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Senegal Teaching

Senegal Teaching

Make a valued and long term contribution to the future of the children you encounter and befriend in a community that lacks most of the basic educational resources.

Prices from $1,045

Help disadvantaged and marginalised children by bringing them hope through teaching and then experience a supercharged fortnight of adventure activities in Senegal, a multi faceted and vibrant country famous for its art heritage and a rich tapestry of interwoven musical roots. Despite its diminutive size, Senegal has its own unique amalgamation of exotic music, tempting cuisine and unusual customs, making it a veritable melting pot of cultural discovery. Visit pristine ivory coastline laced with the dramatic expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, where you will find beaches scattered with rose tinged shells, palm trees flourishing on the sandy shores and coral reefs and cays replete with a myriad of species of tiny fish and other tropical creatures unique to these waters.

Enjoy dark humid nights in the thriving port of Dakar, where you will find a range of influences from French to Arabic expressed in a multitude of cafés, bars and restaurants as well as galleries and museums. Make a valued and long term contribution to the future of the children you encounter and befriend in a community that lacks most of the basic educational resources.

Try Senegal for a gap year or year out destination that has so much to offer!


  • Become a teacher, mentor & friend to the children
  • Explore the melting pot of Senegal
  • Bring your own unique skills & personality to the project


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • A basic understanding of French is necessary


Location Senegal

Work towards your FREE Frontier TEFL Certificate if you complete 20 hours of teaching

Explore Dakar in your free time

Transport Airport pick-up
Car to project offices & site
Accommodation Homestay


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Airport pick-up
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up



A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


Although education is compulsory at the primary level between the ages of 7 and 13, only 62% of primary school aged children were enrolled in school in 1999 as a result of a serious lack of facilities and funding. Consequently the current adult illiteracy rate stands at around 62.7%. Because of the structure of society here, girls in particular often lack access to an adequate education. Although there has been a constant steady increase in access, this has had severe implications for the quality and infrastructure of education, which have both declined. 

Given that tourism is one of most important industries in these countries, the Department for Education insists building relations with European countries through teaching English, Spanish and German as second languages. 


The age of the pupils at the schools and colleges where you will teach is between 15 and 19 years. However, it is possible to give English or French lessons to children in the CEM2 class, being the last year of primary school whose age range is between 12 and 15, as well as to the children of the neighbourhood where you are accommodated.

Alongside teaching English, you will be encouraged to organise your own programme and teach other subjects, such as IT, music, maths, drama and science.

You can typically expect to be teaching two classes per day, which usually last for around two hours each, although your detailed timetable will be arranged with your project coordinator upon arrival.


You will be met at Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport on the Monday by our friendly coordinator and taken to your project location. 


Depending on the time of your arrival, you will either be taken to a local hotel (if you arrive late at night) or directly to the volunteer accommodation. You will be provided with a clean, comfortable room with all the basic amenities. The centre has a communal area and dining room where you will be served your meals.


During your stay you will enjoy three meals a day, which you will share with other volunteers. Dishes that you may encounter include avocado stuffed with prawn, barbecued chicken in a rich onion and lemon sauce and, if you are vegetarian, look out for the popular chopped egg salad amongst other tasty treats. Those with a sweet tooth may like to try peanut ice cream! Generally the emphasis will be on simple home cooked dishes made with fresh local produce.

Early update  | 6 Mar 2017
Salaam aleikum! that is how people greet each other here; the proper response is maleikum salaam....

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Seeing the sites in Senegal  | 25 Oct 2016
I’m so glad I went with Frontier to Senegal, the very friendly and helpful staff, which fro...

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When I left UK I didn't know what to expect from Senegal  | 15 Sep 2016
Wow, is it already 4 weeks since i got here? Where did the time go?! When I left UK I didn...

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Fish BBQs and Djembe playing  | 1 Jun 2016
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and it has definitely been an unforgettable experience. My...

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You don’t Remember Days, you Remember Moments  | 6 Apr 2016
This has been quite a year! I went backpacking for 5months, and then went home for 5weeks before ...

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The city of Dakar is one of Africa's most vibrant, with a thriving music scene and buzzing street markets contrasting with beautiful, peaceful beaches, museums and galleries. There are many cultural workshops which you can attend and which you can book through local providers, further supporting the local economy. These include such varied activities as African drumming (djembe), African textile dying and traditional Senegalese cooking. Joining in activities with local people is a must and other activities such as football, volleyball and dancing are very popular. 

There is plenty to explore around Senegal. The Casamance, for example, has sandy beaches, lush vegetation and a very welcoming population and St Louis in the North is an old colonial city where traces of the French colonial times can still be found. 


2 weeks $1,045

Extra week $345


Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday.


2 weeks +

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Ground transfers to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Dakar (DKR)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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