WHEN TO TRAVEL AS A VOLUNTEER?

We created a program, which enables visiting and experiencing the real Africa without strict conditions, specific education, experience and time limits. It’s our belief that anyone, who would like to spend some time with children, meet friendly locals, explore remote African villages and interesting places and see animals in their natural environment, deserves this opportunity. There are many people, who spend their whole lives dreaming about visiting Africa and we are here to help you make these dreams come true.

You can come to Gambia any time, for one week to one month and more. The Travel As a Volunteer program is suitable for anyone: students, the employed, honeymooners, the retired, individuals, groups, etc.

The Gambia is a destination that you can visit all year round. Plan your travel time, depending on the activities that interest you, and let them be a priority. If the only purpose of your trip is volunteering, than check the dates bellow.  If you want to combine holidays with volunteering then just let us know when would you like to come. We can help you to decide. Do not hesitate to contact us at volunteer@treasuresofwestafrica.com

You are never going to be alone in Gambia. Friendly locals and coordinators will be at your service whenever you might need them. We will gladly answer all your questions before your trip. We are going to organize a training session through Skype for you and send you creative ideas for working with children. If you’re afraid that you might not be able to do it, we can calm you down. So far, we everyone enjoyed the work with children.

Dates for 2017/2018:

– from January 2017 until the end of June 2017 – individual programs for children & regular program at local schools;
Summer school camp from 01.07.2016 to 31.07.2016 – organized activities for  needy children during summer school holidays ;
– from September 2017 to end of June 2018 – individual programs for children & regular program at local schools;

In short, you can come anytime through the year for a period of minimum one week up to one year time.

WHEN DO I APPLY?

To be best prepared for your work, you will not need much time. Before traveling, you will learn where you are travelling to, with whom you will be working, what you will be doing, where you will live and so on. This information will help you decide if this is what you really want to do. In addition, it is obligatory to get vaccine, and if you decide to get additional immunizations, it might take a little longer. To visit The Gambia you will might need a visa. For more information about visas please read the general information about The Gambia and useful information.

HOW TO APPLY?

The first step is to fill in the application form and send it to volunteer@treasuresofwestafrica.com or info@kidsaretheworld.com. It will take a few minutes and give you the opportunity to tell us more about yourself, including about the required knowledge, experience and qualifications. It makes sense to fill out a form, although you may still not decided to travel at all. This way we can check whether there is a demand for your skills and start the process.

Each volunteer has unique set of experience and skills – they can be professional or not. You may have worked in small firms, have experience in working with young children, practical skills such as cooking; you may be qualified as a teacher or lecturer, as a nurse in pediatrics… Each volunteer is considered individually, ensuring the best possible match of your strengths with the needs of our projects.

Before you travel we will guide you through administrative matters that are necessary if you are travelling to The Gambia. We offer advice on vaccinations and health requirements, and in your stead organize flights and visas to enter the country. We are ready to assist you in preparing before you travel. When you arrive to The Gambia, our representative will take care of you. When you arrive, you will attend training on work and cultural awareness. The training will take up to two days and will help you to understand the culture and history of the country, in which you will be working, and allow you to connect with other volunteers.

HOW MUCH TIME WILL YOU SPEND VOLUNTEERING ABROAD

After you figure out how much time you have, the decision is much easier. Selection of volunteer work in our offer is limited, because we focus only on projects which are a part of. According to how much time you intend to spend, you can choose from:

daily visits to the local school
a week of teaching/helping/assisting in local school or kindergarten
one month (or longer – recommended) of volunteer work at a local school or kindergarten

SUMMER SCHOOL 2017

International summer school for children up to the age of 12 will be held in The Gambia in July 2017. The program was prepared by two special education teachers in collaboration with Charity Pearl humanitarian organization.

International Summer school is free of charge for all children. We want them to gain knowledge that will help them in their future and education. We want them to overcome their fear, to upgrade their English language skills, to be creative, to get musical education and do sports activities. All this will be done in a creative environment, in small groups and through educational games and stories.

Professional training is not a requirement. Everybody who would like to educate children and at the same time learn something new is invited. Anyone who could teach Music, Art, English, language courses for children (French, German, Italian…) etc. is welcome to join.

For more information about volunteering click HERE.

You are all very welcome to The Smiling Coast of Africa, The Gambia!

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