Dear applicant,

It was so nice to meet you at the grocery store / kids’ school / bargaining for baskets on the side of the road. In order for us to pursue this friendship further, please complete the following application.

  1. How long will you live in Dakar? Please note that applicants who will be here for the long haul will be automatically expedited.
  2. Please give your first and last name, including phonetic spelling if there are any special characters. If I mispronounce your name, keep helping me until I get it right. Same goes for your family members’ names.
  3. Please list your children’s names and ages, as well as the languages they speak.
  4. Are you working full time or part time, or are you a stay-at-home parent or trailing spouse?
  5. In order to determine our compatibility, please mark the activities that interest you:

– exploring markets
– volunteering in the community
– getting mani-pedis
– learning a new language
– replicating your life ‘back home’ as much as possible
– surfing
– discovering local cuisine
– wearing and designing wax print clothing

For background check purposes, please include links to your Facebook profile, Instagram account (#toubablife) and/or blog.

Thank you for your time and application submission. You will receive a response very quickly seeing as yet another expat friend is leaving on a jet plane tonight…