I was one of the leaders of a group of 28 Girl Guides from Cheshire in NW England.
We did peer education sessions with the science & maths club, then spent 2 days working with 100 local Scouts & Guides. We painted an educational mural at the local medical post and paid for a toilet block to be built. We also had plenty of time to play with the local children, which was a joy.
It wasn't all work though and despite a very full action packed week we managed to do some walks to the beach, the fishing village and the nature reserve plus tourist things too like Brikama market. We even fitted in an African dancing & drumming lesson.
Jo & Jenny are a true inspiration. They had a dream and made it happen. They make a huge impact on the people who work with them and it's very clear to see from the way they are received by the local community that their work is appreciated. Their ethical ethos towards their charity work is admirable.
The staff are all amazing, without exception. So friendly and helpful, always smiling, nothing is too much trouble. Alagi too is a genuine and lovely guy. I could talk to any of them for hours, they are so interesting. The food was also exceptional - for a group of our size to all be served at the same time, piping hot, tasty and a variety of choice was brilliant.
I loved my time at GPL and will 100% be returning. I can't recommend this place highly enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Gunjur Project is a lodge with an ethical approach to tourism and works to reduce its carbon footprint. The lodge is set in the heart of the community and is only a short stroll from endless sandy beaches. Accommodation briefly consists of 6 en-suite comfort chalets, restaurant, bar, pool and caters for individuals and groups. The professional staff team help visitors enjoy a real taste of West African hospitality at reasonable prices. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Gunjur Project Lodge Gambia