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Visiting The Gambia Oxford Brookes University. Alan Hutchison & Tony Rea Gambia-Extra October 2013. Why The Gambia?. Pronounced cultural contrast; Very welcoming; Accessible; Safe; English speaking; Connections we have made. It’s hot!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Alan Hutchison & Tony ReaGambia-ExtraOctober 2013Visiting The GambiaOxford Brookes University

  • Why The Gambia? Pronounced cultural contrast; Very welcoming; Accessible; Safe; English speaking; Connections we have made.

  • Its hot!The blue marks and figs at the bottom are London averages

  • Weather data

  • Locations for visitHotel base on coast for the visit

    Local village visit

  • African Village Hotel

  • African Village Hotel

  • African Village Hotel

  • Standard Room at African Village Hotel

  • Local village visitTime with family in compounds in small groupsTime with childrenLunch African style

  • Outline itineraryEducational experiences:Briefing on education system with local expertsVisits to local schools according to interest 2/3 daysTeaching/observing/meetingsEducational conference with Gambian student teachers

  • Typical visitCultural & other experiences:Bush taxiSacred Crocodile poolLocal markets/towns/ museumsMonkey sanctuary

  • Teachers comments from previous tripA This unique trip has highlighted for me some major issues within our society and having experienced a comparative community I can now try to start unpicking these issues. I feel empowered by this visit and it will impact profoundly on my professional and personal life.

    Ban incredibly precious experience to share deep experiences with people much wiser than us

  • Teacher commentsC from the moment we touched down in Gambia I knew that I was in for the experience of a lifetime but I did not and could not have anticipated the extent to which it has affected me.

    D I have had to confront my own judgements & open my eyes to alternative ways.

  • Teacher commentsE A truly life changing experience which will stay with me forever.

    F I have also really enjoyed the time to reflect as a professional. I thought this would be mainly about the Gambian education system but I have reflected much more on our own systems and have come away with more questions than answers.

  • BenefitsPersonal & professional developmentConfidenceCultural awareness/global perspectivePossible teaching abroad laterPossible links to course work at the universityRelationships with others here and in Gambia & possible school linksYour CV and teaching career

  • Key information and issuesDates/times: 10-17 June (1 week): Tuesday to TuesdayFlights from Gatwick: Dep 9.15am; Arr 14.55From Banjul: Dep 16.25; Arrive 23.20 (Gat South)Getting there and backTravel insurance neededPassport (need copy of passport page); valid min 3 months after returnHealth/safety: visit your local GP inc malaria; further briefings in situ & before we depart

  • Key info & issuesNeed minimum of 19 people to goCost: 850 (1 week)Inc: flights; B&B; transfers; local guide; group dinners on 1st & last nights; group travel costs; rice for family visit; costs of drummers and dancers; 1 Batik session; entrance fees to places of interest.

    Not inc: get to/from Gatwick; lunch each day & other dinners; local travel by bush taxi; tabs etc; insurance; any other spendingTravel with Gambia Experience tour operatorPayment dates: Deposit 95 by Monday 4 NovemberBalance 755 by 7 April latest

  • How to pay?

    Pay in to the university: an account will be set up for this. Make sure you pay in to the correct a/c & the finance staff record your correct details.

    Make sure Nick knows you have paid.

    Pay by the dates given, no later!

  • Contact info: Alan/TonyAlan01962 827326 office (p/t Tues)01823 323728 home0752 847 4917 89699407544 622 Further briefing meeting before we go.Your contact details: mobile & email on sheet

  • Other key infoCheck the Gambia Experience website for further info inc cancellation charges: the Gambia Experience website for more hotel info, guidance on travelling to Gambia etc:

    Sound of drumming & Gambia slides*******