Over the past few months, I have fielded many questions about my time in Senegal. What was it like? Did I have a favorite part of the trip? How was my experience at the school? What did I learn? What was the food like? And many more. I have found it difficult to answer these in a way that can fully encapsulate Senegal and all of my experiences there. How do you describe a place to someone in a minute or two? How do I succinctly share what I learned about this special place while avoiding only giving one story? If you have never seen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk entitled The Danger of a Single Story, I highly recommend watching it. It is a great reminder to avoid describing a place or person in only one way or dimension. While I have enjoyed sharing my experiences, I hope that I am able to portray Senegal and all of its nuances and angles.
I have so many people to thank for exposing me to the wonders of Senegal. The Teacher’s for Global Classroom’s program, my host teacher, our in-country consultants, the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, all of the teachers and students at Lycee’ de Diass, and so many more. I will never forget my time with you and look forward to continued collaboration in the future. Hopefully one day I will be able to visit again. Until then…Thank you. Jerefef. Chorka. Merci.