At a glance
Do a French Language Course in Senegal, and immerse yourself in the culture while exploring life in a West African country. You’ll learn French with a qualified teacher, and each class will be tailored to your exact level and interests.
You’ll have classes everyday, which will help you improve your skills rapidly. Best of all, living in a French-speaking country will give you tons of opportunities to practice! You can also try out new vocabulary with your host family. Your teacher can also teach you specific phrases and vocabulary if you’re going to volunteer or intern with us. This can help you gain even more from your project.
You’ll live on the island of St Louis, and stay with a French-speaking host family. When you’re not studying, you can explore the city, and practice your French along the way!
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
What will I do on this French Language Course in Senegal?
What you do depends on whether you choose to study French full-time, or learn part-time while volunteering or interning. Here is what you can expect to do:
- Receive French language lessons from a qualified teacher at a local language centre
- Practice your French by talking with the locals while you explore Senegal
- Volunteer or intern, if you choose to combine your lessons with another project
Receive French language lessons from a qualified teacher at a local language centre
You have two options for learning French in Senegal. You can either study French full-time or you can choose to learn part-time through a language add-on. Whichever option you choose, you’ll study with a qualified language teacher at the French Cultural Centre.
Your lessons will be tailored according to your skill level. During this time, you can focus on basic French grammar and vocabulary, or work on your conversation.
Practice your French by talking with the locals while you explore the beautiful country of Senegal
The most effective way to improve your French is to surround yourself with French speakers. Our French Language Course in Senegal is the perfect way to do this. We encourage you to speak to people you meet, and practice as much as possible with your host family. You can also go to a museum and listen to the tour in French or order food at a Senegalese restaurant.
Volunteer or intern in Senegal, if you choose to combine your lessons with another project
If you’re interested in signing up for one of our projects in Senegal, then you should consider studying some French. Knowing some basic phrases will help you adjust more quickly, and communicate more easily with the people you work with.
If French is a requirement for your chosen project, we strongly recommend studying full-time before starting the project.
Where in Senegal will I be learning French?
Our French Language Course in Senegal is based in St Louis, a vibrant city filled with charm. Along busy side streets filled with colourful buildings and French architecture, you’ll find the French Cultural Centre. This is where your language lessons will take place.
St Louis has more to offer than just striking aesthetics. It is a city rich in history. The important cultural and economic role it played in West Africa is one of the reasons St Louis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. Today, St Louis is an outstanding example of a re-invented colonial city, drawing visitors from all over the world.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Food and accommodation
You'll stay with a host family in St Louis. They will welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Senegal and have a truly unique experience.
We will always try to let you live alongside at least one other Projects Abroad volunteer or intern at the same host family. Your room will be modest, but comfortable, clean, and safe.
Your programme fee includes three meals a day.
Find out more about our accommodation.
Leisure activities and free time
Senegal is a beautiful, vibrant West African country. There’s plenty to do in the evenings and over the weekends during your volunteer trip.
Our offices are based in St Louis, a coastal city bordered by white-sand beaches. It’s here that you’ll see colourful pirogues, which are wooden fishing boats painted in cheerful colours and patterns.
You can also take a trip to the Langue de Barbarie or the National Park of the Birds of Djoudj. These are both ideal locations for leisurely afternoon bird watching.
While you’re in Senegal, be sure to browse through some of the local markets. You can sharpen your bartering skills and buy tasty snacks and souvenirs. The many cafes are also perfect for enjoying local dishes.
There will likely be many other volunteers in Senegal with you, so you can also spend your free time bonding with them. This is a chance to make connections with like-minded people from around the world, as you explore together.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.
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