Our academy is a bilingual K-5 school in Dakar devoted to holistic education within a truly Islamic environment. Our mission is to provide our students rigorous academic and spiritual training.
Senegal, a 95% muslim country, is one of the most peaceful democracies on the continent. In this era of globalization, there are prominent misconceptions and misrepresentations of Islam, both within the community and without. It is increasingly important for Muslim children to understand the peace of Islam. Our academy has an Islamic framework to be culturally relevant and to build upon cultural and religious traditions while looking towards the future. Our academy is a welcoming and safe environment for students and their families to come together and learn how to embrace social justice and humanity.
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Senegal has something to offer every traveler. In your free time you can visit the bustling markets of Dakar, showcasing colorful West African fabrics to fresh fish caught just that afternoon or visit one of Senegal's many attractions for visitors and locals alike.
île d'Ngor, a perfect island getaway, is reminiscent of the Caribbean with waves sought after by the best surfers and reggae playing at every beachside restaurant. île de Gorée, just a short boat ride away was largest slave trading center on the African Coast and rich in history to this day.
Terenga, loosely translated to hospitality, is one of Senegal's proudest customs. Senegalese people pride themselves in being warm and welcoming to all. Senegalese love to share their traditions and the culture and it is not unusual for a stranger to invite you into their home for a meal and attaya (afternoon tea).
The nightlife in Dakar is glittering and there are often concerts that showcase some of the best artists in West Africa and Europe as well as up-and-coming musicians local to Senegal.
Senegal has some of the best cuisine in West Africa (in our biased opinion). The national dish, Thieboudieun/Ceebujen, is a combination of rice and fish with local vegetables. Traditionally Senegalese families eat around one common bowl, seated on the ground. During the spring season mangos fall from trees and you can buy fresh coconuts on the street for less than 50 cents.
Transport within Senegal is very accessible and quite inexpensive.
Check out Lonely Planet's Senegal page and Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown episode featuring the music, food and culture of Senegal.
We are looking for motivated and passionate workawayers who are interested in work trading at our bilingual international school in Dakar, Senegal. Positions here are very flexible and can be tailored to each individuals interests and talents. We do ask that each work trader volunteers a minimum of three hours a day, five days per week (Monday through Friday).
We are looking for potential volunteers to assist english classes at the preschool through 5th grade level, work one on one with students to improve their english, french or arabic, write grants, help to fund raise and/or initiate a garden project. We are open and excited to hear what each individual can bring to our wonderful community here.
We are asking that each workawayer commits to volunteer for a minimum of one trimester:
- September to December
- January to March
- April to June
English, French and Wolof
Workawayers will be compensated with a private room in a shared apartment with other volunteers, and provided a traditional senegalese lunch every weekday at school. High speed internet access is also available here.
While we will organize transport for volunteers to and from the airport each workawayer is responsible for their transportation expenses to Dakar.
The community here will be your go to for any and all things West Africa. We are here as a resource to you, we're excited to share our knowledge of Senegal and it's culture. We can recommend and help you organize day and weekend trips. We also have family all over Senegal who would be happy to host you if you are interested in visiting villages in the rural regions of Senegal.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
3 hours per day