Oxford Brookes Oct 2013 presentation Gambia

Visiting The Gambia
Oxford Brookes University
Alan Hutchison & Tony Rea
October 2013
Why The Gambia?
Pronounced cultural contrast; Very welcoming;
Accessible; Safe; English speaking; Connections we
have made.
It’s hot!
The blue marks and figs at the bottom are London averages
Weather data
Locations for visit
 Hotel 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 visit
 Time
with family in
compounds in small
 Time with children
 Lunch African style
Outline itinerary
 Educational experiences:
Briefing on education system
with local experts
 Visits to local schools
according to interest – 2/3
 Teaching/observing/meetings
 Educational conference with
Gambian student teachers
Typical visit
 Cultural & other
 Bush taxi
 Sacred Crocodile
 Local
 Monkey sanctuary
Teachers comments from previous trip
A “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.”
“an incredibly precious experience to share
deep experiences with people much wiser than
Teacher comments
C “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 comments
E “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.”
 Personal & professional development
 Confidence
 Cultural awareness/global perspective
 Possible teaching abroad later
 Possible links to course work at the university
 Relationships with others here and in Gambia &
possible school links
 Your CV and teaching career
Key information and issues
 Dates/times: 10-17 June (1 week): Tuesday to
Flights from Gatwick: Dep 9.15am; Arr 14.55
From Banjul: Dep 16.25; Arrive 23.20 (Gat South)
Getting there and back
Travel insurance needed
Passport (need copy of passport page); valid min 3
months after return
Health/safety: visit your local GP inc malaria;
further briefings in situ & before we depart
Key info & issues
 Need minimum of 19 people to go
 Cost: £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
Not inc: get to/from Gatwick; lunch each day & other dinners;
local travel by bush taxi; tabs etc; insurance; any other spending
 Travel with Gambia Experience tour operator
 Payment dates:
 Deposit
£95 by Monday 4 November
 Balance £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/Tony
 Alan
 01962 827326 office (p/t Tues)
 01823 323728 home
 0752 847 4917 mobile
 Alan.hutchison@winchester.ac.uk
 Tony
 01752 896994
 07544 622 822
 tonyrea@live.co.uk
 Further briefing meeting before we go.
 Your contact details: mobile & email on sheet
Other key info
 Check the Gambia
Experience website for
more hotel info, guidance
on travelling to Gambia
 http://www.gambia.co.uk/
 Check the Gambia
Experience website
for further info inc
cancellation charges:
 http://www.gambia.c