Education Team

Africa Startup MyFarm
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Coordinator | lucas
Coordinator | lucas
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High­lights

Education is the foundation for a better future...Help us to build those foundations for as many people as possible in the Gambia.
Help to develop an educational solution that could change the world. At MyFarm we test, trial, and improve innovative learning methods that then get shipped across the world!
Imagine entering a space that awakens your sense, appeals to your curiosity and makes you want to explore and experiment. Children learn at their own level and pace, and you help them to develop!
Watching the children learn to learn in our universe of educational apps and games is such a fulfilling experience.
Get ready for the experience of a lifetime. Spend the day in the specialised Learning Labs with the children and spend your evenings in the tranquility of our gardens.
Work in specialized Learning Labs and facilitate our innovative learning methods for Gambian children. Help us to test and improve these techniques ready for global use. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
50+

Help To Educate The Children In Gambia 

Working with the youth of Gambia is so rewarding. Watching their development is just amazing. You will have the opportunity to work in our specialised learning labs, you will get to work with them in the garden, you will get to help develop new content Leap Learning’s app universe…and you will get to know each and every one of the children at the farm…we’re one big family.

What Is A Learning Lab
Imagine entering a space that awakens your sense, appeals to your curiosity and makes you want to explore and experiment. You are met by all the colours of the rainbow, inspiring banners, exciting tasks, fun games, and challenging puzzles. You learn how to use tablets and can explore a whole universe of apps giving you infinite challenges. By trying and failing, and trying again - your accomplishments are rewarded. You learn because you want to, and as you master new skills, you want to learn even more. You are in a Learning Lab... and it’s full of educational wonders!

Leap Learning, our educational partner has developed a new educational method using technology to enable children to learn to learn, wherever and whoever they are in the world. We are combining technology and hands-on games into a flipped classroom (Learning Labs) with stations, to ensure that all children can learn at their own level and pace.

Help inspire the children of Gambia to learn in our Learning Labs. The MyFarm Learning Labs are even more special, its where we test everything before it is used across the world!

Learning Labs are now used all over the world and we test every single new concept at MyFarm...so what happens in this tiny country in West Africa, has truly global significance.

Typical day

Wake Up Its A Beautiful Morning

You will wake up in the tranquility of our gardens in the canopy of mango trees to the sound of birds chirping. 

Take a stroll around the beautiful farm, if you choose to you can help feed the many animals we have on-site or help out in the gardens.

Children Are Excited To Learn At MyFarm
At 9am excited children will start arriving at the farm, and you will see on their faces they are excited to learn in our amazing Learning Labs. Spend the morning with them facilitating hundreds of educational games and apps that help them learn!

On their breaks, you will walk them around the farm or continue the learning and take part in garden activities with our permaculture garden team. It is a constant learning experience at MyFarm.

Every day delicious traditional Gambian lunches are served and we all sit and eat as a family. You'll try everything when you at MyFarm...Domoda, benechin, palm oil, and the popular polassis.

After lunch you will either head back in the Learning Labs, or help to develop vital content for the apps with our expert educational team.

The great thing about MyFarm is that we have so much going on. You can either stick to a schedule, or you can get involved in a bit of everything :)

Typical Day Program
  • 7.30-8am - Wake up
  • 9am - Learning Labs open and education begins
  • 11.30am - Break time and farm activities
  • 12pm - Back in the Labs
  • 2pm - Lunch
  • 3pm - Back in the Labs
  • 4pm - Education in the garden
  • 5pm - Work ends
  • 5-late - Free time

Free-time activities

We are very flexible at MyFarm, usually volunteers work Monday-Friday, but this is not fixed. Sometimes you may work during the week and sometimes the weekend, it just depends on whats happening at the time.

Experience The Real Africa

Gambia is the smallest country in Africa, that doesn't mean that there is not much going on. Gambia has so much to offer.

Spend time upcountry (rural Gambia) for a true African experience. Upcountry is beautiful and our team know all the tips to make you have the most wonderful time. Highlights include Wassu stone circles, take a boat ride with Gambia's wild hippos or visit the incredible chimpanzee rehabilitation project. Upcountry you will find all sorts of amazing wildlife, including crocodiles, baboons, hippos, red colubus monkeys, hundreds of bird species and much more.

Bird Watching 

Gambia is famous for its birds, in face there are over 700 resident species in the country...amazing for such a small place. The thick mangroves forests hugging the coastal and river regions is just the perfect sanctuary, you will get to experience all of this during your stay

Spend Your Weekends In Gambia's Many Eco Lodges

Gambia has so many amazing eco lodges. Most of them are set in thick jungle, use composting toilet and all have their own vegetable gardens. These eco lodges are beautiful places to be and we have great contacts with all of them, many will even offer discounts to Myfarm volunteers so you will get the best deals too. Footsteps eco lodge and Nemasu are particular highlights in the coastal region. At Bintang Bolong lodge you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins more than 60 miles in land.

Other Highlights
  • Kayaking through the mangroves at Tanji
  • Crocodile pool in Bakau
  • Beautiful beaches
  • quad biking through the jungle
  • Bird watching in Gunjur
  • Boat trip to Senegal 
  • Coastal festivals in March
  • Many restaurants with cusiene from around the world
Gambia really does have so much to offer for such a small country so you will not be disappointed :)

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Required Documents
CV, A statement of why you want to volunteer with us and Or a video telling us a bit about you and why you want to volunteers at MyFarm
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
All you need to be happy at MyFarm is a positive proactive personality and a desire to learn new things.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Africa Startup MyFarm

Everything is included at this price. Accomodation, airport pick up and lunch 6 days a week.

Airport Pickup at Yundum International Airport

Just let us know your arrival time and we will come and pick you up...free of charge

Accommodation

We have a few different options for volunteer accommodation.

You will either stay in the beautiful new volunteers house or one of the traditional huts around the farm. 

All accommodation is on-site in our beautiful gardens.
All accommodation has showers and toilets and you will have your own privacy too.
All accommodation has cooking facilities

Bedroom (Double)
Food & Beverages

Monday-Saturday you will be served a traditional lunch cooked by our amazing chef. You will have all the local favourites including domoda, and benichin. The food is fantastic.

Dinner is your responsibility, but in the accommodation you have everything you need to make whatever you fancy.

On Sundays we do not have a chef in and you will have to sort your own lunch out. 


Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Yundum International Airport (BJL) in Banjul. We assist you to find cheap flights to Gambia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Gambia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Gambia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Gambia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Volunteers are welcome throughout the year and there is no specific time that you have to come. 

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$420
5 weeks
$525
6 weeks
$630
7 weeks
$735
8 weeks
$840
9 weeks
$945
12 weeks (max. stay)
$1,260
Average fees
$105 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Africa Startup MyFarm will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Africa Startup MyFarm during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Education Team

Work in specialized Learning Labs and facilitate our innovative learning methods for Gambian children. Help us to test and improve these techniques ready for global use.

$105/week

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