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Culture & Religion
90% of the population is Muslim. Christianity accounts for approx. 7% of the population.

Despite its small size (10,000 sq. km) The Gambia is a diverse multi-cultural society comprising many ethnic groups and where most people are as a result multi-lingual. Indeed it is not uncommon to find people being able to speak 3 to 4 local languages. Its size and the tempering influence of Islam in the Gambia context may explain why it has a reputation for being a peaceful country as there is a minimum of inter-tribal and racial frictions when compared to African countries.

The main language that is spoken in Gambian schools is English, however those who are not fortunate enough to have attended school speak tribal languages. The most common of the tribal languages in the Gunjur area of the country are Mandinke, and Wolof.



Learn about Project Gambia

Project Gambia supports individuals and groups of young people to volunteer in The Gambia (West Africa) since 2010.

We have developed strong links with Gambian schools, voluntary organisations, community groups and families. We have been able to witness first hand the poverty and deprivation that is widespread in the Gunjur region of the country and have talked to people that live and work there.

Through the relationships that we have developed in the heart of local communities we are able to provide volunteers with opportunities to live and work alongside local families and experience the real Gambia that is overlooked by many tourists.

Banjul is the Gambian capital, but the largest cities are Serekunda and Brikama. The Gambia shares historical roots with many other West African nations in the slave trade, which was the key factor in the placing and keeping of a colony on the Gambia River, first by the Portuguese and later by the British.

The Gambia is the smallest country in Africa. This tiny sliver of land is a mere 500km long and 50km wide, and, with the exception of an 80km shoreline, it’s entirely enveloped by Senegal.

Located on the Western Coast, it is the 17th poorest country in the World and unlike many of its West African neighbours it has enjoyed long spells of stability since independence.

Country Profile

  • Full name: Republic of The Gambia
  • Population: 1.8 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Banjul
  • Area: 11,295 sq km (4,361 sq miles)
  • Major languages: English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula
  • Major religions: Islam, Christianity
  • Life expectancy: 58 years (men), 60 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 dalasi = 100 butut
  • Main exports: Peanuts and peanut products, fish, cotton lint, palm kernels
  • GNI per capita: US $500 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .gm
  • International dialling code: +220

Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless coup in 1994 as a young army lieutenant and has ruled with an iron fist ever since. President Jammeh has since won four widely criticised multi-party elections. He won his fourth five-year term in November 2011 in elections to which the main West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, refused to send monitors. It described the political environment as not conducive to free and fair elections. Read more at:

Despite the presence of the Gambia river, which runs through the middle of the country, only one-sixth of the land is arable and poor soil quality has led to the predominance of one crop - peanuts. This has made The Gambia heavily dependent on peanut exports - and a hostage to fluctuations in the production and world prices of the crop. Consequently, the country relies on foreign aid to fill gaps in its balance of payments. Tourism is an important source of foreign exchange, as is the money sent home by Gambians living abroad. Read more:

Located midway between the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator, The Gambia enjoys virtually uninterrupted sunshine and high daytime temperatures with almost no rainfall from November to June.
Average temperature 24°C / 75°F
Average temperatures (day) 32°C / 89°F
Average temperatures (night) 16°C / 61°F

The currency in Gambia is dalasi. The exchange rate fluctuates daily; as a guide there are 45-50 dalasi to the GBP. It is advisable to change all currency at the Gunjur Project Lodge as they don’t charge commission and they ensure that guests get a very competitive exchange rate.

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Aiming to make a difference to the people in the Gunjar region of Gambia, western Africa.