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Life in Senegal: A Photo Essay

Photo by Hayden Warfield.


Third-culture kids—non-Senegalese teenagers growing up in Senegal—aim their lenses around their city, transporting us into the scenes of Senegal they know as high school students in Dakar, the capital of this West African country.

Photo by James Munezero: The Lagune de la Somone is a popular spot for tourists and surfers thanks to its beauty and access to the sea.

Photo by Emma Cousens: In Senegal, it’s considered a negative thing to have twins, which makes life hard for these boys and their mom who sit outside of my house every day begging for money and food. But still they have joy.

Photo by Faith Columbine: “Sanded Silhouettes,” pulling in fishing ropes at sunset.

Photo by Hannah Derksen: “The Walk Home” shows the scene I see nearly every day on my walk home from school. I usually don’t think much of it, taking it for granted. But on this day, I paused long enough to capture its busyness and movement as I hurried past. I can almost hear the noise and smell the dust and car exhaust. As I look at this photo, I can feel the rush of relief as I hurry home from a long school day, so busy thinking of the day’s events and accomplishments that I ignore the beauty around me.

Photo by Hayden Warfield: One of the pastimes that brings people joy is playing soccer together. People in Senegal often wear soccer jerseys as day-to-day clothing.

Photo by Joe Frazee: Caring for babies in a village.

Photo by Johanna Kuhn: There’s nothing like a Saturday market with some beats in Dakar.

Photo by Naomi Eckdahl: A Senegalese woman walks back to her house after working in her roadside shop.

Photo by Rayah Finstad: Senegalese boys watching soccer from the curb.

Photo by Won Seo: By playing soccer with the Senegalese, something we like in common, we have fun together. This photo shows unity, joy, and a life in Senegal.

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Caitlin Woodward is a secondary teacher of media arts at Dakar Academy in Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. She recently earned her master's degree in digital storytelling from Asbury University. Her incredible international students have been a huge support and source of inspiration. After her season of teaching, she looks forward to freelance work throughout West Africa next year.

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