Taking Dakar for a spin

Apr. 2, 2019 | Our 14-strong Senegal team has returned from their fortnight in Dakar!

Building on the success of last year's trip, a team of students spent their March Break taking part in the BCS Service Project in Senegal. After building a basketball court during their trip last year, the group returned to find that the court had become a hugely popular hub for community life and had been in use almost every day since their last visit. Keen to build off last year's success, the team of 12 students and two BCS staff worked to patch the court and lay down a fresh coat of paint. They also built bleachers for 50 spectators to sit and cheer on their teams. In addition to their work on the court, students brought supplies to build a reading room in a local elementary school, decorating the space and installing fully equipped bookshelves.
The trip was not only an opportunity for students to give their time to helping others, but also allowed them to experience life in Dakar as a local. Students lived with local host families for eight days during the trip, allowing them to immerse themselves in the Senegalese culture.

Keep an eye out for the a complete news article detailing some student perspectives on the trip in the upcoming BCS Broadcast and on our website. In the meantime, click here to discover more about BCS's other Round Square projects throughout the year.

Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.