• Cameroon

Program Details

Guesthouse Hostel
Weekly Hours
Apr 14, 2016
Feb 10, 2016
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About Program

Volunteering in a developing country for a grassroots organisation is not something for everybody. There are certain personal characteristics that, if you possess them, will make it easier for you to adapt to our way of life and to enjoy your time in Cameroon.

Are you flexible, non-judgmental, tolerant, resourceful and inquisitive? Do you like asking questions, learning by doing, exchanging knowledge and sharing skills? Are you compassionate, hard working, adventurous and willing to learn? If you think you this describes you then you are just the kind of person we are looking for to join us here in Cameroon. Above all you must be open minded to new experiences, different cultures and ways of life. Come and work with us, prepared to immerse yourself in our community and it will be a rewarding and exciting journey.

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  • Growth 4.5
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 4.5
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program

Do it.

I spent a good deal of time with the people of Belo, RUDEC, and Cameroon as a whole. Cameroon was hands down my favorite country out of the more than 20 i have visited and 3 I have lived in. The scenery is phenomenal (i was there during wet season), the country is far more developed than you might think, and most importantly the people there are fantastic. Everyone seems to be a personal ambassador for Cameroon trying to give you the best experience possible. I really can't put enough in this review to fully convey how pleasant it is walking through town and greeting everyone you meet in a slow and caring manner. The people of Belo are amazing and will receive you as their own. This is a great volunteer experience if you are self-motivated and want a catalyst by which you can spearhead your own projects for change in a developing country. Besides this RUDEC also has many functionary roles if you looking for more time and less responsibility however you'll have plenty of time I assure you. Joshua is driven and always working on a myriad of things. If you pay attention there are endless things to be done to further RUDEC's work. If your goals rely on the internet get the VAST majority done prior to arrival. It exists in Belo but...well you'll see. The house is fantastic and will most likely exceed your expectations. I never felt unsafe AT ALL in Belo or really any other location in Cameroon. Living expenses are minimal. The scenery around where you live is breathtaking. Get a motorcycle and travel the ring road! Say hi to Lucky Child for me and buy a painting. Try corn beer til you like it. Wash sugar cane before you eat it. Finally, put effort into primarily hanging out with Cameroonians you will experience so much more and they are nicer anyways. They like to host you for dinner so ask them. 10 of 10 would recommend.

What would you improve about this program?
Internet connection that is not stone age.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering with RUDEC in Cameroon

Volunteering with RUDEC was a life changing experience for me. I was a volunteer in Cameroon for three months during my leave of absence from university and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life. It was my first time traveling abroad, and Joshua and the community were supportive and welcoming. There are endless activities for volunteers, including tutoring in local schools, working with women empowerment groups, volunteering at hospitals, etc. Joshua also encourages volunteers to start their own community development project based on a needs assessment conducted by the volunteer. This is a great opportunity for self-starters. Beyond volunteering, Belo is a perfect location for exploring. It is a safe community and is tucked away on a mountainside, making every moment picturesque! On my 21st birthday, fellow volunteers and I hiked to the top of Mount Oku and spent the afternoon on the banks of its sacred crater lake - definitely an unforgettable birthday experience!

What would you improve about this program?
RUDEC volunteers have the opportunity to continue existing projects started by previous volunteers or to start new projects. Although this provides each volunteer the opportunity to help in his or her own way, it also leads to some projects being discontinued. RUDEC could have a greater impact if it implemented projects with more discretion, ensuring sustainability and continuation.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience of the developing world

I worked with RUDEC for 3 months, primarily as a summer school teacher. It was a great trip, and one that I'd definitely recommend to others. The scenery up in the mountains is beautiful, it's very safe, the people are very friendly and Joshua always makes time for volunteers! If you want to experience the real, everyday developing world, then this is for you.

What would you improve about this program?
For the first half of my volunteer period I was the only vounteer. Coming with a friend would have made it easier to settle in.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience!

I went there a few years back as one of the first volunteers. It was an amazing experience, especially because Joshua, the manager, supports you to thrive in what you do best and would be most useful for the comunity.

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