Talia Drayton

Talia is passionate about cultural diversity, youth development, and philanthropy. She is heavily involved in the refugee resettlement of her community, both through volunteering and her own organization catering to refugee teens. She enjoys raising awareness and facilitating meaningful dialogue for issues locally and internationally. Talia is inspired everyday by her peers and the little things in life. Her goals for the year are to engage her community in Senegal, develop new skills, finally use her French, and to enjoy authentic Senegalese food.


5 Second Claim to Fame

One of the positive things about being young is a sense of reckless confidence that allows one to do some pretty wacky and amazing things.  It is the same type of energy that carries us through our gap years, and makes us think it is possible to come out alive on the other side. So when…

26 June, 2018

The Lions of Senegal

  If you are ever fortunate enough to live or visit Senegal, there are 3 main types of lion that you MUST know about.  Lions, the Lions of Teranga, and the Simb. This is the lion that most people think of:   The lions on the soccer field (Lions of Teranga) AND….. The Simbel (The…

26 June, 2018

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt. 2

    Auto:  Maybe you are unwilling to sacrifice comfort and convenience over money and more money.  That’s totally fine.  If you can afford such luxuries, you have the option of renting out a personal driver.  Either that or you rented a car from a dealer, or even own your own car and had it…

25 June, 2018

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt. 1

This blog post is a little bit on the lengthy side, so I’m splitting it into two parts.  You’re welcome 🙂     Oh, the places you’ll go!   There are many beautiful sights and scenes to see in Senegal.    Perhaps you crave the natural beauty of Kedougou.  Or the cultural charms of Saint…

25 June, 2018


  ****This blog is about….5 months overdue?  Oops.  I can’t think of an inspiring introduction, so this is going to have to do the job**** Here is a condensed list in no particular order of importance for some of the affirmations that I have found useful during my gap year.   Self-Motivation: ….. Some days,…

30 January, 2018

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