Dakar, Senegal

Mentoring Youth & Connecting with Community

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Information for term Mentoring Youth & Connecting with Community

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – 29, 2019 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – 27, 2019 (3 weeks)


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Work with NGOs to make a difference in this bustling coastal city.

Ride camels in the desert. Play soccer on the beach. Learn African batik painting, drumming or dance. This program will take you on unforgettable adventures and also bring you face to face with the realities of poverty on the other side of the world.

Here you’ll partner with one of two reputable NGOs: An orphanage called SOS Children’s Village which is supported by Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama, or L’Équipe Aidons les Talibés which works to improve the wellbeing of minority street children in respectful ways. Your role will involve setting up and helping to run fun social and cultural activities for children of all ages. Through English-language workshops, activities and games, you’ll help vulnerable children develop self-confidence and basic conversational skills as well.

In addition to your service, each week you’ll spend roughly four hours with local high school or college students, practicing basic French and Wolof language skills and engaging in the kind of intercultural experience you just can’t get as a typical tourist. During organized museum and market visits, soccer games, and cooking classes, you’ll learn more about local culture – and about yourself.

You’ll live with a host family and share conversation with them over breakfast and dinner. Other times you’ll help shop or prepare meals and play with your host “siblings.” You’ll come home to America with wonderful memories and a whole new outlook on life.



    Newfound confidence and leadership skills


    Awareness of global issues and empathy for others


    A certificate of International Service Learning (50+ hours)

Location & Culture

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City beaches, football (soccer) and Senegalese pop music are hallmarks of this vibrant port city.

This Atlantic port is the westernmost city on the African mainland. Located on the Cap-Vert peninsula, it’s surrounded by scenic beaches and cliff walks. But this is not a sleepy city! It’s packed with busy streets, loud colors and lively culture. You’ll see old French colonial buildings mixed with modern shacks, marketplaces overflowing with fruits, vegetables, handicrafts, jewelry, textiles and flea-market–style odds and ends.

The capital of Dakar stands as a multicultural city full of vibrant arts and traditions. Its traditional Médina quarter is home to the Grande Mosquée with a towering minaret. Museums display cultural artifacts including West African drums, carvings and tools. The sounds of Senegalese pop, Mbalax dance music and African drumming fill the streets and airwaves.

Senegal’s official language is French, but Wolof is the most commonly spoken language in households and on the streets. Religion – primarily Islam and Christianity – plays a big role in Senegalese society. An overwhelming majority of the population are Muslim, but Senegal prides itself on being a country that finds its stability partly in the peaceful cohabitation between the different religious and ethnic groups that make up its social fabric. Youths represent the largest percentage of the population, and thanks to technology, particularly social media, they are very open minded and well informed – which offers great bonding opportunities with program participants.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blogs.

  • Housing

    Carefully Screened Host Family

  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members


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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activities

  • Whip up some authentic West African dishes in a cooking class.
  • Visit the IFAN (African Arts Museum) to view a variety of masks, statues, textiles and more.
  • Learn about the country’s former leader at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Museum. Senghor was a poet and socialist politician who served as the first president of Senegal for two decades.
  • Play beach soccer with local high school peers and host siblings.
  • Shoot hoops and play pickup basketball with friends.
  • Head to the local markets with your group and take in the vibrant sights and sounds of everyday life!

Sample Excursions

  • Take a day trip to Gorée Island – site of a former slave trading post and now a UNESCO World Heritage site – and take in the gravity of this important part of history.
  • Embark on a multiday journey to Toubab Dialaw, where you’ll learn to do batik painting, traditional African dance or drumming. Then head to the Lompoul Desert where you’ll ride  a camel and spend the night under Moorish tents under the stars.


Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insureance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jun 29, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Jul 27, 2019


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