Venture South // The Gambia

Schools Community Project, The Gambia

'The Smiling Coast!'

Located on the far west coast of Africa, The Gambia is well-known for its white sandy beaches and tourism. The Gambia and its people retain strong traditions and are famous for their hospitality. Our expeditions offer an alternative to western style tourism, allowing a greater experience of Gambian culture. Through working with the local community on a shared community project, our teams are able to experience what this wonderful country and people have to offer!

Venture Force offer community projects designed to immerse team members in the very fabric of Gambian village life.  Our teams are based directly within our host village of Gunjur, located a 1 hour drive south of the capital Banjul, allowing them to get to know the community. If it’s a developmental expedition that you require, with lots of exciting adventure opportunities, then The Gambia is an excellent option.  Teams will be supported by our experienced leaders and a group of enthusiastic local chaperones, whose role is to integrate the team into Gunjur village life.

Photos: James Busby / F Yang

The community project phase not only enables us to assist in a project that directly benefits the host community, but also gives students the opportunity to live with and really get to know what rural Gambian life is like.

Every project is a collaboration, with decisions on which projects to tackle based on what the local community feel is a sustainable resolution to a problem they’ve highlighted.  Our projects benefit not only our host communities, but everyone that takes part. A true collaboration of cultures and global citizenship!

Our expeditions also include local interest visits, providing educational opportunities, as well as an insight into the country’s heritage, history and people.  These visits can include trips to:

  • The local turtle conservation group – a chance to find out about the important work being done to conserve sea turtles
  • Halahin River boat tour – a sunrise boat ride, providing the opportunity to see crocodiles slumbering in the mangrove swamps, along with sea eagles, osprey, heron and kingfishers stalking and swooping on the river’s fish
  • The Reptile Sanctuary – the sanctuary cares for displaced reptiles and educates the local population on their conservation

An important part of Gambian history is the impact of the transatlantic slave trade. An interesting and educational opportunity for teams, is the option to travel up-country and visit James Island, a historically significant site in the slave trade and where it is believed the trade in The Gambia was originally managed from.  This additional, thought provoking, three day activity provides the chance to see a lot more of the country and its rich heritage.

Expedition Project

The community project phase not only enables us to assist in a project that directly benefits the host community, but also gives students the opportunity to live with and really get to know what rural Gambian life is like.

Every project is a collaboration, with decisions on which projects to tackle based on what the local community feel is a sustainable resolution to a problem they’ve highlighted.  Our projects benefit not only our host communities, but everyone that takes part. A true collaboration of cultures and global citizenship!

Local Interest Visits

Our expeditions also include local interest visits, providing educational opportunities, as well as an insight into the country’s heritage, history and people.  These visits can include trips to:

  • The local turtle conservation group – a chance to find out about the important work being done to conserve sea turtles
  • Halahin River boat tour – a sunrise boat ride, providing the opportunity to see crocodiles slumbering in the mangrove swamps, along with sea eagles, osprey, heron and kingfishers stalking and swooping on the river’s fish
  • The Reptile Sanctuary – the sanctuary cares for displaced reptiles and educates the local population on their conservation

James Island

An important part of Gambian history is the impact of the transatlantic slave trade. An interesting and educational opportunity for teams, is the option to travel up-country and visit James Island, a historically significant site in the slave trade and where it is believed the trade in The Gambia was originally managed from.  This additional, thought provoking, three day activity provides the chance to see a lot more of the country and its rich heritage.

Embrace the challenge and remember the unique experience!

Our aim is to take our student teams out of their comfort zone.  Don’t expect air conditioned rooms and coaches with waitress service.  We don’t provide luxury tours, knowing from experience that real, traditional Gambian life cannot be found there. 

Our accommodation is always basic but clean. Showers will on most occasions be a bucket shower (but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – we think they’re magical) and food will be local, fresh, plentiful and cooked by one of our in-country team.  We encourage all team members to get involved in every aspect of expedition life and, by doing so, they will take away some forever memories. 

KEY INFORMATION

All our expeditions are bespoke and tailored to your team's needs

Community Project

Village Hosted

Cultural Visits

Conservation

Duration

10 to 21 Days (UK to UK)

  • International Flights
  • Two Venture Force expedition leaders
  • Two funded teacher places
  • 24/7 Operations Room support
  • Comprehensive travel insurance (see our COVID info page)
  • International communications package
  • All in-country travel
  • In-country agent support
  • All in-country activities, food and accommodation
  • Team t-shirts
  • Heavy duty travel bag
  • Group kit and equipment
  • Online expedition portal
  • Carbon off-setting
  • Project donation (expedition dependent)
  • Training weekend (only for 14 day & above)
  • Personal vaccinations
  • Personal equipment (a kit list will be provided)
  • Visa costs and passport renewal (if applicable)
  • Spending money for gifts and additional drinks/food

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