WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
This project offers you a chance to get to know this beautiful area of Western Africa in an intimate way. Submerge yourself in Senegalese culture and traditions as you improve your linguistic skills, develop new skills and gain fantastic media journalism experience in this unique and exciting location.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
You will begin your Senegal experience with a week of French lessons; you will have three hours of private lessons per day Monday-Friday from a qualified teacher who will keep on track of your progress through a variety of class activities. By staying with a host family you will get the opportunity to practise your French skills in everyday conversation, encouraging you to develop your level of fluency and make the most out of this once in a life time opportunity. Following the completion of week one, you will then have the opportunity to choose from one of the following programmes:
Week 2 Option 1 – Music and Cultural Classes
If you choose this option you will participate in cultural classes, where you will be taught how to play various African instruments such as the Djembé, the Sabaar and the Tama as well as traditional dances including the national Senegalese dance, the Mbalax. You will also have the opportunity to join lively dance excursions to the beach, which can be arranged to show off your new skills on the golden sands of this African treasure land.
Week 2 Option 2 – Media Placement (intermediate French required)
If music and dancing is not your thing, why not round off your experience by working alongside local professionals and volunteering at the local radio or television centre. You will have the opportunity to discover more about the local cultures and learn more about this fantastic country. As part of your work you will be conducting interviews, writing articles or making programmes in English and will be encouraged to bring your own creativity and perspectives whilst you learn from the professionals working alongside you. Working in a Senegalese radio station could prove to be a valuable experience for your future career as well as creating memories that will last forever. Given the importance of the role that you will play in the team, a fairly high level of French is required to join this programme.