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The Gambia

Gambia Global Fellow

Our mission is to uplift Gambian girls by providing them with a world-class education that is focused on service to humanity while at the same time providing international service-learning opportunities for our volunteers.  Empowering Gambian girls with an advanced education is the aim of Starfish International.



Gambia Factbook

Global Fellows placement country

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal

Tropical; hot, rainy season (June to November); cooler, dry season (November to May)

Flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by some low hills. Almost an enclave of Senegal; smallest country in Africa

Global Fellows placement country

1,967,709 (July 2015)

Ethnic Groups:
Mandinka/Jahanka 33.8%, Fulani/Tukulur/Lorobo 22.1%, Wollof 12.2%, Jola/Karoninka 10.9%, Serahuleh 7%, Serere 3.2%, Manjago 2.1%, Bambara 1%, Creole/Aku Marabout 0.8%, other 0.9%, non-Gambian 5.2%

English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous vernaculars

Information from the CIA's World Factbook



Empowering Gambian girls by providing them with an advanced education focused on service to humanity.

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Santa Clara University students talk about their experiences as Global Fellows and what they took away from their placements.

2017 Photos: Flickr Album 
2017 Blog Posts
2018 Placement Details
2017 Global Fellows
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