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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal; Serekunda, Gambia
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Artistic Work, Research
Program Description:

Project Description:
This 14-day voyage to West Africa will give students a fully immersed view into the everyday lives of the indigenous culture of the Mandinka, Jola, Wolof, Fulani and Serer ethnic groups of Gambia and Sénégal. Students will take part in daily folkloric music, song, dance and history classes. They will also learn to speak in the native languages while trying their new skills bartering in the marketplace. Students will have the opportunity to shop, cook and serve Domoda and Thieboudienne, the traditional dishes native to both countries. They will visit and explore historic treasures such as Kunta Kinteh Island, Kachikally Crocodile Pool, Abuko Nature Reserve, Gorée Island, Lac Rose, Ngor, Renaissance de Monument, various marketplaces, and much more. The cultural arts journey will culminate with a Tanebére experience (Dance & Music Party Event), where students will have the opportunity to perform folkloric song, dance and drumming in the face of the community. This is a cultural experience to West Africa like no other.  Students will be required to journal their experiences and participate in interactive culture talks daily.
Past participants have commented favorably on their cultural arts experience in West Africa becoming fully immersed with the people and the culture, while studying the history and a multitude of folkloric arts genres. This cultural arts journey has forever changed their lives.

Fee - approx. $3,800* plus airfare and one meal per day
* Students may apply for need-based funding for this project in the Winter Term project application.

This project is Selective.  Interested students should complete this application to be considered.

Dates:  January 25 - February 1, 2022: Gambia;  February 1 - February 7, 2022: Senegal

Number of Students: 20

Talise Campbell


This program is currently not accepting applications.