There’s something incredibly special about watching your loved ones accomplish their firsts. Their first time eating ice cream, swimming in the ocean, seeing an airplane….
In The Gambia, it is culturally inappropriate to talk about menstruation. Even mothers rarely discuss it with their daughters, bolstering myths and stigmas that have lasted for generations. Islamic tradition dictates menses as “dirty” and bans women from touching the Koran or praying when they are menstruating.
Aside from the gaining a wealth of knowledge, the boys got to get on out there and explore their country. The boys each shadowed a professional Gambian doing their job. We took them on tours of all the higher education campuses: the college, the university, the technical training institute, the management and development institute and the hotel school.
Camp GLOW (Guys and Girls Leading our World) is a flagship Peace Corps program held all over the world. Between roasting marshmallows around the campfire,…
Student Leadership Trek targeted Grade 10 students throughout The Gambia with the aim of empowering and building the capacities of young people to be role models at their schools and in their communities. The trek traveled to six schools and taught a curriculum aimed at teaching tenth grade boys and girls the importance of working as equal partners to build educated, economically-sustainable communities.