“The hard work and resolve of each Starfish girl humbled me. Their determination and hope lifted me. I saw with my own eyes the world of difference that education and empowerment can have in the lives of these extraordinary young women and I can only hope that I can bring a fraction of that light with me.” (Marie-Claire Sei, Juniata College, PA)


One of the few things I am excited to be back home in the U.S.A for is to see how my changed life and perspective will manifest themselves in my daily life. Love is an incredibly powerful thing, and I think the unconditional love and acceptance that I was bathed in from everyone at Starfish had the power to impact me in so many positive ways. So many things have grown inside of me: my self esteem, my compassion, my sense of purpose in life, my spirituality, my acceptance of differences, my understanding of privilege, the list goes on and on.” (Alaina Boyle, Santa Clara University, CA)


“Aside from the classes that I was able to teach, I felt that I learned so much more. The Organization itself taught me, especially how important it is to have service be a part of your everyday life.” (Eunsun Hong, Fairfeild University, CT)


Dear Starfish Volunteer, we cannot wait to have you home with us in The Gambia to learn, love, grow and most importantly, serve. We would love to know what skills and passions you have that fit your goals and current needs? We will use these to design a volunteer project for you that will add to your unique Starfish experience and fit our students’ current needs.  See you soon!

[For more information and to receive our Volunteer Information Packet, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Greenman at jennifer.greenman@starfishinternational.org]



I arrived at the Banjul airport on Monday, April 3rd, 2017. I was met by Fatou Y and Isatou, who I have come to think of as my leaders. Julia Rome was also there to greet me. I met Grandma Cindy, Julia’s cousin, who was leaving on the same plane I arrived on. I have known JuliaRead More


A College Student: Annie Reich

Starfish invests in you as a whole person. I had no idea what I was getting into. At Starfish, we go above and beyond.”

As my time at Starfish came to an end, I reflected a lot on all of the amazing experiences I have had here.Read More


A High School Student:  Tessa Fry

My name is Tessa Fry. I am 18 years of age, and I am a high school graduate from Bryan Station High School in the U.S. I started volunteering at Starfish on the 11th of June, 2016. I have been helping with tutoring the Starfish Library kids in Mathematics. Teaching these kids is anRead More

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