Snapshots of Senegal

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The climate and landscape around my village are constant reminders of the encroachment of the Sahara (March, 2014)

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Improved variety sorghum seed I extended in one of my farmer’s fields (October, 2014)

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My ride out to the fields most of harvest season… on loan from my host brother! (October, 2014)

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Breaking ground and making holes for fall corn planting (November, 2014)

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Slash and burn techniques are alive and well in Senegal and behavior change is a slow process (November, 2014)

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An African Mahogany tree in the southern region of Kolda. These trees are protected by the government and cutting down a live one is illegal. (May, 2014)

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Horses are worth big bucks in Sengal, donkeys less so (May, 2014)

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The MSS Scholarship winners from my village. These girls want to be midwives, business women, and advocates for women’s education (June, 2014)

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Celebrating the end of the school year in a traditional ceremony with women of my village (June, 2014)

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The threaded gold rings, called thoissan in Pulaar, are woven into the hair and worn by women at important events or ceremonies. The black dye underneath her lip can be worn in several places on the face and is meant to be a decorative tattoo. (June, 2014)

Out to dinner in Saint Louis with my friends and fellow agriculture volunteers, Megan and Rhianna

A rare treat; out to dinner while exploring the old French city of Saint Louis (on the coast) with PCVs Rhianna and Megan (June, 2014)

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PCVs Kenna and Alicia teaching a physical education class at the Matam Girls’ Camp (March, 2014)

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A rise outside of Yacine Lakke, rare in this flat landscape (December, 2014)

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PCVs celebrating Thanksgiving together and climbing the cliffs in Popenguine to watch the sun set (November, 2013)

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Evening in Popenguine (November, 2013)

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The cheap seats to the soccer game (October, 2013)

My host brother holding the ram down while my father says the prayers before killing it

Holding the ram down while the head of the family says the prayers before killing it for the Muslim holiday Eid al Adha (October, 2013)

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A Pulaar herder; they sometimes travel across half the country throughout the course of the year in search of forage for the animals (October, 2013)

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Reluctant friends in Galoyabe (October, 2013)

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My host brother, Isma Yila, and the family horse who he trained as a two year old (July, 2014)

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Plowing the fields to make way for sorghum planting (July, 2014)

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The national highway on the way to Bakel… bush paths tend to be a smoother ride (May, 2014)

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Boys in my village all dressed up for the end of school ceremony and accompanying skit (June, 2014)

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Discovering the Bakel area one old, gnarly baobab tree at a time (August, 2014)

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The iconic baobab tree is found in most places in Senegal and can live up to several thousand years old. Their fruit is found all over local markets and can be eaten or made into a juice (August, 2014)

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Bushwacking and biking to hard to get to areas in the rainy season; although it still looks arid, the Bakel area is radically changed from what it looks like the rest of the 10 months out of the year (August, 2014)

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Senegalese drum circles are a wild, impromptu exercise in getting the most out of life (August, 2014)

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It’s never too early to start (August, 2014)

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4 thoughts on “Snapshots of Senegal

  1. Your blog made me homesick for the country that I called home for over two years. Thank you for sharing the wonders of Senegal with the world.

    Laura Chambers
    Chief of Staff Peace
    RPCV Senegal 84-86

  2. Your pictures are beautiful. I am heading to Senegal in February of 2015 to work as a Health Extension Volunteer with the Peace Corps. What kind of camera are you using to document your experiences?

    • Hi Michael,

      I shoot with a Nikon Coolpix P330. It’s a really handy size without sacrificing your essential manual settings, and the quality of the photos is outstanding. I highly recommend it. See you in Senegal in a few months!

      Erika

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