Tourism offers much-needed income to poor countries. But who gets the holiday money? This project supports an award winning training college, helping students and SMEs to gain a livelihood through trade, not aid.
"The students were used to presenting either one-on-one or verbally to small groups with flip chart resources, so it was a basic introduction to effectively using the software and delivering short, punchy presentations backed up by good delivery and post-presentation handouts. As The Gambia experiences frequent power cuts I didn't want to make them too reliant on technology alone. You can't be a shrinking violet as a volunteer, and you have to play both a PR role and a leadership role in order to get down to the nitty gritty and get your job done!" Volunteer, Claire
The Institute of Travel and Tourism in The Gambia (ITTOG) teaches and facilitates some skills-based experiential learning courses designed to provide students with the specialist skills required to work in a specific area of employment and to mentor them as they become independent earners, as well as teaching some formal, classroom-based courses in aspects of travel and tourism leading to formal qualifications.
Skills-based courses focus on areas such as culinary skills, performing arts and event management, and lead trainees through the process from students to independent earners, through college-based skills and business courses, work experience and mentoring support as trainees enter employment and become independent earners and/or set up their own associations.
ITTOG provides accredited training courses in travel and tourism-related subjects, ranging from Higher Professional Diplomas to tour guiding or cabin crew and airport certificates, priding themselves in the diversity of learning opportunities they offer. All courses focus on the concept of Responsible Tourism and how to make destinations better places to live in, and better places to visit, in that order. ITTOG is partnered with Central College Nottingham in the UK, and their courses are accredited by Central College as well as by the National Accreditation Quality Assurance Authority of The Gambia. One of ITTOG's key focuses is their belief in the power of entrepreneurship, and they work closely with and provide support for many local tourism-related businesses and community tourism initiatives.
Depending on their skills and experience, volunteers will help to develop the capacity of ITTOG in a variety of ways. You may be based at the college, helping to develop course modules and materials, train teachers and students and/or run courses for local businesses. You may work online to help develop the skills of individuals or small groups in areas where they have requested support. Or you may focus on one of the skills-based courses, helping to develop experiential teaching and learning strategies such as the use of case studies and role-play to provide trainees with useful guidance as they enter employment. Volunteer opportunities are many and varied in this project. Whatever your skills, you are needed to help make tourism an even greater force for good in The Gambia.
You can also volunteer on this project from home through our e-volunteer programme. For more information about e-volunteering click here.
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