What will I do on the Childcare & Community Project in Senegal?
In Senegal, you’ll work with your group at a centre for talibé children or at a kindergarten. You’ll be involved in the following activities:
- Organise educational games and activities to help kids learn through play
- Teach basic English or French classes
- Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities
- Work with teenagers from around the world and explore Senegal together
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Organise educational games and activities to help kids learn through play
At our placements, you will be part of our efforts to support children's development. You'll do this by helping children learn through play and doing fun activities with them. These activities include things like playing educational games, sports, and reading. You’ll also encourage the children to practice good hygiene every day.
Teach basic English or French classes
For children to succeed, they need to be equipped with important life skills during their early childhood years. One of the most important skills is knowing how to communicate in the country’s most prominent languages. You’ll assist with basic English and French lessons that cover vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills. You can make the lessons fun by introducing flashcards, role play games, and sing-alongs.
Do community work to create long-lasting resources for local communities
In the afternoons, you will work to renovate and decorate a local school or centre. With the help of your team, you’ll be able to transform the building in a short space of time. This will provide a fresh and colourful environment for the children to learn and grow. You’ll be amazed at what can be accomplished with many hands working together in a short time!
Work with teenagers from around the world and explore Senegal together
In Senegal, you’ll live and work with other teenagers from around the world. Use this opportunity to build friendships that can last a lifetime.
Exploring together is part of the fun. Your supervisor will take you to explore Senegal. This includes:
- A trip to the desert
- A hike through the national park
- A stop at one of the many historical villages
You’ll learn how to paint glass and dance like a local, all while enjoying your fill of Senegalese food.
Where in Senegal will I work?
When you do volunteer work with talibés in Senegal for teenagers, your group will be based in St Louis. It is a city rich in history, and you’ll find it’s quite different from home. On many days, you’ll see goats and sheep wander through the streets. Colourful decorated wooden fishing boats docked around the coast are something you’ll see frequently.
With your Projects Abroad supervisors by your side, you’ll volunteer at a kindergarten or a care centre for talibés. These placements have basic facilities. The staff here don’t always have time to give each child individualised attention. This is why your help is needed.
We set out the aims and objectives of our projects in documents called Management Plans. We use them to properly plan the work you’ll do. They also help us measure and evaluate our achievements and impact each year.
Ultimately, our Management Plans help us make our projects better. This in turn means you get to be part of something that makes a real impact where it’s needed. Read more about our Management Plans.
Measuring our impact
Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers and interns actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
We produce an annual High School Specials Impact Report, which documents some of these achievements. Find out more about the impact of these projects, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in St Louis. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Senegal and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have all the extra support you need as a young person travelling abroad. Our Projects Abroad staff are there for you 24 hours a day during the week and over weekends to provide constant support and guidance. Our staff also make sure you feel comfortable and safe at your placement and accommodation. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
Meet the team in Senegal
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