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My Magazine 2023/06
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The Gambia, the smallest African mainland country, is an excellent destination for Africa's first-time visitors and for all those who have always dreamed of going on a different kind of trip to Africa. The combination of volunteering, exploring and mingling with the locals gives visitors a completely different holiday experience.

Is the program only suitable for young people? No! Adventurers of all ages are welcome!

But let’s explore reasons why you should choose to travel and volunteer with Volunteer Trails first. 

 

The Gambia is our home.

 We will take you on a cultural and meaningful journey which will become one of the most memorable journeys of your life. 

 

Support from start to finish.

 Planning your meaningful journey with us will save you time and money! You will never be alone! We will be with you every step of the way, offering support and guidance. In The Gambia you will have access to our team members 24/7. 

 

Years of experience.

 We offer our many years of experience in philanthropy, tourism and life in The Gambia. Quality assurance and customization services according to your wishes are our number one goal. We always do the best we can! 

 

Fair prices and no hidden costs. 

We employ only local residents, we buy from locals and we support projects where locals receive most of its benefits. You will definitely get more for your travel money with us. Our team members are always negotiating the best deals for you. At the same time we never forget anyone who is helping us to make your journey unforgettable. This guarantees everyone receives a fair deal and your presence really makes a difference to the local economy. 

 

Extra bonuses for staff. 

We ensure you get the experience you deserve while making sure the locals receive what they deserve. All our employees and freelancers receive fair payment for their work which allows them to grow and improve their living conditions. Their children and family members are included in our Sponsor a Child project. We also train and educate our staff.

 

Financial Transparency

We believe it is very important to provide our donors and volunteers with financial clarity so they know that they’re doing the right thing in supporting our mission. We pride ourselves on our operational transparency. All received funds go directly to families, education programs and projects for individuals' independence.

 

You will make an impact. 

Matching your skills and interests with the needs of Gambian communities, educational institutions and individuals is our top priority. We guarantee that your presence and philanthropy work will make an impact! 

 

Community development. 

We are happy that our projects bring people together. Your help will not only benefit the people you work with but will have a significant influence on the communities, educational institutions, youth, women and the nation. 

 

Personal growth. 

Being useful in a social volunteering experience brings high satisfaction and motivation, it expands your network, develop new skills, increases self-confidence and brings happiness and joy in life. You will also be able to learn a lot about yourself and your life. Gambians will teach you many things about happiness and love.

 

OUR PROGRAMS ARE SUITABLE OR EVERYONE! 

 

Students and Young People

We want young people of the world to think differently! Traveling to Africa can be a very important step and an experience of a lifetime for them. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the cultural traditions, cuisine, music, local languages, animals and nature. Traveling to Africa can also encourage solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people. They can participate in voluntary activities to benefit local communities and schools, and gain new skills and experiences that will enhance the personal, educational and professional level of the individual. We would like to see prejudice gone and to connect people throughout the world, because we feel we can overcome cultural and religious differences together. 

 

Couples and Honeymoons

The Gambia is an outstanding honeymoon destination. Nowhere else in the world can you get such an unforgettable experience as in Africa. It is an amazing start of a life together for newlyweds and it is a great opportunity to strengthen their partnership, experience the world beyond the borders of holiday resorts and learn about the destination through local residents and their stories of life in the country. Your lifetime trip can start by visiting remote villages, animal parks, national reserves, historical sites and local schools. After experiencing the real Africa, you can relax on white sandy beaches, sip drinks on a chair under a palm tree and look at the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. A combination of adventure, relaxation and romance will make your honeymoon in Africa unique and magical.

 

Family Vacation

It is a great opportunity for families to spend their time together in a different way. The Gambia offers amazing family friendly hotels, self-catering apartments and lodges. Children will enjoy endless beaches, the sun and sand. Almost every place of accommodation also offers a pool, sunbeds and shades. Whenever you want to experience the country beyond the tourist strip, you can visit some of the animal parks, nearby villages, local schools and go for a daily river cruise to see mangroves, birds, creeks, etc. We also offer family volunteering for a day or two. It is a great opportunity to approach charity together. The combination of activities is a great idea, because it means working together, socializing, making new friends and learning. It is a safe place to learn about Africa, its wildlife, different people and culture.

 

Traveling in a Group

Sometimes it's good to go in a group! Individuals with common and divergent interests usually come together in social or thematic groups. Traveling in small groups lets you feel like you are exploring a destination independently but at the same time a group creates a good vibe. It is a unique way to create friendship in addition to all other experiences that move the group and each individual. People usually coming in groups are ornithologists, cyclists, marathon runners, artists & musicians coming to perform or participate in festivals, retirees and adventurers who are coming to Africa to discover the real local life, tradition and culture. But recently most common group travelers are volunteers coming to Africa with a mission. Programs focus on social changes, social justice, education, animal protection & rehabilitation, and medical assistance. Each trip has its benefits and becomes a powerful experience. We offer opportunities to make a real and measurable difference in both, visitors' and locals' lives. 

 

Long Winter for Retirees

The Gambia is a perfect winter holiday destination for retirees who want to escape from cold winter weather in Europe. Africa offers a warm sun all year round, peaceful hotels & lodges and reasonable prices. Today, more and more retirees are looking for meaningful holidays. Visiting new places, socializing with locals, tasting the local cuisine, bird watching and dancing to the rhythms of local music are just some of the activities The Gambia offers. The friendly people of The Gambia will always take good care of you and you will never feel alone In Africa. Hospitality and being respectful towards elderly people are values that Gambians are born with.   

 

Busy Employees

For employees who want to experience something completely different due to their hard work and daily responsibilities,  our program is the perfect choice. Relaxation combined with adventure are good reasons to travel with a purpose. It might not be the most luxurious vacation, but you get and experience a lot more for less money! The advantage of the Travel as a Volunteer program for employees is that you can take part in volunteering activities for a shorter period (a day, a week or ten days).

If you are interested in exploring The Gambia in a slightly different way, through local people and volunteer work, we invite you to join us!

 

How to start?

Send an e-mail to info@volunteertrails.com 
Whatsapp: +220 214 0001 or +220 214 0002
Visit us at our office! 

Where to find us:

Volunteer Trails, The Gambia 
Hendon Court Building, Kololi 
Bertil Harding Hwy 
(former Dream Park)  
Open from Monday to Saturday 
from 9am to 5pm

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