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Read first-hand accounts from our students about their experiences on APA programs.

Music, Dance, & Culture in Dakar- Part 1!

November 28, 2022

by Madeline Liberman

It’s now our third weekend in Dakar! Things are moving fast, especially when our days are so jam-packed. I'm dividing last weekend's events into two posts since there's just too much to say. We kicked off the weekend last Friday afternoon with a trip to the Marché HLM! Our mission was to find traditional dresses for the wedding the next day. Astou, our APA program director in Dakar, was getting married and invited us all to her wedding! Everyone was so excited to see a Senegalese wedding, and we needed to arrive in style, so it was time for a shopping trip. The market was huge and packed with people and stalls mainly selling clothes, jewelry, and electronics. From the second we arrived, vendors descended on us telling us to come to their stall and claiming to have the best X at the best price. I probably would have been more overwhelmed if I hadn’t already had this kind of experience in the médinas in Morocco. But this was another level of aggressive marketing. Our group... Read More

Study Spaces in Paris… and Dakar!

November 15, 2022

by Madeline Liberman

One of the most interesting parts of studying abroad is getting to know a city as a student, which is so different from just being a tourist. Tourists don’t need a good working environment with WiFi for multiple hours on a regular basis! All of us have WiFi and space to study... Read More

Back to the Beginning in Paris!

November 9, 2022

by Madeline Liberman

Hello and welcome to the 2022 adventures of APA Multi-Country! Over the next few weeks I’ll be catching you up about our semester so far and giving you updates on what’s left of this incredibly unique study abroad experience. First, a little about me: My name is Maddy and... Read More

Goodbye (for now) Senegal!

July 27, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

After eight busy, exciting, interesting, adventure-filled (and exhausting) weeks, here I am at the end of my time in Dakar. A lot of people have been asking me what I enjoyed the most, and while there are so many cool things I got to see and do, what’s really stood out to me... Read More

Feeling Hungry? A Glimpse into Senegalese Cuisine

July 19, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

My classes and activities are starting to wrap up, and though I’ve had a wonderful time in Dakar, I am starting to count the days until I head home (eight). There are some aspects of Senegalese culture that I won’t miss – the traffic congestion and car exhaust, the lack of... Read More

History, ecology, geology, oh my!

July 12, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

This week passed without any major excitement – but I realize that if this was my first week, I would be saying it was full of excitement! I had a literature class, another session of dance and djembe (the best one yet!), a museum visit, and I made good progress on my projects... Read More

What is there to do in Dakar?

July 12, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

This week was all about Dakar. A lot of my outings so far have taken me to the outskirts or outside of the city, but there’s so much to do right here! It’s always fun to get out and about, explore different regions, see new places, but I think a lot of times people forget... Read More

A Weekend in the Sine Saloum River Delta

June 28, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

This week marks the halfway point of my time in Senegal – already?? I’m starting to miss home a little bit, but it’s currently over 100 degrees F in my hometown of Tacoma, and the city of St. Paul where I go to school is covered in mayflies…so I’m happy to be in Dakar.... Read More

Music in Dakar

June 21, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

This week I was immersed in the very lively music scene of Dakar. Mostly it was fantastic, but I learned one very important lesson: time is a suggestion, not a rule. For example, last weekend when Yvanna and I went to see Wally Seck, we arrived shortly after 7pm for the 8pm... Read More

Daily Life

June 14, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

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Greetings from Dakar

June 7, 2021

by Danielle Freshwaters

Before I write too much about my experiences in Senegal, I should tell you that the program looks a little different this year.  I’m the only student!  There is a lot of value in a traditional study abroad experience – sharing the newness and discovery of a culture... Read More

5 Reasons Why a Program Provider is the Best Way to Study Abroad in France

May 13, 2021

by apaparis

When a student decides to study abroad in France, immediately a wide range of program choices unfold. One of the first ways to narrow down the options is to choose to participate with a third-party program provider or via an exchange with a foreign university. Here we’ll talk... Read More

Paris with a 9pm Curfew

October 23, 2020

by apaparis

Last week, Macron announced he would be imposing a 9pm to 6am curfew on Paris and 8 other French cities. This came as a bit of a shock to me, as my university classes are in person, and bars have continued to serve alcohol past their 10pm limit. The idea of living with a curfew... Read More

Museums as a Space for Meditation

October 15, 2020

by apaparis

I’ve always enjoyed going to museums. With a mother who is an art historian, museums were automatically a big part of my life. Every time we traveled; museums were the first on the list of things to see. And when new exhibitions came to Lisbon, Portugal, we would often make it... Read More

Everyone comes to Paris for a different reason.

October 8, 2020

by apaparis

Everyone comes to Paris for a different reason. For some it’s love, for others it’s the architecture and culture, and for others still it’s the food. For me? To finally become fluent in French and to feel like I had a European base that I could call home. But the truth is,... Read More

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