2023 College of Charleston Senegal Cultural Journey

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2023 College of Charleston Senegal Cultural Journey! We have created two webpages dedicated to this exciting opportunity: this first page, the Pre-Enrollment Page, is meant to share exciting details, highlights and pertinent info that potential travelers will want to know before enrolling. Once enrolled, the Post-Enrollment Page, is meant to prepare travelers for participation on the adventure ahead. Please be sure to review the information on the appropriate page thoroughly and we hope you are excited for all Senegal has to offer!!
Travel Dates: June 4, 2023 - July 2, 2023
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Senegal Service Adventure

The ocean breeze of Senegal is lucky. It carries the animated French, Wolof and Pulaar languages from its people, the rhythmic beats of West Africa’s vibrant music scene, the solemn calls to prayer from towering minarets, and the exotic aroma of local cuisine. The momentum builds in the country’s nerve center of Dakar and then spills out through beachside palms to French colonial islands, pink lakes, thriving game parks, and colorful communities. Senegal is a wonderful option for travelers eager to experience the best of Africa in the only country in the region with an uninterrupted history of peaceful democratic transition. Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime as you work on vital community service projects, improve your French, and explore a place few will ever be lucky enough to visit.

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys

Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.

Program Highlights


Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends

Ride camels, camp and enjoy a campfire under the stars in Senegal's Lompoul Desert

Volunteer on a local community project

Visit Goree Island, the departure point of millions during slave trade

Spend time with local host families

Swim on the Atlantic Coast in Mbour

Hike to secluded waterfall deep in the jungle

Go on Safari to view elephants, giraffes, hippos, and more!

The Itinerary


We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group. 

DayLocationDescriptionLodging
June 4DakarArrival, airport pickup, Hotel installation, Welcome Orientation, Rest, Pool, Lunch. Munument De la Renaisance, City Tour
June 5DakarBreakfast, Ice Breakers, Head to the Ferry for Goree Island, Lunch in Goree. Return afternoon class with John and Kristen. Rest, pool, debrief.
June 6DakarBreakfast, Maison des civilization noire, Visit with Peace Corps, Lunch, marcher Keremel, Nice Cream. Back to Hotel, rest, pool and Debrief
June 7Travel to Saint LouisTrip to Saint Louis, lunch on the road, installation at hotel, relax, pool, dinner, team meeting
June 8Saint LouisBreakfast, Langue de Barbarie full day visit, lunch, pool class
June 9Saint LouisCity Tour and mangrove visit, lunch, return of the fisherman, horse carrage
June 10Saint LouisBreakfast, opportunity to visit Green Wall project site, class
June 11Saint LouisBreakfast, Park des Oiseau, lunch and possible Desert of Lompoul
June 12Travel to Petit CoteTrip lunch on the way, welcome host family installation, Dinner with host famillies
June 13PalmarinBreakfast, Palmarin tour, lunch, relax, evening hyena watching, Debrief, Dinner with Host famillies
June 14PalmarinBreakfast, Visit mangroves, Island visit, lunch, back to village, debrief, rest, stay with Host families for evening
June 15PalmarinBreakfast, Village clean-up with youth, lunch, evening Wrestling, dinner with Host Famillies
June 16PalmarinBreakfast, Village project, lunch, Day in the life in afternoon with Host families, Good buy party
June 17TravelTrip South to Kedougou, Breakfast on the road, lunch on the road, Spend night in Tambacounda, rest debrief pool
June 18Travel Early Breakfast, travel through the Nation Park of Niokolokoba (might see a lion, baboons, wart hogs, monkeys), lunch in Kedoougou, visit Kedougou Market, Trip to Dindefelo, welcome and host family installation
June 19DindefeloBreakfast, meet at the tree, Village tour, meet Village Chief and Imam, lunch with host families, afternoon visit local musuem and tourist center, Debrief, dinner with host families
June 20DindefeloBreakfast, meet at the tree, village project, lunch and afternoon at the Waterfall
June 21DindefeloBreakfast, meet at the Tree, Village project, afternoon village project, Debrief, Dinner with Host Family
June 22DindefeloBreakfast, Mountain, termite mounds, lunch at the waterwall, Debrief and back to Village, Dinner with Host families
June 23Dindefelo/BandafasyEarly Breakfast, travel to Bassary villages in Bandafassy/Iwol, lunch on Road, Visit Gambia River, Back to Dindefelo, Dinner With Host Famillies
June 24DindefeloBreakfast, meet at the Tree, Village project, afternoon village project, Debrief, Dinner with Host Family
June 25DindefeloBreakfast, meet at the Tree, Village project, afternoon village project, Debrief, Dinner with Host Family
June 26DindefeloBreakfast, finish project, lunch at the waterfall, evening good bye party
June 27Trip back up northBreakfast, travel visit artisanal mining village, Lunch and dinner in Tamba, Debrief, pool
June 28Tamba - DakarBreakfast, lunch on road, hotel, pool, rest, dinner
June 29DakarBreakfast, Shopping, Lunch, Debrief,
June 30TravelBandia reserve tour, lunch in Mbour (Sally) afternoon Hotel, Evening return of the fishermen
July 1MbourBreakfast, Visit Joal home of Senegal's first President, lunch in Joal, visit oldest and biggest baobab tree in the area, return to Hotel for night
July 2Mbour/airport

Accommodations


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe. 

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your trip, subject to availability. 
La Pierre de Lisse

A small paradise about 45 minutes from Dakar, La Pierre de Lisse is true oasis located on the beach of Toubab Dialaw. Students will stay in private cabanas of stone walls and thatch roofs scattered throughout a large, exotic garden. Internet access throughout in the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Hotel Le Calao du Lac Rose

This lovely, family-run property is a short distance from the international airport near an enchanting pink salt lake. The ocean-front hotel is located on beautiful grounds where students stay in individual cabanas surrounded by flower and tree-lined paths. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.

Homestay

This will be the best part of your trip! Staying with a host family immerses you in the language and culture of the destination, and can lead to deep and lasting relationships with your hosts. Initially intimidating but ultimately unforgettable, there’s no better way to begin to truly understand the place you’re visiting.

Safety and Support


 EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
EXPERT LEADERSHIP
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING
ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING

This was a great opportunity for [my daughter]. Thank you for being so professional and for teaching her things we never could. It was awesome to work beside Smithsonian scientists and learn. Travel is such an education that cannot be taught in a classroom.

Kim
Parent of Emily, traveler on 2017 program to Panama

Your Adventure Includes

Program Tuition Excludes: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on the itinerary.

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