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Teaching, Administration & Marketing Intern

Kololi, Gambia

Share your business skills with people in The Gambia to enable them to build better livelihoods. Volunteer to help create local wealth through trade not aid.

About the Program

This program works to support ASSET (the Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism) in The Gambia.  The local people who manage this project welcome volunteers with the following areas of expertise:

  • small-business skills
  • accountancy, book-keeping, IT
  • marketing and sales
  • report writing for fund-raising and research
  • training trainers
  • tourism and hospitality
  • web design and development 

Background Information

ASSET was established in April 2000 in order to bring together, advocate for, and promote large numbers of small scale enterprises active in the tourism industry in The Gambia. These businesses include individually run small enterprises making and selling craft goods, clothes and food products, small hotels, guest houses and restaurants, and associations for tourism-related services including juice pressers, fruit sellers, craft markets, tourist taxi drivers etc. The organization’s main objective is to assist and support small-scale enterprises in tourism to trade fairly and pursue sustainable development, which contributes to the conservation of the physical environment and the social and economic welfare of the community in The Gambia.  

Within 16 years, ASSET has achieved a lot:  hosted an international conference on fair trade in tourism; been recognized by the Gambia Tourism Board (GTB) as an important voice for the previously voiceless; become a leading player for the Gambian Responsible Tourism Partnership Programme that is being led by the GTB; won the 2005 Responsible Tourism Award for ‘best poverty reduction’ at the World Travel Market. ASSET brings together the principle stakeholders in the tourism industry in order to ensure that the adverse impacts of tourism are minimized and that maximum benefits are gained by the local people and their communities.  

Your Role as a Volunteer

Depending on their skills and experience, volunteers will help to develop the capacity of ASSET in a variety of ways. They may work to support the organisation itself, helping develop marketing strategies, administrative and managerial capacity and human resource management.  

Or they may work with one of the individual ASSET members - for example helping a craftsman adapt his or her designs to make them more sellable in the tourist market, or helping a restaurant adapt local menus to suit tourist tastes, or helping a small business organise their supply chain. They may help a business find new markets for their goods, or help them with advertising strategies . . . the possibilities are endless.  

Alternatively, they may volunteer at The Institute for Travel and Tourism in the Gambia (ITTOG).  ITTOG provides accredited training courses in travel and tourism-related subjects, ranging from Higher Professional Diplomas to tour guiding or cabin crew and airport certificates, priding themselves in the diversity of training opportunities they offer.  

All courses focus on the principle of responsible tourism and how to make destinations better places to live in, and better places to visit, in that order.  Volunteers working here may help tutors to develop course modules and materials, train teachers and students and/or run courses for local businesses.

Typical day

Every day is different, depending on your individual placement outline and the nature of the work you are doing.  You will be given a more detailed breakdown of how you will spend your time as part of the preparation process.  

Typically a volunteer will work from about 9.00 - 16.00.  They will accompany the person who they have been matched with for this placement as they go about their working day, taking every opportunity to share ideas and skills with them.  

Details on Arrival

Volunteers may join this program at any time

Free-time activities

Our local partners can help you book trips and suggest activities for your leisure time.  

The Gambia is a recognised winter sun destination for tourists, and consequently there are many tourist trips advertised within the country which volunteers can participate in at weekends.  For example volunteers may join a trip up-river, to explore the more rural areas higher up the River Gambia.  

They could go on bird-watching trips in retreats by the edge of the water, or explore The Gambia's history by visiting Juffure and Jamestown, notorious for their parts in the slave trade. If they are there at the right time, they may want to go on a trip further south to the international music festival at Kartong.  

Alternatively volunteers may want to stay in the coastal area, enjoying the beaches for swimming and football, or walking in the local area.

Swimming
Hiking
Sports

Program 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).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High school level
Required Documents
Life story and references
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

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Included: 

  • home stay bed and breakfast accommodation
  • airport transfers
  • full local orientation
  • city tour
  • social event
  • local SIM card
  • project and placement liaison
  • contribution to project, which will be used for the purchase of essential equipment to facilitate your work in the project

Airport Pickup at Yundum International Airport

Volunteers will be met at the airport by our local partner as they come out of the arrival hall.  They will be taken by car to their accommodation - about a 20 minute drive.

Accommodation

You will stay in the comfortable home of renowned Gambian cook Ida, which is a traditional Gambian home in a family compound.  

The house has a comfortable living room with a TV, a well equipped kitchen, three spare bedrooms for the use of volunteers (one of them en suite), and a separate simple bathroom with shower and lavatory for the use of volunteers. The rooms are equipped with fans.



Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast only.  You can arrange to eat your evening meal at the home stay for an additional cost, or eat out at one of the many restaurants in the tourist area.

Your home stay host, Ida, is a renowned cook - she runs regular cooking courses for The Gambia Tourist Board - so you will eat well if you choose to eat at home!   

We do not ask your hosts to suddenly produce a five course meal – rather they should look at adding to their regular pot.  Traditional cooking is basic and tasty - encompassing meat (chicken or beef), fish, vegetables and rice. If you have any special dietary requirements she is happy to accommodate them - just let her know in advance.

Tourist restaurants cater for every cuisine - local or European.

Internet Access
Limited 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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,503.00
5 weeks
$1,730.00
6 weeks
$1,957.00
7 weeks
$2,183.00
8 weeks
$2,410.00
9 weeks
$2,637.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$3,317.00
Average fees
$326.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Kololi/Gambia between 4 weeks and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. people and places will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Gambia.
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with people and places during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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