The Gunjur Project Lodge was established in 2005.
The project is run by an English family with a Gambian partner. The site is purpose built to ensure a safe and friendly environment for volunteers and visiting groups.
Jo is a former Cheshire county council youth and development manager overseeing the youth provision in the Chester area. Jo has been supporting community development and facilitating sponsorship programmes in The Gambia for over a decade. She is passionate and committed to providing support and guidance regarding education, training and employment.
Jenny is a former registered care home manager for older people living in a care setting and was responsible for all aspects of the day to day operations. She is a lead coordinator at the Gunjur Project lodge and implements and assesses all aspect of service delivery. She ensures all employees have a comprehensive training programme in place to ensure high standards of service to those who visit covering Food safety, Health and safety, child protection, First aid awareness and Internet safety. She has lived in The Gambia for over a decade and supports a number of community-based organisations.
Drea Thomson Morris
Drea is a fully qualified Youth and Community worker with over 30 years experience of working in many settings with extensive knowledge around young people and diverse communities. She is the UK country coordinator for Go Volunteer Gambia and is able to support groups and individuals to plan and prepare for a unique experience at The Gunjur Project in The Gambia.
Brendan is a qualified youth worker and prior to moving from UK he worked as a senior team leader for Cheshire County council. His knowledge and experience of outdoor education ensures that volunteers and groups visiting have a varied residential experience. He recently worked as a senior team leader on the NCS programme and was responsible for delivering a social action project with a group of young people. He has lived in the Gambia for over a decade and facilitates a number of youth programmes both in the community and within the classroom. He is our health and safety assessor and work co-ordinator. He leads on all youth and environment projects and ensures all activities undertaken are risk.
With over 20 years of facilitating school and youth groups to The Gambia he works to ensure that all projects undertaken are coordinated carefully with the governing bodies such as Village Development Committees and Governmental offices. He is vital to the day to day operations of the Gunjur Project. Alagi travels to UK through the summer and is able to come and meet with any interested groups and discuss potential projects.
Butch is a percussionist and djembe player. He is passionate about world music and arts. He leads on arts and crafts projects and arranges a wide variety of performances to enable all visitors to embrace themselves into West African music.
We have a strong and professional staff team on the ground in The Gambia who will work with you on your volunteer experience. We all look forward to welcoming you to The Gambia.