Interdisciplinary Global Health- Agriculture, Child Development, Painters,Plumbing,Gardeners in Cameroon

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    Global Team Summer 2015 -

    Jon(UK),Joe(UK),Stephanie(UK),LISA(Netherlands),Bente(Netherlands),Ana(Spain),Sofia(Italy)

    These awesome interdisciplinary volunteers met in Cameroon for six weeks+
    Global Health, Global Public Health, Social Entrepreneurship, Design & Product Development, Vocational Skills Training, Child Development.

    Thank you ALL very much for the amazing work you did from organizing and executing the Rural village outreach health fair, community connection and helping at the local orphanage, hospitals and local school.


    Our Program offer volunteers from abroad a hands-on six (6) week program during summer holidays to undertake a multi-disciplinary international development experience to deepen their understanding of development issues , combined with a cultural immersion program.Volunteers work on small scalable poverty combating sustainable social and community development projects alongside local people addressing issues -Gender, Human Rights, Health, Food and Nutrition, Conservation, Education and Economic Opportunities.

    Volunteer Opportunities:
    Global Health-
    Global Public Health,
    Vocational Skills -Carpenter,Painters,Plumbing,Gardeners

    Village Mobile Health Corp Volunteers

    Help to bring health care to the remote rural poor villages and to educate them on how to prevent diseases and promote health and wellbeing

    Setting up a short-term clinic in a remote village ; to allow the people to consult nurse practitioners, medical students and doctors and receive health and wellness education addressing the village health concerns such as Maternal Health, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, together with a more focused cultural immersion component embedded throughout the Health Fair event.

    Hygiene and good sanitation practices:
    To teach the village people the importance of good sanitation in improving health and to ensure that villagers understand sanitary practices and the importance of using latrines

    Maternal and Child Health-Rural Women Health Center
    Nutrition/Horticulture
    Volunteers to help setting up a garden at rural health center to promote nutrition and prevent malnutrition.a
    Task
    • Landscaping and hedges to lay
    • Fencing
    • Build small garden walls using bamboo materials,
    • Plots for organic vegetable and herb garden
    • Plots for flower garden
    • Painting and decorating

    Child Development-Orphanage

    Health & Wellness Education and Disease Prevention Volunteers
    Educate Women with disabilities mothers on :
    Proper nutrition,
    Well baby care
    Hygiene and disease prevention
    Health issues and the importance of pre-natal and post natal care
    Wellness programs

    Women with disabilities Health Needs Assessments Research Volunteers
    Volunteers will work on a pilot cooperative program with the local medical center aimed at providing comprehensive health care to Women with disabilities and their children, many are also victims of domestic and sexual violence
    Task
    Investigating gaps and opportunities in the local medical health center system
    Meeting with women with disabilities and staff at the local medical center to assess health needs and opportunities to develop future health projects
    Conduct a needs assessment of women with disabilities who are pregnant or at risk for becoming pregnant
    Determine needs of women with disabilities that would enable them to complete a full-term pregnancy
    Help identify and/or develop appropriate interventions to reduce the number of fetal/child

    Textile Artists, Crafters, Designers , Creative volunteers
    You will assist in the delivery of handcraft workshops or you can design your own workshops that teach:
    • Sewing, knitting and crochet patterns.
    • Embroidery and weaving classes.
    • Artisan natural soap making
    • Teach new skills for gift and souvenir production; jewelry, toy making

    Artisanal Soap Project Development Volunteers

    Volunteers to assist a startup artisanal handcrafted soap production project. The artisanal handcrafted Soap Project aims to train and employ women with disabilities, and the income generated from sales of the handcrafted soaps locally and in export markets will be used to support health, educational and women’s human rights advocacy and activism programs.
    Task
    • Researching and gathering soap materials;
    • Researching graphic designers product packaging and branding
    • Development of supportive information and materials to convey the goals of the Soap Project to funders
    • Researching funding charities working to increase women’s economic development to fund the soap project
    • Volunteers will work closely with the soap project developers to supply both research information and novel ideas to guide the development of this entirely new soap production

    Volunteers to help setting up a garden at Rural Health Center
    Task
    • Landscaping and hedges to lay
    • Fencing
    • Build small garden walls using bamboo materials,
    • Plots for organic vegetable and herb garden
    • Plots for flower garden
    • Painting and decorating


    -Rural Community Development through Service Learning Volunteers
    Do you have a passion for traveling, fascination to nature, culture, photography: volunteer opportunity to develop a collection of initiatives that promote rural villages as a premier Service Learning Destination for students from abroad.

    Volunteer tasks primarily focused on developing villages as a premier service learning destination for students from abroad , broken into three (3) key components starting with:
    1. Community based service learning organizations and community development projects-
    visits to organizations ,
    interviewing, take photographs ,
    selecting community development projects.
    2. Cultural Immersion-
    visit local artists and craft-makers to get an insight on their arts and crafts,
    photograph and video the history, techniques ,materials they use , their music, dance and drumming..
    Visit outdoors and nature tourism sites-waterfall adventure, horseback riding, hiking and sightseeing excursions. photograph and video
    3. A Resource material for students :
    produce a video and photographic compilation ,
    digital outreach promotional brochures and displays materials for social media. organize a culminating photographic/Video exhibition for the participants , efforts to build on their village future as a service learning destination
    Motivated destination tourism developers volunteers
    As a volunteer you will assist with the creation of nature tourism attractions in the village which include waterfall trails, construction of a natural built small eco-lodge and a nature training center . Tasks may include:
    • Teaching environmental protection awareness workshops to the village people.
    • Training local village youths as guides.
    • Leading and supervising local youths in the trail construction to the waterfalls.
    • Making signs and maps to the various waterfalls.
    • Designing and construction of a small bamboo and earth eco-lodge.
    • Setting up a gardening center-digging and planting trees, vegetables and herbs

    Photographer/Videographer Volunteer
    (does not have to be a professional)-

    Task
    Filming a variety of workshops and rural village health clinic events
    Conducting interviews with workshop participants and community facilitators
    Creating a 10 minute promotional film for use online and in presentations
    Creating a slideshow or short film
    Translating and subtitling all material produced
    Enhancing general online video and photography material
    Other related as needed

    Arrival: Your arrival airport is CITY-DOUALA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DLA). We greet and pick up volunteers from the airport. You will spend your first night at a secured Catholic guesthouse in Douala city and travel the next day to our base in the village, which is a 5 hour journey by car.
    Accommodation: All volunteers stay together in our gated comfortable guesthouse which can host up to 12 volunteers at any time. All except two bedrooms have en-suite toilet and (cold water) shower facilities. There is a furnished living room, dining room, office and kitchen with a gas cooker. There are outside covered and open patios around the building and a garden.
    Eating: Three basic Cameroonian meals are included free as standard. Volunteers may, if they choose, shop for Western food in the big cities and prepare special meals for themselves


    THINGS TO DO-

    The village of Akum is a hiker's paradise with trails that lead through winding hillside paths and valleys to Mbatu lake , where you can swim and also visit a famous Catholic pilgrimage site. Other trails winds into the nomadic Mbororo cattle grazers community with majestic panoramic views of the valleys and clouds. Meet a very warm group of people along the way as they go about their routine daily lifestyle. Expect invitations to share a meal with their families.
    Hike or ride a bike to the King of Akum’s dairy farm, where he will gladly welcome you and tell you all about his dairy project, this breed of dairy cattle are from the Netherlands. He has a true passion for agriculture and the young calf cannot get enough of him. Waterfalls viewing and climbing for the adventurous

    Getaway trips to other parts of the North West Region and other parts of Cameroon

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Elderly Companion
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet
    Teaching

  • Help

    Help

    Community Health Outreach Program :
    Village Clinic
    Setting up a short-term clinic in a Village ; to allow the people to consult nurse practitioners and doctors and receive health and wellness education addressing the village health concerns such as Maternal Health, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria

    Women with special needs Independent Living Resource Center
    Violence Prevention Volunteers
    • Provide women with disabilities with training and violence prevention education.
    • Assist with the development, coordination and execution of all violence prevention programming.
    • Assist with information materials for the women with disabilities
    • Assist with literacy education in advocacy and reaching out for help.


    Health & Wellness Education and Disease Prevention Volunteers
    Educate Women with disabilities mothers on :
    Proper nutrition,
    Well baby care
    Hygiene and disease prevention
    Health issues and the importance of pre-natal and post natal care
    Wellness programs

    Women with disabilities Health Needs Assessments Research Volunteers
    Volunteers will work on a pilot cooperative program with the local medical center aimed at providing comprehensive health care to Women with disabilities and their children, many are also victims of domestic and sexual violence
    Task
    Investigating gaps and opportunities in the local medical health center system
    Meeting with women with disabilities and staff at the local medical center to assess health needs and opportunities to develop future health projects
    Conduct a needs as¬sessment of women with disabilities who are pregnant or at risk for becoming pregnant
    Determine needs of women with disabilities that would enable them to complete a full-term pregnancy
    Help identify and/or develop appropriate interventions to reduce the number of fetal/child

    Textile Artists, Crafters, Designers , Creative volunteers
    You will assist in the delivery of handcraft workshops or you can design your own workshops that teach:
    • Sewing, knitting and crochet patterns.
    • Embroidery and weaving classes.
    • Artisan natural soap making
    • Teach new skills for gift and souvenir production; jewelry, toy making

    Artisanal Soap Project Development Volunteers

    Volunteers to assist a startup artisanal handcrafted soap production project. The artisanal handcrafted Soap Project aims to train and employ women with disabilities, and the income generated from sales of the handcrafted soaps locally and in export markets will be used to support health, educational and women’s human rights advocacy and activism programs.
    Task
    • Researching and gathering soap materials;
    • Researching graphic designers product packaging and branding
    • Development of supportive information and materials to convey the goals of the Soap Project to funders
    • Researching funding charities working to increase women’s economic development to fund the soap project
    • Volunteers will work closely with the soap project developers to supply both research information and novel ideas to guide the development of this entirely new soap production

    Volunteers to help setting up a garden
    Task
    • Landscaping and hedges to lay
    • Fencing
    • Build small garden walls using bamboo materials,
    • Plots for organic vegetable and herb garden
    • Plots for flower garden
    • Painting and decorating


    -Rural Community Development through Service Learning Volunteers
    Do you have a passion for traveling, fascination to nature, culture, photography: volunteer opportunity to develop a collection of initiatives that promote Akum village as a premier Service Learning Destination for students from abroad.

    Volunteer tasks primarily focused on developing Akum village as a premier service learning destination for students from abroad , broken into three (3) key components starting with:
    1. Community based service learning organizations and community development projects-
    visits to organizations ,
    interviewing, take photographs ,
    selecting community development projects.
    2. Cultural Immersion-
    visit local artists and craft-makers to get an insight on their arts and crafts,
    photograph and video the history, techniques ,materials they use , their music, dance and drumming..
    Visit outdoors and nature tourism sites-waterfall adventure, horseback riding, hiking and sightseeing excursions. photograph and video
    3. A Resource material for students :
    produce a video and photographic compilation ,
    digital outreach promotional brochures and displays materials for social media. organize a culminating photographic/Video exhibition for the participants , efforts to build on their village future as a service learning destination
    Motivated destination tourism developers volunteers
    As a volunteer you will assist with the creation of nature tourism attractions in the village which include waterfall trails, construction of a natural built small eco-lodge and a nature training center . Tasks may include:
    • Teaching environmental protection awareness workshops to the village people.
    • Training local village youths as guides.
    • Leading and supervising local youths in the trail construction to the waterfalls.
    • Making signs and maps to the various waterfalls.
    • Designing and construction of a small bamboo and earth eco-lodge.
    • Setting up a gardening center-digging and planting trees, vegetables and herbs

    Photographer/Videographer Volunteer
    (does not have to be a professional)-

    Task
    Filming a variety of workshops and rural village health clinic events
    Conducting interviews with workshop participants and community facilitators
    Creating a 10 minute promotional film for use online and in presentations
    Creating a slideshow or short film
    Translating and subtitling all material produced
    Enhancing general online video and photography material
    Other related as needed

    Children With Special Needs Holiday Camp

    AbilityInUs Fun Camp
    Children with special needs
    Teach recreational activities,
    Music, Drama
    Football coaching, & running


    Community Tourism Volunteer

    1 To develop marked trails and maps for visitors
    2 Train tour guides to receive visitors
    3 To help a small artisan coffee producer develop a coffee tour
    4 To help setup a Women with disabilities Artisan Center
    5 To program tourism products for website and social media


    Cultural Heritage Tourism
    Experience working directly with the Village King, a heritage craftsman and cook
    Revival of Traditional Eco-Build Technique for expanding livelihood opportunities-
    Mud and Bamboo Eco-build workshop-
    Build the first Traditional Royal Heritage Eco-Bamboo hut.
    To build traditional eco-huts by hand using mud , bamboo and other local materials

    Arrival: Your arrival airport is CITY-DOUALA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DLA). We greet and pick up volunteers from the airport. You will spend your first night at a secured Catholic guesthouse in Douala city and travel the next day to our base in the village, which is a 5 hour journey by car.
    Accommodation: All volunteers stay together in our gated comfortable guesthouse which can host up to 12 volunteers at any time. All except two bedrooms have en-suite toilet and (cold water) shower facilities. There is a furnished living room, dining room, office and kitchen with a gas cooker. There are outside covered and open patios around the building and a garden.
    Eating: Three basic Cameroonian meals are included free as standard. Volunteers may, if they choose, shop for Western food in the big cities and prepare special meals for themselves

    The life in Akum village is beautiful

    Music, singing, drumming and dancing are integral parts of the Akum village culture, and many of the songs and dances tell stories about their history and culture such as funeral rituals, marriage rites, and festivals

    The village of Akum is a hiker's paradise with trails that lead through winding hillside paths and valleys to Mbatu lake , where you can swim and also visit a famous Catholic pilgrimage site. Other trails winds into the nomadic Mbororo cattle grazers community with majestic panoramic views of the valleys and clouds. Meet a very warm group of people along the way as they go about their routine daily lifestyle. Expect invitations to share a meal with their families.

    Hike or ride a bike to the King of Akum’s dairy farm, where he will gladly welcome you and tell you all about his dairy project, this breed of dairy cattle are from the Netherlands. He has a true passion for agriculture and the young calf cannot get enough of him

    Cultural immersive centered activities including oral storytelling cultural heritage of the villagers, guided or independent tours of the village sites, interactive meetings with the Chief and his elders and the daily lifestyle of the people
    Farming-related activities such as cassava farming, fruit picking (mango , avocado,) harvesting corn, peanuts, and food processing-corn and cassava into flour for meals
    Traditional artisan dairy lesson at the nearby nomadic ethnic Mbororo people living in tents on the hills whose livelihood depend on cattle grazing-how they locally produce milk, cheese, butter.
    Palm and Raffia wine tapping-climbing the tree to tap the sap for drinking
    Arts and crafts, drumming and dance lessons, cooking classes, at the Heritage Crafts Traditions and Design Village
    Fishing in the rivers
    Horse riding

    Getaway trips to other parts of the North West Region and other parts of Cameroon

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Where to stay
    Our Travelers and Volunteer guest house is accessible to the highway and in a gated safe and secure property within the community in the village for easy cultural immersion with the villagers.
    The village is very safe and the guest house is clean .Travelers and volunteers can ride a taxi or motor bike to the city of Bamenda and visiting the other villages.
    We offer in the main guest house, single private rooms and shared double and triple bedrooms , each bedroom has en-suite toilet and shower facilities . There is a furnished living room, dining room , kitchen and garden .
    Our program office is on the first floor next to the communal area.
    Additional two (2) rooms in an adjoining building next to the main house with a shared shower and toilet outside.
    A homestay with a family is available , two (2) kilometers from the main guest house with shower and gas kitchen and private rooms

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our project presently located in the North West Region of Cameroon where the English language is widely spoken. The locals speak a dialect type broken pidgin english which is hard to understand at first, but you pickup quickly.
    Each geographical region of Cameroon is different, the food, people, landscape and culture.

    The North West Region is grassland vegetation, lots of mountains, rivers, lakes, some forest-not the rain forest of the south and east regions.

    The South West Region-Ocean and the black beach as a result of the active Cameroon mountain in Buea. National parks. A view of Equitorial Guinea on a very nice day or nights with full moon shine.

    We have networks in other parts of Cameroon to help volunteers to plan their individual travels after their volunteer service and we hope in the near future to have established, pre- qualified and rated networks around Cameroon. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help you to plan your visit to Cameroon. It is all about having fun, a great experience and to meet your desires and passion and inspiration.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    negotiable-prefere volunteers who are able to make a lasting impact, regardless of the volunteer hours

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