Initial Orientations

Security Briefing: Living in Dakar requires all the precautions needed for large capital cities. Students learn about areas to avoid at night, how to recognize a con artist, how to avoid pickpockets, and what procedures to follow in case of an emergency.

Medical Briefing: Students meet the Baobab Center’s recommended physician to review how they can stay safe and healthy during their stay and what steps to take if they need medical attention.

HIV Reminder: ACI’s health department staff, experienced in conducting training on HIV/AIDS prevention, lead a participatory session at the Baobab Center with the students. Through the use of simulations and films, students are reminded about the risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, and the need for vigilance and avoiding risks.

Security and Medical Response System: The Baobab Center maintains a standard emergency response plan to take quick action in the event that the health or safety of our students is at risk.