The summer Senegal SST unit has returnedbut we'll leave the photos and stories here. This is the first time that an SST group will go to Senegal. However, Prof. Zadi co-lead a group in another west African country, Ivory Coastin They're here! They are here! Our 21 students arrived tonight in Senegal, Dakar all happy and excited.
We got on two vans and headed for the guesthouse were they will spend their first night. Water and sandwiches were served, and a prayer of gratitude said to God. It's late, but they still seem to lne a lot of energy--breaking into groups of three and four to play cards or chat. Tomorrow Fridaywe'll have the first orientation, and they will meet their families in the afternoon at 3pm. Orientation and meeting with families First picture: Friday May 30 was the first day of orientation: syllabus, pratical tips to smooth their way around Dakar, explantion of the city map, and explanation of family situation.
Second picture: At 3 pm, hostfamilies came seenegal the Centre Socio-Culturel du Sacre-Coeur to meet and take their new "daughters" and "sons" home. Sareen Lambright and Rachel Brice are enjoying some bissap and allocos right next to Sareen's mother. Fifth picture: Lyndsay Nance with her "mother," and Alex Miller with his "brother," all heading for home.
Families Our first lecture was ciity "Senegalese Family Structure. Aida pictured with Noka Zadi talked about the extended Senegalese family and the norms that exist within them. This is a topic that students have been experiencing first hand. Karla is pictured with her host mother, Mme Marie-Madeleine Nkelle. The remaining pictures are from a lunch at Alex' home chst his mother served us a delicious tiepou diene. French classes Back to school. Ethnicity, drumming and painting Thursday we had a lecture on "Ethnic Senegall in Senegal.
Following the lecture on "Ethnic Groups Drumming teachers helped GC students play the traditional Jembe. By the end of the afternoon, students were able to play two traditional parts. Nick has become friends with Samba Diallo, one of Senegal's most famous painters. Nick has spent time painting and chatting with him and his apprentices. Here, Nick is holding a painting that he made at their workshop. Visit to Saint-Louis On Friday the 14th, we left our classes and lectures to visit the colonial town kine Saint-Louis, the first capital town in West Africa during French colonization.
On our cuat to Saint-Louis, we visited the "Pink Lake" of Thies second picturewhich occasionally turns Every year, people take 24, tons of salt out of the lake, and the white chay seen at the left of the picture are dunes of salt. We also visited the national park of birds Djouj parktaking a canoe third picture out to see some of the birds.
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Beach near Saint-Louis We also spent some time on the beach relaxing. On Saturday evening a traditional band organized a bonfire at the beach with traditional dance and singing, and GC students ed in. When we arrived, the whole village was waiting for us chzt gave us a warm african welcome. The students watched a traditional wrestling luttingthen danced with the whole village until am.
Each student was hosted by a family. The weekend in the village was an opportunity for students to experience the rural side of the Senegalese life. Activities in Samba Dia During our weekend in the village of Samba Dia, students partipated in two traditional activities. The first one was the traditional lutting wrestling. This is very popular, non-violent sport in Senegal in which one person tries to make another fall.
Traditionally, the winner gets a cow. Two GC students ed in the lutting.
The second activity in which students participated was the M'Blax traditional. This is senegsl dance that students had already learned and practiced in Dakar. Baobab tree near Samba Dia The baobab is a "tree" technically it's a grass which grows mostly in the Sahel the lune between forest and the desert which includes Senegal. A baobab can live more that years. The inside of the tree is empty--this one held 15 Goshen College students at one time.
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Some of these trees were used as graves not the one pictured for the griotswho belong to the cast of musicians, poets and historians in traditional Senegalese society. Baobabs are no longer used as graves for griots. Service at the Zadis' house Every Wednesday, students take a break from lectures and French classes to meet at the Zadi house where we have a worship service and discussions.
The service includes hymns and French songs, Bible study, and prayers. After a break we start discussions. Discussion topics are usually related to recent lectures, field trips, or life in Senegal.
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At noon, we all have lunch. Family pictures Snapshots of students with their host families. Students learn Batik painting part 5 The final product. Students proudly exhibited their work. Students learn batik painting part 4 Students put wax on the material for the second color, then dyed it again. Students learn batik painting part 3 Lunch break during the batik painting which took a whole day. Cht are seen enjoying the traditional tiepou dien with bissap juice.
Students learn batik painting part 2 Sengal their arrival, each student was given a piece of white cotton. Students first practiced their de on a piece of paper, then drew it on the cloth. Next they applied applied wax on the lines, and dyed the material in a chosen color. After a round of drying, they put wax on other lines, and dyed it again. The process goes on until the final product is ready see part 5. Students learn batik painting part 1 Students got on a car rapide minibus to get to the batik painting workshop--notice the "American eagle" on the door.
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Goree island Goree island is 25 minutes by boat south east of Dakar. Slaves would have spent as much as a year on the island before before being shipped off to the Americas. More than twenty million slaves over the course of three centuries passed through the island. There were no hospitals for slaves. Sick captives where thrown into the ocean. Skinny captives, including women and children, were fed until they became fat, then sent. Among the last pictures is the "door of no return" and the canons that protected the island from outsiders.
Goree island is a living museum. But no new construction is allowed and there are no vehicles nor hotels on the island.
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The three original colors white, red and yellow from slave trading days are the only ones allowed. As our guide said, "we want to pass this history on to our children exactly the way it has been.
Lecture on music Professor Ibrahima Seck came with a band to introduce us to different kinds of Senegalese music, including Wolof, Serere, Mandingo, and Pulaar among others. They played drums, the banjo, and the balafon.
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Professor Seck went on to explain the influence of this traditional music on American music, such as Jazz, blues, salsa, and reggae. To make the point, the musicians played some Senegalese traditional music and switched to blues and other more familiar kinds of music--sometimes without the students realizing it. Syllabus For those interested in a little more detail about our schedule, here is some of the syllabus MS-Word file for this term in Senegal.
Student service asments Our students are currently in different towns and villages throughout the country for service.
Miriam is also in Thies, working for the Centre Emmanuela non-governmental organization. The center offers computer training classes for people who qre computer illiterate. Jennifer and Rachel are in Samba Dia which the group visitedabout three hours south of Dakar. Jenn and Rachel are both working at the chah clinic. Marcos and Josh are both in the small town of Diourbel, about three hours east of Dakar.
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They are working for World Vision in different rural development projects. Tara and Karla are in Bambey, a small town that is 2 hours east of Dakar. They work for the Catholic Caritas organization in rural development projects. JosiahAlexand Rachel Brice are in Saint-Louis, three hours north of Dakar at a school of agriculture which operates vegetable and dairy farms.
Nick is in Mekhe, a village that senegsl two and half hours north of Dakar. He works with an christian organization that offers positive lime based on Bible stories, songs, etc for kids during the summer holidays. Nick also tutors people who would like to improve their English. Erin and Anne are both in a village near Richard-Toll, four and half hours chhat of Dakar. Erin works with a milk pasteurizing organization run by women.
Anne works in the village clinic.