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  • Locations: Dakar, Senegal
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
Program Description:
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Spring Break in Senegal:
Decolonization & Resilience

Senegal Womens Collective

Program Overview

Info Session Friday, October 21st at 2:00 pm
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Community Development: Decolonization & Resilience in Senegal is an Intensive Course Abroad that introduces students to the issues and ethics of development, service, and civic engagement both domestically and abroad, with emphasis on the impacts of colonization/decolonization on self-governance. Through a holistic lens, students will learn the impacts (both successes and failures) that development efforts can have on the communities they aim to serve. We will explore case studies from both Senegal and West Philadelphia, to learn about the importance of a community-driven approach as a model for sustainable development. Students will complete both online and synchronous class sessions, culminating in an experiential learning trip to Dakar, Senegal where students will interview and meet with Senegalese leaders of non-profit and community focused organizations to learn through real life examples about the methods, challenges, and impact of a community- based approach to development in local and international communities.Senegal Goree Island Artist

This program is perfect for students from all majors with an interest in development, social enterprise, environmental justice, health policy, non-profits, sociology, political science, and francophone / diaspora studies.

Participants in this program will:

  • Learn multiple perspectives on development using Senegal and West Philadelphia as case studies.
  • Understand key factors influencing success and failure of development efforts locally and abroad.
  • Reflect on the roles of (de)colonization and (anti)racism in community development.
  • Be able to discuss and defend perspectives on ethics of global service-learning.
  • Be able to assess service and volunteer opportunities for best practices.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills in a community development context.


Credit/Registration: Students will be registered for HNRS T380 Decolonization & Resilience, 3 credits as part of their spring term course load. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their credit load when registering or will be billed for credits exceeding the 20 credit maximum.

Course Structure & Requirements

  • Pre-Travel: 3 in person sessions (below) and BBLearn dynamic readings and audio/visual materials, discussion board posts, and reflective writing assignment to prepare for experiential learning in Senegal
  • Senegal: program activities, interviews with community leaders, and peer led group discussions
  • Post Travel: 1 wrap up class session + final project

Instructors: Ahaji Schreffler, Senior Director, Education Abroad ( and Adam Zahn, Director, Global Engagement (

Program Calendar

Winter Term Class Meetings 5:00 pm - 7:00pm (day of week TBD)Senegal Goree Island
Students who are not in the Philadelphia must attend class via Zoom.

  • Week 6: Lecture and discussion
  • Week 8: Lecture and discussion
  • Week 10: Lecture and Pre-departure Orientation

Senegal Dates (7 full days on site )

Start: March 24, 2023
(early morning arrival in Dakar)
End: March 30, 2023 (late night departure from Dakar)

Itinerary Highlights

  • Site visits and interviews with Senegalese community and organizational leaders
  • Tour Dakar landmarks and cultural sites including the Musée des Civilisations Noires (Museum of Black Civilizations)
  • Visit community projects focused on art/culture including Village des Art & Sandaga Market
  • Tour facilities focused on health and traditional medicine
  • Learn about human rights from the Union of Female Lawyers of Senegal
  • Meet with Youth Led Social Justice Groups including informal school "Ecole de le Rue"
  • Day trip by ferry boat to Goree Island, site of West Africa's largest slave-trade center from 15th to 19th century
  • Day trip to city of Thies
  • Group discussions and reflections
  • Traditional Senegalese foods
  • Basic Wolof class

Program Fee $2,030*

Due November 15th: $500 Advanced Payment + $25 Application Fee
Due January 15th: $1,530 Final Payment

All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
*This program fee has been generously subsidized by the Pennoni Honors College to reduce student expenses. 

Included in Program Fee:Senegal Fish Drying

  • Hotel accommodations
  • All breakfasts and several lunches/dinners
  • Activities and tours including historical and cultural sites
  • Community and organizational visits
  • Two day trips (Thies and ferry to Goree Island)
  • Private van and driver for all program activities
  • Local translator for Wolof / French
  • On Call Emergency Assistance & Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):

  • Regular Drexel tuition
  • Direct flight New York / Dakar $1,000
  • Airport transfers to JFK airport $60
  • Lunches / dinners not included $100
  • Passport $165
  • Spending money $100
Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so may make students’ eligible for additional financial aid. 

More Information

  • An itinerary for direct flight New York / Dakar will be provided with arrival and return times that align with the program itinerary. Students will be responsible for booking their own airfare accordingly and are strongly recommended to book the recommended flight.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 11/30/2022
12/07/2022 03/24/2023 03/31/2023
NOTE: This program is Freshman Friendly so first year students are eligible to apply. The recommended flight has late night return from Dakar with JFK arrival the morning of March 31st.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.