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Benedict “Papis” Bassene, MA
Papis is originally from the region of Kédougou, in the southeast of Senegal, though he grew up mostly in Kaolack and Dakar. He received a master’s degree in applied linguistics in the English Department of the University of Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis. He joined SIT in 2002. Before that, he volunteered as an interpreter and project planner at the Spanish Humanist Movement, a nongovernmental organization that supports local grassroots community-building projects. It was here that Papis began developing an interest in intercultural experiences. As office manager with the SIT Senegal program, Papis helps create an inclusive and fulfilling place to work, do research, and support students. In addition to his work with SIT, he teaches English at professional schools in Dakar.
- MA, University of Gaston Berger