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Gambia Nursery School

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Gambia Nursery School

Involve yourself in the Gambian culture, work with the local children, toddlers and babies, and help to structure a healthy childhood and nurture them as they grow.

Prices from $845

The Gambia, a tiny sliver of land completely enveloped by Senegal, is easy to miss on a world map, yet it has always remained one of the continent's top destinations for tourists looking for a welcoming, vibrant culture, bustling fishing villages and stunning beaches. It is characterised by the might of the eponymous Gambia river, a vast tract of water piercing the country through its heart and saturating the surrounding land with fresh water, ensuring flourishing ecosystems and forests brimming with every variety of flora and fauna, and an intriguing culture that has evolved from roots embedded in the artisanal fishing traditions. Visit this perfect pocket of an ancient continent to discover mysterious standing stones, tribal dancing, a dazzling array of wildlife and an African adventure that will be truly unforgettable!

Make a valued and long term contribution to the future of the local people whom you befriend in a community that lacks most of the basic educational resources. Help disadvantaged and marginalised communities by bringing them hope through education, immersing yourself in the culture through this incredibly rewarding experience.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this little known corner of Africa
  • Make lifelong friends
  • Provide an invaluable service to the local community

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location The Gambia
Activities

Working with children
Leading fun and games
Helping out staff at the nursery
Arranging extracurricular activities
Tutoring handwriting

Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Homestay

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick-up & drop-off
Food
Accommodation
Local orientation and training 
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The aim of this project is to provide a safe and supporting environment for young children and orphans, helping local families who have nobody else to turn to return to work knowing that their children are in safe hands for a few hours each day.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will work with young children between the ages of 4 and 6. Your role will be to keep the children entertained and help out with activities such as painting, arts & crafts, playing games and singing or even provide writing lessons to help prepare the children for their first year at primary school. You may also have the opportunity to help out with the day to day running of the nursery, including cleaning and tidying, depending upon the needs of the centre at the time of your visit. During your free time, you can help out at a centre for disabled and local street children. The kind of activities that you may be involved in there could include cooking, cleaning and helping to wash the children. At the weekends you could be helping out at dance workshops which are organised for the children.

Wherever you turn you will be greeted by smiling faces throughout this incredibly rewarding project!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Banjul International Airport on the Monday you will be met by our coordinator and taken to the project site.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Depending upon the time of your arrival, you will either be taken to a local hotel (if you arrive late at night) or directly to your welcoming homestay family. The homestay, where you will be given your own room, which may be shared with another volunteer, will be based within walking distance of your work placement. The accommodation will of course be clean and comfortable, with all the basic amenities and your host family will be more than happy to help you with your Wolof and other local information to help you settle in.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will enjoy three meals a day, which you will normally share with your host family with general emphasis on simple home-cooked dishes made with fresh local produce.

Food will be a mixture of European and traditional African cooking. The main crop of The Gambia is peanuts, with the result that they feature heavily in its cuisine. Traditional dishes include benachin or jollof rice, which is a traditional West African rice dish with onions, spices, tomatoes or tomato paste mixed with meat, fish or vegetables, chicken yassa, being chicken boiled with onion, black pepper and lime or lemon, and domoda, a meat stew with rice and peanut butter sauce.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Entertainment and various activities you can partake in with your family and local villagers may include African drumming, tie-dye, African dancing, yoga, bird watching, lots of fun games and traditional African entertainment. Your weekends will be free to visit other parts of the country and staff will be more than happy to help you organise this.

COSTS

2 weeks $845

Extra week $345

DEPARTURE DATES

Weekly, please aim to arrive on the Monday

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project briefing
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Banjul (BJL)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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