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Elise Petersen

Elise is most passionate about dance. She is proud to be a part of a program called M.O.V.E. which is dedicated to service. She hopes to gain as much as she can from Global Citizen Year and when she gets back will be moving to Bellingham, Washinghton for college. Her favorite quote is "be the change you wish to see in the world" -Mahatma Ghandi.


The best of senegal, and the parts I struggle with

March 14, 2017

I keep trying to find the words to describe what I’m experiencing. When family and friends ask about my life I find myself wanting to tell them all about the wonderful pieces of Senegal. I often fail to mention anything that makes this year seem less than perfect, but there is so much more to...

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The product of culture shock

December 1, 2016

  Trees with roots of patterns bent and broken The sea a gentle wash of white foam and salted green Walking home I sidestep plastic Dancing past the fields of broken bottles mixed among the sand Water to sand To roads To home   Pulling my hand through velvet blooms hanging past paint chipped walls...

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I am Coumba

October 28, 2016

This is a day in the life of “Coumba”   I wake up around 7:30-8:00am and begin the day by staring aimlessly at my light blue mosquito net until I have to pee so badly I finally get out of bed. I race to the bathroom (and by bathroom I mean the hole in the...

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I’m constantly sweaty, but I wouldn’t change a thing

September 16, 2016

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be? I feel this every time I sit on the living room floor, eating out of the communal bowl with Momma Fatso, Aziz and Daniel. I’ve been struggling to write my first blog post because I can’t seem to put Senegal into...

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