Program Details

  1. Community Construction/ Development Projects
  2. Community Health/Medical Outreach Projects
  3. Agriculture/Reforestation Projects
  4. Education/Training Projects
  5. Women’s Development Projects
Location:
Banjul, Gambia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:
America's premier cross-cultural exchange program, Operation Crossroads Africa was established in 1958 by Dr. James H. Robinson, who foresaw a "clear, honest, hard-hitting program" in which young North Americans would work at the grassroots level with young Africans. He envisioned young people "building bridges of friendship to Africa," and his extraordinary vision was embodied in Operation Crossroads Africa. The organization's motto is "make a difference for others, see the difference in yourself."

The programs of Operation Crossroads Africa are designed to promote understanding of Africa and the African Diaspora based on the belief that one can truly enter another culture only by living and working in it. Called the "progenitor of the Peace Corps" by President John F. Kennedy, Operation Crossroads Africa has sent over 11,000 persons in the last 51 summers to more than 40 African countries, 12 Caribbean countries, and Brazil in pursuit of its goals.

  1. Community Construction/ Development Projects
  2. Community Health/Medical Outreach Projects
  3. Agriculture/Reforestation Projects
  4. Education/Training Projects
  5. Women’s Development Projects


The intense Crossroads experience is designed to enable participants to:
  • Develop an informed understanding of the complexities of the community development process;
  • Appreciate the intricate web of social, political, and economic considerations that bear on the success or failure of any community undertaking;
  • Formulate the appropriate questions necessary for the solution of problems at the community level; and
  • Question their own value base and seek a deeper understanding of other ways of life in a manner that goes far beyond a tourist visit.
  • Setting Description:
    The time you will spend as a member of a Crossroads group is designed to provide an immersion in the culture of the host community. You will be part of an international group made up of eight to ten women and men of various racial, cultural, regional, and educational backgrounds. Under the guidance of the group leader, Crossroads groups join with a community for six weeks on a project that involves local people and Crossroaders working together. All Crossroads projects are community-initiated, and you will live and work with hosts who have designed the project.

    While there is some range in accommodations at Crossroads project sites, you will have to cope with some or all of the following conditions: living in close quarters; having no electricity or running water; cooking outdoors over a wood fire; and eating a modest, high-starch, low-protein diet. You will share responsibility for cooking, buying food, and doing domestic chores.

    The pressure of communal living with persons from

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