Organize a Class Trip

Do International Service-Learning: Go on the class trip of a lifetime!  Come serve with us in The Gambia and return home transformed forever!  Getting out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in a different culture offers you experiences that change the way you see yourself and the world.

Starfish provides a group of 10 high school students and 2 chaperones an opportunity to help 100 female Gambian students develop and strengthen their English conversation skills.  In addition to serving as conversation partners, the group will develop and implement a service-learning project.  The students and chaperones will also participate in classes that focus on Multicultural Issues and Cross-cultural Communication.  The group will engage in various interactive cultural activities to enhance their learning about and involvement in Gambian life and culture. 

English Conversation Partners:

Our English literacy program provides basic reading, writing, and conversation skills for a total of 100 female Gambian students from grades 8 and 11 in St. Peter’s Senior Secondary School in Lamin Village.  The 100 Gambian girls will be divided into 5 classes of 20 students each with 2 high school students serving as conversation partners in each class.  An orientation will be provided to familiarize all participants with culturally sensitive and appropriate ways to work together.

Service-Learning Projects:

In addition to being English conversation partners, the group will develop and implement a service-learning project.  Once they choose a project from the list provided by Starfish, the students and chaperones will start working on ways to meet the needs of the project even before they leave their home country.  For example, they could organize a village-wide girls’ soccer tournament.   The group will keep a journal documenting their service experience and will do a presentation on their project at the end of the program. 

Multicultural Classes:

Students and chaperones will attend classes that will focus on Multicultural Issues, Cross-cultural Communication, and African Art and Music.  They will be exposed to guest speakers and interactive class activities that focus on various facets of Gambian life and culture. 

Gambian Cultural Activities: 

Trips and workshops will help the group explore aspects of Gambian culture beyond just our students and life in Lamin Village.  These will include visits to historical sites, cultural centers, markets, government offices, and animal reserves.  These activities will help further solidify what the students and chaperones are doing in class and experiencing in daily life.

Contact us if you would like to Organize a Class Trip.

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