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Building & French in Senegal
High School Specials for 15-18 Year Olds

Project Overview

  • Placement location: St. Louis
  • Types of placements: Kindergarten or Centre for Street Children and language lessons
  • Accommodation: Host Families
  • Age Requirements: 15-18 years old

Based in the picturesque town of St Louis in northern Senegal, this placement combines intensive French lessons with the chance to experience a taste of Senegalese culture and contribute to the local community. This is a great project for language students and anyone wanting to experience a cultural immersion.

Building with French in Senegal

You will receive two hours of French tuition every morning five days a week. Classes are interactive and you will be given encouragement every step of the way. You will live with a local host family, so can easily put your new knowledge into practice on a daily basis as you get to know your hosts and mix with local people. Whether you want to master the basics or improve on the French you already know, the teaching will be adjusted to your level.

In the afternoons, volunteers will work closely with volunteers on the Care & Community project to renovate and decorate classrooms in a local kindergarten in the afternoons, creating a clean and colourful environment for children to return to after their school holidays. 

At the weekend you will spend time visiting the historic sites in and around St Louis. There are also social activities arranged throughout the two weeks including drum and dance lessons and a meal at a local restaurant.

Every year, thousands of High School Special volunteers actively make a difference around the world. During their time abroad, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. If you want to know more about their achievements, read our 2017 High School Specials Impact Report.

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