Q-How do you get to Senegal?
A- We fly from Columbus to New York City and from there to Dakar.
We could fly direct from Washington D.C. as well.
The flight from NYC to Dakar is about 7 hours, give or take a little based on head winds, tail winds, and other things that change flight times. It’s not bad at all.
Q-What grade are you teaching?
A-I am working as Curriculum Director for the International School of Dakar in Senegal (West Africa), which is a preschool through grade 12 school.
Q-Do your children attend the same school?
A-Yes, my children will attend the same school. We will all be on the same schedule. They’ll be in eigth and fifth grade.
Q-What language does the country speak?
A-At school, everything is in English, except the daily French class. Outside of school, the official language is French, but many people also speak Wolof. I speak some rusty French, which I hope to brush off quickly.
Q-Where will you live?
A-The school provides a home for us not far from school. It is near other school employees and expats.
Q-Do they drive on the same side of the road as us?
A-Yes, but there aren’t stop signs or traffic lights like we are used to. There are many speedbumps to keep traffic slower and round-abouts at intersections. I did see everything from someone in a wheelchair to a donkey-drawn cart on the road with the cars and trucks.
Q-What’s the time difference?
A-It’s currently 4 hours ahead, but it will be 5 hours ahead after Ohio “falls back” in October.
Q-Will there be giraffes wandering around your house? Do you have to worry a lion will eat you?
A-No and no. The only animals I saw in the city were goats, oxen, and cats. We did see a giraffe along with other animals when we went to a national park.
Q-What are you going to do with your dogs?
A-Pepper, the collie, is staying with Guy in Granville, since he’ll be going back and forth. The two little ones are going with us. Since we are flying in the summer heat, they will go as temperature-controlled cargo. Not as cost effective as checked baggage, but will get them there!