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Operation Crossroads Africa

Written by Jeffrey Goodwin

The author in Jambanjelly, Gambia, with a local boy

Last summer I traveled to Gambia in West Africa as one of the two students selected for Ithaca College’s Reginald Simmons Memorial Award.

I spent the summer working with Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA), a program established by Bob Iger ’73, president and CEO of Walt Disney Company, in Simmons’s honor.

Simmons ’75 devoted his career to improving the lives of the African people. OCA is a cross-cultural exchange program designed to promote understanding of Africa and its culture. I lived in the small town of Jambanjelly and helped complete the construction of a local library.

I debated whether I should apply for this scholarship, but I soon realized that this could be one of the greatest opportunities of my life. I had no idea what I was getting into or what I could expect from this trip, but needless to say, it turned out to be an absolutely incredible experience. This photo gallery and blog are my attempts to convey my experience in West Africa.

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