Center for International Education

BIST Gambia 2015

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Education and Social Change in the Gambia: Changing the World One Girl at a Time (EDS/PSJ 2xx)

This course explores education and social change in Africa. Students will travel to The Gambia, in Western Africa, where they will teach English literacy and work on service-learning projects with the girls of Starfish International. Founded by Berea graduate Mam-Yassin, the Starfish academy is based on the idea that education is the road to social change in Africa, starting with the education of girls, who are frequently denied the right to attend school. As they get to know Gambian culture, students will reflect upon U.S. systems of education and the ways in which social justice is achieved in a non-Western context. There will also be travel within The Gambia, including historic slave sites, craft markets, nature preserves, a boat trip, traditional ceremony, government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s).

Financial Support

Financial support from Berea College is available for any major to cover a portion of the cost of a summer abroad. The Department of Foreign Languages offers similar financial support for qualified majors and minors. »Read more


For specific questions about this course, contact Meta Mendel-Reyes or Penelope Wong.

For general questions about the BIST application process or scholarships, contact the Education Abroad Team at or (859) 985-3453, or drop by 205 Woods-Penniman.


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