The International Summer School has been organized for the third year now by humanitarian organization Charity Pearl the Gambia, founded by Musa Faal from Barra and took place at Mobe-ta Primary & Nursery School from 4. 7. 2016 until 29. 7. 2016. The activities and the program were prepared by educators in collaboration with other participants of the international summer school camp 2016. It was open to all children up to the age of 12 years from the Dippa Kunda area. The school camp was free of charge for all children, and each child received a meal and juice every day.
We wanted children to gain knowledge that will help them in their future and education. We wanted them to upgrade their English language skills, to be creative, to get musical education and do sports activities. Everything was done under professional supervision of local teachers and in a creative environment, in small groups and through playing.
During holidays and on the weekends they were exploring The Gambia. They visited many places. When they decided to discover the Central River Region, their first stop was at Nyemtempo village, where they spent some time with children and people of this amazing village. They have also given out donations of GMD 15.000 to 36 families, who just couldn’t believe their eyes. They were very thankful. They also received toothbrushes, toothpastes, school materials and sweets. After visiting Nyemtempo, they continued their way to Tendaba camp, Wassu Stone Circle and stayed overnight at Bintang Bolong lounge. They went for a river trip to admire hippos in their natural environment, baboons, birds, etc and of course beautiful nature.
They also visited Fathala Nature Reserve in Senegal and spent some quality time at historical villages Albreda & Juffureh. First they went to Kunta Kinteh island by boat, where they visited the museum and had a traditional lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon they visited the Jabang family and gave out GMD 30.000 to needy families of Albreda, some school materials and sweets. People were surprised, thankful and so happy. The team also surprised the Albreda local football youth club with jerseys donated by Slovenian football club Nova Gorica.
The day before they left, they visited an orphanage and bought GMD 10.000 worth of food. The rest of the money, which was GMD 17.000, was donated for school fees for children coming from needy families.
Our volunteering program is designed to combine all the goodness of The Gambia with the meaningful experiences people can gain while volunteering here. The Gambia’s unique charm lies in its smallness. It has many attractions just a short distance away and therefore it is becoming one of the most famous destinations in the world. A combination of volunteering, adventure, relaxation and wildlife makes everyone’s holidays in The Gambia unique and magical.
Following that mission, we encourage volunteers to visit and discover this beautiful country in West Africa. They were sightseeing at Banjul, visited Arch 22 built to celebrate the military coup of 22 July 1994, learned about history at the museum, shopped at Albert Market and enjoyed the crowds on the streets. They visited popular tourist spots like Katchikally Crocodile Pool at Bakau, Makasutu Cultural Forest, Lamin lodge, Tanji fishing village, Sanyang beach, Tunbung Art village at Tujereng founded by great Gambian artist, late Etu Ndow, historical villages Albreda/Juffureh, Kunta Kinteh island with museum, Janjabureh, Wassu Stone Circle, Central River Region, Fathala at Senegal, etc.