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Wyatt Foster

Wyatt is passionate about international women's reproductive health. She is involved in women's health advocacy, refugee outreach, and social justice issues in her community. Her goals for the year are to learn how to effectively make positive change in our globalized world in regards to her passion. She also wants to fully engage in the Senegalese culture and learn how she can better herself by incorporating their culture in her life when she returns home. Her favorite quote is "the future is no place to place your better days" from Dave Matthews Band. (She's been to 22 of their concerts so you could say she's a fan.)

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“How Does it Feel Being Home?”

May 4, 2018

One of the questions I’ve been getting the most is, “how does it feel being home??”. I honestly wish I had a more interesting answer than the fact that it feels normal. The roads are the same, the buildings unchanged, and my room was just as I left it. So no, it doesn’t feel strange...

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A Small Tribute to Senegal

April 13, 2018

My Gap Year in Senegal   Throughout this year I’ve taken many videos of my experience in country and would like to be able to share just a small portion of my time in Senegal. Please enjoy!! 

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A Love (& a Little Dislike) Letter to Senegal

April 12, 2018

Sénégal, wow. It has been quite a ride. You've taught me so much about what it means to me part of a community, to feel homesickness, to engage in tough love, to live with less, to live out of my comfort zone, to shower with a bucket, to sweat constantly, to eat rice everyday single...

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What I’ve Learned From the Paradoxical De-Sexualization of Women in Senegal

March 25, 2018

As I sit squashed next to a woman openly breast feeding her son in a sept place on my way to Joal, I think about the odd relationship between Senegalese society and women’s sexualisation. On one hand, Senegal has progressed far beyond the U.S. in terms of public breastfeeding. Mothers can openly breastfeed anywhere in...

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“Huh, didn’t think I’d ever see that.”

March 8, 2018

The other day, as I watched ten grown men attempt to load a fully grown bull into a rusty old pickup truck I once again found myself thinking, “Huh, didn’t think I’d ever see that.” I find myself thinking that phrase quite often nowadays. At least once everyday, I see something I couldn’t have come...

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Senses of Senegal

February 14, 2018

As I will be officially going home in two months from this very day, and because it’s a day to celebrate love, I thought I would share a video of pictures and video clips from the past 5 months here in Senegal, a place that I love, with the people I love. I thought I...

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The Importance of Language Learning

January 9, 2018

Nelson Mandela is famous for the quote "If you talk to man in a language he understands it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language it goes to his heart" for a good reason. Since being in Senegal I have developed a new understanding and passion for language learning. Not...

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Voluntourism – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

December 29, 2017

The concept of voluntourism has been debated about for many years. Opinions on the issue vary from the belief that it is another way for white people to exploit developing countries, to people who believe that exposure to other cultures will cause progress in terms of international development. While in the past, I’ve tended to...

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Learning How to Learn

October 30, 2017

Growing up in a town where taking time to step back and reflect on life was viewed as a waste of time, and self care meant hopefully finishing homework before 1AM so you could get a few hours of sleep, life in Senegal is a big transition. I remember begging my dad at least once...

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TBH: The First Month(s) of a Bridge Year in Senegal

October 10, 2017

October 3, 2017 Anyone remember TBH’s? Talking about them now seems juvenile and trivial, but I remember at one point in middle school getting in a fight with one of my best friends because I didn’t write her a long enough TBH on her Facebook wall (don’t worry we made up love you Grace (:...

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The “W” Curve and Life in Laala Land

September 17, 2017

One of the first things you learn at Global Launch is the idea of the W curve. A wavy line that roughly resembles a W is shown a projector and the GCY staff tries to make it clear that in the beginning you will feel great, the top of the curve, aka the honeymoon phase....

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Dallen ak jamm!

September 7, 2017

Dallen ak jamm!! AKA, welcome to Senegal!! This phrase was printed on a huge banner in our main classroom at the Tostan Training Center where I’m currently staying during my first week in Thiès, Senegal. That phrase is written in Wolof, the second national language, behind french, in Senegal meaning it’s spoken by nearly 50...

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My Pre-Departure Global Citizen Year Story

August 14, 2017

When I first thought of going to college, as I began my college apps nearly a year ago, I was excited for all the same things my friends were looking forward to. The prospect of decorating a dorm room, having classes I was passionate about, and way more freedom than I was used to, were...

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