Team Work Leads to More Efficient Development for the Future

The city of Kaffrine was alive with creativity on January 28, 2016. Located in Senegal’s peanut basin and with approximately 40,000 inhabitants, Kaffrine is a modest city comprised of farmers, health workers, government officials and a whole gamut of non-governmental organizations. Yet, with so many governmental and nongovernmental bodies present, development work is still often …

Kedougou Welcomes Ambassador Zumwalt on Community Radio

On a recent visit to the mountainous region of Kedougou in southern Senegal, Ambassador James Zumwalt took time out of his schedule for an interview on community radio with PCV Laurie Ohlstein. The Ambassador also travelled around the region, checking out projects by Peace Corps volunteers and other organizations focusing on key issues like malaria …

Investigating Family Planning In Fatick

Masters International students experience their Peace Corps service through a unique perspective, in large part because it is framed by an overarching question. A thesis. An academic research paper. For Emily Tissot, a Preventative Health Volunteer in the Fatick region, that question formed around women’s health and family planning, a topic about which she became passionate …

Mini Malaria Boot Camps

“Imagine yourself swimming into a river. You want to catch a big fish you see 1 kilometer away, so you swim with all your strength against the strong current.”  This is El Hadj Diop, whose tremendous efforts to reduce the burden of malaria in his community have been lauded and replicated around the continent, speaking …

Local Soap-Making: Battling Infection AND Poverty

Big things are happening in a small Seerer village in the Nioro department of Kaolack. Generally an agriculture-based economy, most people of the village make a modest income selling crops, particularly peanuts, for which the region is famed.  Wanting to expand their sources of income, Groupe Dioubo, the village’s women’s group, approached Alejandra C., their …

Senegal RPCV Inspired to Continue Serving

Senegal as a post tends to beget happy volunteers. We consistently have a high rate of volunteers wishing to extend their service, or who become inspired to continue working internationally, either with the Peace Corps or through other organizations. RPCV Bryce Fricklas (2013-2015) is only one example. Having just finished his service in Senegal as …

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