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Stories from The Gambia

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in The Gambia.

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On the side of a dusty Gambian road, Peace Corps Volunteer Tre’ Giles sits outside of a bitik on a hand-carved wooden stool. 

Hawa opens her mouth wide and laughs in that way of hers that is so infectious I can’t help but laugh as well. 

OpenStreetMap Day at Kennedy School

“Thank you so much for coming to our class.  I want to keep doing this so I can help people in poor countries.”

Climate-smart permagardening

Families in The Gambia, like so many across the rest of Africa, struggle with maintaining stable access to nutritious food. 

Camp GLOW tackles food security in The Gambia

“It is so difficult to provide for the family needs,” says Kaddy Jammeh, one of the Gambian girls who attended Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) this year in The Gambia. 

Friends without borders pen pals

When I started a pen pals project between my elementary school in The Gambia and various classes in the States, I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought a letter exchange could be a simple first project for me to start. What I forgot, however, is that nothing is simple in West Africa.

Roots Tribe Yoga

“Make sure that you are doing what you love and that you are doing it for the right reasons because when difficulties arise, that’s what is going to pull you through.” 

From America, with love

There’s something special about receiving a package or letter in the mail — especially when you’re living and working abroad for two years. 

Moldova Volunteer Albert Sou reading to kids

Beginning in 1986, I served as an early childhood teacher trainer in Haiti. 

VIDEO: Stomping out malaria goes local

Volunteers are making a difference for people in host communities by working across Africa to prevent malaria, educate and support people who are afflicted or at risk. 

Corps to Career: The news should do more than depress you

“When I was in the Peace Corps, my best friends were kids and the elderly — I prefer them to straight up adults," says Bryn Mooser (The Gambia 2001-04).