Studying abroad, although rewarding, comes with its challenges. Adapting to a new time zone, language and culture are common obstacles, but for St. Mary’s College of Maryland students who studied in The Gambia this past summer, dealing with unpredictable power outages—lasting six to 12 hours a day—was not on their list of expectations.
Students did not sit idly, however. They took action to solve the power outage dilemma and the solution will benefit others studying abroad in the West African country for years to come.
At “Happy Camp,” the Gambian housing compound that serves as home to St. Mary’s students studying at the University of The Gambia, students tapped into the country’s year-round sunshine by harnessing solar energy to power essential appliances. Read more.