Study Tours in Senegal and West Africa
Over the years, the West African Research Center (WARC) has developed strong experience and expertise in the area of study abroad and study tours for students and scholars seeking to consolidate their knowledge and develop hand-on experience of west african local realities. Undergraduate and graduate students are potentially future scholars and academics and therefore it stands to reason that WARC, the institution promoting research in West Africa, puts in place the conditions to help them further pursue and perfect their academic professionalism on african issues, more particularly, on current developments on the continent.
In this respect, it should be noted that the Director of the West African Research Center (WARC) has been involved with study abroad programs implemented by US Universities in Senegal and West Africa for the last 25 years. Some staff members also started work at WARC as study abroad programs assistants and are quite familiar with the intricate and sometime complex management of study tours.
Indeed, the West African Research Center (WARC) has all the pre-requisites and requirements to be the one partner capable of successfully working with overseas higher learning institutions for the successful implementation of a study tour program:
- seasoned, experienced and committed staff
- a varied portfolio of resource institutions and resource persons for field visits, lectures and events
- Highly qualified and experienced instructors in various subjects including local language learning
- state-of-the art equipments and congenial work spaces and classroom in the
- state-of-the art equipments and congenial work spaces and classroom in the
- WI-FI and other technical amenities such as videoconferencing equipment etc……
- a solid experience of the various regions of Senegal for field trips and other in- country activities
- a network of contact and resource persons and institutions all over Senegal and in other west african countries
- fine catering services
- a network of host families and reasonably priced hotels in Dakar and the other regions of Senegal
- excellent partnerships and collaborative working relations with senegalese and west african universities and other higher education institutions
- good professional relations with local government institutions and diplomatic representations to ensure the safety and security of study abroad programs foreign participants
It should also be noted that the staffs long-standing experience in study tours and study abroad programs has helped them develop strong expertise in study abroad program designing and budgeting and they have always been valuable supports to overseas programs managers. Study tours in a country like Senegal are a golden opportunity to break the wall of monolingualism and embrace the rich cultural world which proficiency and fluency in other languages stand to offer. In this respect WARC has a whole array of competent, skilled and experienced instructors in the various senegalese national languages, in WOLOF in particular, but also in Pulaar, Mandinka, Serer etc…
Classes are also frequently offered in the official language of the country, French. Furthermore, the Center also offers the possibility for initiation in other west african and african languages.
So, come to WARC and be the speaker of several tongues!
Our portfolio of partners include some of the finest universities, colleges and professional learning institutions in the United States and other parts of the world.
Join the WARC team for a life-changing and transformational experience as you
come to experience diversity, multi-culturalism, cross-culturalism as well as the
legendary Teranga of West African peoples.
For contact and further information, please get in touch with
West African Research Center,
Tel: 011 (221) 33 865 22 77 / 011 (221) 77 065 26 40
Here we are: Words on WARC. Cut and paste as you like!
“The University of Chicago partnered with WARC to run a new Study Abroad program in Winter 2018. This program marks the first time that the University of Chicago has brought a group of students to Senegal for formal study, and it would not have been surprising had we encountered some serious challenges during our first run. But the quarter unfolded very smoothly and, with Professor Ousmane Sene at the helm, WARC stood at the ready to accommodate a great variety of needs and particulars. Mariane Yade set up homestays, which helped to anchor our students in their neighborhoods and teach them about Dakarois life. At WARC’s headquarters, we made use of functional and fully-equipped classrooms. Students regularly ate at the canteen, which serves delicious lunchtime options. Language classes taught in the afternoon helped to ground students in French and Wolof — those language teachers earned rave reviews from our students for their knowledge and dynamism, and the way that they combined the fine-points of language use with more general discussions of Senegalese culture and society. WARC also set up language groups with students at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop. And staff were happy to set up various outings and trips for our group; I only wish we had more time to spend outside of Dakar visiting different parts of the country.
There is no doubt that we will continue to partner with WARC when we next return, in Winter 2020.” [but not with Focus One. ]
-Emily Lynn Osborn
Associate Professor of History and the College
University of Chicago
Other Study Tours & Professional Development Programs
I hope everyone is well. I just wanted to provide a brief follow up regarding the CAORC-WARC faculty development seminar to Senegal this past January. As previously reported, we received more than 145 applications for this opportunity and were ultimately able to select 16 deserving faculty participants from community colleges and MSIs from across the US. The group, which spent just over two weeks in country studying the theme of diversity, religion, and migration in West Africa, was led by Mbye Cham and faculty mentor Charity Clay of Xavier University, with their in-country travel, programming, and logistics greatly facilitated by Ousmane Sene and the WARC staff.
Based on initial feedback and evaluations, the participants not only had a wonderful time but also left Senegal with new perspectives on a range of complex issues as well as new ideas for improving their courses and growing international education related to West Africa on their campuses. As part of the seminar, each participant has provided CAORC with a brief concept note of how they will expand learning about Senegal at their college, both in the near and the long term. Concepts have included new curriculum modules and courses, new student study abroad opportunities to Senegal, campus and community lectures and cultural events, and even a plan that would allow US community college faculty to partner with WARC to develop entrepreneurial seminars in West Africa. We and WARC will be following up with the participants in the coming months and year to see how we can continue to support these efforts to internationalize teaching and education at US community colleges.
Finally, we’ve asked the seminar to participants to write short popular blog articles that we can share on the CAORC and WARC web sites. We’ll be publishing these throughout the year, but here you can see an example of a blog written by two of our 2017 participants, who both teach English at Montgomery College here in Maryland:
Since returning to the US, several faculty have also been discussing and writing about their experiences on their own blogs or in campus forums. Here are some recent examples:
Clearly, these are very important opportunities and we again provide our sincere thanks for your support of these seminars. Pending ECA approval, we plan to offer another seminar with WARC in 2020 and, as we have confirmation, we will be back in touch with plans for the seminar and identifying new applicants. We also hope to expand our efforts to continue to engage participants stateside, including hopefully organizing conferences and workshops about the importance of international education at community colleges, similar to one we are organizing with DC-area colleges next month:
All the best, and please let me know if you have any questions. Should you have any specific questions that you would like to discuss in person, I will also be around Friday morning at this year’s AASP Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C., and would be happy to chat further.
CAORC Program Director
Greetings. Many thanks, Glenn, for the excellent summation, and many thanks to all the Africa NRCs that supported this amazing CAORC/WARA/WARC project very generously. Special kudos to Ousmane, Mariane, Abdoulie, Dieng and the entire wonderful WARC team. They are simply the best. The entire experience was super for the participants. The WhatsApp group they created prior to the seminar is still going on, like the seminar never ended!
In addition to Glenn’s report, here’s a link to the video of the testimonies of the participants. I’ll send a share message as well. Let me know if you have any issues accessing it.
Looking forward to another wonderful edition in 2020!
Department of African Studies