Emma Peterson

Emma is passionate about women's health, social justice, the environment, and traveling. Through high school, she ran cross country, played flute in the concert band, and danced ballet. Her goals for the year include becoming proficient in a new language to connect with more people and stepping outside of her comfort zone to have as many new experiences in Senegal as possible. Her favorite quote comes from F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.”


My Nineteenth Birthday

This past month I celebrated my nineteenth birthday in a very different way than usual. This time last year, I could never have imagined what this birthday would entail.  My host family was very excited to have me spend my birthday with them. For weeks leading up to my birthday, my siblings were busy anticipating the…

04 March, 2020

The Best Way to Make Friends in Senegal

Everyday as the last of the lunch is being eaten, it is time to get out the small silver tea pot, make a quick run the boutique next door for a tiny box of China green tea, and put the attaya on to boil. Attaya, the Senegalese tea tradition, is an important part of every…

12 November, 2019

Ndomor, My New Home

                         -Me and a few of my family members- As the school year came to an end, I started thinking seriously about how to prepare for my year in Senegal. What do you bring to a place that you can hardly even imagine? So I put together a bag filled with exactly 50.0 lbs of…

13 September, 2019

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