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Stories from Senegal

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Senegal.

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Soap Making in Kaffrine

Finding something out of nothing.

Making it work.

Being innovative.

Being creative.

Working together

Soap Making in Kaffrine

Finding something out of nothing.

Making it work.

Being innovative.

Being creative.

Working together

Holden is a Community Economic Development Volunteer serving in the southern region of Senegal, Tambacounda.

Welcoming ceremony

When I turned around to say goodbye to my mother and before I could utter a sound, she turned and ran away, crying. I started to chase her, but my brother, Demba, told me to let her go.

Global Vax Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic tested health systems worldwide. Senegal, while initially demonstrating a robust response to and management of the pandemic, the underlining fact and parallel reality was soon revealed; the nation’s already fragile health system and infrastructure were stretched and strained beyond measure.

Global Vax Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic tested health systems worldwide. Senegal, while initially demonstrating a robust response to and management of the pandemic, the underlining fact and parallel reality was soon revealed; the nation’s already fragile health system and infrastructure were stretched and strained beyond measure.

Tapestry

The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers landed in Senegal in February 1963.  The group included athletic coaches, and specialists in rural development and well digging. With US-based training under their belts, the early groups of Volunteers could hardly imagine what awaited them in Senegal. Over the years Peace Corps training has shifted from stateside training to exclusively Senegal-based. These first Volunteers were trailblazers and set the stage for years to come. Read their first-hand accounts of Peace Corps Service in the 1960’s.

Tapestry

The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers landed in Senegal in February 1963.  The group included athletic coaches, and specialists in rural development and well digging. With US-based training under their belts, the early groups of Volunteers could hardly imagine what awaited them in Senegal. Over the years Peace Corps training has shifted from stateside training to exclusively Senegal-based. These first Volunteers were trailblazers and set the stage for years to come. Read their first-hand accounts of Peace Corps Service in the 1960’s.

Peace Corps counterpart leads the way on promoting food security through tree work in the Podor region.

Person walks on a bridge in Guinea
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Peace Corps Senegal staff are supporting program partners in food security during the pandemic-related absence of Volunteers.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the spring of 2020, I was weighing decisions about graduate school while working a variety of jobs, from child care to ride-share driving.

Master farmers in Senegal

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and in the absence of Volunteers, Peace Corps Senegal strives to support our program partners. Master Farmers are an important partner, and our Agriculture and Agroforestry teams are hard at work supporting them.

A group of Volunteers and Trainees at the airport as they depart Senegal for home due to Covid.

The remaining staff members and I began looking at one another, with blank faces, feeling empty and alone. I think it’s safe to say we were all in shock at what had occurred.

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