Volunteer in Africa to help local families like this mother and her children.

Spend time in Africa with Sweetwater Volunteers, and become part of a real village community.

Volunteering in The Gambia, West Africa

Staying in a local village away from the busy tourist areas, Sweetwater volunteer projects are for people who want to get to know the real Gambia.

There are plenty of ways a volunteer can become immersed in this incredible country. No matter your interest or career path, at Sweetwater we have a wide range of voluntary work, including a variety of community projects.

Sweetwater Volunteers Experience

volunteering in Gambia and working with children

The Gambia is only a 6 hour flight from the UK, making it a good choice for volunteering in Africa. The lovely people, culture and climate will give you the flavour of a real Gambian experience.

The diverse cultures, incredible landscapes, villages bursting with colourful life and friendly people mean many volunteers in The Gambia describe their experience as life-changing. Many have taken the decision to return to volunteer in The Gambia on more than one occasion.

These volunteer projects are for people who want to get to know the real Gambia. We will do all we can to ensure that you enjoy all the smiling coast has to offer!


We are aware that you are choosing to spend your valuable time in support of the Project, and we understand how hard you work to save for your holiday therefore we endeavour to ensure you really enjoy your time in The Gambia.

Our main aim is supporting the Education of the children where you can use your skills to play, read, teach the amazing local children. You do not need any formal qualifications in order to bring much needed support for the children. Mixing with English Speakers really helps their language skills, simple things like doing a jigsaw with them, using Lego bricks and many resources we normally take for granted are a challenge to lots of the children. You will really love helping these children.

We do not normally do any kind of heavy work so our site is ideal for any age group to enjoy, the older visitors always enjoy the time they devote.

We are very flexible with the amount of time you want to spend with the children/community, you will have time to enjoy the beautiful country.

You will be met at the airport where you will be greeted with a lovely Gambian smile; after all you are visiting the Smiling Coast as The Gambia is known. A short 30 minute drive and you will arrive on site at our volunteer project location. Our staff will ensure you are made welcome and will be ready to help you to settle, relax and feel part of the family immediately.

You will be staying in a village community in Fula Kunda, away from the busy tourist areas. You will get to know first hand the Gambian hospitality, and you will become part of the local community.

while volunteering in Gambia there is time to visit local beaches, or see the fishermen at work

Fula Kunda is situated on the outskirt of the town of Brikama, which is famous for the busy and colourful Craft Market that is well worth a visit. You can see the wood carvers and drum makers at work! Brikama also has local supermarkets that supply all the provisions you may need.

The real Gambian experience awaits you as you become immersed in the cultural environment.

You can experience some of the lovely countryside Gambia has to offer as well miles of unspoiled beaches. There will be free time for you to take advantage of transport to the local beaches, and nightlife of Senegambia. Transport can be arranged for you to visit any part of The Gambia that captures your interest. There are lots of places of natural beauty to enjoy.

Beach Time

The lovely beaches are within easy reach you can spend time enjoying all the beautiful Gambia has to offer.

Paradise Beach in Sanyang is 30 minutes drive noted as the most idyllic beach in The Gambia

Gunjur beach and Tanji fishing village is all within easy reach.

The main tourist area with many amazing beaches and beach bars are 30 minutes drive away.

Night Life

The main tourist area with its many bars night clubs and restaurants are also 30 minutes drive away where you can enjoy evening out. We can arrange transport at reasonable costs a driver will take you there and bring you back safely.

Bird Watching—–Fishing——Drumming…..

Our site is situated in a local village where we support the community especially the children. We are surrounded by a wealth of knowledge and skills in all the above areas. We employ Gambian guides and musicians to facilitate the amazing packages we can build for you around your area of interest. You will stay with us onsite where you will experience the real Gambia, we will arrange a package for you in consultation with yourself so that you spend your time in The Gambia just how you would like.

We can build the package that will suit your needs, you can mix and match your days, you can spend some time on our various projects if you would like to join in, you can share your knowledge and skills with the local children.

You will enjoy every minute and have a remarkable experience staying with us.

We can arrange bird watching trips.

We offer fishing trips.

African drumming workshops.

Tye and Dye workshops

African Art/Sand Art workshops

African Drumming

Please contact us for more information so we can arrange a package that best suits your needs.


Just want a Gambia holiday?

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During the Gambia holiday season you can stay with us for a holiday. Relax in the beautiful African sunshine, or use us as your base to explore Gambia. Use the contact form asking for a quote for your holiday requirements, we can offer a room only basis or meals/transport, whatever you want we will do our best to accommodate you.