Rural Development Center Association: Cameroon
95% Rating
(4 Reviews)

Rural Development Center Association: Cameroon

RUDEC needs the services of all volunteers from any country, with no barriers to age, sex or colour, who can help in rural development either with the continuation of existing projects (such as the orphan project, the afterschool project, community health outreach, women empowerment clubs or the eco-tourism project),or in the creation of new viable and sustainable progammes. The smaller the project the better. Do not overwhelm yourself or the community with large and timely projects. Aim to complete the project within your time in country, and focus on the sustainability of it after you leave.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Michael
Male
24 years old
Where I need to be.

Do it.

10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

Internet connection that is not stone age.

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Andrea
Female
24 years old
New Jersey
George Washington University

Volunteering with RUDEC in Cameroon

10/10

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!

How can this program be improved?

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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John
Male
24 years old
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Coventry University

Great experience of the developing world

9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

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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THEO
Male
32 years old
France
Other

Great experience!

9/10

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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