Senegal Care and Community

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When?Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where?St Louis, Senegal
Gap Year work with Children in Senegal

Group trips to Senegal to work on one of care and community projects make a real tangible impact on the children they work with. Senegal is a beautiful country with expanses of desert in the north to luxuriant tropical rainforests in the south. The Senegalese are warm and welcoming and your efforts as a volunteer here will be truly appreciated.

Volunteer on Care projects overseas in Senegal

As a group, you will spend your time helping renovate buildings in a school or childrens centre. You may be involved in cleaning the walls, filling cracks and gaps and painting them. You may be involved in helping build new toilet blocks and teaching facilities. Whatever it is, you as a group will make a big contribution to the lives of the children by improving their environment.

Groups teaching at a secondary school will be working alongside a local English teacher in a class of between 40 and 60 students, all aged between 11 and 19 years old. For other groups teaching in a primary school, seeing as English isn't usually taught to students aged between 5 and 12, you will be teaching a variety of subjects of your choice with the assistance of a local teacher. Groups will usually spend 4 hours a day teaching followed by spending the remainder of the day planning tomorrows lessons, though these duties can be split and shared amongst your group. For groups with good French-language skills, you will have the opportunity to teach basic French, maths and English at the Talibe Centre.

You will also spend time with the children either at a kindergarten or centre for street children. This will be in small groups and one-to-one. Your input will really stimulate the children and provide them with fun and activity throughout their days.

While you are in Senegal you will stay in an apartment or hostel. You will get chance to experience the local community and visit local sites as well take part in organized activities such as dance lessons. You will also go on trips further afield such as to the desert where you may go for a camel ride or to a beautiful beach for a rest. As a French speaking country, you will also have chance to refine your knowledge of the language. Your time in Senegal will be really worthwhile and you will have plenty to talk about when you go home.

This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.

 

Sample Itinerary

  • First week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday Depending on Time of Arrival Arrival in Dakar. Staff meet and visit volunteers.
    2 Monday Morning Travel to St-Louis. Induction.
    18:30 - 19:30 Welcome drinks at a patisserie or ‘salon de thé’
    3 Tuesday 09:00 – 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15.00 – 18.00 Building at a talibé house
    18.30 – 19.30 Quiz
    4 Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15.00 – 18.00 Building at a talibé house
    5 Thursday 09:00 – 12:30 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    12.30 – 13.00 Feedback A conducted at the office
    15.00 – 18.00 Building at a talibé house
    18.30 – 20.00 Dance lesson or Glass painting
    6 Friday 09:00 - 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15.00 – 18.00 Painting a talibé house
    18.30 – 20.00 Pool evening at Flamingo swimming pool
    7 Saturday 09.30 Departure for the weekend to Loumpoul Desert
    11.00 – 12.00 Visit of Maure villages
    12.00 – 15.30 Stop at the sea, swimming and relaxing at the beach. Lunch at the beach
    15:30 Arrival at campsite
    16.30 – 20.30 Guided tour through the sand dunes
    20.30 Dinner
    22.00 Songs and drumming around the campfire
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday 09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
    10:00 - 11:30 Camel rides (for those that want to do it)
    11:30 – 12:00 Free time
    12:00 - 14:30 Return journey to St-Louis
    14:30 Arrival in St-Louis
    9 Monday 09:00 - 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15:00 – 18:00 Painting a talibé house
    18.30 – 19.30 Social drinks
    10 Tuesday 09:00 - 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15.00 – 18.00 Painting a talibé house
    18.30 – 20.00 Quiz
    11 Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15:00 – 18:00 Painting a talibé house
    12 Thursday 09:00 - 13:00 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    15.00 – 18.00 Painting a talibé house
    18.30 – 20.00 Dance lesson or glass painting
    13 Friday 09:00 – 12:30 Talibé centre or Summer kindergarten
    12.30 – 13.30 Debriefing questionnaire completed and submitted
    15.00 – 18.00 Painting a talibé house
    18.30 – 19.30 Goodbye drinks at patisseroe or ‘salon de thé’
    14 Saturday Leave St Louis for Dakar

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