Experience meaningful travel while working hand in hand with local communities. With projects across Cameroon, Go Volunteer Africa specializes in reliable and challenging international volunteer placements in Cameroon that make a real difference in local communities.
Volunteering in Cameroon programs allows you to experience a country in a different manner than any other travel opportunity. It provides a fun adventure packed with rich ingredients that will not only make you feel good, but will improve the lives of others. Volunteering in Cameroon provides real work experience that will build skills and offer something substantial to employers. It might even change your life!
Build an international social and job network like no other: Meet other volunteers, and work with local citizens and professionals also striving to make beneficial improvements to their communities. Now Go Volunteer Africa is an experiential learning program that combines international travel, inter-cultural exchange, adventure, volunteer community service work, and home stays.
Go Volunteer Africa addresses critical local-Cameroon issues by providing meaningful and sustainable volunteer service to local communities, and investing in the local economies and people. The continuous, year-round service that volunteering in Cameroon provides creates opportunities for cultural exchange, promotes education, childhood development, and healthy living; encourages domestic volunteering and awareness of community needs; breaks down stigmas and stereotypes; and improves quality of life.
Volunteering in Cameroon with Go Volunteer Africa is the experience of a lifetime, where you are choosing service as a means of learning about other cultures, global issues, and making a positive impact on communities abroad and at home. But the positive effects of volunteering in Cameroon with Go Volunteer Africa don’t stop when you return home. Our volunteers work in orphanage, teaching, medical, construction, day care centers, and conservation and street children programs around Cameroon from 1 week to 24 weeks in duration.
As a volunteer in Cameroon you will:
- Gain new perspectives and insight into another culture and yourself.
- Experience another culture and country at a deep and personal level from the inside out.
- Gain hands-on experience that will distinguish you on professional level for career development.
- Make a positive impact on the community in the areas of education, childhood development, healthcare, and other social services.
Required Volunteer Qualifications
No qualifications necessary, other than the ability to speak French or English. Minimum age to volunteer independently is 18 years old for the Cameroon volunteer program. We also encourage families to volunteer in Cameroon, where the minimum age for children volunteering is five years old. We also accommodate both large and small groups. A volunteer must have no physical disability and ready to come and offer his or her time in Cameroon.
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EXTRAS AND SUPPORT
Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in west Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra (also known as Bight of Bonny), which is part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Cameroon is divided into ten regions (provinces until 2008). The capital city is Yaoundé.
Cameroon is blessed with terrain and wildlife. Its inland capital, Yaoundé, and its biggest city, the seaport Douala, are transit points to ecotourism sites as well as beach resorts near the Chutes de la Lobé waterfalls, which plunge directly into the sea – and Limbe, where the Limbe Wildlife Centre houses rescued primates.
Cameroon is Africa's throbbing heart, a crazed, sultry mosaic of active volcanoes, white-sand beaches, thick rainforest and magnificent parched landscapes broken up by the bizarre rock formations of the Sahel. With both Francophone and Anglophone regions, not to mention some 250 local languages, the country is a vast ethnic and linguistic jigsaw, yet one that, in contrast to so many of its neighbours, enjoys a great deal of stability.
The variety of wildlife at the large number of natural parks in the country provide nature lovers with plenty of chances to spot rare and exotic creatures. Gorillas are common in the south of the country in the Campo Ma’an National Park and elephants, hyenas and giraffes make an appearance at other parks.
Cameroon is among the blessed countries in Africa often called ‘Africa miniature’, as it contains the diversity of all of Africa within its borders. Its varied terrain, cultural diversity and modernity make it a veritable traveller’s destination – in fact, it is said that if you haven’t been to Cameroon, you haven’t been to Africa.
Capital: Yaoundé (Population: 2,800,000 million) Largest City: Douala (2,768,400)
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF) $1 = 589 XOF / £1 = 759 XOF (2019)
Population: 25,190,000 (approx)
Official languages: French (official) and English (official)
Area: 475,442sq km
International Calling Code: + 237
PROJECT LOCATIONS & QUICK FACTS
Go Volunteer Africa allows you to give back to communities in Cameroon while exploring the amazing diversity and rich cultural history of the country. We are a specialist volunteer travel operators with projects in Douala, Yaounde and sorrounding communities.
Whether you are interested in teaching, childcare, construction, wildlife conservation, environment conservation healthcare or youth and work support work, Go Volunteer Africa has volunteer work in Cameroon that is suitable for you. We provide opportunities for international volunteers in a wide range of well-established, affordable volunteer travel placements to support humanitarian work. We offer exciting, hands-on wildlife projects and humanitarian aid projects.
VOLUNTEERING IN CAMEROON QUICK FACTS
- The program is open all year-round
- Very flexible start and end dates (arrive any day of the month)
- Over 8 oustanding sustainable project options
- Projects are based across the country with major locations being Douala & Yaounde
- Accommodation available at volunteer house & host families
- Program fees include pre-departure support, airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
- We are the most affordable organization in Africa, because we are the locals!
Volunteering in Cameroon with Go Volunteer Africa is a fantastic way for travelers to be able to give back to communities in need in a way not possible when just travelling through a country as a regular tourist. By Volunteering in Cameroon with Go Volunteer Africa, you are able to completely immerse yourself and learn about a new country and culture, and experiencing a completely a different adventure.
Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate, unless volunteering with a parent or guardian. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a criminal background check to Go Volunteer Africa's local Coordinators on arrival in the country.
SAFARIS & TOURS
Safaris, day and cultural tours can be organized over the weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore Cameroon's vibrant cities, rich culture and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in Cameroon.
BEFORE YOU GO
§ Pre-departure support & documentation
§ Travel & medical advice & documentation
§ Advice on visas & equipment advice
§ Project orientation
§ 3 meals a day
§ Airport pickup
§ In-country emergency support
§ 24-hour HQ backup
§ Free GVA t-shirt
CAMEROON VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Volunteer Guest house/ Host Family
ARRIVAL & AIRPORT PICKUP
After you have booked and confirmed your placement, please book your flights to arrive at Douala International Airport in Douala or Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport in Yaounde depending on your project site. A member of staff from our local partner organizations in Cameroon will meet you on arrival at the airport and take you to the volunteer guest house or host family which will be your base for volunteering.
Orientation and Placement will be done the next day. These airports service numerous regional and international carriers. Cameroon has good connections to destinations throughout Europe, the Asia- Pacific region, USA and Africa.
ACCOMMODATION & LIVING IN CAMEROON
Volunteers are provided accommodation in a volunteer house or in a homestay accommodation managed by the local coordinating team. Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) are provided to the participants from Monday - Sunday.
The accommodations are neat and clean. Accommodation is shared amongst volunteers on the ‘same gender sharing’ basis rooms. Wifi internet, warm water is not guaranteed. The homes are close to useful amenities like banks, ATM’s, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping places. All placements are around 30 - 45 minutes from the accommodation.
Over the weekends or evenings, participants are free to eat out and explore the different delights that Cameroon has to offer.
PLACEMENT BOOKING FEE:
After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay a placement booking and confirmation administration fee of USD$180 (solo traveler), USD$150 (2-5 participants p/p), USD$125 (6+ participants p/p). This is charged above the program fee quoted which is paid in cash upon arrival to your host country.
The fee covers: Administration Costs, Placement Booking & Confirmation, Pre-departure support & documentation, 24-hour international HQ back-up
Visas: Visitors to Cameroon must obtain a visa from one of the Cameroonian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for all travelers to Cameroon.
Insurance: You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the program. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave your home to the day you return.
APPLICATION & BOOKING
To participate in this program, you have to fill an online application form, and submit it for consideration. After application process and acceptance into the program, you will be required to pay 50% of the program fee within 14 days of your acceptance. Failure to make the placement booking and confirmation payment will lead to cancelation of your program.