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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of Senegal,

We're happy to report that the Senegal students have arrived safely in DC and those with early connections have already boarded their domestic flights home. They were able to make it through customs and immigration without any issues. Please feel free to contact the office at 303.413.0822 with any questions or concerns. Additionally, you can refer to flightaware.com  to check the status of on-going flights.

We hope this finds you all well.

Best,

Dragons Admin
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Students Arrived Safely

Justin Kiersky,Senegal 4-week

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Dear family and friends of Senegal, We’re happy to report that the Senegal students have arrived safely in DC and those with early connections have already boarded their domestic flights home. They were able to make it through customs and immigration without any issues. Please feel free to contact the office at 303.413.0822 with any […]

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07/28/15

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Justin Kiersky

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => Family and Friends of Senegal students,

We're thrilled to report that all the students have boarded their international flight safely and on time! Liz Connor will accompany the students on the return flight to DC  and will help them meet their connecting flights. They are flying on South African Airlines flight #207 which is scheduled to arrive at Washington Dulles Airport tomorrow July 28 at 6:25am EST.

We'll update you once the students lands in DC. Until then, all the best.

Team Senegal
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Students are Flying Home

Justin Kiersky,Senegal 4-week

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Family and Friends of Senegal students, We’re thrilled to report that all the students have boarded their international flight safely and on time! Liz Connor will accompany the students on the return flight to DC  and will help them meet their connecting flights. They are flying on South African Airlines flight #207 which is scheduled […]

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07/27/15

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Justin Kiersky

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => Hello Everyone!

We are sitting in the airport in Dakar, awaiting the flight that will take across the Atlantic ocean. We have enjoyed our time together so much! The students are excited to get home and share their stories with you, even as they are sad to be leaving each other and this place that has taught them so much over the past 28 days. We spent our last day doing some souvenir shopping, and drinking hot sweet minty tea with Senegalese friends. This evening we had an ice cream party and had a candle ceremony on the roof of the program house while listening to the call to prayer. We expressed our gratitude for each other and all the people that supported our journey. I believe that the students had a dance party in the living room as the instructor team finished up last minute details and administrative work.

We will give the office a call as soon as we land to confirm our arrival! Thank you for lending us your children for the last month. They have been so lovely to travel and spend time with.

Liz, Toby and Samba
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Aeroport Du Senegal!

Liz Connor,Senegal 4-week

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Hello Everyone! We are sitting in the airport in Dakar, awaiting the flight that will take across the Atlantic ocean. We have enjoyed our time together so much! The students are excited to get home and share their stories with you, even as they are sad to be leaving each other and this place that […]

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07/27/15

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Liz Connor

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => It was explained to us by Luis’ brother that Korite was a day for eating and soccer — it proved to be just that. After after the village of Manthiancani had been stuffed they headed up to the soccer fields for the annual bachelor vs married soccer game. When we first arrived Annie asked the one kid in the village who spoke english if we could play. He promptly responded no. He said that in the U.S. girls can play but here in Africa girls cannot and they will get injured. Discouraged Annie and I walked away, but started our own juggling circle with Annie’s host brother. However, things quickly turned around when the boys playing the game took a break, and Luis’ brother yelled over to us and asked if we wanted to play. We ran out, being the only white people and the only girls playing all eyes where on us as we entered the field. Although in the beginning of the game the ball seldom found our feet as our teams got more comfortable with us playing we started finding the ball more often.

 

There was one moment where the ball slipped out of the goalies hands and I saw an opportunity along with three other guys. As my feet slipped though the goalies hands, and other limbs flew all around there was a simultaneous gasp from the audience. When I got back up with a smile on my face all the boys on my team looked at me like I was a freak of nature. I would like to think that by Annie and I playing the game and falling over more than a few times we helped break gender stereotypes that the men in the village previously had. When the game ended we walked out with men all around us calling us Messi and Ronaldo and inviting us back the next day.

 

As I lay under the stars that night with my host family many people came through asking me about soccer. Annie and I became respected by most every one in the village, even the village chief came up to us commenting on our skills. Our entire village Homestay experience was absolutely incredible and to be able to participate in something that no other girls have is priceless.
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Soccer and Korite

Eliza Yager,Senegal 4-week

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It was explained to us by Luis’ brother that Korite was a day for eating and soccer — it proved to be just that. After after the village of Manthiancani had been stuffed they headed up to the soccer fields for the annual bachelor vs married soccer game. When we first arrived Annie asked the […]

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07/24/15

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Eliza Yager

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Senegal 4-week

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Photos again

Liz Connor,Senegal 4-week

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07/24/15

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Liz Connor

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => Last Wednesday, my poop scale dropped from a 5 to a 0. Unfortunately this coincided with our drive from Kolda to Manthiancani for our six day homestay. That hour long car ride was the worst drive on the whole trip, which says a lot considering we just drove for fourteen hours straight on Tuesday. As soon as we pulled into the village, I forgot all about my stomach. Maybe it was the Imodium pill I took, but I like to think it was Manthiancani. At least thirty people swarmed our car, shaking our hands and exchanging warm greetings with us. After meeting my host family, the Manes, they took me back to their sudu (hut). Somehow, I found myself holding hands with four kids at once. As I put my stuff in my room, my neene informed me that my Senegalese name was Aissatou--no longer Aminata. That night, we had a delicious meal and then laid under the stars on our stick bed. Around ten o'clock I heard someone sing "Aissatou!" A girl from a nearby sudu ran over to our stick bed and pulled me over to a group of girls. They started clapping in a circle and singing. One by one, they would go inside the circle for a solo dance. After a few nights of dancing, I picked up on the lyrics. The songs they sang were really catchy; one of them is still stuck in my head. Another highlight from our homestay was playing soccer. There was a village soccer game between the married men and the unmarried men. Our group went up to watch, I was hoping that we could get a chance to play. After a frustrating conversation where we were falsely informed that girls don't play soccer in Africa, Eliza and I joined the game! We played as the sun set over the field. The game was amazing! All the players had such good ball skills, it was beautiful to watch and be a part of. Afterwards we got a lot of high fives. Luis's host brother came up to me and called me Messi. Another guy invited us back the next day to play.
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Manthiancani cures travelers diarrhea

Annie Cohen,Senegal 4-week

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Last Wednesday, my poop scale dropped from a 5 to a 0. Unfortunately this coincided with our drive from Kolda to Manthiancani for our six day homestay. That hour long car ride was the worst drive on the whole trip, which says a lot considering we just drove for fourteen hours straight on Tuesday. As […]

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07/24/15

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Annie Cohen

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => Dear Senegal Students & Families,

Next week marks the end of our Senegal summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival!

Below is a reminder of the return group flight information for your reference:

July 28th, 2015
South African Airways #SAA 207
Depart: Dakar (DKR) 2:15am
Arrive: Washington DC (IAD) 6:25am

Should you need any assistance during student travel days, please call our Admin cell phone for assistance: 303-921-6078, or email: update@wheretherebedragons.com.

We wish all students a great trip home!

Sincerely,

Boulder Admin
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Senegal Return Group Flight Information

Dragons Admin,Senegal 4-week

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Dear Senegal Students & Families, Next week marks the end of our Senegal summer program and students will soon be boarding their planes to return home and share their tales of adventure with each of you. We are sure you are anxiously awaiting their arrival! Below is a reminder of the return group flight information […]

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07/24/15

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Dragons Admin

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => I am Senegal
I am cooking huts and ten person platters
I am the smell of smoky wood fires
I am the sharp taste of fresh pound spice
I am the fizz of oil in the pot
I am the feeling of rice burning your hands
I am the bliss of a full stomach and empty pot
I am the prayers to always Nam en Jamm
I am Senegal

-Morgan

I am Senegal
I am green trees and straw huts
I am the smell of smashed bisaap
I am the taste of rice, onions and spices
I am the feel of a straw mat
I am happiness
I am continuous peace
I am Senegal

-Eliza

I am Senegal
I am vibrant patterns and busy markets
I am the smell of evening ataya rounds
I am juicy mangoes and salty bread
I am the sounds of laughing children and bleating goats
I am itchy mosquito bites
I am the love between families and the community
I am the hope that everyone can get an education
I am Senegal

-Jordan

I am Senegal
I am a woman teaching her daughter to dance atop a Dakar rooftop
I am the scent of fresh mangoes from the village market
I am sweet afternoon ataya with my host brothers
I am the shout of late night ramadan festivities
I am a cool bucket shower after hours spent in the relentless heat
I am the calm of hours spent resting on the beaches of Dene
I am the hope that the young man in the village can pursue his dream of becoming a French teacher

-Will

I am Senegal
I am the people that you greet
I am the smells that you get when you walk down the weekly market looking for a treat
I am the maffe that you eat
I am the dancing you do
When you hear the assico beat
I am the collo reaching up tall
I am the overwhelming joy even when im a fly on the wall
even when Im tripping i hope that i dont fall
I am Senegal

-Luis

I am Senegal
I am a tightly knit family
I am sweet coffee at sunset
I am the bread and chocolate that greets you in the morning
I am the call to prayer before sunrise
I am a cold bucket bath after a long hot trek
I am relieved that money does not mean happiness
I am hopeful that the rich culture continues to thrive
I am Senegal

-Patrick

I am Senegal
I am colorful fabric
I am fish markets
I am sweet ataya
I am singing children
I am sleeping on stick beds
I am peaceful
I am the never fading light in Mala’s eyes
I am Senegal

-Annie

I am Senegal
I am suddus and gales
I am sugar, sugar, sugar and more sugar
I am 9’oclock ataya
I am the wails of baby Khadiatou
I am sticky rice in my hands
I am eagerly awaiting the wave of a fan
I am the warm embrace of families
I am Senegal

-Sabrina

I am Senegal
I am the millions of stars in the sky
I am the burnt smell preparing for ataya
I am a freshly cut mango
I am the village kids yelling foto foto
I am the cool water of the bucket showers
I am curiosity
I am hopeful that my host family will be in peace
I am Senegal

-Liza
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Poetic Relief

Student Group,Senegal 4-week

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I am Senegal I am cooking huts and ten person platters I am the smell of smoky wood fires I am the sharp taste of fresh pound spice I am the fizz of oil in the pot I am the feeling of rice burning your hands I am the bliss of a full stomach and […]

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07/23/15

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Student Group

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Senegal 4-week

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    [post_content] => Goes the poet that “nothing gold can stay”… that beauty cannot last forever, because you get used to staring at that beautiful thing and then one day you realize that it is not beautiful but in actuality quite average. Just like the nighttime stars at Manthiancani. I remember staring at the blankets upon blankets of stars for minutes on end while my host sisters laughed at me for having such a fascination in the sky, which to her is of the most average and elementary parts of her life. I wish only that I knew more than survival-phrase Pulaar so that I could tell them that “the stars are not like this in America.” I know that, like them, I could get used to these stars very easily. I know how easily time could make me take the abundance of stars for granted.

But what is forgotten about the ordinary turning average is that before it turns ordinary, it becomes even more extraordinary. The longer that you stare at the stars, the more that come out. The same went with Manthiancani as an environment and way of life. The longer that we stayed, the more grand that it became.

This morning, we packed our bags and drove away from our six night homestay in a small, rural village in southern Senegal. The week all began last Wednesday when our minibus turned off of the main road and into Manthiancani. Like a church bell, our rumbling engine announced our presence and within the minute our car was surrounded by what seemed to be the entire village. Their eagerness was the most warm of welcomes and Manthiancani was already a sky of a thousand stars. And like the night sky, the longer that we stayed, the more stars that came out.

Stars when I ate bisaap and steaming rice by hand for dinner.
Stars when the little girls of the compound taught me to dance the Senegalese way by starlight.
Stars when I spent the entire day watching the ladies weave their hair for Korité.
Stars when Eliza and Annie joined in the men’s evening community soccer game.
Stars when the whole village gathered to sing and dance and eat in our honor.
Stars upon stars upon stars.

Perhaps if we had stayed much longer we would have become accustomed to the night sky, and though stars would keep emerging, we would stop noticing. Goes the poet that “nothing gold can stay”. And although I was sad to leave my Manthiancani family, I cannot complain about the images and memories of peace, joy and a million stars that I am taking with me.
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Morgan Sutton,Best Notes From The Field, Senegal 4-week

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Goes the poet that “nothing gold can stay”… that beauty cannot last forever, because you get used to staring at that beautiful thing and then one day you realize that it is not beautiful but in actuality quite average. Just like the nighttime stars at Manthiancani. I remember staring at the blankets upon blankets of […]

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