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 more¬† 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…

Day Eight in the Gambia

This is the eighth and last in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a…

Day Seven in the Gambia

This is the seventh in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Day Six in the Gambia

This is the sixth in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Live Post – One amazing day.

This is our first live report from the Gambia. We are sorry about that, but with an election on in the country, the previous president had decided that he might just swing the election if he turned off the internet and most of the phone lines to other countries. Fortunately, for the Gambians this did…

Day Five in the Gambia

This is the fifth in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Day Four in the Gambia

This is the fourth in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Day Three in the Gambia

This is the third in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Day Two in the Gambia

This is the second in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Day One in the Gambia

This is the first in a series of fake posts from the Gambia! We want to keep readers in the UK updated on our progress during the week, but we are pretty aware that during the actual visit we will be very busy and also highly unlikely to be able to get a web connection….

Following us next week in the Gambia

We are in the final stages of our preparations for the trip next week and want to apologise a bit that there has not been very much activity on the blog yet. As you can imagine, getting ready¬† to take our biggest trip ever in our anniversary year has kept us all quite busy, but…

Where is Gambia? Or can a map be racist?

It is probably worth getting past the first part of this quickly- Africa is clearly visible in this map. Gambia is in the West or the very right hand side of the map. If you are thinking that this is odd, why? We have got used to North being at the top of a map,…

Mr Howarth back in The Gambia – Part One

As many of you will know, we made the decision this year to send two of the members of staff to the Gambia between trips to prepare for our full visit and particularly to assess how well things have moved on since we were last there. Mr Howarth has agreed to tell the story of…