Diasporic Soul provides short-term study abroad in Senegal, West Africa that fosters leadership development and inter-cultural competence.
We are a #GenerationStudyAbroad Commitment Partner. Our commitment is to increase the number of youth of African descent who study abroad. Specifically, we are invested in increasing the number of young people who study abroad in Africa.
A short-term study abroad experience in Senegal with Diasporic Soul provides learners with the opportunity to deepen their leadership self-awareness as well as their capacity to be thoughtful and reflective leaders who are able to successfully navigate a diverse, dynamic world with curiosity and open-mindedness about cultures and communities similar and different from their own.
Diasporic Soul provides learners with opportunities to understand how the histories and cultures of West Africa and the Americas intersect and inform each other. They will see many of these historic and contemporary intersections as they engage with and learn about various aspects Senegalese culture and society such as art and music, food and cuisine, gender and family roles, sports, business and commerce, fashion, and religion and spirituality in Senegalese society.
Our experiences include travel within and around the Dakar-region of Senegal, including Goree Island, the Medina and Plateau sections of Center City Dakar, the Renaissance Monument, the Iles de Madeline and Samone Lagoon national parks, Lac Rose, and local markets. Students will have ample opportunity to interact public officials, educators, cultural workers and youth as well as with local residents of Sebikhotane as they learn more about daily life and culture in Senegal.
Diasporic Soul holds space for our guests to process and reflect on what they are experiencing and learning. We recognize that traveling abroad, navigating a new culture and learning experientially require us to be grounded, centered and self-aware. Therefore, our itineraries include guided reflections and opportunities to debrief we as well as yoga and mindfulness practice.
Diasporic Soul issues digital badges that learners can use to communicate the knowledge, skills and character qualities they have to others, including educational institutions, community organizations, colleagues and employers. Our badges are informed by the AAC&U Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Rubric and the dominant student development models, including the Social Change Model and the Exemplary Leadership Practices. Our badges are issued via Credly.
Our badges can be easily presented via social networks such as LinkedIn, electronic portfolios, resumes and co-curricular transcripts.