Development of Tour Guide Training by YEP from Nov. 2017
An invitation to tour guide training
in conjunction with
National Youth Council
Opening of training with Chief, Sanna Sidibeh District youth chair for JJB, Lisa, YEP tourism consultant/trainer and Mo Conteh an elder from the community
An exciting announcement was made in November 2017 after having to keep quiet about developments over the recent months
JUST Act had put forward a proposal to YEP about developing Sustainable Tourism in Janjanbureh and surrounding areas. This was supported by Just Act Gambia, the charity,
in providing funds for creating the proposal and inevitable travel costs
November 16th: Omar Jammeh invited to meeting with YEP to develop sustainable development of tourism in the Janjanbureh region
November 21st: five days of training for young people in Janjanbureh as official tour guides started by ITTOG, (Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia) NCAC (National Centre for Arts and Culture) and funded by Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), in trying to unlock potential opportunities........
The training included
developing community tours with the aim of creating activities in which the visitor has an
social and participative interaction
its living culture
the people who live there
understanding the value of cultural diversity by the process of learning and sharing experience between tourists and the host community
The ability to access appropriate knowledge that does not belong to one’s own culture is seen by many visitors nowadays as one of the most valuable experiences
Tour guide training is the first step towards a long term aim to develop Janjanbureh as a second destination for tourists. Visitors already come to Janjanbureh either through organised tours or as individuals. The immediate presence of more trained local licensed guides can only enhance their experience.
With the coming Janjanbureh Kankurang Festival the guides will be providing tours not only on the island but in satellite villages.
The whole aim is for "communities to offer and enable guests to interact through cultural exchange and preserve their norms and values without distorting or commercializing their beautiful culture". The training is ongoing in identifying such places.
Images from the early training
The Trained Guides
Jalamanag Danso Muhammed Fatty
Muhammed L Saidykhan
The Training of Trainers (ToT)
Some of our guides from Janjanbureh joined representatives from GTB, ITTOG and NCAC
to become Master Trainers if Trainers - T0TS in Community Based Tourism (CBT)