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Winter Program | Dakar, Senegal

Study Abroad Programs at City College

Winter Program | Dakar, Senegal

Winter 2018

Dates: December 27, 2017  - January 17, 2018



The three-week January Term course in “International service learning in Senegal: Sustainable development and the Ecovillage Movement” is offered collaboratively by The City College of New York, in partnership with the Global Ecovillage Network of Africa (GEN-Africa), the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Sustainable Neighbors Network, REDES (Network for Ecovillage Emergence and Development in the Sahel) and other local and international NGOs. The course engages students in understanding and enhancing concepts of sustainable development in West Africa where ancient heritage and community values are still intact to a degree rarely found elsewhere. Students live with community families. The course also will offer field trips, other excursions, drumming and dance festivities and other leisure activities.
The program starts and finishes in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, spending most of the session in the eco-commune of Guede Chantier and the other project sites bordering Mauritania.  In Guede, American and Senegalese student partners, form teams with community members working in various community projects. Over the course of the 3 weeks, students participate in several classroom sessions interspersed with participatory team-based guided practice in action-research and service learning, as each team work on their project, meeting needs expressed by the community. Senegalese students make this teamwork possible by translating between English and the local Fulani language for their American and community work partners.  
Team projects will build on projects conducted by students from the 2016 service learning course. Projects include conducting basic workshops with eco sentinels (volunteer youth group focused on environmental issues); green revolution projects in demonstration fields; medicinal herb gardens; learning to compost, make and use biological pesticides; teaching and learning from local farmers; saving and cataloguing heirloom seeds, assist on the development of a biogas unit. Students interested in health care will also have an opportunity to give service at the Health Center, supporting the nurses during weekly weighing and measuring of infants to track nutrition and overall health. The entire class will participate in a service learning project, the construction of a middle school classroom in the village of Halwar. Halwar has a rich history as one of the oldest religion centers in Senegal. It played a pivotal role in the conversion of West Africa into Islam.
Students then write their Guede project reports, create PowerPoints, and share these with faculty, student body and members of the Guede community. Returning to Dakar students will  wrap up their experience complete required evaluation and group reflection. Students will tour Dakar,  do some shopping before flying back home. Grades for four credits will be based on their reports, PowerPoints and journals.

Before you go check the helpful links below:       

Center for Disease Control-  Check for any travel notices.

U.S. Department of State International Travel- Learn more about your destination.

Consulate General of Senegal- Not sure if you need a visa? Check here.


Important Dates (mandatory meetings):

- Deadline for all Application Materials: October 29th, 2018
- Interview with Study Abroad: October 15- 19, 2018
- Mandatory Meetings/ Pre-Departure Orientation: TBA
- Deadline for payment of Program costs and CUNY-Tuition: Thursday, Decemeber 3rd, 2018



Application Fee: $300

CUNY Tuition: 4 credits

*Program Cost: $1,700

Airfare: $1,200 (Estimated)


*Program cost includes room and board.