Above (left to right): UIS students Afua Amoabin, Bamba Njie, Zehra Ozkan-Shahidi, Ebrima Sisawo (Instructor, University of The Gambia), Christina Craig, and Public Health Professor Josiah Alamu during the 2013 trip to the Gambia.
You Can Work with UIS to Send Students to The Gambia
This summer, students, faculty and staff again traveled to The Gambia for a study abroad experience. This was the third trip to the Gambia under the primary direction of UIS Public Health professor, Dr. Josiah Alamu. The group, including ten students (seven undergraduates and three graduate students) and five faculty members, left on Sunday, May 18, and returned on Monday, June 23.
Gifts to the Global Experience Globalization Trips (Donate button above) provided support for students’ expenses, and two scholarships provided support for students, the James L. Lundquist Scholarship Fund and the Evelyn N. Zimmerman Endowment Fund for public health.
Three Key Areas of Service and Study
- Some students helped primary school students learn the English language, American history, etc.
- Two students worked on HIV/AIDS prevention by collecting and distributing condoms to remote villages in the Gambia.
- A few students also engaged in community health research, focusing on the knowledge/behavior gap.
Why the Gambia?
Dr. Alamu worked in The Gambia College School of Public Health as a contract lecturer for several years before he came to the United States. When he realized that UIS offered no study-abroad opportunities in Africa, he saw an excellent opportunity for collaboration with the University of The Gambia, a new university in Sere Kunda, the largest city in the Gambia.
Josiah saw many benefits of the study abroad trip for the fledgling university, which now has collaborated with UIS on two Master’s degrees in Public Health. But Josiah also knew that UIS students would benefit from the opportunities to:
- understand the global public health issues and social-determinants of health in a developing country;
- meet with scholars and other students from a developing country to discuss perspectives in international relations, economics, policy, business; and governance; and
- observe classes and contribute to teaching in a developing country.
Faculty, staff, and administrators who participate in the trip to the Gambia have the opportunity to develop research activities in a developing country and contribute to educational programs.
Join with us to send students to The Gambia again in 2015!