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Gambia Teaching Project

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The Gambia, a tiny sliver of land completely enveloped by Senegal is easy to miss on a world map, yet The Gambia has always remained one of the continents top destinations for tourist’s looking for a welcoming vibrant culture, bustling fishing villages and stunning beaches. It is characterised by the might of the eponymous Gambia river; this vast tract of water pierces the country through its heart and saturates the surrounding land with fresh water, ensuring flourishing ecosystems, 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 locals you encounter and 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 into 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
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Teaching Terrestrial
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


 

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 Monday 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. At the homestay you will be given your own room that may be shared with another volunteer, and 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 and they feature heavily in its cuisine. Traditional dishes include Benachin or Jollof rice (a traditional West African rice dish with onions, spices, tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with meat, fish or vegetables), Chicken Yassa (chicken boiled with onion, black pepper and lime or lemon) and Domoda (meat stew with rice and peanut butter sauce).

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Entertainment and various activities you can par-take 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$ 895

Extra week US$ 395

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, all year round

Starts Saturday or Sunday

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

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.