Gunjur Environment Interest Group is a unity of Gunjurian environmental and eco-travel organisations, inviting international volunteers to join their daily activities in environment protection.
Volunteers participate in activities such as beach cleaning, planting and watering trees, listing plant and animal species of the forest, visiting and assisting at the hatchery, ensuring existing hatcheries are kept clean and safe, protecting turtle nests through beach patrols and beach cleaning (only during turtle nesting season), caring for injured turtles (if necessary), working with the local team to develop educational materials for local communities, and raising awareness in the community.
Another goal of the volunteering program is to provide travellers and volunteers with an authentic experience in The Gambia by living with locals.
Staying with a host family gives a unique insight into the lifestyle of Gambians. One can learn much about the country and its people while staying with a local family. Also, Gambian hosts are well known for their friendliness and hospitality. So homestay is a popular choice.
Staying with a host family is an experience that gives insight into the village life, The Gambia and culture.
Homestay provides a more authentic cultural experience. That is, by living with locals rather than in a lodge or hotel, you can experience the realities of daily life.
Staying in a homestay is cheaper than staying in a hotel or renting an apartment. Also, relaxing and spending time with hosts in their homes is much more enjoyable!
One of the best ways to improve language skills is to communicate and participate in the new language. Therefore, staying in a homestay allows for practising language skills in a real-life environment. Our homestay hosts are experienced in having visitors from all around the world and will be happy to communicate with you.
The homestay experience involves three home-cooked meals per day. The best thing about it is the possibility to experience new and exciting food while practising language skills and learning new things from the host family.
Homestays are usually located away from the main tourist hubs. The best way to explore a new place is in the company of locals. Hosting families can provide good tips and recommendations about places to visit. They can point out some hidden locations. All the main tourist places still remain there to see. Living with locals gives you a chance to learn about the country on a completely different level.
For solo travellers, meeting new people when arriving in a new place can be difficult. However, staying with a host family will undoubtedly lead to friendship, not only with the family members but also with their friends and extended family.
A homestay is a real home away from home. When staying in a hotel, it is easy to forget about the staff, room, or experience; through homestay accommodation, you meet real, genuine people. By getting to know them, you can make memories you couldn't get from any other accommodation!
By staying in the homestay, you are contributing to the livelihood of the local community. The small cost of paying for the roof and food may significantly uplift the family's living standards. In many developing countries, homestays are run by women. Through hosting travellers, they become more financially independent. Staying in a local community benefits the family hosting and the artisans selling handmade souvenirs, taxi drivers in the community, shopkeepers and other people involved in rendering services or selling products to the travellers or the hosting family.