Senegal Youth Camps 2016

By Peace Corps Senegal
May 4, 2016

Each year volunteers throughout Senegal organize youth camps for middle-school kids in their regions. 

The camps differ in length, size, and other variables, but always center around the theme of youth empowerment. The camps involve playing sports and silly games, but also have educational sessions interspersed throughout the days. Discussions about campers' futures and career goals are as anticipated as games like limbo and three-legged races.

Just like in the US, camp is a time to make friends and learn valuable life skills, while also learning about oneself. It's looked forward to year round by volunteers and campers alike, and after tears are shed on the last morning promising to keep in touch, everyone walks away inspired and full of a newfound sense of responsibility and maturity.

Videos of Velingara Youth Camp taken by Jangle Christensen:

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Dental health session at Kolda Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Jake
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Bed net care at Kedougou Youth Camp.
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Learning about budget planning at Matam Girls' Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Ashley
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Mapping session at Kedougou youth camp.
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Gender equality relay race at Kolda Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Jake
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Container gardening at Matam Girls' Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Ashley
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Peace Corps Volunteer Randi leads a nutrition training at Kolda Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Jake
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Students practice the First Aid techniques they learned at Kolda Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Jake
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A military representative answers questions at the Kolda Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Jake
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Field trip to Dindefello waterfall at Kedougou Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Ashley
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The best way to cool off after a long day of learning…. at Kolda Youth Camp. Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Jake
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Matam Group Photo by Peace Corps Volunteer Ashley.

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