School Groups looking to volunteer abroad in Africa
More and more schools are taking students abroad to experience volunteering projects and if you’re thinking about Africa, The Gambia is the perfect place to do this.
Only a 6 hour flight away, The Gambia is ranked one of the safest countries, not only in West Africa but all of Africa. People are generally friendly and hospitable. See article.
The Gunjur Project will work with you to identify the kind of projects you’d like to work on. This could be peer education, physical work, sport, environmental or conservation work, or even a mixture of these. Their local knowledge combined with the skills you know you bring will mean you can develop an itinerary to suit your school group. You can also build in social and cultural activities to balance alongside your community work.
You could consider collecting resources to bring with you which would be much appreciated by the local schools, like exercise books, pens / pencils, text books, educational posters for the walls. The list is endless.
You may even want to build longer lasting links with a local school and continue to exchange letters and news after your trip. Or you might like to raise money to sponsor some Gambian children to have a secondary education.
Teachers can feel comfortable that there are risk assessments available, on-site security, local knowledge and guides – all there to help make the task of leading a trip like this as smooth as possible. Your trip will be fully catered and the level of accommodation is good for a developing country like The Gambia.
‘Dear Jo and Jenny,
On behalf of the twenty five pupils and four staff who visited you in February, I’d like to thank you for enabling us to have an amazing experience of life in The Gambia. I think it fair to say that every one of us gained something during the week and came home as better people. Your preparation, organisation and attention to detail were second to none.
I particularly liked the way you checked, and double checked, to make sure that we were happy with the suggestions you made. Equally, your flexibility whilst we were with you was appreciated. Nothing was too much trouble; I appreciated the fact that on many occasions you were prepared to go the “extra mile”. One of the biggest issues on trips abroad with young people is food. Again, you ensured that there was a wide choice, which was well-cooked and extremely tasty. Many of the pupils commented on how much they enjoyed the food you offered them; that is an enormous compliment. You managed to ensure that the week not only fulfilled our educational purpose but also enabled all of us to have a holiday.
Your passion for the area and support for the local community clearly came over. I would recommend you without any hesitation whatsoever. You have ensured that your visitors can see the real Africa with knowledgeable, experienced and caring staff. Once again, thank you very much. I am convinced we will return to allow more pupils to have the Gunjur experience.
With every good wish, Yours sincerely,
Nick McGee Assistant Headteacher – Wade Deacon High School – Senior Leadership Team’