Senegal French and Community

  • Who?Groups of at least 5
  • When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
  • Where? Saint Louis, Senegal.

Groups working on our Community and French project in Senegal will spend their mornings working in a local kindergarten with children aged from 3 to 6 years old. Teachers tend to be poorly trained as well as overstretched at the kindergarten and often have very few ideas as to how to work productively with large numbers of children. You will have an important role in adding to the staff's repertoire of songs, games and activities; ensuring that your contribution lives on beyond your placement. Alongside teaching basic numeracy, building vocabulary in French and English, and organising sports activities to improve coordination and motor skills, you can also organise arts and crafts sessions.

Care & Community Work with French in Senegal

Your afternoons will be spent working at a drop-in centre for street children, serving food and helping children with brushing their teeth and washing clothes. Spending time playing or drawing pictures with the children is a welcome break from their daily routine of begging on the streets.

French will be your main language of communication whilst volunteering. To supplement your French lessons, you will live with a local host family where you can put your new vocabulary into practice. Senegalese people are very hospitable and living with a host family is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture.

Your group will be based in Saint Louis where Projects Abroad Senegal is based. Saint Louis is perhaps the most ‘French’ of all Senegalese towns, with its colonial architecture, patisseries and shady streets. At the same time, it provides a fascinating insight into the every-day lives of the Senegalese as their country changes and is a great location for an introduction to West Africa.

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

 

Sample Itinerary

Placement: Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
Project: French and Community
Region: St Louis, Senegal
  • First week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    1 Sunday 20:00 – 21:00 Arrive in Dakar and settle in to Hotel
    2 Monday 06:00 – 10:00 Travel to St Louis
    10:00 – 12:00 Introduction to Host Families, settle in
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at traditional Senegalese restaurant with Staff
    13:00 – 16:00 Tour of St Louis
    16:00 – 18:00 French Lesson
    18:00 – 19:00 Dinner at Host Family
    19:00 Rest and Relax
    3 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Host Families
    13:00 – 17:00 Introduction and care work at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall (Care Centre)
    17:00 – 21:00 Dinner and Group Social
    4 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch at Host Family
    14:00 – 17:00 Care work at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 Rest and Relax
    5 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 14:00 Lunch at Senegalese restaurant
    14:00 – 17:00 Painting at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 Rest and Relax
    6 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Host Family
    13:00 – 17:00 Painting at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 Rest and Relax
    7 Saturday 08:00 – 12:00 Departure for weekend in Mauritania
    12:00 - 13:00 Visit local Peul village
    13:00 – 14:00 Arrival at Camp Site, Packed Lunch
    14:00 – 18:00 Visit the sand dunes, swimming and relaxation time.
    18:00 – 21:00 Dinner songs and drumming around the campfire.
  • Second week (Click for details)

    Day No. Weekday Time Activity
    8 Sunday 09:00 – 12:00 Relax on the beach
    13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
    14:00 – 17:00 The chance to have traditional henna by locals
    17:00 – 21:00 Travel back to St Louis
    9 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Host Family
    13:00 – 17:00 Painting at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 Rest and Relax
    10 Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Host Family
    13:00 – 17:00 Care work at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 Rest and Relax
    11 Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00 Creating a peace garden at Community Centre
    12:00 – 14:00 Picnic in Mamoura Forest
    14:00 – 17:00 Care work at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 – 21:00 Marakshi night in Moroccan home
    12 Thursday 09:00 - 12:00 French Language Lessons
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Host Family
    13:00 – 17:00 Painting at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 18:00 Dinner at Host Family
    18:00 Rest and Relax
    13 Friday 09:00 - 12:00 Finishing touches to painting at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at Host Family
    13:00 – 17:00 Care work at Ecole Maternelle Abu Abass Sall
    17:00 – 20:00 Cookery and farewell Meal with Staff
    20:00 Packing for Departure
    14 Saturday   Departure

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