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Long Term Volunteer Position - Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (GHDT) is a small charity, registered in both the UK and The Gambia.

The GHDT was founded in 2002 by the late Stella Marsden OBE and her sister Heather Armstrong who is the charity's Director. With no tradition of horsemanship in The Gambia and a combination of poor management, high disease risk and poverty, farmers were investing comparatively large amounts of money for a working animal only for it to die, too often within six months. Not only was this causing further hardship for the farmers, it was also creating a serious animal welfare problem and the veterinary services did not have the infrastructure or finances to be able to help the farmers.

The aim of the GHDT is to reduce rural poverty in The Gambia through improving the health, welfare and productivity of working animals.

The successful candidate will be based in The Gambia for one year and oversee all operations of the charity and complete all administrative tasks required. All applicants must be educated to a minimum of degree level, be an excellent team player, have very good communication skills and able to think outside the box. They will be based in a remote, rural location with very basic amenities and no electricity.

If this sounds like the type of challenge you would enjoy being involved with, please email Heather Armstrong at heatherghdt@gmail.com for further information and a job description. If you would like to apply for the position, please send a copy of your CV and covering letter to the same email address.

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Country Gambia

Flights would need to arrive at Banjul

Important Notes

What to pack

Volunteers should take practical / comfortable clothes to work in e.g (scrubs). If you would like to purchase a WVS scrub top please contact the office or visit our online shop.

  • Practical / comfortable clothes to work in (eg. scrubs)
  • Wet weather gear and warm clothing for the evenings
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Ear plugs and eye mask
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Prescriptions & over-the-counter medication (eg. Imodium, Paracetemol etc)

The project may be extremely short on certain supplies and would likely be very grateful for donations. Please get in touch with us to find out if there is anything in particular that would be helpful to bring with you. If you have any spare room in your bag on the outbound flight, it would be highly appreciated if you are able to bring some spare supplies to use during your trip. This is at your discretion and entirely optional.

Travel Insurance

It is essential that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance for this project which also covers you for veterinary work. We recommend Go Walkabout who offer tailor made travel insurance policies for WVS volunteers. Please note that fully paid members of WVS also receive a 10% discount on Go Walkabout policies.

Health & Vaccinations

This information should be used as a guide only. For up to date information on immunisations please consult your doctor. You will need to allow plenty of time before travelling for your immunisations to be effective. DO NOT LEAVE THIS UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. As you will be working with animals the Rabies and Tetanus vaccines are essential. We have provided links below to websites with useful information on immunisations and travel advice which we highly recommend that you visit.

Visas

​UK passport holders are required to obtain a visa before travelling. Please visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office website for further details: www.fco.gov.uk. All WVS volunteers are required to organise their own visas.

Trip dates

There are trip dates available throughout the year. Please speak to a member of the team on +44 (0)1725 557225.

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Benefits of volunteering with WVS

By volunteering with WVS you are making a huge difference to the lives of animals and communities around the world. You will also receive the following benefits:

  • Full logistics support from our UK office
  • 24/7 emergency support in partnership with Red24
  • 10% discount at Cotswold Outdoors
  • 10% discount on travel insurance from Go Walkabout
Country Gambia
Animals

Questions? Call us now:

+44 (0)1725 557225