WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
Upon arrival at Banjul International Airport on the Saturday 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, which is meat stew with rice and peanut butter sauce.