EER087: Living in Senegal with Kids with Guðrún Helga Jóhannsdóttir

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Guðrún Helga Jóhannsdóttir is an Icelandic single mom who’s been living in Senegal with kids for some time now. If you’ve ever been interested in traveling in Western Africa, listen in!

EER087: Living in Senegal with Kids with Guðrún Helga Jóhannsdóttir

Living in Dakar, Senegal with Kids

Guðrún leads a very interesting life. Based in the Senagalese capital of Dakar, she lives, works and raises three kids while finishing her PhD and working a variety of freelance jobs. Here she talks about how she the cost of living in Dakar, and how she manages work, education, parenting while living in Senegal with kids. Listen in if you want to hear about fun things to do in Dakar, and what it’s like to live in Senegal.

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  • 03:41 Intro
  • 06:00 Life in Senegal with kids
  • 08:45 I bring up  a previous guest who traveled in Rwanda, and the photographer Ami Vitale
  • 10:29 Languages, language learning and the rise of French in Africa
  • 16:02 Education and resources
  • 19:44 The kids’ social life in Dakar
  • 21:47 How they manage time, social life and school work
  • 23:47 Getting around Dakar, Senegal with kids
  • 28:09 Things to do in Senegal with kids
  • 31:19 Markets and cultural opportunities in Dakar
  • 33:30 Food in Dakar
  • 36:05 Money management, funding life in Senegal and hiring help
  • 43:00 Cost of living in Dakar, Senegal with kids


  • Names: Guðrún Helga Jóhannsdóttir and her four kids (4, 9, 13, and 21 years old — the oldest now lives on her own in Denmark)
  • Hold passports from: Iceland
  • Type of travel: Living abroad in Senegal with kids




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EER087: Living in Senegal with Kids with Guðrún Helga Jóhannsdóttir
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