Voluntourism – A New Way To Help

The Lisa Kent Trust offers unique trips to the Gambia where you can experience life in a developing country and experience the culture and way of life of the Gambians.

You will stay in good quality accommodation away from the tourist area and be able to mix with the local community.  You will have the expertise of an experienced guide as well as the opportunity to join in with some of the following:

  • Cookery workshops – where you will visit the local market to buy produce and then cook it in the Gambian way!
  • Bird watching
  • Wildlife and boat trips,
  • Visit to local craft markets
  • Visits to our schools to see the children and really get to understand the differences between Gambian and UK education systems

All our trips are tailor-made to suit the individuals.

Price are from £1,500 (flights excluded), and are from 1 week upwards.

All transport in the Gambia, trips and some meals are provided.

On each trip the Trust runs brings people offering very different skills. Recently a young student nurse experienced a very different approach to nursing by working in a local clinic. On day 3 she delivered a baby the delight of all concerned! This was a fantastic experience but also resulted in a great bond being formed between the mother and the Lisa Kent Trust.

A hearing and language therapist also experienced time in our schools. Many children had their ears checked, resulting in quite a few being diagnosed with problems therefore enabling the problems to be dealt with. Other volunteers worked in small groups with children helping them to catch up.

FAQs

What will I be doing?

Your trip will comprise a blend of spending time at one or more of our schools as well as getting to know the local community. We also arrange sight-seeing trips to the forests and the coast. We will tailor the trip to your interests and skills. Do you like building? We can find a project for you! Computers? No problem! Do you have teaching, child-care or medical skills? We can find ways for you to help. Or maybe it’s just providing a pair of extra hands – whatever you can do, we can usually find a way to fit you in to a fulfilling and useful programme of activities.

How many days will I be in the Gambia?

Again, we will work around your requirements, but usually our voluntourists stay at least a week, and more often two.

Where will I stay?

 

What will the weather be like?

Our trips usually run in NOVEMBER and FEBRUARY when the daytime temperatures are typically x – y deg C. Rainfall is  and humidity around. So a bit like xxx in the Spring.

How much does it cost?

We ask our voluntourists to raise £1,500 from their friends and family, and this covers ….

 

Voluntourism trips arranged by the Lisa Kent Trust are approved activities for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. For more information contact us.