Returning from Senegal

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal Senegal, West Africa was a truly amazing and eye opening experience. Traveling across the world and living in another culture gave me the opportunity to build new connections and gain a better understanding of our world….

Overcoming Fears: Language Barriers and Cultural Differences

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal For the Senegal trip we are staying with host families for the majority of the time. At first I was very nervous, because I knew there would quite possibly be a language barrier. I was very…

Wiping Away Assumptions: An African Experience

Audra DeRidder Major: Special Education and Elementary Education: Learning Disabilities and Emotional Impairments K-12 Program: Cultural Connections in Senegal My experience with traveling to Dakar, Senegal in West Africa has been a trans-formative one to say the least. Before leaving I had tried to picture what the following three weeks would look like. People would…

The Awakening: A Testimonial

Chasity Cooper Major: Psychology Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2017 Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems, Summer I, 2017 For many students who feel like: “I do not have time to study abroad, I do not want to study abroad for a whole semester, I do…

A Thrilling Experience

Kelsey Gough Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems, Summer I 2016 I am thrilled to be sharing my study abroad experience to future WMU Broncos! I am a senior in the speech pathology and audiology program here at WMU. I transferred here beginning fall 2015…

The Many Differences In Senegal

Daniel Tennant Economics and Geography Majors Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems (Faculty-Led) (Dakar)  program, Summer I 2017 Dakar was dramatically different than every other environment that I had previously been to in almost every way possible. I had been to Arizona a few different times and spent time in the…

So Long, Michigan

Jessica Wetzel Majors: History & Anthropology Cultural Connections in Senegal, Summer I 2017 As I wait for my flight from Miami to Dakar to begin boarding I’m reflecting on my journey so far. There are so many pieces that had to fall into place for this trip to be able to happen. If you asked…

Controlled Chaos

By: Kate Williamson Major: Special Education Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems A common thought as we have traveled around the city of Dakar and other places around Senegal is that everything here is a whole lot of “controlled chaos”. I really mean everything. In the markets vendors are packed…

A Little Bit of Self Reflection

By: Kate Williamson Major: Special Education Cultural Connections in Senegal: Causes of Globalization and Consequences on Systems Today we were asked by our professors to reflect over our time here in Senegal and think about what we have learned about ourselves: good and bad. This experience, while only taking place over the course of three…

Ma Famille D’Acceuil – Dakar, Senegal

Cultural Connections in Senegal: Consequences of Globalization Majors: Global and International Studies, French in the College of Arts and Sciences By: Monica Naida A host family is always a hurdle. My host family in Dakar is my second experience with a host family while my first experience was in Besancon, France. When I arrived in…