After a good night’s rest, our second day began with a walking tour of Thiès city center and market area. Photos ,contributed by students, will be posted later. After the walking tour we rested back at our hotel and then had a lunch of yassa poulet, chicken with rice and onions, that is typically served to special visitors or guests.
After lunch and an orientation to life in Sénégal, students met members of their host families and headed off to their homes. There was a blend of nervousness, excitement, and joy as introductions were made and the beginning of new relationships began. Of the 23 host families, 12 are Muslim and 11 are Christian. All students were warmly received with typical Sénégalese hospitality known as “teraanga.” There is great opportunity for cross-cultural interaction and learning in these homes.