A gap year in Senegal is an ideal opportunity to learn French (the national language), Wolof (the most widely spoken language) and Arabic. The majority of the Senegalese population is Muslim, and a placement in the country represents an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of faith and religion.
Senegal is far from dull. Perched on the tip of a peninsula, Dakar, the capital, is a dizzying introduction to the country. It is an energetic city where people’s busy and eclectic lifestyles are reflected in Senegal’s famous music and fashion scenes. But the pace of life slows in the towns beyond Dakar where our projects are based.
Upon your arrival in Senegal, one of the first things you’ll notice is the hospitality, or “teranga.” This is very important in Senegal and guests are welcomed into houses with food, water, a bath and a bed. It means communities are very welcoming, and you’ll always find someone keen to stop, chat and take ‘Attaya’ – the Senegalese tea ceremony.
Projects available in Senegal