is renowned for its terenga--a Wolof word roughly translated as hospitality but with shades of meaning that include respect, community and sharing. In fact, the national soccer team is called the Lions of Teranga.
Senegal takes pride in its religious tolerance and culture of peace. Most Senegalese are Muslim, but some are Christian, and this provides opportunities to observe Muslim-Christian relations in another culture. An SST experience in Senegal challenges American stereotypes about Islam and offers the opportunity to learn about peacemaking from a Muslim perspective. For example, students participate in an annual festival where Muslim and Christian neighbors visit each other offering food and asking for forgiveness for whatever may have transpired between them that year.
Senegal is also a country where one can witness climate change firsthand. In the northern part of the country where the Sahel shades toward the Sahara Desert, an already arid climate is becoming even drier.