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We welcome you to join the turtle project in Gunjur as a volunteer and help make an impact on the conservation of the country’s beautiful sea turtles. This will surely be one of your most unique and unforgettable lifetime experience. You can volunteer from a minimum of 1 week to 5 weeks or more.

Recently, a new hatchery was constructed at Gunjur beach. Sea Turtle hatcheries are used when natural nesting conditions are threatened by predation, heavy poaching, or shrinking nesting locations. Hatcheries are not a zoo, wildlife sanctuaries, or a rescue center, they are built to help restore declining sea turtle population through local-led volunteers efforts.

Sea turtle hatcheries off the coast of Gunjur is run by conservation volunteers who are using their field conservation knowledge to promote turtle conservation in The Gambia. Yes, we share the valid concerns that handling eggs, using tanks, incubating eggs at the incorrect temperature, nests dug at the wrong depth and sand being too wet or too dry can all impact the success rates of the hatcheries. In this regard, the success rates are lower than if the eggs had been left in situ.

Ideally, we would prefer to promote sea turtle initiatives that preserve eggs in situ and promote the conservation of habitats. However, considering the trend of anthropogenic factors and contemporary environmental issues in The Gambia, establishing an effectively run sea turtle hatchery is needed than ever before.

Establishing a turtle hatchery is our last resort – alongside other conservation measures to help restore the sea turtle population in The Gambia. Sea turtle hatcheries require extensive labour and fund to be successful. We thank donors and volunteers for their immense contributions towards building this hatchery in Gunjur.

The overall aim to offer volunteering opportunities is to monitor sea turtle activity and conserve the local nesting sites in Gunjur, The Gambia. Conservation activities here are carried out by a team of dedicated local staff and international volunteers for more than 10 years.

One of the most important activities undertaken by volunteers is the maintenance of the hatchery. Within the sanctuary, collected and rescued eggs can hatch safely away from predators in the haven of the specially constructed hatchery, before being released into the sea at night.

Sadly, due to the natural threats they face, very few turtles survive through to adulthood, and as turtles are only able to reproduce from the age of around 25, this understandably poses an issue for the rate of turtle reproduction. For this exact reason, every nesting site, every egg, every hatchling and every turtle is crucial to the survival of the species, and maximising survival is what the staff and volunteers at the project strive to achieve!

The success of this project relies upon the involvement of truly dedicated people, and you, like every volunteer or member of staff, can help play an integral role here.

 

HOMESTAY 

  • Volunteer Pass 
  • Accommodation by a Gambian family  
  • 3 local meals

VOLUNTEER PASS
Each of the volunteers must undergo training or be involved in preparatory activities before the trip to The Gambia. We are also available to help and advise you in organizing your trip. When you arrive in The Gambia, you will be accompanied by a team of coordinators who will introduce you to the new environment and work. 

Volunteer pass includes:
• Preparatory online activities (help and support in organizing the travel, answers to questions, group online meetings, presentations, live reporting from The Gambia, useful tips before the trip, connecting with volunteers from past expeditions and their advice).
• Online educational training (3 x 3 hours).
• A guide with all the tips and useful information.
• Certificate of admission to voluntary work/study visit.
• Certificate of work performed.
• Two T-shirts – a mandatory uniform for volunteer work.
• Assistance and counselling in obtaining study funds.
• Assistance and advice in organizing the trip.
• Organizing accommodation in The Gambia (we try to find the best possible offer that will be as close as possible to your area of ​​work, but still safe and pleasant enough to stay).
• Transportation organization.
• Coordination in the Gambia and guidance information (daily meetings, on-site assistance, assistance in organizing voluntary and leisure activities).
• Introductory walk around the area.
• Assistance in organizing leisure activities and excursions by local members of the organization.
• Involvement in current local activities (ceremonies, wrestling, Sunday Mass, holiday celebration
• Possibility of one-on-one counselling (by arrangement).
• Possibility to connect with former volunteers in the selected field (by agreement).

ECO LODGE 

  • Volunteer Pass 
  • Accommodation in double/single room in an eco lodge  
  • Breakfast 

VOLUNTEER PASS
Each of the volunteers must undergo training or be involved in preparatory activities before the trip to The Gambia. We are also available to help and advise you in organizing your trip. When you arrive in The Gambia, you will be accompanied by a team of coordinators who will introduce you to the new environment and work. 

Volunteer pass includes:
• Preparatory online activities (help and support in organizing the travel, answers to questions, group online meetings, presentations, live reporting from The Gambia, useful tips before the trip, connecting with volunteers from past expeditions and their advice).
• Online educational training (3 x 3 hours).
• A guide with all the tips and useful information.
• Certificate of admission to voluntary work/study visit.
• Certificate of work performed.
• Two T-shirts – a mandatory uniform for volunteer work.
• Assistance and counselling in obtaining study funds.
• Assistance and advice in organizing the trip.
• Organizing accommodation in The Gambia (we try to find the best possible offer that will be as close as possible to your area of ​​work, but still safe and pleasant enough to stay).
• Transportation organization.
• Coordination in the Gambia and guidance information (daily meetings, on-site assistance, assistance in organizing voluntary and leisure activities).
• Introductory walk around the area.
• Assistance in organizing leisure activities and excursions by local members of the organization.
• Involvement in current local activities (ceremonies, wrestling, Sunday Mass, holiday celebration
• Possibility of one-on-one counselling (by arrangement).
• Possibility to connect with former volunteers in the selected field (by agreement).

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: 

  • Plane ticket
  • Visa (if needed)
  • Vaccinations
  • All transports 
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in “price includes”
  • Excursions in The Gambia
  • Leisure activities in The Gambia
  • Extra T-shirts
  • Insurance abroad
  • Cancellation travel insurance
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Cost of visa extension (after one month of stay)
  • Bottled water
  • Mobile internet
  • Other costs (souvenirs, braids, various courses, …)
  • Pricing Name
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    Group (Min-Max)
    Pricing
     
  • Pricing Name Homestay - 1 week
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    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 138,00 0,00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name Homestay - 2 weeks
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 275,00 0,00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name Homestay - 3 weeks
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 415,00 0,00 /Person

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  • Pricing Name Homestay - 4 weeks
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 550,00 0,00 /Person

    - +
  • Pricing Name Eco-lodge -1 week
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 130,00 0,00 /Person

    - +
  • Pricing Name Eco-lodge - 2 weeks
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 275,00 0,00 /Person

    - +
  • Pricing Name Eco-lodge - 3 weeks
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 415,00 0,00 /Person

    - +
  • Pricing Name Eco-lodge - 4 weeks
    Start
    End
    1 - 10 Pax
     
    Available Seats: 10

    Adult ( 1 - 10 Pax ) 550,00 0,00 /Person

    - +

We work only with registered charity organizations. In addition to that, we are involved in charity work and volunteering in The Gambia since 2011. We care for our volunteers and we care for locals involved in charity activities. All volunteering opportunities are checked by us and we have visited all the projects by ourselves. You can trust us.

By booking online you take advantage of not spending time planning and arranging your activities. You also guarantee availability.

Booking fees must be paid online upon reservation.
Paying with credit/debit card or PayPal however is not possible at the location.

Our representative will meet you at the airport or at your chosen point. We will discuss details and extra information in person. It is possible for us to drop you off at a different place if pre-agreed.

Children can be part of volunteering activities under supervision of their parents.

Changing is subject to availability and options.

No, it is not possible to change accommodation once you've booked and paid. Accommodation fees are non-refundable.

Yes, you can cancel your reservation. Booking fees are non-refundable.

We strongly recommend having travel cancellation insurance.

Yes. Most of the volunteering activities are carried out together with locals.

All our representatives speak English and Wolof. Some also Aku, Mandinka, Fula, Jola and other languages.

Definitely, arrangements of volunteering for groups or large families are possible. Please contact us with your group requirements at info@my-gambia.com

Your role will depend on your skills and experience. Participants in this project will require some skills or knowledge in one of the following fields:
• marine biology/sciences education, statistical analysis experience
• interest in environmental conservation, willingness to learn

Volunteers participating in this turtle conservation project will be expected to be physically fit for work ashore and in the water, enjoy the outdoors, feel comfortable working as part of a team, able to cope with patrolling beaches day and night, have an interest in the environment, be enthusiastic and willing to learn.