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Take Care Nursery School

Page history last edited by Phil Pierce 8 years, 10 months ago

 

Partner institution: Take Care Nursery School

Website: http://takecarenursery.co.uk/default.aspx

 

Contributors (2012):

Naomi Ross

Simone Southwart

 

Instructions:

Contributors: for details on what is required in each section, please look at the Guidance Notes

Contents: 

Placement Information

Accomodation

Transport

Social life

Things to do, things not to do

Useful Contacts

Before you go

Costs

Placement Information

Take Care is a nursery school for children age 3-7 years.  They have 4 classes which have around 50 children in each.  All the teachers at the school speak English, some better than others, and all the lessons are taught in English as well as the local languages, making it possible for us to teach some of the lessons.  The teachers were all very welcoming and wanted us to be involved with teaching in their classrooms.  We took donations out with us such as colouring books, dot-to-dots, storybooks etc which meant that we could do activities with the children that were new to them. 

 

 

Accomodation

We stayed at a hotel in the main tourist area so that we were within walking distance of the shops, restaurant and was right on the beach front.   The hotel was basic but clean and comfortable with two double beds in each room and a blacony to sit out on where you could watch the monkeys playing in the trees.  The bathroom was nice and there was hot water but if there was a power cut or a lot of people using the showers it meant there was little or no water and it would be cold. Safes, Air conditioning, fans and fridges weren't included in the room but it was possible to pay extra for them when you arrived at the hotel.  Even though it was very hot outside it wasn't unbearable to sleep without airconditioning or a fan.  There was a pool and bar within the hotel which was nice to jump in on the very hot days!  if you walked out the back of the hotel you were on the beach which was always a bit cooler because of the breeze.  The currents are quite strong so it isn't advisable to go into the deep water unless you are a strong swimmer.  The breakfast that was included was very basic, Bread, jam, cheese, ham and some fruit however if you wanted to pay for breakfast you could buy something nicer, like a cooked breakfast.

 

 

Transport

The school arranged transport for us to and from the school which cost 800Dalasi a day.  This was cheaper than using a tourist taxi which would cost 1000D return.  It took about half an hour to get to the school from the hotel, sometimes longer in rush hour, most of the roads were tarmaced however once you are off of the main road it was dirt roads through the village to the school. The school also arranged for us to go on sightseeing days in which they used the same driver however if you wanted to it would be possible to hire a jeep and driver for the day who would take you around all the different places to see. 

 

 

Social life

In the tourist area there are many  restaurants located close to the hotel providing different cuisines and all prices for food and drink are fairly cheap.

 

We were taken to the tourist attractions by staff from the school however, there are tourist guides or tours available to hire. Main tourist attractions are the Kololi Crocodile pond, Monkey Park which is situated next to the hotel, Camel Safari Park, Fisheries and the local markets.

 

 

Things to do, things not to do

The hotel we stayed in had security situated around the entrances/exits to prevent local residents from entering the complex. We never received any problems with anyone in any part of the Gambia that we entered. Although, mostly in the tourist areas local people would come to you and ask a lot of questions, some wanting to be friends others trying to sell you things. If you do not wish to be approached you have to be polite but stern and just say no.

 

With the main religion in the Gambia being Islam, the dresscode at school is wearing clothes which cover your shoulders and knees out of respect.

 

For health reasons you should not drink the water out there. The hotel sells there own bottles which you can buy small bottles for 30D or 1 litre bottles for 100D. Although, we would advise to buy bottles of water from the supermarket nearby as it works out cheaper to buy 6 1 litre bottles.

 

In the tourist are there are no cash machines available but there are plenty of bureau de change establishments available to change English money. Therefore,  it is advisable to take cash out there and not a bank card. 

 

Useful Contacts

Bakary Kujabi headteacher - takecarenurseryschool@yahoo.co.uk
http://www.takecarenursery.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx  

 

 

Before you go

It is important to contact your GP at least 4 weeks before you're due to go, to check which immunisations you need. Your GP will notify you which immunisations you will need and also give you useful information. Most immunisations are free however, it will depend on your local GP to which ones they will charge you for. After any immuisations your GP will give you a booklet noting down the ones you've been given this needs to be taken with you when you travel.

 

We would advise that you organise insurance to cover you over your trip. Travel agents may offer insurance as part of your booking but we used comparison websites to find a cheaper one. 

 

 

Costs

 

 

 

 

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