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Gambia Teaching Project

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Gambia Teaching Project

Visit this perfect pocket of an ancient continent and enthuse the local children as you teach and mentor them amongst a dazzling culture of colour and effervescence.

Prices from US$845

The Gambia, a tiny sliver of land completely enveloped by Senegal, is easy to miss on a world map and yet has always remained one of the continent's top destinations for tourists looking for a welcoming, vibrant culture, bustling fishing villages and stunning beaches. It is characterised by the might of the eponymous Gambia river, a vast tract of water piercing the country through its heart and saturating the surrounding land with fresh water, ensuring flourishing ecosystems and forests brimming with every variety of flora and fauna, and an intriguing culture that has evolved from roots embedded in the artisanal fishing traditions. Visit this perfect pocket of an ancient continent to discover mysterious standing stones, tribal dancing, a dazzling array of wildlife and an African adventure that will be truly unforgettable!

Make a valued and long term contribution to the future of the local people whom you befriend in a community that lacks most of the basic educational resources. Help disadvantaged and marginalised communities by bringing them hope through education, immersing yourself in the culture through this incredibly rewarding experience.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this little known corner of Africa
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Teach enthusiastic local children

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location Madina Salaam, The Gambia
Activities Teach English
working with children
Arranging extracurricular activities
Helping out staff at the school
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
Food
Accommodation
Local orientation and training 
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This incredibly rewarding project looks to provide invaluable volunteer support to understaffed schools in The Gambia. This project is crucial to those schools in deprived areas that are under resourced and overcrowded. The project aims to increase the standard of education and literacy within the local area.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Your work schedule will be challenging and varied, but always enjoyable, as you embark on your placement in a local community or government school. You will engage fully with your pupils, using your creativity and initiative to deliver a stimulating teaching programme.

You will benefit in terms of your personal and professional experience and will be encouraged to formulate ideas and develop your teaching skills and techniques. Working either with a local teacher or independently, you could be directly involved with marking pupils' work, preparing homework and assembling innovative and effective lesson plans.

There are a range of extracurricular activities you could organise, depending on your personal skills and interests – whether it is coaching a sports team, planning a school play, organising a choir, or conducting one to one tuition for children who are struggling. Just use your initiative and get the kids involved! Whatever you decide, you are sure to gain huge satisfaction from inspiring these underprivileged children, whilst enhancing your own skills and experience significantly.

Your detailed work programme will be agreed with your volunteer coordinator upon arrival.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Banjul International Airport on the Saturday you will be met by our coordinator and taken to the project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Depending upon the time of your arrival, you will either be taken to a local hotel (if you arrive late at night) or directly to your welcoming homestay family. The homestay, where you will be given your own room, which may be shared with another volunteer, will be based within walking distance of your work placement. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable with all the basic amenities and your host family will be more than happy to help you with your Wolof and other local information to help you settle in.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will enjoy three meals a day, which you will normally share with your host family, with general emphasis on simple, home cooked dishes made with fresh local produce.

Food will be a mixture of European and traditional African cooking. The main crop of The Gambia is peanuts, with the result that they feature heavily in its cuisine. Traditional dishes include benachin or jollof rice, which is a traditional West African rice dish with onions, spices, tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with meat, fish or vegetables, chicken yassa, being chicken boiled with onion, black pepper and lime or lemon, and domoda, which is meat stew with rice and peanut butter sauce.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Entertainment and various activities you can partake in with your family and local villagers may include African drumming, tie-dye, African dancing, yoga, bird watching, lots of fun games and traditional African entertainment. Your weekends will be free to visit other parts of the country and staff will be more than happy to help you organise this.

COSTS

2 weeks US$845

Extra week US$345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, all year round

Please aim to arrive on a Saturday

DURATION

Volunteers can stay for a minimum of 2 weeks, with no maximum stay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project briefing
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Banjul (BJL)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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