photo credit: Evan Sung

What’s Included

The institute fee covers airport pickups, accommodations, most meals, allĀ  travel within Senegal, entry fees, your own autographed copy of Chef Pierre Thiam’s highly acclaimed cookbook Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl, a special Tastes of West Africa apron, and an official culinary certificate! We will have the services of guides and interpreters for all of our outings. International air travel is not included.



$4795 person (rates based on single occupancy). Of this, $500 will be considered a tax deductible donation to WARA. Participants are responsible for their own airfare, and for securing visas and medical insurance.


Registration & Payment

To register, please submit a $1,500 deposit to hold your place, and complete the online institute registration form. You may submit your payment via the PayPal link below

Payment Options

Or by mailing a check payable to the West African Research Association to:

West African Research Association
c/o BU African Studies Center
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Air Travel

WARA’s official partnership with South African Airways means that participants will benefit from discounted fares. And, SAA flies direct from Washington, DC to Dakar’s Leopold Sedar Senghor airport, so there is no need for long flights through Europe.



Participants will be lodged at the Hotel Djoloff in Dakar. This charming hotel features the work of Senegalese artists and photographers in a unique design space. Enjoy breakfast on the rooftop terrace looking out on the sea where you can see the fishing boats bringing in the day’s catch.

Medical Insurance

Participants must provide proof of medical insurance, including evacuation and repatriation. Check with your medical insurance provider to see if you are covered while overseas. If not, there are a number of companies offering short term medical, evacuation and repatriation coverage for overseas travel. Seven Corners is one of these. There will be an MD on call during the institute.



Visas are not required for US citizens. For other nationalities, please check with the Senegalese embassy in your country.