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ABOUT Volunteer in environmental protection

Volunteering experience in Gunjur is a great opportunity to combine spending time with the local community and learning about the way of life, religion and traditions, to gain basic knowledge of one of the local languages and to give back to the world by engaging in environmental activities in one of the most environmental-aware communities in The Gambia.
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Start of the journey

Pick up from the airport

Members of our team will be waiting for you at the airport no matter what time your flight arrives.

Since the journey will be long and tiring, we will give you enough time to rest and start a new day refreshed and ready for new challenges.

Your work will take place in Gunjur - approximately 1-hour drive from the main tourist areas. 

 

 

Day 1

Introduction

Introductory meeting with the members of CETAG to discuss the weekly activities and rules of the organisation.

Discussion about the environmental issues and activities done by CETAG to fight it. E.g. climate changes, environmental pollution, erosion, sewage disposal etc.

Language class on Mandinka or Wolof (2 of the most widely spoken language of both Gambia & Senegal)

Day 2

Tree planting and womens' gardens

Tree Planting Activity as a part of the project Trees for Schools.

Language class on Mandinka or Wolof (part 2).

Visiting the women's gardens and engaging with the horticulture activities.

Day 3

Home cooking and turtle protection

Spending the morning with the family – shopping at the local market, language exchange between the volunteer's native language and the host counterpart.

Visiting the hatchery and turtle protection site, learning about the activities done and spending an afternoon with the rangers. Data collection on the sea turtles of Gunjur.

Day 4

Cultural day

Gunjur Village Museum - assistance in the data collection, labelling and interpretation of the museum artefacts.

Learning about Gambia drumming, Singing and Story Telling in an African Style at Gunjur Jali-Kunda.

Day 5

School and forest

Visiting the local nursery school and doing a lesson on environmental protection.

Bolong Fenye sacred forest walk, collecting the data and cleaning action.

Interpretation of the local people's traditional health practices & environmental best practices.

Weekend and Free time activities

Exploration of The Gambia

There are many things to do and see in Gunjur and The Gambia. Braiding your hair, visiting a local market, taking drumming or dancing classes, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and visiting the craft market are just a few of them. Weekends are perfect for exploring the country. With our selection of responsible trips and tours, you will discover Gunjur and the southern Gambia, and if you wish, also northern or inner parts of The Gambia. All free-time activities are optional and can be customized by your preferences. 

End of tour

Accommodation after the volunteering experience can be arranged for an additional cost.

We will arrange transport to drop you off at the airport. 

RATES

Prices are per person and depend on the length of your stay and accommodation choice. Please note inclusions and exclusions below.

PRICES

One day experience (transport not included)
30€
One day experience (transport included)
70€
One week experience with homestay
350€
One week experience with accommodation at Dalaba Eco Lodge
480€

inclusions

What is included

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off 
  • Accommodation: private room in a family home or private/shared room in eco lodge
  • Food: all meals included
  • Support: 24-hour support from an on-site coordinator
  • Assistance with planning your weekend excursions and free time activities with local partners

What is excluded

  • Daily transfers to and from the project
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the volunteer work
  • International flights to and from The Gambia
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Souvenirs
Can start any day
Depending on the availability, volunteer work can start any day of the week; we do recommend to start on Monday.
Family Friendly
Experience is a great choice for families with kids.
min. 7 days
Your volunteering experience should last at least 7 days, but you can stay with us as long as you like.
Basic accommodation
You will be staying with hosting family or in standard room in eco lodge.
Customization Option
We can adjust your volunteering experience and combine it with work on other fields or prepare an all inclusive itinerary for you.
Moderate activity
This experience requires light to moderate activity.
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FAQ

How long can I volunteer?

You can join us for a day, stay for one week or even long-term volunteering. It depends on you!

Is this experience suitable for families?

This trip is suitable for families with kids older than 5 years. We have very positive experiences with families coming for this type of travel. The kids were the ones who enjoyed the most. 

How demanding is the experience?

The volunteering experience in the field can be quite exhaustive due to the heat and a smaller amount of physical work. You will however have enough time to recover your strength. 

How can I prepare myself?

Pack everything you need for your basic needs. We recommend having a Gambian SIM number, as accessibility to the internet is sometimes a problem. We also recommend bringing a power bank. Make sure you pack mosquito repellents, trekking covered shoes and comfortable wear. 

Interview with environmental activist Ahmed Manjang

Ahmed Manjang is one of the most faithful environmental activists in The Gambia. Coming from the settlement of Gunjur, which is located in the most southern part of the Gambia, he has been involved in many conservation programs and is also a member of few different organisations which are trying to create an impact in the field of eco-tourism and sustainable development.
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GET A DEEPER INSIGHT INTO YOUR ADVENTURE

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LET'S PLAN YOUR ACTIVITY TOGETHER

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How it works?

Fill-in the contact form on your left and your personal assistant from My Gambia team will:
    • Get in touch with our partners.
    • Respond to you in 24 hours with the rates and availability.
    • Once you confirm the offer, we will ensure everything will be set for your trip or activity.

Do you need more than just adventure?

Run through our questionaire and we will prepare the wholesome experience that suits your travelling character.
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OFFERED BY

CETAG & GEPADG

The Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group is formed by the members of the community and passionate members of the various NGOs for environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development, working together by the name GEPADG.

 

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