CAS '22 Fatima Al Rashed

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GRIP: Intern in The Gambia

Program Abroad:

  • Global Research & Internship Program (GRIP): Power Up Gambia Intern in Bwiam, The Gambia

Ask me about...

  • Traveling abroad as a female Muslim for the first time and alone 
  • Being away from family 
  • Ways to adapt to a new lifestyle for two moths 
  • Necessitates for living in Bwiam, The Gambia 
  • Life in The Gambia: weather, food, laundry, etc.
  • How to stay connected with the people you meet abroad 
  • Healthcare in developing countries 

My Experience Abroad:

Power Up Gambia was a precious experience in my life. Being an intern at Bwiam General Hospital allowed me to understand what it means to work in the medical field under the lack of many resources, which forces health care personnel to improvise most of the time. Additionally, the internship gave me the opportunity to understand what it means to be a patient and a community member in Bwiam. 

The Gambia is a place that I now call home. Everything is beautiful about The Gambia, but mostly its people. Gambians have a very special place in my heart because they are the most kind and welcoming people. It took me only one week to feel truly at home and between my own family. Gambians open their doors for everyone, care so much about their guests, and share everything they have even if they do not have much to give. 

Other Highlights:

  • Assisting nurses and learning from skillful doctors under pressure and challenging circumstances 
  • Learning about a new culture and trying The Gambian cuisine
  • Working with young girls in Bwiam on menstrual hygiene and management
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