I got my language placement today! I will be learning a variation of Pulaar, called Pulaar du Nord. It is spoken all along the border of Mauritania on the Senegal River, in the far north of the country where very conservative Muslim communities exist. Pulaar is also one of the few native African languages that can be spoken in other countries throughout the continent, about 15.
While I don’t learn my definite site placement for three more weeks, this means I will be in the northern, sandy, desert region of Senegal. Agriculture extension will be tough here. It is a very remote region on a flood plain of the Senegal River and largely separated from the rest of the country. The villages are more traditional and conservative Muslim, and the desert climate will work against most farming efforts. But I came here to work in development and rural agriculture… it’s not supposed to be easy! On y va.