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Attaya: Senegal and the Gambia on the Web [FOSG]
Salaam Aleikum!

Welcome to Friends of Senegal and The Gambia, or FOSG, an affiliate of the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). The purpose of our organization is threefold:

  1. to promote communication among returned Peace Corps volunteers, current Peace Corps volunteers, trainees, and current and former staff who have served in these countries, as well as family and friends.
  2. to organize and promote projects to aid the citizens of Senegal and The Gambia
  3. to promote the "third goal" of the Peace Corps -- bringing the world back home -- with emphasis on Senegal and The Gambia.
Who we are...
We are currently looking for a new co-leader who served in Senegal to join co-leader Erica Burman (The Gambia, '87-'89). Our Treasurer is Scott Lewis. Our membership coordinator is Ann Carrellas. Our webmaster is Eric Shaffner (Senegal, '94-'96). Pip also edits our newsletter, The Tam Tam. Receive regular Senegal and Gambia news updates, ask questions and exchange information with PCVs, RPCVs, and prospective RPCVs at our Yahoo! listserv.

What we've done...
In 2005 we provided the Senegalese NGO TOSTAN with funds to help transport people from distant villages (including some in The Gambia) to one Tostan's public declaration ceremonies renouncing female genital cutting. Over the years we have also supported the SeneGAD committee's Michelle Sylvester Scholarship and the Peace Corps Gambia Scholarship Fund.

In conjunction with Peace Corps conferences we have held group social events, most recently in Chicago in August 2004. When in Washington, DC we have had involvement by the Senegalese and Gambian Embassies. In February 2004 FOSG was invited to meet with the new Senegalese ambassador.

Our group's Web site won the NPCA's 2004 Web site award, and we have participated in the 2005 & 2006 National Days of Action in support of Peace Corps.

What we'd like to do...
We are in contact with PCVs in both Senegal and The Gambia. We would like to explore ways to support their efforts, as well as RPCVs here in the States who continue to help the people of Senegal and The Gambia.

We welcome your ideas, suggestions, stories, contributions and assistance in making this organization and this web site a vibrant, dynamic vehicle for furthering our aims.

Stay in Touch! Whether you formally join or not, FOSG and the NPCA would still love to know how to contact you, because as the saying goes, "once a volunteer, always a volunteer" - whether you know it or not, you're part of a special community. We'd like to know how to locate you in case someone (Fellow RPCV? Former student? Host family?) wants to locate you. Or to send you announcements of general interest concerning things Senegal, Gambia or Peace Corps.

Why Join Friends of Senegal and The Gambia (FOSG)?

  • You'll get The Tam Tam.
  • You'll be contributing to the aims and goals of FOSG.
  • Your membership fees will contribute to projects in Senegal and The Gambia.
  • You'll have a vote in project funding and officer elections.
  • You'll help us help you connect with Peace Corps volunteers past, present and future.
  • You'll help us help you stay connected with Senegal and The Gambia.
  • Access to FOSG's online database, enabling you to stay in touch with old training group-mates, site partners, RPCVs in your state, and so on.
Why join the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)?
  • Be part of an organization that gives the Peace Corps community a national voice and supports the efforts of over 130 affiliate groups nationwide.
  • You'll receive the Worldview magazine -- quarterly news and comment about the developing world.
  • Great travel benefits for your group or family.
  • Eligibility for NPCA/Peace Corps scholarship at the Experiment in International Living/School for International Training.
  • Opportunity to become part of the NPCA's Advocacy Network - a grassroots lobbying network supporting the Peace Corps and sustainable development.
  • Opportunity to join Global TeachNet, the NPCA's global education network.
  • Discounts on Peace Corps logo merchandise.
  • Eligibility to apply for the NPCA gold MasterCard, receive insurance discount from Geico and more.
  • Member rates for conferences and events.
Annual Membership Dues
You have the option of joining just FOSG, or FOSG and the NPCA simultaneously.

Volunteers within 12 months of their close of service receive an automatic year's FREE membership in both FOSG and NPCA. To join FOSG and NPCA simultaneously, visit the NPCA website.

To join FOSG alone, send a check for $15.00 to:

    Scott Lewis
    1276 North Wayne St., #425
    Arlington, VA 22201
The Tam-Tam
Below are archived issues of the FOSG's newsletter, The Tam-Tam.
(Zipped versions require Winzip or a similar utility. Adobe Acrobat versions require Acrobat Reader.)

Useful information
US Embassy/Dakar Peace Corps web page
Biography of U.S. Ambassador to Senegal Richard Allen Roth
Contact Information for the U.S. Embassy in Senegal
Consular Information Sheet for Senegal
Consular Information Sheet for the Gambia
The Gambia Tourism Authority
Government of The Gambia

Corps de la Paix/Sénégal
Allées Papa Guèye Fall
B.P. 2534 Dakar, Sénégal
Tel: (221) 823-71-78 / (221) 823-71-79
Fax: (221) 822-93-81
E-mail: adiack@sn.peacecorps.gov

Embassy of Senegal
2112 Wyoming Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20008
Tel: (202) 234-0540

Embassy of The Gambia
1156 15th Street, N.W., Suite 905
Washington, D.C. 20005
Tel: (202) 785-1399 or (202) 785-1359

Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the U.N.
820 Second Avenue, Suite 900-C
New York, N.Y. 10071
Tel: (212) 949-6640

U.S. Embassy in the Gambia
P.M.B. no. 19
Banjul, Gambia
West Africa
Located at:
Kairaba Avenue
Fajara, The Gambia
Tel: (220) 392856, 392858, or 391971
Fax: (220) 392475

Peace Corps Country Director Bios

    Malcolm Versel's career with the Peace Corps began when he went to Senegal as a Volunteer in 1972. Since completing two years of service, he has accumulated 30 years of experience managing and implementing programs in the US, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean. He has served as a technical advisor to national level administrators of rural development and policy reform programs (Niger, Togo), a livestock marketing economist and policy consultant (Mali), and a program development consultant in more than 30 countries. Fluent in French and Wolof, he is also conversational in several West African languages. He earned a BA in Organizational Psychology and an MS in Agricultural Economics.

    The Gambia:
    Dr. Diana Sloan spent two years with Peace Corps as a rural public health Volunteer in India. She brings with her a great deal of experience and knowledge in the areas of education and health. Her professional career experience includes: Executive Dean at Antioch University Santa Barbara, Vice Chancellor of Education and Technology at Los Rios Community College, Vice President of Academic and Student Services at Lake Michigan College, Dean of Academic Affairs, Assistant Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program and Nursing Professor at Santa Barbara City College, Teacher Corps in Wisconsin, and Public Health Nurse. Sloan earned a Nursing degree from the University of Connecticut, a Master's degree in Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and watching foreign films.

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