Gambia Travel Guide, Gap Year Volunteering and Tours
The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in the world located in West Africa close to Senegal, the country is so small you can hardly see it on a map. Expect a rustic authentic experience, traveling here, this is not your average holiday destination but this is definately a country to visit if you are looking to see the real Africa far away from the tourist crowds.
Gambia Travel Ideas, Gap Year Programs & Experiences
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling, backpacking or take a gap year in Gambia.
Gambia Travel Guide
- Capital: Banjul
- Currency: Dalasi (GMD)
- Country Size: 11,300 km2
- Population: 1,642,000 (approx)
Top Reasons to Travel to The Gambia:
- Authentic experience
- Friendly locals
- Beautiful unspoiled beaches
- Great value for money
Best Places to Visit in The Gambia:
- Abuko Nature Reserve
- Bambo Bar on the Gambia River
- Albert Market
- Bijilo Forest Park
- Brufut Beach
- Kachikally Crocodile Pool
- Makasutu Culture Forest
- National Museum of Gambia
- Old Town
- Sanyang Village
- Wassu Stone Circles
- Serrekunda Market
- Tanji Fish Market
Guide to Volunteering in Gambia
This country has some of the worst poverty in the world but there are local NGO's and international charitiies working to improve living conditions and standards for local people. There have been improvements to education and healthcare facilities in recent decades but there is still a lot of work which needs to be done. Many people still live in poverty and some children to not have access to a education which is often taken for granted in other countries. The organisations we have listed on our website will inspire you to do good and help some really worthwhile causes.
Types of Programs
There are lots of ways to make a difference including joining teaching and community development projects. This country has a population of around 2 million people and many of these live in poverty. Joining a project in this destinations will let you experience the true Gambia community spirit and culture and this will be like nothing else you have ever done before. You will really help communities in need and be able to assist local teachers with their long term goals of improving infrastructure and education standards. You can find work at schools and community projects where you can help daily activities like sports lessons, teaching English or helping with making food etc.
On educational and teaching volunteer placements you will be able to share your creativity and enthusiasm with underprivileged students. Make a difference by teaching in Africa. Teaching English in Gambia can be a really amazing experience, even though the children won't understand a lot of the English language they are very eager to learn and will be facsinated by you. Placements can be in rural villages where schools lack funds, this can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. Most organisations don't require you to have any previous experience but there are specific placements for skilled professionals. You will be able to help children who will really enjoy having you helping, local communities will love having you as a volunteer, they will be really interested to learn you have traveled to their village or town from miles away.
How to Apply
Click our organisations tab above to contact local projects direct.