Global Internship Program (GIP): Power Up Gambia
Students studying engineering, nursing, dentistry, or other related fields are encouraged to apply to this unique opportunity working at a hospital in The Gambia
Number of Spots Available:
Mid-May to Early June 2018
The Organization: Power Up Gambia
is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating sustainable solar energy systems for healthcare facilities in The Gambia. It was founded in 2009 by Kathryn Cunningham Hall, a Penn student who spent a summer at a Gambian hospital and witnessed firsthand the limitations in patient care caused by electricity shortages. The organization has grown from a one-time effort to a non-profit consisting of staff and board members, in addition to a large network of student and professional volunteers. Based in Philadelphia, PA and working exclusively in The Gambia, their mission is to provide reliable electricity and water to healthcare facilities in The Gambia through solar energy. Their solar projects are designed to be long-term solutions for the energy needs of Gambian healthcare facilities. Their driving vision is for every hospital in The Gambia to have 24-hour electricity and running water.
The Gambia is one of Africa's smallest countries. Located in West Africa on the Atlantic Coast and running along the Gambia River, this former British colony is known as "The Smiling Coast of Africa" for its friendly and gentle culture. Student interns will be based at the Bwiam General Hospital in the rural town of Bwiam. Interns should note that a very active social life will not be available to them while working in the rural areas of The Gambia. Individuals who are comfortable leading a fairly quiet life for a few months are more suitable to this position. This is not to say the time spent in Bwiam will be dull, as traveling in The Gambia and making friends at the hospital and in the villages will be an amazing experience.
Some health and safety risks to be aware of include:
- Allergies: Students with severe allergies, particularly to peanuts or seafood, should be warned that Gambian food is often made with peanuts and seafood and that the hospital is in a major peanut-growing area