Wolof in Senegal holds the status of a lingua franca for the great majority of the population and is key to understanding Senegalese culture and realities. In fact, it is spoken by more than 70 percent of Senegalese citizens of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of the Wolof language and understanding of the culture and values of which it is the vehicle.
During your three-week stay in Senegal you will spend several days in the rural area of Popenguine to practice Wolof with the local population. You will be introduced to the intercultural and religious pluralism of this region as well as the women-led fight for the preservation of the environment. Popenguine has been particularly known for the peaceful coexistence among Muslim, Christian, and traditional religions, and restoration of the nature preserve that now attracts migratory birds back to their natural habitat.
In both Dakar and Popenguine, you will live with a host family to advance your Wolof skills in and outside the classroom.
SIT is also offering a supplementary online Wolof Language course during the fall semester.
- Develop and practice your Wolof skills in a vibrant and welcoming Wolof-speaking environment.
- Engage with Wolof through popular art forms, such as music, poetry, soap operas, and more.
- Experience daily life with homestay families in Dakar and Popenguine
- Visit people and places to enhance your Wolof language learning experience and gain strong insights into Senegalese culture.