Beacon in the Gambia

For twenty five years Students from Beacon Academy have been visiting villages in the Gambia. The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa and each year 50 or moreĀ  Beacon 6th form students spend one week of their time helping 10 rural communities develop and move towards self-sufficiency. Many of these villages receive…

2018 in pictures

It seemed important to get these up while it actually still is 2018. There will be far more text to follow about this wonderful visit:      

Last day in the Gambia 2018

This is the eighth of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day seven in the Gambia 2018

This is the seventh of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day six in the Gambia 2018

STOP PRESS – There was a live post today at 5.15 pm This is the sixth of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up…

Stop Press- Live Post from the Gambia

  This is just a quick live update from the Gambia. Apologies that we have not been able to do more of these- it is amazing what 70 students trying to get on wi-fi can do to stop any of us from being able to connect. So far on the trip, all is good. We…

Day five in the Gambia 2018

This is the fifth of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day four in the Gambia 2018

This is the fourth of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day three in the Gambia 2018

This is the third of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day Two in the Gambia 2018

This is the second of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day One in the Gambia 2018

This is the first of our traditional fake posts from the Gambia day by day during the trip. They are fake in that I am writing them before we go, but they should give you a sense of what we have been up to each day and will be posted each day at six. If…

Day by day on the 2018 trip

We are heading out to the Gambia on Tuesday and as normal have little idea of whether we will be able to update this blog live while we are there- there is rarely much wifi availability. So, as for the last few years, I have written a set of fake live posts before we travel…

Seventy Years in Geniere

In some ways, the Gambia is transforming quite fast at the moment. Those of us who have been lucky enough to visit for a few years have seen quite a lot alter in a short time. The road which used to look like this: Now looks more often like this: Similarly, villagers who hardly had…