Goshen College has sent students to West African countries since the early 1990s. The first Sénégal SST unit was in 2004. Sénégal, 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 2010 unit will be held in Thiès, about 70 km east of Dakar.
French classes will be held four mornings a week. (An introduction to Wolof will be held the first week.) During afternoons and weekends there will be lectures and field trips to begin learning about the country of Sénégal History, religion, environment, social issues, the arts, and other elements of Sénégalese culture will all 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 Sénégal, 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.