Volunteer in Cameroon

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Cameroon is often referred to as “Little Africa” because of its cultural and geographic diversity, making it a fascinating destination to volunteer abroad.

In its borders it holds savannas, mountains, deserts, and rainforests. It’s home to over 200 languages, with French and English being the official languages of the country.

Furthermore, the social and political stability in Cameroon makes it a safe environment for volunteers and has led to development of agriculture, infrastructure, and the timber and petroleum industries. Even so there’s still a demand for volunteers in Cameroon with education, healthcare, and environmental protection and conservation projects.

Although there are many different types of volunteering opportunities in Cameroon, the most popular projects involve education, healthcare, or environmental protection and conservation.

Volunteers can also choose to work alongside the locals in either the French-speaking areas or the English-speaking ones based on their language preferences.

Education

Teaching in schools is a popular area of volunteering. Volunteers can teach in different topics based on what the school offers and what needs it may have. These can include teaching English, sports development, or IT and computer training.

Healthcare

Cameroon has a high prevalence of malaria and dengue fever, as well as HIV/AIDS. Volunteers are needed to educate and spread awareness on prevention methods for all three -- from teaching workshops on how to use a malaria net, to condom usage for preventing HIV / AIDS. Volunteers can help by working in clinics and hospitals, or with non-profits and NGOs.

Environmental Protection and Conservation

In Cameroon, a variety of environmental and conservation projects accept volunteers. Forest management is an important area as there has been a steady loss of forest cover throughout the years as the population increases.

Water issues are also constant in Cameroon which then lead to health problems, but could be better controlled through improved environmental conservation. Being able to volunteer in the environmental sector not only helps the earth but also the people who inhabit it.

What is the housing like as a volunteer in Cameroon?

Most volunteers, especially those in rural areas (where the majority of projects exist) are provided with room and board. Volunteers should keep in mind that amenities will be practical but kept to a minimum, as Cameroon is still a developing country. Sometimes food will also be included in program fees, but will still be simple.

Do you need a visa to volunteer in Cameroon?

Volunteers should make sure that they have a passport that is valid six months after their stay in Cameroon.

Health and Safety

As with all travel overseas, volunteers should be cautious at all times. They should look up the country’s travel warnings before leaving and stay up to date on social and political issues while in-country. Volunteers should also be aware of the location of their home country’s embassy in Cameroon.

It's also recommended to consult a travel physician about malaria prevention and check that all vaccinations are up to date.

Cost of living is very affordable in Cameroon, which makes it a great place to volunteer. A typical inexpensive meal at a restaurant will cost between $1.66 to $6 USD. A one pound loaf of fresh white bread will cost around $0.38 USD. As Cameroon is a developing country most expenses will be fairly low, however imported goods can be more expensive than back home. Stock up on sunscreen and insect repellent before you go!

Contributed by Julie Peterson. Header image by Sarah T.

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Cameroon

Love Volunteers
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Tanzania

Cuso International
Cuso International works collaboratively with overseas partner organizations on locally and nationally managed projects. Our...

Cameroon

CAPEC
Volunteer with the Cameroon Association for the Protection and Education of the Child (CAPEC)! CAPEC offers volunteer opportu...

Cameroon

Afri-Link
This teaching position is for an established after school education programme for orphans and disadvantaged children in rural...

Cameroon

Student International Development Engagement
Volunteers to help at mobile health clinics in rural villages . No special knowledge or skill required to volunteer in the mo...

Cameroon

Afri-Link
Long Term Volunteer Needed Afri-Link ( www.afri-link.org ) is a UK based charity whose aim is to help people in the developin...

Cameroon

ABARKA NGO
Project is targeted at children/teenagers from primary, secondary schools, universities students and workers and other people...

Cameroon

African Conservation Foundation
The Cross River gorilla could become extinct within 10 years, unless we act now. Volunteering on this conservation project in...

Cameroon

Student International Development Engagement
CHANDRA RUSSO CENTER FOR WOMEN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS HEALTH Meeting Critical Health Care Needs and Ending Domestic & Sexual Viol...

Cameroon

Cameroon Association of Active Youths
Objectives: Implement emergency measures to protect and extend the water supply in the Batibo district (pop. 70,000). Major D...

Cameroon

Cameroon Association of Active Youths
Help us teach Cameroon kids about growing food that’s good to eat and good for them: We are working with five primary schools...

Cameroon

ABARKA NGO
The core purpose of this opportunity is to research with a local team and within the village, documents, then write, and pres...

Cameroon

Edge of Africa
Southwest Cameroon harbours two of the most threatened African great apes: the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla (the...

Cameroon

Student International Development Engagement
Women with Special Needs Economic Empowerment and Social Movement Women with special needs Independent Living Resource Center...

Cameroon

Cameroon Association of Active Youths
Design plans to show where fences should be installed and trees planted in each of the 35 catchment areas that need them, and...