Volunteer Gambia

The Gambia, with its population of just 1.5 million is ranked in 165th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Most of the Gambia's population live in poverty and there are few prospects for the future as oil drilling to boost the economy has proved fruitless and only one sixth of the country's landmass is suitable for growing food.

Many volunteer work projects in the Gambia focus on education. Unlike in many other African countries secondary school education is free in the Gambia however primary education is not.

Most secondary schools will not accept children who have not had a primary education ~ the cost of which is beyond the reach of most families who live on the poverty line. As such only 39% of children attend secondary school and this is reflected in the country's literacy rate of just 50% (dropping to 40% for females.)

Other volunteer projects in Gambia focus on installing wells and water pumps as well as providing mosquito nets and vaccinating children from infectious diseases such as malaria. There are also volunteer work opportunities in the many orphanages that are run in the country to cater for the 72,000 children who are orphans out of a child population of some 811,000.

If you run or know of a volunteer work project in the Gambia let us know by contacting us here. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Work Gambia

Volunteer Gambia

Volunteer Gambia

Volunteer Gambia

Volunteer Gambia


Gambia Volunteers

Volunteer Work Gambia: Gambia Volunteers

Gambia Volunteers works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of skilled volunteers.
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Volunteer Work Gambia: GambiaStartUp

A range of volunteer projects from helping in the classroom to school building and gardening work.
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Project Gambia

Volunteer Work Gambia: Project Gambia

Volunteer work teaching in schools, building, renovation, environmental or health projects.
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Volunteer Gambia

Volunteer Gambia

If you are considering undertaking a period of volunteer work in Gambia check out our Gambia profiles page to explore the country before you visit and learn how to make the most of your volunteer work in Gambia.

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