A group of Leaders from Cheshire Forest run an ongoing community action project in The Gambia. Their first trip was in 2014, followed by groups in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Applications are now open for the next trip in April 2021. Working in partnership with The Gunjur Project, their groups travel to The Gambia and deliver peer education sessions to the local community and work alongside Gambian Scouts and Guides. This is an independent (unselected) trip. Grants are not available from the County or Region. Please read the ‘Essential Information‘ document below for full details of the trip including costs.
- Young Leaders 14-18 years
- Rangers 14-18 years
- Girlguiding 18-30 offer
- Adult Leaders from any guiding section (attending the trip as a participant)
Trip Dates & Flights
The trip will be Wednesday 7th – Wednesday 14th April 2021. ***See Essential Info document below for possible change to these dates*** We will fly from Manchester.
It’s essential that team members attend all 4 of the briefing meetings. During these we will be preparing our peer education sessions to deliver in The Gambia, getting to know and building our team, making decisions about other aspects of our trip. Once you commit to the trip, these dates should go in your diary and be prioritised so you don’t miss them.
- Briefing 1 Sunday 29th March 2020, 14.00 – 18.00
- Briefing 2 Sat 14th – Sun 15th November 2020 (overnight), 10.00am Sat-3.00pm Sun
- Briefing 3 Sunday 10th January 2021, 10.30 – 15.30
- Briefing 4 Sunday 21st March 2021, 10.30 – 14.30
- Debrief Friday 26th June 2021, 7.30pm
- Essential Information 2021
- Gambia 2021: Booking Form
- Medical Questionnaire (see essential info for who needs to complete this)
View our ‘Girls Take Action In The Gambia’ Trip social media accounts where you can see what the previous 4 trips have done:
We asked our team members in 2019 “What will you take out of this trip on a personal level?” – here are some of their responses:
- I will appreciate what I have a lot more
- Confidence, friends
- Not to take things for granted
- The sense of community in The Gambia
- Experiencing the real Gambia not just the tourist bits
- The knowledge that we have inspired the guides and students of Jambur school and empowered the Gunjur women
- That guiding continues to amaze me! The girls have all achieved so much!
- It showed me how we should share with one another, no matter how little it is. Any knowledge you can share could be priceless to others. We are very privileged over here in the UK and I need to stop taking that for granted
- How we are making a difference
- Life experience