Duration: 8 Days
The Gunjur Project
Set in the peaceful country of The Gambia in the rural village of Gunjur you will find The Gunjur Project Lodge. Here you arrive at a place where the focus is to ensure that all groups that visit and volunteers leave feeling they have made a positive impact on the local community and The Gambia as a whole. The Gunjur Project provides a great opportunity to acquire knowledge and understanding of Africa, its people, culture and traditions and see the day-to-day lives of the local community.
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- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
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- Personal Expenditure
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- Tips for guides and drivers
- UK Coach Transfers
- Full Time Tour Director
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Depart the UK
Depart the UK and travel to Banjul in Gambia.
Arrival at The Gunjur Project
Transfer from the airport to The Gunjur Project for a welcome meeting with health and safety briefing and Mandinka Lessons.
Meet with Football for Peace and Kajabang sports committee. Later take a Djembe workshop.
Take breakfast and then have an orientation walk of Kajabang village, including the beach and fishing centre.
After lunch take Mandinka lessons and then later this afternoon you will have a Football for Peace session at Kajabang field.
Take dinner and enjoy a performance by Banana Band.
Take breakfast and then visit Brikama for the morning.
Take lunch and then take a workshop on a subject of your choice such as African drumming, dancing and sand painting. Later this afternoon you could have another Football for Peace session at Kajabang field or and additional workshop.
Enjoy dinner and Bingo this evening.
This morning take a Football for Peace session at Kajaband field.
Later you can choose a second workshop and can also visit the Bolong Fenyo nature reserve.
This evening enjoy Global beats djembe band performance.
Take breakfast and then spend the morning visiting The Gunjur museum. Later you will see the Kartong river which is on the Gambian border with Senegal.
Enjoy a quiz night after dinner this evening.
Today the group can visit Kulokochi or Mariama May nursery school and undertake activities with the local children.
The group could try compound cooking and learn about the way Gambian people prepare food.
Return to the UK
Have a sport morning with the local school before getting ready to depart. Take a beach walk before your departure.
Travel to the airport and return to the UK.
African Drumming, African Dancing and singing, Kora and Balafon (traditional instruments). There is also a full range of Afro Cuban percussion instruments including congas, bongos, timbales, clave etc and tuition in these is also available on request.
Tie and dye, sand painting, batik or pot of drum painting or cooking workshops are available. Whether you want some lessons or a complete specialist week, it is all possible.
A valuable link The Gunjur Project has is with the African Living Art Centre who can also offer more in-depth workshops/lectures through and at the Gunjur Project on a number of subjects including Art & life in Africa, African philosophies and symbols of transformation, textile and art workshops and many more subjects.
The Gunjur project has their own resident djembe tutor and have many links with other musicians and artists. There are many different drums in West Africa. Besides the popular Djembe they offer workshops in Djun-Djun-Da and Sabar. All the instruments used are made by our teachers or by local craftsmen.
There are many tribes in The Gambia who all have different dances and rhythms. The workshops usually start with teaching you the basics followed by one or two tribal dances.
This is the art of making pictures using different coloured sand and glue workshop with a local teacher
Learn to cook African dishes
The guides from GEPADG (Gunjur Environmental protection and development Group) will take you for a walk around the area of the belong (wetland area) giving information about the plants and wildlife in the area.
Best times to go are morning or late afternoon. An early bird walk can also be arranged. Payment is direct to the guide and benefits this worthwhile community organisation.
Snake and Reptile Farm
This place is run by a French environmentalist who is committed to working with the community to preserve and protect the wild life especially the snakes that get killed because of fear.
This is a family business run from under a mango tree that encourages women and girls to get involved and sustain their family. There are many batiks on display and other stalls selling artefacts.
Abuko Nature Reserv
Abuko Nature Reserve was the Gambia’s first reserve and today Abuko is The Gambia’s most visited tourist attraction. One interesting fact is that it is the nearest tropical forest to Europe.
The conservation of the animals and plants is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife Management who are based at the Darwin Field Station for Biodiversity. Their main aim is to protect the location and prevent species extinction: to help fund its activities they charge day trippers an entrance fee.
This village a short distance from the Gunjur Project and from here you can see Senegal just over the river. If you are lucky you will meet the oyster women who have collected the oysters from the surrounding mangroves then process them on the bank of the river.
There is a chance to take a ferry (dug out canoe) over to the other side – and a longer trip as well if required around pelican island. There are life jackets available at a hire cost but Gunjur Project would not be responsible for their suitability.
In Kartong there is also a sacred crocodile pool and this trip can be included with a visit to the reptile farm and a bush drive through Berending (a small isolated village) to make a full half day programme.
Students will experience a different culture and gain an understanding of other nationalities, principles and values.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Students will work together in an unfamiliar environment and rely on each other for help.
Educating through a school trip can create a better understanding of a subject with hands-on learning. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and observant.