Wealth creation in The Gambia

Share your business skills to enable Gambian people to build better livelihoods. Work with an internationally recognized association to help create local wealth – through trade not aid. This is pro-poor tourism at its best! Aiming to assist and support small-scale enterprises in tourism to trade fairly and pursue sustainable development, this project will also contribute to conservation of the physical environment and the social and economic welfare of the community.

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What to Expect?

Tourism offers much-needed income to poor countries. But who gets the holiday-makers' money?

The Project:

This project supports an award winning NGO that helps small tourism operators to gain a livelihood through training and promotion.

ASSET (The Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism) was established in 2000 to bring together, advocate for, and promote a large number of small enterprises that are active in the tourism industry in The Gambia. These enterprises include craft market vendors, official tourist guides, juice pressers and fruit sellers, eco camps, horticulture initiatives, guest houses, small hotels and community associations – ASSET is now supporting, training and representing over 80 members – individuals, small businesses, community organizations.

 Volunteers will work with the ASSET team to build the strength of the association and train ASSET staff to help them train local people.

Volunteers will work to design simple training modules that ASSET can use to build the capacity of its members. This will involve working directly with members to identify need and appropriate training modules.

Your skills are needed to help make tourism an even greater force for good in The Gambia – one of the poorest but also one of the friendliest countries in Africa. ASSET gives individuals and small scale tourism providers a voice, helping them achieve a living through tourism, and campaigning to ensure that a fair chunk of the tourism dollar reaches the local economy and the local community.

ASSET also works at government and international level to ensure that the adverse impacts of tourism are minimised and that maximum benefits are gained by local people and their communities. ASSET’s poverty alleviation work has been recognised by the responsible tourism awards.


The Gambia is one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world. It is also one of the friendliest – perhaps the most attractive “real” Africa to visit. This may be the perfect place for first time travellers to Africa.  Gambians demonstrate a genuine warmth and tolerance for other cultures.

More than half of the 1.7 million population lives on less than a dollar a day, with most of the population (over 75%) surviving on subsistence agriculture. Life expectancy is a staggering 55 and the average age is 17.

The ASSET offices are based in Fajara, the affluent suburb of the capital Banjul, and the vast majority of its membership is within a few hours of Fajara.


Living conditions

Volunteers stay in a small, award-winning hotel in your own en-suite room. Each room has a fan. The hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

  • Program ID: # 1920
  • duration:
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
    1 to 3 Months
    More than 3 Months
  • location:
    Fajara Banjul
    13° 27' 15.858" N, 16° 34' 42.1284" W
  • Fitness level:
    Light Impact
  • Closest Airport:
    Please contact program
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Community Development Projects
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