Senegal 

If you listen closely to the ocean breeze that floats through Dakar, you'll hear echos of animated conversation in French, Wolof and Pulaar,  underlaid by West Africa's most famous rhythms and punctuated by a solemn call to prayer. The reasons to visit Senegal are many - French colonial islands, pink lakes, thriving game parks, and miles of unspoiled Atlantic coastline but what will beckon your return are the people. Teranga, a word that denotes the central role of hospitality in Senegalese culture, is ubiquitous and our immersion programs bring students face to face with some the countries' kindest hosts. We are grateful to offer this remarkable program and couldn't be more excited to help students visit such a special place.

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Sample Itinerary

Walking Tree Travel specializes in customized group travel. The itinerary below is from a recent program and is provided here as an example of just one of many experiences that are possible in this destination.

Today the group will fly from the USA to Dakar, Senegal.

 

The group lands in the capital city of Dakar and will head to our hotel which sits right on the coast. We'll spend most of this day resting, relaxing and recuperating from our long day of travel. We'll also make time for an orientation meeting, a visit to a bank to exchange money and possibly a visit with the Peace Corps office. If local language classes are of interest, they can be arranged in Dakar upon request.

 

We will spend most of this day bearing witness on Goree Island, the departure point for millions of Africans during the centuries-long slave trade, sitting just off the coast of Dakar. We'll explore the island with a local guide and, time allowing, venture into some of the bigger artisanal markets in the capital.

 

Today we will depart for our host community, arriving in the afternoon. We will tour the community and place students with their respective families, two to a home. This being Senegal, we can expect a festive and gracious welcome party thrown by our hosts.

 

Our service days in our host community represent the heart and soul of our program. We will volunteer on meaningful service project/s during the day while also enjoying sufficient free time to hang out with host families and fellow travelers, practice language skills and explore the surrounding area. At the end of our time in our host community we'll help organize a going away party to celebrate the time with our new friends and family.

 

We will continue working on our service project and spending time with our host families.

 

We will continue working on our service project and spending time with our host families.

 

We will depart our host community and travel to Mbour on the central Atlantic coast of Senegal. After arriving at a lovely hotel we'll spend the day resting, relaxing and swimming in the ocean!

 

Today the group will embark on a safari in one of Senegal's best game parks! We'll tour a large swath of the savannah in a jeep with our English-speaking tour guide and marvel at a wide range of animals. This evening we will enjoy our last evening together in the country with a celebratory dinner.

 

After breakfast we'll make our way back to Dakar for our international flight back to USA. Au revoir!

 

Teacher Spotlight

Sarah
Experiencial Coordinator, Washington D.C.

All-Inclusive Program Tuition

$2,590 + Plane and world iconInternational Flight

Program Types in this Destination

Service AdventuresConservation ExpeditionsCultural Journeys

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Program Tuition Includes

All accommodations

Three meals per day

Ground transportation

Drinking water

Full time leadership team

Group activity and entry fees

Taxes and tips

Estimated airfare*

Not included: Baggage fees, Airline minor fees, Passport/visa fees, Laundry, Souvenirs, Activities not listed on the itinerary.

*Estimated airfare: In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Families will be invoiced for the flight once we are able to secure the best airfare for the group.

Global Leadership Activities

Walking Tree Travel has developed tools that will help our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging activities are meant to spark discussion, frame the group’s experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively on our programs now and on their own into the future. Our activities also encourage students to take initiative as leaders in their local communities to make a difference at an immediate level, helping them to understand the impact they can have when they combine cultural understanding with personal and social responsibility.

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