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CSM Travel Study

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College of Southern Maryland
Heather Zeolla
Center for Service-Learning
301-934-2251 x 7016

The Gambia 2015
Travel Dates are June 1-8, 2015


Self-proclaimed as "the Smiling Coast of Africa," The Gambia is increasingly being recognized as a world class destination because of its proximity to western cities, its natural beauty, and friendly people. Participants in the program will fly to Banjul, the nation's capital, and then travel to "Happy Camp," St. Mary's College of Maryland's residential compound. Located in the suburb of Kanifing, Happy Camp offers western style accommodations, including computers with internet access, several bedrooms, a kitchen, and a roof-top terrace.

Participants will visit the American Embassy, the Gambian National Museum, various markets, the 400 year-old Kachikally Crocodile Farm, the Abuko Nature Reserve, as well as travel up the Gambia River to the historic villages of Albreda and Juffureh, and the former slave fortress of James Island; each made famous by the novel Roots, Alex Haley's classic chronicle of nearly five generations of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This program offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage in an exciting educational, historical, and cultural experience!


The cost to each student is $3,500. All students must obtain a valid U.S. passport prior to departure (estimated time to obtain a passport is 8 weeks). The trip is limited to 10 students, accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up early to reserve your place! **This cost may increase or decrease pending the costs of airfare and room & board. Payments to vendors, airlines, travel agents, hotels, etc. may be non-refundable.

Payments are now being placed on student CSM accounts. This allows students the following benefits:

  • Payment online or on campus via cash, check or credit card
  • Options to use scholarships or financial aid money without waiting for disbursements
  • Use of the CSM FACTS tuition payment plan, allowing payments to be made over the semester


  • round trip airfare
  • room and board (all meals included)
  • in country travel (buses, taxis, tips)
  • entry to all social/cultural events
  • travel insurance (trip interruption, trip cancellation, emergency medical)

Not included:

  • CSM tuition and fees
  • textbooks
  • passport

Scholarships Available

The CSM Travel Studies Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship will allow students to be awarded $475 toward their travel costs and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please apply early!

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be registered for at least 9 credits during the semester or immediately preceding the travel studies course for which the award is intended. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the CSM Financial Assistance Department. Applicant must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of application.

Should you be awarded this scholarship, you are required to provide a follow up essay and / or video report based on your experiences in the travel studies program.

Application process:

  1. Complete and sign the application form
  2. Attach an essay documenting the reason for seeking the scholarship and how the travel study experience relates to your academic goals at CSM
  3. Provide at least one letter of recommendation from a former or current CSM instructor or a high school teacher

Apply for the program

In order to register for travel study courses, students must complete the following application. Once applications are received, students will be contacted with more details and will be placed in the program on a first-come, first-serve bases until all spaces are filled. Payments will be placed on students CSM accounts, allowing many payment options to be utilized. Once the fee is placed on the account, it is non-refundable. Students will then be given further instructions on how to register for their course(s).

Deadline to Apply is April 15, 2015

9 Spaces Available!

Please contact Heather Zeolla for questions or additional information.


HST 1070 - History of Africa

HST 1061 - African American History to 1877

COM 1350 - Inter Cultural Communication


View this itinerary to get more details about this exciting trip!