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 home in Thiès late Wednesday evening. By Thursday evening everyone had safely returned and were either resting at the hotel, Aux Berges du Ciel, or off visiting their host families from the study portion of SST.
On Friday we began our official re-entry retreat. We started the day sharing about our service experiences and then, after a coffee break, moved into a story time. Students have been working on stories, being conscious of the power of stories to convey complex insights in an accessible way, as part of the academic expectations of the program. During this story time students shared stories from their experience with poverty and economic inequality more generally. The afternoon was taken up by the first half of student project presentations.