Volunteering responsibly cannot and should not replace the traditional holiday. It will be emotionally exhausting and mentally challenging - but it can also be a profound and life-enhancing experience if you are well-prepared, well-matched with your host community and well-supported in your endeavors. So, we would ask you to take some time to explore our site thoroughly - find out about us and our partners and the unique way that we work together for local communities. Equally as important, think about why you want to volunteer, what you hope to gain and what you hope to give... your motivations are important too!
Join People & Places as a volunteer in The Gambia. Volunteers can participate in two types of projects with communities in The Gambia.
Interested in child care and education? People and Places works with a respected Gambian expert, Lisong Bah, in early childhood education. Volunteers may work in her model nursery school, working alongside local people to share good practice, or in other local nursery or primary schools, or help her in training programs for local teachers. The Gambian government has identified ECD as a priority and is committed to providing pre-school places to all Gambian children. A meaningful and accredited ECD programme has been developed, however Early Childhood Development professionals are practically non-existent in The Gambia and this project seeks to strengthen this initiative with skilled volunteers.
People & Places also offers volunteers with business experience the opportunity to share their skill set with the local community. People & Places works with an NGO called ASSET (The Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism) to help train local Gambians and enable them to earn a sustainable living through tourism.
Learn more about volunteer programs with People & Places in Gambia on their website!
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£450 - direct costs in The Gambia (airport transfers, home stay Band B, orientation, information packs)
£250 - project management, liaison & supervision in The Gambia
£200 - project donation in The Gambia
£260 - recruitment, matching & project development in UK