This 4-week program will take place in the port city of Dakar in Senegal. During their four weeks in Senegal, students attend in the morning the 4-credit course 'FREN 388: Civilizations of West Francophone Africa' taught by Dr. Kodjo Adabra, Assistant Professor of French at SUNY Geneseo. They also conduct field research on carefully chosen topics inclusing Islam, history, culture, education, politics, music, or other country-relevant topics as approved by the instructor. Subjects from rap music to the history of the slave trade can be considered. Students practice French on a daily basis in their host families and are introduced to the basics of Wolof language. They also participate in many pre-planned cultural events, weekend excursions, and site visits.
The program fee includes roundtrip (international) airfare, airport pickup and departure assistance in Dakar, orientations, notarized copies of passports, homestays with Senegalese families for four weeks, all meals and weekly laundry service, individual cellphones with starter credit, cultural activities fees, excursions, hotel stays and transportations, visits, and a farewell group dinner.
Excursions include three weekend trips with overnight stays at hotels to places such as Saint Louis, Toubab-Dialao, the pink-Lake, the famous Gorée Island and more.... Weekday afternoon visits are also scheduled in Dakar and the suburban areas, to museums, artisanal exhibits, local sites of interest and several cultural events.
The port city of Dakar in Senegal blends modern amenities with the rich cultures and traditions of diverse ethnic groups. Senegal, Africa's westernmost country, is one of the more successful post-colonial democratic transitions in Africa, and has played a significant role in the politics, arts, and culture of West Africa.
In Dakar, students will reside with
host-families. On excursions, hotel accommodations will be provided.
Class will be held in classroom facilities at the ACI Baobab Center.