A group of Ridgefield High School students is currently working with a beauty salon in Africa as part of an international internship program.

The group, which is looking for more students to participate, is considering three problems the salon in northern Nigeria faces: weak advertising, keeping track of finances, and lack of resources.

The International Business Internship Program is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., that pairs teams of high school students with small businesses in northern Nigeria.

RHS freshman Allison Foley, a member of the team, said, “We have a weekly Skype call with our business partners in Nigeria to talk about the issues and provide some innovative solutions. The program also comes with a lot of benefits for student participants. Internships and college assistance opportunities are offered in return for the work with the Nigerian businesses, as well as scholarships and college mentors. Our team is hoping to help Nigerian communities through our small business work, while simultaneously learning more about Nigerian culture and how we can continue to help.”

Foley may be reached at a.foley711@gmail.com.