The Gambia

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by sugarandspice, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    I'm off to the Gambia this time next week! (so excitied!)

    Has anyone ever been? Anything recommendations?

    I'm going out to visit a school and a family etc so it's not really a tourist holiday
  2. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    Reading, UK
    Not taking a teddy bear are you?? ;)
  3. Or how about a canoe ??
  4. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Here's something interesting ...
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ooo-errr! :eek: This 'unclean' hand custom is important ...
  6. dyl

    dyl Active Member

  7. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    Have they heard of washing their hands or even socialising with others
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    ... even better! :bounce

    - Always greet people
    - You are free to ask questions and borrow things in the compound from neighbors, friends, etc.
    - Dress appropriately if you want to visit a mosque
    - Pay your bills regularly
    - Get off the road when the police are escorting an important person
    - Be on the right hand side of a road when looking for a taxi
    - Giving gifts in cash or kind is not offensive
    - Complain to parents when you are offended by a child
    - Turn down beggars politely
    - Separate your neighbors or friends when they are quarrelling or fighting
    - Be with your family when there is a ceremony or funeral
    - You can mediate without being asked when there is a problem between friends
    - You can beg for some pepper, salt, or sugar from a neighbor
    - Recognize your neighbor’s privacy rights
    - You can drink from your neighbor’s water jar
    - Gambians judge people by their friends and attitude
    - You can discipline (whip) your brother’s child
    - Avoid arguments about politics
    - Tell your family or colleague first when you have a problem
    - Do not greet people with your left hand
    - Do not receive gifts with your left hand
    - Don’t visit circumcision camps if you are not circumcised
    - Do not swim during late hours
    - Do not walk alone in isolated places during late hours
    - Do not smell food in the presence of the giver
    - Do not eat with your left hand
    - Do not criticize people’s beliefs
    - Do not visit shrines without permission
    - Don’t get too close to people’s spouses
    - Don’t bring alcohol to a Muslim compound
    - Do not give gifts and later ask for them back
    - Do not point at people
    - Do not take photographs of shrines/sacred places without permission
    - Do not openly talk about other people’s taboos especially in the rural areas
    - Don’t display affection in public
    - Do not tamper with people’s fruit trees or other property without permission
    - Do not drink open well water during your stay in villages
    - Do not enter a religious elder’s house with your shoes on or without permission
    - Do not enter in someone’s house without knocking on the door first
    - Do not give out your under wear for laundry
  9. MissRepiano

    MissRepiano New Member

    Torrington, Devon

    In what country WOULD you do that?!?!?! :confused:
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2007
  10. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

    I have just got back from what i can only describe as a life changing experience! It was fantastic and i would recomend anyone to go if they get the chance- Obviously the tourist part of Gambia is totally different to that that i have been visiting.

    Anyway, while out there we got involved in a school and i would just like to draw your attention to The Gambian Schools Trust.
    The Yorkshire based organisation helps Gambian Schools and Nurserys and is particulary interested in:
    "Donations of resources, including school equipment, books, musical instruments and resources."

    So if you do work in a school please can you mention this to your Head Teacher as a consideration before you throw anything away! Offices could also help if they have any pens pencils or paper that they could donate.
    After watching a class of 50 children whose only resources were a teacher and a black board it really makes you think about everything we waste in this country.

    I will be putting my pictures on Facebook ASAP if anyone wants to have a look.


    Kelly x
  11. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

    It's called "cultural difference" you twonk! That comment could cause you some serious ructions young man!! I have said it to you before.... Think before you post! :mad:
  12. Oooh thats a bit harsh, he's very young! Give the lad a break.
    I suggest maybe just a finger to start with ;)
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