Jordan Ricker

Jordan is an optimistic philosopher-in-training who loves to travel. The captain of his school's cross country team, Jordan has been running ever since he can remember, and recently earned MVP on the Cross Country team. He cares deeply about education (as his mom is a teacher) and looking at things in cross-cultural perspectives.


Camera Shy?

When I first got to site in Mboro, almost five months ago now, my 12-year old sister was totally OK with me taking pictures of her. She even took my iPad and took pictures of herself with it. However, as I’ve spent more time here, and as she had her 12th birthday in October, she…

26 February, 2013

Re-thinking “Poverty”

I have now spent over one hundred and fifty straight days in Senegal, a country that the World Bank defines as “developing.”* That’s quite a change from spending the last eighteen years of my life having only lived in or visited “developed countries.”  Passing this hundred and fifty days mark, I have also passed the…

11 February, 2013

A Day in the Life of Mame Diarra Sarr

Hey guys, my new video for our A Day in the Life project is up. You can find it by clicking here Thanks for watching!

11 February, 2013

Kids Will Be Kids

By Serigne Saliou Sarr (aka Jordan Ricker) My Senegalese family is pretty average-sized. There’s my father, only one mother (even though polygamy is practiced in Senegal), my five younger siblings, and me. My oldest rakk bu góor (younger brother) is also named Serigne Saliou, 14 years-old, and in troisième (the equivalent of 9th grade), while my youngest is 2 and…

21 November, 2012

Video of my first two weeks in Senegal

You can watch my video on YouTube by clicking here!

30 October, 2012

The mothers of Keur Dioba

Just the other day I traveled with Marisa (another Fellow) and two people from my Apprenticeship to a village called Keur Dioba that was about 20-25km outside of Mboro, the town in which I’m currently living. We went to a children’s school in the afternoon and there was an after-hours program for adults going on….

26 October, 2012


I wanted to move. Ever since I was born, I’ve been moving. I’ve never lived in the same house for more than three years of my life – I’ve lived in eleven houses at last count. My dad’s not in the navy, and my mom isn’t an ambassador. They’re divorced, which has led to each…

17 July, 2012

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Jordan Ricker