Welcome to WYCE

WYCE is the shorter name of the Wonder Years Centre of Excellence.

We are an independent NGO (non-government organisation) dedicated to improving the lives of the villagers of Madina Salam and surrounding areas. We are improving the lives of local people through education and improved health care.

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Become a volunteer

As a volunteer you’ll get to experience the real Africa. If you choose to volunteer you’ll also make a real difference to the village of Madina Salam, and its environs.

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Donate your old bicycle

The WYCE Gambia NGO works closely with the UK charity Re-Cycle. This year has seen the 100,000th bike make it to Africa. An amazing achievement.

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An Exceptional Experience

The Gambia has two main and very different ‘seasons’.  Between May and October is what’s called the ‘Wet’ season. November to April is (you guessed it) the ‘Dry’ season.  It’s worth bearing this in mind when you book your visit as both seasons have their own individual challenges. 

WYCE Gambia welcomes everyone to the lodge, so whether you’re a solo traveller, family, back-packer, student on a gap year or long term volunteer we want to meet you. Find out about our Lodge Rates and Discounts.


 

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Standard Lodge Room

Standard lodge rooms come with two single (fixed) beds. Each bed comes with a duvet, one pillow and a mosquito net. If you need additional pillows you can bring your own or purchase them from the WYCE staff. Each lodge room also has a separate ‘European style’ flush toilet and bathroom area. The rooms have […]

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  • Adults: 2
  • Size: 40ft²
  • Categories: Standard
  • Amenities: Wall safeWiFi
  • Amenities: Daily bottled waterFree WiFiTable and 2 chairsToilet & Shower

Prices start at: £144 for 3 nights

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Family Lodge Room

Family lodge rooms come with one double bed and a single (fixed) bed. Each bed comes with a duvet, one pillow and a mosquito net. If you need additional pillows you can bring your own or purchase them from the WYCE staff. Each family room also has a separate ‘European style’ flush toilet and bathroom […]

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  • Adults: 2
  • Children: 2
  • Size: 40ft²
  • Categories: Family
  • Amenities: Wall safeWiFi
  • Amenities: Daily bottled waterFree WiFiLaundryTable and 2 chairsToilet & Shower

Prices start at: £240 for 3 nights

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Backpacker/Hostel Room

If you’re travelling or exploring on your gap year then you should put the WYCE compound on your travel itinerary. It’s the perfect place to start or finish your tour of West Africa and, as long as you stay for 3 nights or more, you’ll get free transfers to and from Banjul airport. Staying in […]

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Prices start at: £192 for 3 nights

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What makes the WYCE Project Special

Volunteers

They spend time helping to work and build in Madina Salam, doing all sorts of amazing things from bicycle maintenance to bee-keeping.

Friendship and Community

Whether it's nights around the campfire drumming, or fundraising around the world, the WYCE alumni are a global family.

The WYCE Compound

A truly relaxing place, just a few minutes from the beach. Private lodge rooms with showers, flush toilets and soft beds with mosquito nets.

Free Wireless Internet

Our new wifi system on the compound allows you to remain “connected” to email and social media. So you can show the world the real Africa.

Bike Adventures

If you fancy exploring a nearby town or beach, then the WYCE team can organise a rental bike for you. All with the help of our friends at Re-Cycle (UK).

Specialist Tours and Trips

The Gambia has over 600 varieties of native birds, in addition to local wildlife. You are never more than a short walk away from something amazing.