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    [post_content] => Here's a quick photo update in between discussions overlooking the rolling waves, beach-side lunches at Binta's ceeb shack, and chill time to just sit back and think on all that we've experienced these past nine months.

Enjoy!

With gratitude from the BY Senegal crew!
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Curious about transference?

I-team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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Here’s a quick photo update in between discussions overlooking the rolling waves, beach-side lunches at Binta’s ceeb shack, and chill time to just sit back and think on all that we’ve experienced these past nine months. Enjoy! With gratitude from the BY Senegal crew!

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06/27/16

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I-team

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Transference (photos continued…)

I-Team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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More photos from the homestay party!

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05/23/16

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I-Team

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    [post_content] => As my days in Senegal are “burriaatul” (no longer a lot), the questions I receive most are along the lines of “Do you want to go?” “Do you want to stay?” “What do you miss? Do you miss your family?” To all those questions: Yes. I want to go. I want to stay longer. I miss my family, but that isn’t to say that I won’t miss my family here too. A question that I’ve gotten since we’ve first arrived but I’ve had enough experience to honestly think about is “Which do you prefer: Senegal or the US?” Given that most of the people who ask me this are from Senegal, my knee-jerk reaction is to say of course that Senegal is certainly much better than the US. However most people you ask in Senegal will tell you Senegal isn’t a very great place. I discussed with my older cousin his thoughts on why I- and other American students- consistently say I prefer Senegal. We both agreed that it has something to do with the sense of newness. That each day is different and you wake up not knowing what to expect by the end of the day. While initially that was very much the case, but the longer I’ve been here the more I come to love it. For me it’s a variety of things: a sense of liberty, an evasion of impending responsibilities, a chance to learn somethings completely new, making new friends, but most of all the sense of community.
In ways, Yoff (our neighborhood in the capital of Dakar) is a bit of a safe haven in a busy city. This is not so say, that it’s the only place in Dakar like this but neighbors all know each other, and even borrow each other’s kitchen materials. Wherever you go, you can strike up conversation with people you’ve never met before and might not see again. People will offer old ladies their seat on the bus. The feeling of complete safety, and familiarity is one that I haven’t felt in a long time, in fact since my family moved from a town of approximately 5,000 people in the middle of Iowa.
As my older sister said: “Senegalese people like to be in the alleys”. That’s where conversation happens, that’s where children play, and it’s where old men sit out and sunbathe, drinking tea from small glass cups. It’s simply where the neighborhood comes together.
I know when I leave Senegal this is what I’ll miss the most. Even as there are some days where I don’t feel like chit chatting, that fact that there is always someone who will spare their time for you, and most days when I come in the house there’s a smiling face to greet me means a lot coming from a country where “time is money”.
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End of the Year thoughts

Sharon Musa,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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As my days in Senegal are “burriaatul” (no longer a lot), the questions I receive most are along the lines of “Do you want to go?” “Do you want to stay?” “What do you miss? Do you miss your family?” To all those questions: Yes. I want to go. I want to stay longer. I […]

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05/23/16

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Sharon Musa

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The idea of the project was simple: throughout the week, a shifting team of actors, authors, and volunteers held events in schools and at cultural centers throughout Dakar in which we presented excerpts from great works of literature, much of it hailing from Senegal or West Africa. As a member of the team, I had the privilege of organizing and taking part in many of these events. Throughout the week, I and the other team-members went into schools--ranging in level from elementary school to university--and lead workshops with students focusing on the importance of reading and the particular vitality of the West African literary tradition. In addition, I took part in numerous public events at theaters and cultural centers in which we invited engaged audience members (frequently professionals of theater and literature themselves) to join us onstage to share an excerpt from one of their favorite books.

 

It was a remarkable series of events, an overwhelming whirlwind of performance, language, and ideas. I spent the week searching for the most effective way to engross a classroom of 10-year-olds in great children's literature, taking part in scintillating discussions with Senegalese university students about the complicated questions of language and African identity, and skirting around the city with a remarkable group of artists. Like all events of its kind, "Le Marathon de Lecture" was not always stress free--but it was truly a privilege to take part in.

 

For more information on NitThéâtre, check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nittheatreofficiel/
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A Reading Marathon

Nicholas Judt,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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05/23/16

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Nicholas Judt

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    [post_content] => A few weeks ago on our student led excursion we visited a town in the south called Niodior. There, we witnessed the effects of this clandestine refugee crisis first-hand. Every household had a least one man who tried to escape his plight for a better life for himself and his family. They told us about the journey in the dark waves aboard long and narrow, shallow pirogues to the north. Where they would strip themselves of their identity, throw away their papers so they couldn't be sent home and submit themselves to the will of whomever they trusted to lead them through the desert towards Europe, the land of excessive milk and honey. The women talked about the ensuing "feminization of the economy" since having witnessed a massive gender exodus. And aside from all of the social and economic pressures we could stipulate contributed to their decision to risk it all, the environmental reality mostly escaped our discussion. We are past the tipping point. We've broken our planet, and now we must face the consequences headstrong. Communities and humanity's wellbeing are at risk. What can we do about it?

Here's a great, concise article that articulates these issues really well. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/20/opinion/out-of-africa-part-ii.html?_r=0
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Climate and Refugees…

Caleb Visser,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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05/23/16

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Caleb Visser

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Transference (photos continued…)

I-Team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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IEA and homestay photos!

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05/23/16

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I-Team

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    [post_content] => When the field notes become few and far between, you know we are counting down the months and weeks until the end of the program. Busy visiting friends, stocking up on fabric at the market, cooking with homestays.

When we start talking about transference, you know we are counting down the days - just a little over a week left. It's been a wild ride, and it's hard to believe that we've already been here 9 months!

This past month has been busy with independent enrichment activity (IEA) performances, projects at service sites, and parties with homestays. Browse through the photos to see what we've been up to!

Monday May 23 - Saturday May 28, we'll finally be slowing down and taking a breadth. We'll be traveling to Toubab Dialaw, a peaceful town along the petite cote for Transference - a time to focus on review, reflection, reintegration, and recognition. This coming week we'll be with little to no internet access - but we'll be back in touch soon!

Best,

Babacar and Elke
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Transference

I-Team,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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When the field notes become few and far between, you know we are counting down the months and weeks until the end of the program. Busy visiting friends, stocking up on fabric at the market, cooking with homestays. When we start talking about transference, you know we are counting down the days – just a […]

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05/23/16

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I-Team

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Cooking Lessons in Niodior

MC Otani,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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Sweet tapalapa

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05/4/16

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MC Otani

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    [post_content] => As I write this, the group is enjoying cremes, delicious frozen juices sold in independent saches. We have a moment to pause and relax mid-way through our trip with Aida Mane's (Elke's) homestay family in Sokone for the day. We'll spend the night here before heading on to the Gambia in the morning.

Our adventure has been full of fun! We started in Niordior, where we learned about the clandestine refugee crisis from West Africa to Europe, especially Spain. Nearly every family here, we were told, has at least two men who have attempted the dangerous sea journey. Some turned back as the seas turned on them; others perished to the unforgiving waves; yet few managed to make it all the way to Morocco or Spain. The second day, we planted mangroves with community members as a group service project. 220 sprouts later and mud caked to our calves, we hiked with the president of the local women's cooperative around farmland and visited her field. She told us about women's initiatives and their interplay with environmental concerns for the community.

The next morning we visited a local boulangerie to try our hands at making tappolappa, a thicker local bread that (if asked) many of us may die for. It's great! We baked our loaves, and the baker sent us out with some special loaves of what we likened to the Jewish bread, challah. Yum, yum, yum. After a late Easter brunch, we were on our way for an afternoon trek, 7 kilometers! The sun was much hotter than expected, but luckily the final length stretched along a breath-taking (we were pretty tired, all said) beach and finished with a fresh dip in the water.

We met our donkey cart and baggage and packed up the pirogue to travel farther into the delta region to spend the night on the island of Falia. In the morning we headed to Ker Bamboung, where we've spent the last two days swimming, kayaking, hiking through mangroves, exploring the environment and community issues, and reading and relaxing in the sun!

This evening we will visit a handicap center in Sokone to learn about the handicapped community of Senegal. The next few days in the Gambia are guaranteed to deliver new experiences too.

All of the while, memories are being made and stories created. These are the days when legends are born, don't you know. Stay on the lookout for our coming posts!
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Caleb Visser,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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As I write this, the group is enjoying cremes, delicious frozen juices sold in independent saches. We have a moment to pause and relax mid-way through our trip with Aida Mane’s (Elke’s) homestay family in Sokone for the day. We’ll spend the night here before heading on to the Gambia in the morning. Our adventure […]

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03/31/16

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Caleb Visser

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We have been busy for the past few weeks planning the student led excursion, and now it’s finally time to depart! Tomorrow morning, the 25th of March, we head south for a jam (and jamm) packed week exploring the Sine-Saloum delta and the Gambia!

Whether exploring environmental issues and clandestine refugees in Niodior, discovering the homestay family of one Aida Mane (Elke) in Sokone or crossing the border into an Anglophone state whose history is so similar yet so different as a result of colonization, we’re sure to learn a lot while away (and have some fun too).

We’ll get back to Dakar the 3rd, right in time to celebrate Senegal’s Independence Day on April 4th, but until then we won’t have readied internet connection. Be sure to stay tuned to this field board for updates on our adventures in the weeks to come!

If you’re interested in finding out more about where we’re headed check these links out!

Here is a YouTube video that Daniel from BY Senegal made last year of their

Sine-Saloum trip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZkhaTQ0ISo

Also, here's a link to a public domain Wikipedia photo of the

Sine-Saloum Delta:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saloum_Delta#/media/File:Saloum.gif

And here's a link to a public domain Wikipedia photo of a mosque in

Serekunda in The Gambia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serekunda#/media/File:BundungMosque.jpg

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Spring Excursion Time !

Caleb Visser and Mashad Arora,Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2015-16

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We have been busy for the past few weeks planning the student led excursion, and now it’s finally time to depart! Tomorrow morning, the 25th of March, we head south for a jam (and jamm) packed week exploring the Sine-Saloum delta and the Gambia! Whether exploring environmental issues and clandestine refugees in Niodior, discovering the […]

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03/25/16

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Caleb Visser and Mashad Arora

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