Our third intro blog from the field this week comes from Senegal, a country which speaks over 36 different languages!
My name is Ndiame Sene (Patrick) I am from a village named Nianing, located south of Dakar. I grew up there until I got my Baccalaureate from our village high school called Lycee Demba Diop.
I came to the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar in 2006 and spent two years studying in the English Department. I obtained my driver’s license the year I gave up studies; soon after I got a job with the Security Guard Agency of Phoenix, Senegal as a delivery man with a motorcycle.
After 4 years, since a had a driver’s license, I thought that with my English knowledge I could get a better job with an American NGO, so I posted an application on a job opportunities website, one week later I was called by Winrock assistant for an interview and that’s when I joined Winrock’s F2f Program.
My hobbies are running and fitness I also love very much to watch soccer games on TV, on weekends to be with my family in my village where I go fishing or swimming at the beach.
With the Winrock F2F Program, I really improved my English by being with volunteers because we spend a lot of time with them in many places and I get to practice a lot. I have also learned a lot from volunteers on topics like website design, fish farming, poultry, fruit and vegetable processing, and horticulture.
I use these skills to help myself and my fellow villagers, for example, I created a website and school presentation document for my village Primary school and that contributed to having many visitors interested in helping the school (my village is in a tourism area; the donations led to getting 2 more classrooms built and the school fenced)
The most interesting part of the work for me is when I pick up a volunteer from the airport, it is the first contact and I am the person to take care of them from the airport to hotel and to the office the day after. I am the person to show them the office and introduce them to all of the Winrock staff, it is a pleasure for me.
I have had very funny moments with volunteers when we visit the monuments, Goree island, or Pink Lake (Lake Retba), like in this photo with my friend Ples Spradley; this was taken after a visit to the [African Renaissance] monument, I had accompanied him to buy art at the market.