I live in a small village called Thienaba about 20km away from Thies (a
major city of Senegal). In here is always very calm. Houses are widely
spread between one and another and most of the citizens have animals such
as chickens, sheeps, goats, donkeys, horses and more (in my case we have 6
sheeps). The town has a small clinic, a pharmacy many small shops where
most of the food is bought and a main market. Most of the citizens either
work in the local businesses, in the nearby farms and or mines, and a big
part of the population have jobs in the nearby city of Thies and go for the
After a while of living in here and getting more used to my new life, I got
to create some daily routines, as well as creating a schedule with my
priorities of the week .
As a part of the Global Citizen Year Program I have to fulfil an
apprenticeship within my local community. Here I started working as an
assistant and 2nd english teacher in many classes at the local school
(Lycèe de Thienaba) as well as working at a local carpentry.
A normal day will probably go this way: wake up, go to work for 4 hours
(either carpentry or in the school) come back at midday and relax a little
bit. Afterwards I will have lunch with my family and continue to the second
block of work of the day, normally in the afternoon I go to carpentry, and
or I go to Thies (the city nearby) for Wolof Class. About Sun-set time or
late evening I will come back to the house where I will spend the rest of
the day playing with my siblings, having conversations with my family and
or having an wolof-english exchange with my Yaay (my senegalese mother).
After dinner I normally head myself to bed and I watch a movie. I wake up
the next day and do a similar routine.
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On the Weekends I like to have early morning walks in my village, going to
more rural areas and where the baobab trees are. I also like to take the
weekends to sometimes go to the city and or to visit another fellow in
their sites, as I’m the only fellow in Thienaba. It is also an opportunity
to see different places of Senegal and to see how families differ from one