120 students from twelve countries completed a one week camp in the Gambia, organized by Camp Africa.
The students coming under the Camp Africa UK group with 8 nationalities, the Senegalese group with 4 nationalities, in addition to the Gambian group. The students mainly pursuing Tourism and Travel courses at their respective colleges, and were in Banjul to attend the annual camp Africa programme which for the last four years brings local, regional and international youths together on an annual basis to encourage integration and cross-cultural dialogue. The campers engaged in sporting, cultural, educational and community focused activities during their week stay.
This year visited many interesting sites including the Katchically Crocodile pool, Tanka Tanka, Mental Hospital where they donated gifts to the inmates, the Etu Ndow and Tunbung Art Galary Village near Tanji where they were introduced to African dance and drumming, storytelling &painting .They also visited Sandele and the Kartong Rivers. The participants also took part in a procession match pass to promote ITTOG as well play Beach sports.
As a registered charity in The Gambia, Camp Africa has a board of directors and is overseen by a coalition of organizations in The Gambia who have rich experience in sustainable tourism, sports development and issues of cultural integration. These organizations are the trustees of Plymouth Banjul- a successful charity with a strong existing structure and the main provider of funds to Camp Africa, the Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET), and the International Centre for Responsible Tourism- West Africa (ICRT- WA).
Sport is recognized as a powerful tool that can be utilized to contribute to the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals. As such; sporting activities will be the back bone of each programme. Government institutions like the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTC), The Gambia Tourism Board (GTB) and The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) also provide support to the camp.