Tribewanted back on Sierra Leonean beach

Tribewanted back on Sierra Leonean beach

Tribewanted, a groundbreaking social project that began life on a remote paradise island featured in a five-part BBC series, is to return to Sierra Leone for a second season after a successful first year.

The founders of an award-winning travel social enterprise are inviting members of the public to join them for a second season of building and living amongst a sustainable community on a beautiful beach in Sierra Leone.

Tribewanted is a social enterprise that featured in a five part BBC documentary tracking progress as global ‘tribemembers’ built a sustainable village with the local community on the remote Fijian island, Vorovoro.

The project extended to John Obey Beach in Sierra Leone in 2010, where it will be returning this year for a second season.

Tribewanted Sierra Leone is extending an invitation to travellers to experience an African vacation like no other, offering the opportunity to contribute to a cross-cultural eco-tourism community by working alongside the local fishing village of John Obey Beach.

Tribewanted Sierra Leone has formed a partnership with the government, landowners and the local John Obey community in Sierra Leone to create an eco village community to support sustainable development in the area.

A maximum of 30 tribe members can spend a minimum of one week at a time living alongside a local team and the community, immersed in the day-to-day running and development of the village.

The project will run from October 2011 to June 2012, closing for the rainy season as it did last season.

John Obey Beach, 20 miles south of the capital Freetown, offers miles of pristine coastline for swimming, snorkelling and canoe fishing.

Tribewanted’s non-profit partner, Shine on Sierra Leone, has been working in the region successfully for five years, in education, healthcare and microfinance, in partnership with Salone Microfinance Trust (SMT) providing over 7.000 microloans in the country.

Visitors can book their trip to John Obey Beach online at Tribewanted.com for a cost of £295 a week for basic accommodations.

This will cover their stay, all meals and a contribution to the community development.

Ben Keene, Tribewanted founder, said: “Tribewanted has so far inspired more than 1,300 travellers to experience a completely unique way to holiday.

“When we decided upon Sierra Leone, although a beautiful country, many questioned the choice given its civil war history.

“But the actual experience has justified out decision – we’ve felt both safe and very welcome.

“If people are looking for something extraordinary for their next adventure, they should look no further than Tribewanted Sierra Leone.”